J And J Historic House Hotel
What We Love
- A historic, four-star hotel in the beautiful heart of Florence, with breakfast and a welcome drinkEmbracing la dolce vita with an Italian gelato or two
- Taking the short walk to the iconic Duomo to climb the 463 steps for an unrivaled view of Florence
- Enjoying the hotel’s original frescoes, artwork and antiques in the lounges and guestrooms
What To Know
- The hotel is on a very quiet side street, but only a few minutes from plenty of restaurants and shops and main attractions like the Duomo
- All of the rooms are laid out differently as the hotel is housed in a converted convent
- Free WiFi can be unreliable
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Madonna was right – Italians do it better. From its service to the style, The J and J is every Material Girl’s dream in Florence. A 16th-century convent turned four-star hotel, this historic building packs a lot in beneath its vaulted ceilings. Original artwork, frescoes and antiques sit alongside comfortable, contemporary furnishings in the 21 guestrooms, which celebrate the city’s rich past.
Kick-start the day with a steaming cup of strong espresso and a hearty breakfast, before setting off to take in the impressive Duomo, the Basilica of Sante Croce, the renowned leather market and the magical Ponte Vecchio, all easily accessible from this dreamy retreat.
Good to know
Some upstairs rooms are reached by a steep or spiral staircases. Those with mobility concerns may prefer to request a room on the ground floor.
The 21 guestrooms of this 16th-century Florentine convent are individually decorated, but all are elegant and thoroughly relaxing. Old and new marry in these modern abodes, which are filled with antique furniture, original frescoes and artwork.
Set yourself up for a full day of sightseeing with the hotel’s hearty buffet breakfast, which can be enjoyed al fresco in the courtyard when the weather permits. Continental and cooked options are available, as well as the hotel’s renowned Italian coffee. Room service is also available during limited hours.
The hotel’s Via di Mezzo location provides an oasis of calm just minutes from the popular tourist trail. If you decide to follow the crowds, you’ll uncover the Duomo, Basilica of Sante Croce, River Arno and Sinagoga just a short walk away. For transfers, the central Santa Maria Novella train station is a few minutes from the hotel.
How to Get There
It's a bit off the beaten path, about a 25 minute walk from the Unita train station. This is not a bad thing, as you walk out the door and are not greeted by the rush of people walking by. As other reviewers write, if you want to sleep in a bit of history, this is probably the right place, with some of the original frescoes still intact. But for me, the staff really made our stay in Florence enjoyable. They were friendly, attentive, and prompt. They happily carried our bags up the stairs. They greeted us in the morning for breakfast. They got us (Americans :) ice when we wanted it. My partner needs an electric fan to sleep and they happily accommodated that request. When we checked in, the staff member asked us if this was our first time and when we said yes, she opened up a map and highlighted where everything was relative to our hotel. And even though we had booked a junior suite, we got upgraded to a full suite. All of this is to say that the staff made us feel very welcome and special.
This hotel must be unique. It's in a building which is reputed to be over 500 years old, and retains many of the original features and atmostphere. This is in some ways this makes it great for a stay in the historic city of Florence, and its location is ideal for visiting many of the attractions on foot. The age of the building does detract a little if what you want are all the conveniences of modern Hotel (there are no lifts and narrow winding stairs to the upper floors for example.)
The room we had was comfortably furnished in a style in keeping with the building and the bathroom excellent. Mini bar, wifi and other services very good although the TV had no access to English speaking channels. Due to the architecture, a little dark.
The staff were exceptional, always welcoming and very helpful and made our short stay most enjoyable.
Breakfast was pretty standard continental but good in the small dining room. Unfortunately the weather was bad during our stay, as there is a very attractive open courtyard which must be idylic in better conditions.
In summary the Hotel is small, welcoming, and full of atmostphere, well located for a short stay. "Historic House" describes it perfectly.
Very friendly and welcoming staff. a quiet location but within easy walking distance to Duomo and Santa Crocce. Comfortable rooms and an unique historic building . Breakfast was fresh, meats and cheeses . Staff were very helpful