Riva Lofts Florence combines rustic Tuscan charm with contemporary art to create a stunning urban retreat

Follow the terracotta rooftops along the Arno River to discover this secluded boutique hotel in a leafy suburb of Florence. Originally used as a factory in 1880, the building carries centuries of history. It later became the home-atelier of architect Claudio Nardi, and you can see his fresh and creative style throughout the property.

When you enter Riva Lofts Florence, bright rays of light shine through glass doors and open spaces, while abundant foliage provides shade from the striking Italian sun. You’ll find peaceful respite in the garden, where comfortable lounge chairs and a sparkling swimming pool await. The communal sitting area with shelves of books and a fireplace is the perfect hideaway on cooler evenings.

The stylish and minimalist loft rooms at Riva are your home-away-from-home while exploring the historical wonders of Florence and the surrounding Tuscan hills. You’ll be tucked away in one of nine elegant lofts, each with a unique layout and minimalist design. Enjoy peaceful evenings followed by mornings full of birdsong, floral scents, and a delicious Tuscan breakfast of sweet and savoury treats.

Riva Lofts Florence
4.6
Based on 160 reviews
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Tomislav GasparTomislav Gaspar
06:46 12 Mar 24
The design of the Riva lofts was exceptional! From the overall concept to all the little details. Even though it’s a tiny bit outside the historic centre, it’s just a gorgeous walk away or a few stops by tram.The stuff was super helpful. Especially the prepared recommendations for restaurants bars and other things is a special little extra. We can only recommend to have dinner in the amazing restaurant which is part of the Riva Lofts.
Ne CNe C
15:02 21 Jan 24
Here for two nights in January.Firstly the location, its a little out of the centre but perfect if you are arriving by car. They have parking very close by and it saves you having to drive into the centre. There is a tram stop close by however you can walk into the city centre down the river, its a perfect way to see Florence for the first time. May be a little far out for people wanting a central location.The design of the hotel is a perfect mix of modern and traditional, there's only 9 rooms so you feel like you are in your own little space. They have a beautiful garden and a small pool which I'm sure would be perfect for warmer months.The rooms are designed very nicely although personally I'm not a huge fan of duplexes. There's a small kitchen area and the mini bar was well stocked. The bathroom has malin and goetz products which are available to purchase. We had to ask for another pair of slippers and shower caps.The bathroom could do with more ventilation and it has a fixed shower. Upstairs there's nice seating area and a bed, it's two singles pushed together with two single mattresses and double sheets.The wardrobe was spacious if a little ill suited for the room.The staff were excellent and super friendly.Breakfast very nice in a beautiful building with a log fire. Also a great place to spend an afternoon with a good book.There was no bloody Mary available at breakfast but I think this is a problem with italian hotels in general.I would recommend this hotel if you want something unique just out of the centre where you can relax in an urban oasis.
Suyong ShinSuyong Shin
07:09 18 Jan 24
Service was great but the suite was kind of weird. Bathroom is poorly designed that everytime you shower, you need to put 2 thick towels on the floor to prevent water damage. Caulking around the edges needs some re-do. Toilet bowl is way too small for men. Toilet paper keeps rolling off the holder. towel hangers are installed loose with weak wall anchors. Overall the bathroom feels like a 3 star hotel. the dining table was also squeaky and let loose. The doorknob for the closet was also almost falling off, l snugged it with my bare hand but then I realized they could’ve easily fixed this before my arrival. The bar fridge was not cool enough. The mini kitchenette induction stove and sink was nice and convenient though. There were some tiny ants on the floor but probably nothing can be done when backyard is right across the room. The entrance door had a big window with a white blind over it and you can see the silhouettes inside from the outside. If you care about privacy, ask for upstairs suites. The noise transfer was wild coming from upstairs. Someone was constantly running up and down the stairwell during daytime and the vibration was intense. I didn’t hear it at night time but had it happened during then, I would’ve complained aggressively.Housekeeping was well-done everyday for my 5 nights of staying.The location seems alright. 40mins to duomo sounds doable except there’s not so much to see on the way. close enough to tram station so just tram or call a taxi (avg. 12 euros to city centre)I liked their breakfast buffet despite the lack of hot food. “the living room” is super aesthetic and comfy. Loved the dinner experience. Professional service, delicious meals and wines. Nice and relaxing. Brunch was just okay. It was something locals would rather find exotic. The menu layout forces you to have a beer. I speculate Italians drink beers for brunch.Overall great, and I still recommend Riva lofts but they can improve their suites ( or just the suite I was in) It’s worth the price you pay.
