Here’s another entry in our new boutique rentals category. This one is a cluster of suites in Florence, Italy, called Riva Lofts. Created by architect Claudio Nardi, they were designed to be halfway between being at home and being away.
The Lofts started life in 1880 as a small factory. Later they were transformed into a group of craft workshops, and in 1999 Nardi turned them into his design atelier. Today, with the help of his daughter Alice Nardi, the site has become nine suites that blend old and new. You’ll find antiques as well as furniture from the 1950s, natural wood as well as corian.
Each suite is unique in size (between 30 and 100 square meters) and design. Each also has a different perspective on its surroundings – some have a private terrace, others have panoramic views of the Cascine Park or Brunelleschi’s Cupola, Florence’s most famous icon.
If you’d prefer some company, there’s a spacious living room with bookcases and a large fireplace – as well as a spectacular pool area. If you’d like to venture further afield, the owners offer an environmentally-friendly option, bicycles.
All suites feature private entrances, telephones, LCD TVs, CD/DVD players, ADSL Internet line, mini bar, air conditioning, and hairdryer. Rates are from 190 euro for a standard suite to 550 euro for a loft suite.