Design students can take several lessons at this unique boutique hotel by Florentine architect Guido Ciompi just north of the duomo. Behind the Art Deco friezes on the building’s façade lie 21 individually decorated rooms and suites sporting Wengé wood floors, ebony furniture, and bright African fabrics and animal skins. Two suites have private workout rooms, two others steam rooms, and several more suspended beds. The hotel’s first-floor restaurant, Le Noir, proves its name with black lacquer tables and velvet upholstery offset by illuminated tables.
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From Food & Wine , SEP 2003
Wild is indeed the word for the Guido Ciompi design (he's best known for Gucci boutiques), with its splashes of saturated pink and orange, colored-light effects and nutty touches in the rooms, like round tubs with TVs in their rims, moving walkways or beds suspended by steel cables....MORE