Mike LuytMike Luyt
15:55 09 Oct 23
The food from the Riva Kitchen was delicious. Enjoyed the cocktail bar by the pool in the late afternoon.Riva Lofts is near the tram which takes you to the station in the centre of Florence.All the staff were friendly and helpful.
Gunther LukenGunther Luken
04:11 02 Oct 23
I came to this hotel as an IHG member, I don't think they are used to this, was supposed to receive a gift that never materialized. Really didn't have a lot of interaction with the staff, but they were helpful and courteous when I did, and promptly and easily fixed an issue I had with parking. My room had no windows, which really irritated me, but I dealt with it. I would call this location upscale, not high end, which is what they call themselves, high end, but we agreed that it's just a pedicured place. For the price I paid per night, I would most definitely look at other alternatives.I wish them the best in business but probably not come here again, but my taste is not yours, so try them at your own criteria
SusanSusan
07:22 11 Aug 23
Well designed hotel, a bit outside city center. Was perfect for hot summer stay to cool down in the afternoon in the (very) cold pool. Was a long walk to & from the city, but safe & well lit, fine for a small family. The extra spacious rooms & pool made it worth it. Much better & more relaxing than staying in hectic city center in peak of summer.
Lisa MyersLisa Myers
10:22 04 Jul 23
10/10 experience. Incredible rooms / beds! It was incredible to have a 15 min walk to downtown and then walk back to our quite peaceful little home. Would def recommend.
Doreen HeywoodDoreen Heywood
19:37 24 Feb 23
Very easy to reach by tram or taxi, you could also walk to the city centre in about 20 minutes. Our room was spacious, very clean and looked after well throughout our stay. The ensuite shower room was likewise spotlessly clean but definitely looked ready for some maintenance and updating especially in the shower area. Nice outdoor pool and garden for warmer months. Free bikes to borrow. The living room is a beautiful room where breakfast and some evening meals are served, and you are welcome to relax there at any time and get drinks or look at the books. Breakfast was outstanding, a continental buffet with an excellent choice of items, including eggs freshly made to order. Perhaps best of all were the wonderful staff who could not have been more helpful, knowledgeable and friendly.
Jenen TanJenen Tan
14:55 07 Jan 23
The hotel is located in a residential neighborhood across the river, 40 min walk from Florence downtown. It's also easy to get to via the tram line T1.2, just get off at the stop Paolo Ucello. The front desk is open 8AM - 6 PM, so if you need to check in later, you may want to contact them ahead of time. The rooms are quiet and clean, and the staff were professional and courteous. Buffet breakfast is included and typical European breakfast staples are available. The hours for breakfast is rather limited though, only open from 8AM - 10AM. I stayed one night in the superior room and I enjoyed the spacious room, but the shower and sink was too small. The other disappointment I have is that they don't have bikes available during the winter months, but they have them for free during summer.
Cara ACara A
08:46 01 Nov 22
It was a wonderful experience to stay here. We went for my birthday and I was treated with birthday pancakes! The chef had a delicious menu of essentially farm to table using fresh and local. Breakfast was a variety of pastries, cheeses, meats, and fruit.Beds were comfortable. We were able to use bikes provided from Riva Lofts. We did pay 15€ to park our car in a nearby garage as we used public transportation.
Fred PhillipsFred Phillips
09:33 03 Jun 22
We had an amazing time at Riva Lofts. The room itself was beautifully appointed, with a comfortable bed, great bathroom and a good little kitchen. It was spotlessly clean.The garden was a lovely place to sit, away from the bustle of the centre and the pool was a welcome respite from the heat.It is east to get to the centre, with a 30 minute walk, or a short tram ride. There’s also bikes you can borrow for free.The only thing missing was some essentials in the kitchen, would be good to have some oil and salt in the rooms to use.
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Boutique Hotel
11 Rooms
  • Feeling like a local, cycling into Florence on a borrowed vintage bike
  • Taking a dip in the pool on a warm evening after a busy day of exploring the city
  • A private yoga session with the sun pouring through the tall windows of the expansive loft
  • The delicious sweet and savoury Tuscan breakfast selections enjoyed poolside
  • Lounging on the communal area's soft leather sofa next to a flickering fire on a crisp evening

Rooms Overview

Claudio Nardi designed each of the lofts at Riva to be an extension of his art. Each of the four different styles of rooms effortlessly combines past cultures with a minimalist, modern design.

