Introducing Calimala the West

The masterminds behind Florence’s much-loved Hotel Calimala have announced the acquisition of a 19th-century Gothic-style building, bringing to life an additional 65 guestrooms designed by architect Alex Meitlis…

mirrored headboard in guestroom contrasting with stone walls

Florence’s boutique hotel, Calimala The East, formerly known as Hotel Calimala, is delighted to reveal its latest project to come to completion: Calimala The West. The hotel has been redefined to with additional guestrooms through the acquisition of a 19th-century Gothic-style building originally built by Italian architect Pietro Maria Bardi, in Florence’s Centro Storico neighbourhood.

hotel guestroom with terrazzo floors and gothic windows with view over Florence

Image credit: Calimala The West

Located just a stone’s throw away from the original Hotel Calimala, the hotel’s latest addition combines historic charm with modern luxury. Marking an extraordinary chapter in the hotel’s legacy, Calimala The West spans five floors with the new, beautifully designed rooms and a sophisticated ground-floor restaurant designed by architect Alex Meitlis. Calimala The West places guests in the hub of the city’s most significant sites, shopping boutiques, restaurants, theatres and parks.

zigzag marble bathroom walls and floors in black brown and white tiles

Image credit: Calimala The West

Each room at Calimala The West has been carefully redesigned to maintain the iconic interior décor employed in the original hotel. Incorporating velvet, brass and marble, with geometric motifs and tri-coloured terrazzo flooring paying homage to Florence’s rich artistic heritage, Meitlis has seamlessly blended a contemporary feel with the building’s timeless beauty. Complete with custom-made furnishings, Calimala The West offers eight room categories, all beautifully bathed in natural light, with heightened ceilings, distressed stone walls and impressive views of the historic city. The walls of the hotel’s rooms and common areas have been dressed with unique pieces of contemporary artworks selected by the hotel’s in-house curator, Carmel Ilan.

When it comes to wining and dining, the hotel expansion includes the addition of a stylish restaurant on the ground floor, “Meze”. Currently open for Mediterranean-Italian inspired continental breakfast spreads and aperitivo.

Calimala The West is located on Via dei Lamberti in Florence, parallel to the original hotel, on a street steeped in history that dates back to the 13th century. The charming, cobblestone street was named after the Lamberti, influential nobles and Ghibellines who owned houses and towers in the area, and underwent an impressive redevelopment project as part of the ancient Florentine centre’s redevelopment.

Main image credit: Calimala The West