I was talking to the affable concierge Andrea the other day at the newly reopened St. Regis hotel (you can book from Venere from that link) on Piazza Ognissanti. The renovation looks fantastic, everything is updated, cleaned, painted, etc. The interior seems to be completely renovated, with fantastic new furnishings everywhere. My only quibble would be that the famous Winter Garden is now a restaurant - which is great for the guests no doubt but will take the room out of the rotation for Florentine events, like the annual Best of Toscana wine tasting that was held here in the past. This is a soft opening period, with the full opening not scheduled until September 1st.