High ceilings and contemporary art mixed with reclaimed stone and vintage furniture are just a few of the harmonious contrast you'll discover within this peaceful sanctuary. Each suite has a private bathroom, ultra-comfortable bed, luxurious amenities, and thoughtful extras such as tea, biscuits, yoga mats and weights.

Standard Loft

2 guests Private access

The sleek lines and muted tones of this sophisticated 30 square metre studio make it feel fresh and spacious. These cosy rooms do not have stairs or a kitchenette but are stylish and full of modern amenities such as a TV, air-conditioning, Wifi minibar, and tea station. A well-equipped bathroom includes courtesy products by Maison Mariangela.

Deluxe Loft

3 guests Open-plan suite Private access

Within the 40 square metres of the deluxe lofts, light colours and modern design create a peaceful space. One deluxe room has a mezzanine bed reached by stairs, while the other two are open-plan style. Designed with a small kitchenette, each is complete with sophisticated architectural details and luxurious style.

Superior Loft

3 guests Kitchenette Open-plan suite Private access

These 45 square metre lofts are on the ground floor and have large picture windows and a kitchenette which includes a Nespresso machine. Find ultimate attention to detail and design in the vintage décor, velvet curtains and glass divider walls.

Suite Loft

4 guests Kitchenette Private terrace View into the city

Enjoy 100 square metres of space in these lofts, covering multiple levels and containing unique collectables and antiques. Floor-to-ceiling windows let in pools of light and offer views of the city or the river. A hanging king-size bed, remote-controlled skylight, velvet sofa bed and spacious bathroom are some of the luxuries you’ll find.

Services and facilities

City-center
Homey
Minimal interior
Pets friendly
Air conditioning
Concierge
Family rooms
Garden
Laundry Service
Lounge
Non smoking rooms
Parking
Pool
Soundproofing
Terrace
Wellness services
Wi-Fi
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Taste the flavors

Breakfast

A breakfast buffet is the delight of each morning at this boutique hotel and features fresh bread, pancakes, homemade cakes and jams, ham and cheeses from the local area, fresh fruit, muesli, and yoghurt. There are also eggs, quiche, salads, and smoothies available to order. Enjoy your breakfast in the dining room or on the garden terrace with a view of the swimming pool.

Dining upon request

Although there is not a restaurant at the Riva Lofts, with a few days’ notice, you may request meals from the hotel’s kitchen. You can also order food to be brought in from different locations or bring back picnic items to enjoy in the garden.

Kitchenettes

All rooms apart from the Standards have kitchenettes with a sink, hob, fridge, coffee machine and kettle. This makes it possible to self-cater your stay and create simple meals in the privacy and comfort of your suite.

About sustainability

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Like the fig tree roots, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.

  • The hotel does not use any pesticides in the garden or harsh chemicals in its cleaning products.
  • Single-use plastic has been banned completely from the hotel
  • Riva Lofts Florence sources local products as much as possible and uses high-quality, often organic ingredients.
  • Energy-saving techniques are found throughout the hotel, including dual-flush toilets, energy-efficient bulbs, thermostats in rooms and movement-sensor lights.

Explore the location

Explore the area like a local

Riva Lofts is an escape from the busy streets of Florence but still close enough to walk or bike to the main attractions. This lovely boutique hotel sits along the Arno River, opposite the leafy 'Parco Della Cascine'. Walk 30-minutes along the river to the famous Ponte Vecchio or find shopping and restaurants within 10 minutes in Oltrarno. A new tram line is only 100 metres away and arrives at the central station in three stops.

Book a trusted local driver for your transfer to and from the hotel, introduce you to the destination, pre-order travel essentials, and get all your questions answered before or during the trip. Choose the stops, visit the attractions, and don't waste any time waiting. We‘ve partnered with Welcome Pickups, the first company to deliver a holistic, in-destination travel experience.

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