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Antica Dimora Johlea, Florence, Italy
In a quiet residential neighbourhood to the north of the city, this guesthouse makes up for the 15-minute walk to the centre by its charm, warmth and fantastic value. On the top two floors of a 19th-century residenza, the rooms have a vibrant, ethnic-influenced style with colourful rugs, polished parquet and tiled floors, vintage furniture and four-poster beds. The hall and sitting room are inviting - with books and artwork - while the real treat is the roof terrace. Set with tables and chairs, from here you can pick out the city's landmarks; spectacularly floodlit at night. Enjoy breakfast up here if you like, or in the cosy breakfast room. Cakes, hot drinks and an honesty bar are available all day and the staff have great tips for local bars and restaurants.
Walking along the neighbourhood streets, past local shops and bars, you will feel like a Florentine, not a tourist.
The hotel is just outside the city centre with the horticultural gardens 10 minutes' walk away.
By plane: there are direct flights to Florence Airport from London (2 hours 5 mins), Manchester (4 hours 25 mins), Edinburgh (4 hours 55 mins). The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the airport. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
People who want a slice of authentic Florentine life, and don't mind not being in the centre, will enjoy it here. The hotel gives you the feeling you're staying in a Florentine friend's quirky and arty home.
Service & Facilities
After a day over-indulging on Florence's sights and Renaissance art, to kick off your shoes and relax on the terrace is sheer bliss.
- Roof terrace
- Free Wi-Fi
- Airport shuttle
- Valet parking
Front-facing rooms are larger with space for a sofa; one has a mezzanine level. All rooms have a warm and inviting feeling, helped by the clutch of framed artworks and personal touches such as candlesticks and books.
Single, Executive, Deluxe
Facilities include: canopy bed, ensuite bathroom, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities
Food & Drink
Taking breakfast onto the roof terrace is a treat that not many other Florentine hotels and guesthouses can offer. Returning from a day's exploring to be offered a slice of cake, and then pouring yourself an aperitivo before going out for supper is something you will quickly get used to.
Breakfast: local meats and cheeses, yoghurts, fruit, croissants and pastries, eggs. Served daily.
Honesty Bar: beer, wine, spirits. Cakes and hot drinks also available throughout the day.