Antica Dimora Johlea

Via San Gallo 80, Florence, Italy, 50129

Price from: £75

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By Nicky Swallow, your Florence expert

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#2 of 25
expert-rated hotels in Florence
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Location:
4.7
4.7
Bedrooms:
5
5.0
Eating/drinking:
4.5
4.5
Public areas:
4.6
4.6
Leisure facilities:
0
N/A
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.9
4.9
Recommended for:
Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds

Expert review of Antica Dimora Johlea

Intimate home-from-home offering remarkable value.

To my mind, Antica Dimora Johlea is among the best b&bs in Florence. One of a mini-chain of small residenze, which all offer a winning combination of style, comfort, great services and good prices, the Johlea has six beautiful rooms and the atmosphere of a private apartment. The owners have taken great care over decorating and furnishings incorporating warm-coloured paintwork, fine fabrics and antique furniture; they set the scene with cosy lighting and classical background tracks.

It’s emphatically not a hotel, so the reception desk is open only during office hours; you will be handed a key on arrival to let yourself in and out. If there’s no room in this inn, you may be offered a room in one of four others under the same ownership. Rest assured, they are all lovely and some are cheaper.

Location: 

In a very ‘Florentine’ neighbourhood about 10 minutes' walk north of the central market and the Duomo, Via San Gallo is a bustling street where private town-houses alternate with small shops, cafés and restaurants; it's livened up by students from the nearby university. A great location if you want to stay away from the worst of the tourist hoards.

Bedrooms: 

The bedrooms all have four-poster beds (even the cosy single) and are done out in a riot of strong colours with bright Indian cotton bedspreads, kilim rugs, swaths of raw Thai silk and bright art on the walls. They are all charming but 6 is the largest while 4 and 5 have a small sitting area on an upper level. All have tea and coffee making facilities (unusual for Italy), flatscreen TVs, DVDs and digital radios; not bad for the price.

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Public areas: 

There’s a breakfast room and really welcoming sitting area at the top of the house equipped with comfortable sofas, books and magazines and a Nespresso machine. From here, steps lead up to a fabulous little roof terrace from where you get 360° views of the city.

Eating and drinking: 

Breakfast includes fresh pastries and cakes and fresh fruit. There’s an honesty bar and Nespresso machine in the sitting room and Johlea guests are offered a special rate at Da Tito, a local traditional restaurant.

Service: 

The management prides itself on going the extra mile for its guests and all the staff that I’ve met at the various b&bs have been super-friendly and helpful with restaurant and shopping suggestions and so on. The room price includes WiFi, use of a laptop, DVD hire and baby cots.

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Who stays there: 

The Johlea and the other b&bs in the group have a very loyal fanbase of guests from all over who have been coming here since the first opening in 1994. There’s a real mix of nationalities and age groups, business and leisure.

Price advice: 

There's a difference of only €30 between low and high season rates here, but whatever the time of year, you're getting lots of thoughtful extras for your bucks: tea and coffee in the rooms, CD/DVD players, free WiFi and a good breakfast. An extra bed costs just 15-25 euros. 

Pros: 
Exceptional services for the price
Roof terrace
Cons: 
10-minute walk from city centre

More information on Antica Dimora Johlea:

Price from:
£75
Type:
Bed & Breakfast
Address:
Via San Gallo 80, Florence, Italy, 50129
Amenities:
High-Speed Internet
Neighbourhood:
San Marco

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