Residenza dei Pucci
Located on the upper floors of a 19th-century palazzo just a two-minute walk from the Duomo, Residenza dei Pucci is something of a hybrid between a bed-and-breakfast and a hotel. Accessible only by stairway, the 12 guestrooms are uncluttered and spacious by European standards, with hardwood floors, high ceilings, large windows, and either an upholstered headboard or a wooden four-poster bed. A light breakfast buffet is served in the small dining area each morning. Because the reception desk is not staffed between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., these accommodations appeal to travelers with an independent streak.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.