Relais Santa Croce, Florence, new member of Relais & Châteaux
Relais Santa Croce, the Florentine property of the Baglioni Hotels Collection, is delighted to announce its entry into the Relais & Châteaux association.
An historic home in the heart of Florence, filled with frescoes and sophisticated design details that recall the intimacy of a private residence, the hotel Relais Santa Croce has all the characteristics required to appeal to the members of this prestigious association, that excels in bringing together the best of the luxury hotel world and international cuisine.
The philosophy of Relais & Châteaux, is to emphasize the concept of luxury not only in terms of excellent service and great locations, but as a sensorial experience that involves guests on a journey through the most authentic values of each destination. This fully reflects the Relais Santa Croce’s 'Art of Welcoming.
Eugenio Rigo, General Manager of Relais Santa Croce, says: "We are proud to be a member of the “circuit of excellence” that is Relais & Châteaux, a great family with whom we share not only our standards of service, but above all, the values of welcoming and hospitality. For me and my staff it is essential that our guests, for the entire duration of their stay receive our full attention, impeccable service and above all, human warmth.
Within a building of enormous historical and artistic value, our guests can not only enjoy luxury hotel services, but also discover and experience the traditions of the surrounding area through unique experiences of great quality. I think the thing that most binds us together with Relais & Châteaux is the emotional aspect of the stay, where luxury is conceived as something that goes beyond a purely material concept: it is an experience of life. "
Relais Santa Croce, located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, is housed in a palace built by the Marquis Baldinucci in 1700. During the recent restoration great care has been taken to preserve intact the furnishings, fabrics and original frescoes. In the building we can still find the original trusses - attributed to the great architect Vasari - that support the plastered vaulted ceiling of the Music Hall.
The 24 rooms, all different from each other, are decorated with antiques and furniture by Italian designers.
Relais Santa Croce is part of the Baglioni Hotels Collection, which now has 11 properties in Italy (Florence, Milan, Rome, Venice and Punta Ala), France (Aix-en-Provence, Champillon-Epernay, Saint Paul de Vence, Mirambeau- Borbeaux, Bort L'Etang Auvergne) and UK (London).
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 500 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries.
Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. Furthermore, Relais & Châteaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & Châteaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses.. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & Châteaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and discover a special place in a variety of destinations. The Relais & Châteaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD.“