Calimala The West: Where Historic Charm Meets Modern Luxury in Florence

In one of the most elegant districts in Florence’s historic centre, two magical boutique properties, Calimala The East and Calimala The West, have been reimagined by acclaimed architect Alex Meitlis, leaving an indelible mark on the city’s hospitality scene.

In an exciting announcement, the masterminds behind Florence’s much-loved Hotel Calimala proudly revealed the completion of Calimala The West, a stunning addition that seamlessly fuses historic charm with contemporary luxury. Located on Via dei Lamberti, a charming cobblestone street steeped in history dating back to the 13th century, Calimala The West stands tall as a testament to seamless architectural brilliance and refined hospitality.

A Historic Fusion:

Calimala The West, a breathtaking expansion of the iconic Hotel Calimala, effortlessly marries historic charm with contemporary elegance. The 19th-century Gothic-style building, a creation of Italian architect Pietro Maria Bardi, has been meticulously restored to its former glory. Architect Alex Meitlis, known for his exceptional work, has curated an extraordinary experience across five floors and 65 meticulously designed rooms. Each room reflects a dedication to preserving Florence’s artistic heritage, boasting velvet, brass, marble, and tri-colored terrazzo flooring. The decor pays homage to the city’s rich cultural legacy, creating a harmonious blend of past and present.

Luxurious Accommodations:

Calimala The West offers a variety of room categories, each designed to perfection. From the comfortable elegance of the Comfort rooms to the opulence of the Executive Suites, every space is bathed in natural light, featuring high ceilings, distressed stone walls, and panoramic views of the historic city. The interiors are adorned with unique contemporary artworks, curated by the hotel’s in-house expert, Carmel Ilan, adding an artistic touch to the ambiance.

Culinary Delights at Meze:

One of the highlights of Calimala The West is the ground-floor restaurant, Meze, conceptualized by Alex Meitlis. The restaurant, currently serving Mediterranean-Italian inspired breakfast spreads and aperitivo, is set to launch its a la carte menu in early 2024. Guests can indulge in delectable cuisine while basking in the sophisticated ambiance of this culinary haven.

A Gateway to Florence’s Rich Heritage:

Situated on Via dei Lamberti, a historic street named after the Lamberti nobles and Ghibellines who owned houses and towers in the area, Calimala The West provides unparalleled access to Florence’s iconic landmarks, shopping boutiques, theaters, and parks. Guests of Calimala The West also have the privilege of exploring the original Calimala The East, a neighboring property that boasts a rooftop destination dining restaurant, ANGEL Roofbar & Dining. This rooftop oasis offers panoramic views of the city’s skyline, creating an unforgettable backdrop for an exquisite dining experience.

About Alex Meitlis:

Renowned architect Alex Meitlis, a graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, has left an indelible mark on the world of architecture and design. With a diverse portfolio ranging from public buildings and hotels to high-end residences, Meitlis is celebrated for his exceptional creativity and vision. His notable achievements include the NOPI and ROVI Ottolenghi restaurants in the U.K. and the successful Matto café chain in NYC. To explore his impressive body of work, visit

In the heart of Florence, where the past meets the present, Calimala The West stands as a testament to architectural brilliance and unparalleled hospitality. Plan your escape to this enchanting oasis and experience the timeless allure of Florence in a setting of exquisite luxury.


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