(The parlor of J.K. Place Firenze features all the comforts of a well-appointed living room. All photos © Sean Santiago / Lonny)
Florence, Italy needs no introduction. The Tuscan capital is home to the most regal churches, palaces and plazas, each one offering its own unique delights to first-time visitors and serial tourists alike. It's a city one will eagerly tackle on foot, trekking up and down narrow cobbled streets in search of art, culture and gelato. And what better home base from which to explore the city's rich artistic and decorative heritage than a transformed townhouse abutting the iconic Piazza Santa Maria Novella?
J.K. Place Firenze
offers guests a chance to feel steeped in history, but with every modern amenity at their fingertips. The hand of architect Michele Bonan
is felt in each of the twenty well-appointed guest rooms, where sultry sophistication is the name of the game (and the wifi and coffee come free, natch.) I was lucky enough to pay the hotel a visit last month on my second trip to Florence and came away duly impressed. Extremely accommodating and pleasantly attentive, the staff handed me water and a beautifully designed guide to the city's neighborhoods, complete with their curated recommendations, and I was off—right after checking into my room and indulging in a pillowy power nap.
The next morning I helped myself to complimentary breakfast in the hotel's glass-roofed courtyard, surrounded by fine art, antiques and my fellow guests, an international crew with guide books in hand. I tucked in with a cappuccino (make that two) and couldn't help but feel like my appetite—for the decorative arts, great coffee, and did I mention gelato?— was just getting whetted, and I'd come to the right place. For more information and to book your own stay at J.K. Place, visit their website or call +39.055.2645181.