We stayed at Antica Dimora Johlea for 10 days in May after a previous visit in 2007. After our first stay there was no choice that we would stay anywhere else while holidaying again in Florence. This residence continues to impress as charming, relaxing and as beautifully decorated and appointed. Many reviews refer to the rooftop terrace which we experienced this time with flowers in spring bloom and with magical sunsets over the rooftops of Florence.
As experienced before, our room was comfortably appointed and spacious with all needed amenities provided - now including free wi fi access. The bathroom also met all our needs being spotlessly clean and providing plentiful hot water at good pressure.
While I would rate this B & B as being excellent in most areas, it is the area of staff service that requires specific mention. Gordana and her staff provide such a warm, attentive and helpful service as to make the experience of saying here quite special. It is clear that they hold great pride for their beautiful city and region and find satisfaction in their guests relating their daily experiences or special discoveries.
Importantly, we found the staff were particularly helpful when some unexpected problems arose. For this holiday, a pre-booked day tour was cancelled on us the day before it was due to occur. When the staff heard of this, they sourced an alternative tour (Tuscan countryside wine and cheese tasting tour) within 20 minutes and booked this for us and this turned out to be one of our holiday highlights. In our stay in 2007, we unexpectedly needed to access medical support and the staff we able to arrange an English-speaking doctor to attend within 45 minutes.
We have previously recommended this B & B to friends and family and our recent experience only confirms what we already know... that Antica Dimora Johlea is an exceptional find in Florence where guests will experience comfort, relaxation, beautifully appointed surroundings and a warm and personalised service from staff.
Our sincere thanks to Gordana and her staff who helped us believe that, for a short period of time, our souls were partly Florentine.
Leigh and Rick, Sydney, Australia
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Harmonious, elegant, and full of light, this Florentine residence is situated on the top floor of a beautiful 19th-century palazzo. The rooms, all uniquely designed and decorated, have walls in soft hues of natural earth and mineral pigments. The curtains and the canopies of the four-poster beds are made out of precious oriental silk, while pure linen from Florence's renowned, artisan fabric manufacturer, Antica Tessitoria Busatti, is used to decorate the breakfast hall and living rooms. The bathrooms are done in Carrara marble or in hand-painted tiles. Perhaps the nicest surprise, however, is the rooftop terrace, from which you will be able to admire Brunelleschi's dome, Giotto's bell tower, the crenellated silhouette of Palazzo Vecchio, and the magnificent bird's eye view of Florence's historic center. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Antica Dimora Johlea Hotel Florence