The wild and wackiest hotel we’ve ever stayed happens to be in Florence, Italy

Check out the full article in Fodor’s published March 13, 2023.

Whichever room you choose, your stay will be positively amusing.

Shuffle too fast down the narrow ancient maze-like cobblestone streets of Florence, Italy, and you might walk right past 25Hours Hotel Florence Piazza San Paolino. But one step inside is like being transported into an alternate universe with a crazy personality— a soul that has been shaped by its location and the surrounding culture of art, gastronomy, and local stories.

Lobby Surprises

Don’t let the name fool you. I, too, assumed this might be a basic hotel, but 25Hours Hotel Piazza San Paolino is full of surprises. Inside the lobby, it’s hard to know where to look and easy to be pulled from one amusing piece of décor to the next. Shiny mint-colored suitcases stacked every which way surround the check-in area and expose curious oddities and gifts for sale. Immediately, I was struck by the vaulted glass ceiling that anchors the historic Palazzo lobby as light streamed in above the San Paolino Restaurant social hub. Tall potted foliage made the area feel like a garden, and when I looked closely, some interweaving plants were fake with big yellow spots like they were created for Alice in Wonderland. Faux spiders crawled up the fireplace, reminding me of Gaudi’s architecture in Spain.

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