Hidden in the heart of Florence is where you will find the luxurious AdAstra, Hotel Particulier.
Set up by Matteo and Betty Soldi, who also own the popular Sopr’Arno Suites, AdAstra is set in an ancestral mansion overlooking the Torrigiani Gardens – the largest private gardens in Europe.
After a short flight to Florence, my boyfriend and I arrived at AdAstra to discover that we had definitely found the perfect hotel for a romantic weekend away. On a busy street, tucked behind iron gates, AdAstra reminds me of Aladdin’s cave – the hotel opens up to a new world, much greener and different from the city outside. Step inside the hotel, its decor and furniture is a mix of antique and modern style – accompanied with ornate vaulted ceilings and a view of the private gardens from every window.
Each room is individually decorated with Italian design pieces from the 50s, 60s and 70s, alongside a sprinkling of Anglo-American pop. Inspired by the concept of a Parisian hotel particulier, AdAstra has the feel of a private apartment which is not far from the truth – the Marchese Torrigiani still lives on the ground floor. Our room overlooked the garden and had a roll top bath in the bedroom which was nice to soak the feet in after a long day of exploring the city.
AdAstra functions like an elegant bed and breakfast, only staffed between 8am and 8pm, it makes you feel like the hotel is all yours. However when the team were on site, they were extremely helpful and on our arrival we were given a map and advised on the best (read: non tourist) spots to visit in Florence. As well as helpful staff, the food at the hotel is wonderful – each morning we would be greeted by a delicious continental breakfast of pastries, cheese and fruit salad which we were able to help ourselves to, as and when we pleased. In the afternoon/early evening, we would head back to the hotel and dive into the honesty bar and treat ourselves to a nice glass of wine before heading back out to Florence for dinner.
During the day we would get lost amongst the city’s beautiful architecture and winding streets. There is so much to see and do in Florence, and for anyone thinking of visiting, I would highly recommend to stay at AdAstra. The hotel itself, is in the perfect location – just south of the river Arno, it’s only a few steps from the Ponte Vecchio. There is also plenty of local restaurants and bars around the corner, which is enough to make even the strongest of minds indecisive.
We had the pleasure of staying a few nights and I’d like to massively thank Betty for sorting our amazing trip. AdAstra is the perfect place to stay and I’ll never forget it!