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J And J Historic House Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights, it was in a lovely quiet street so no trouble sleeping. A hotel with character, our room was lovely and roomy with an excellent bathroom. Staff were very pleasant and the breakast was good. Would recommend it if you are looking for a slightly different place to stay.

We recently spent 5 nights at the J&J and it suited us well as we much prefer to stay in a quiet, peaceful hotel. The beds were very comfortable, the linen and towels changed regularly, the bathroom was splended. We were in Florence in 30c degrees but the aircon cooled our room comfortably though it wasn't always necessary to have it on as the thick walls and high ceilings of the building kept the temperature down anyway.We loved the layout of the hotel which gave the rooms a private and secluded feel, there's also a little private outside area accessed from our ground floor room but the man eating mosquitoes made being outside a bit risky it still gave an airy feel to the room. Noise from other quests was at a minimum due to the way the rooms are situated.After walking around Florence it was a cool, quiet place to escape to.Breakfast was adequate: coffee excellent, but a limited selection otherwise. Slightly surprising given the wonderful fruit that Italy produces,was the bowl of tinned fruit cocktail, though there were fresh slices of fresh melon and a fruit to slice and peel yourself,bread rolls ham and cheese,and small cakes, scrambled egg so it was ok and there are plenty of delicious places for lunch a short walk away. It seems Italy is not big on breakfast anyway.Staff were pleasant but unobtrusive.We would stay there again.

Old world charm, set in the cobble stoned streets of Florence. The thought of once a monastery , gives it a nosatalgic feel .The rooms are set away from each other down long hallways or up staircases. Very private. Very close to the Duome, shopping and quaint shops.

The hotel is a converted convent and suitably quirky, for instance our bathroom was down a small fight of stairs. We loved it where as some reviewers hated it. If you like a friendly clean hotel with good staff and are not concerned about facilities such as gyms etc I would recommend it. Breakfast is a basic but pleasant continental style served in a lovely room with vaulted ceilings with an option to eat outside in a courtyard. The hotel is a short walk from the main sights and in an area with some very nice restaurants. The street it is on is narrow but seemed safe, once you got used to cyclists and the electric taxis creeping up on you!

Interesting converted convent building, perhaps best described as 'shabby chic' but we felt was in line with its boutique type description. We liked the slight quirky decor, overall happy with the room, big comfortable bed, lovely linens that were changed regularly throughout our stay. Nice walk in style rustic shower room, surprisingly with English toiletries! Mini bar prices were really good, we were pleasantly surprised. Best feature was the staff; all we met spoke excellent English, and turned out to be a valuable resource, they were able to book us priority tickets for the major attractions. Fantastic. Which brings me neatly to a few downpoints. Lack of hotel information in the rooms. There was a folder and a few brochures for local attractions, but not the comprehensive info we expected from a four star hotel. Your staff are brilliant, tell us what they can do for us! They seemed surprised we did not know what services they offered, perhaps unaware no info available for guests. We also had a problem with air conditioning, which we could not find any information how to activate it (nothing in folder) or a remote control for and asked at reception how we could turn it on as we were uncomfortably hot at night and opening windows let in more mosquitoes. We were told only certain rooms had independently controlled units, and ours was not one of them (a deluxe room). The others were only allowed to be on at a date the Florence powers that be decided on in order to control pollution levels. I guess we could have insisted on being moved, but we decided not to, in retrospect it did affect our quality of sleep, and if a hotel advertise they have air con my expectation is that all guests can utilise it as required. We liked the quirky breakfast room, very comfy chairs, we found staff were happy to make us extra eggs if required, there was limited hot food available, only scrambled eggs or bacon, but cold meats, cheese, pastries rolls etc. overall ok. Overall a pleasant stay, a good position for some great local restaurants and walking distance to some major attractions, once again, the staff are the best feature and made enhanced our stay.

We booked the J and J through our agent, and expected the same quality we have received from many other €330 per night hotels in Europe. We arrived to Florence and checked in. The personnel does not speak English or Spanish well. We were shown our room, which was their best suite. The room was very nice, although dated. Very spacious, with a separate bathroom with jacuzzi and shower, a central "foyer" with a couple of sofas, and a nice terrace. The floor was covered in beige carpet, and seemed to creak with every step. The room was a cool 5 floor stair climb with no elevator. (Understandable for a "historic" hotel). The TV is 32 inches and located at 12 feet from the bed, which makes it look like a game boy... (then again you do not go to Florence to watch TV). When we entered, the room was extremely hot, I asked the concierge to please turn the air conditioner to 21 degrees, and she simply replied that they do not use the air conditioner until mid-May (bad luck for our early April trip I guess). Regardless of their policies, the room was hot, and they should have made an exception. Hotels used to saying no to guests usually suck. Not being in the mood to argue, we went ahead and started on our way to the city. When we got back, it took a full 20 minute wait to get a bucket of ice to the room. We went to bed, only to be awaken at 8:00 a.m with heavy banging on the walls and floor. Upon complaint, they said "oh, sorry, the house next door is being renovated and there is nothing we can do about it". Again, no mood to argue, honeymoon and all, we went to the included buffet breakfast, which was nice but nothing out of this world. Another night, another 20 minute wait for ice, another long climb up the stairs, another morning woken up, this time at 7:30 am, and by the sweet sound of a power drill mercilessly eating away at some or other material, another breakfast. 3 full days and nights of this. Upon our checkout, after 4 mornings of being woken at 7:30, 8:00, 7:30... I asked for a wake-up call at 6:00 to catch an early train, (after all, I did not have the number for the guy with the power drill, which would've been more effective). I woke up before the call, to an awful smell in the entire room. Upon complaint, the guy simply said "oh, yes, we cleaned our septic tank this morning, nothing we can do about it". Really? To my surprise, there was a single staff member in the entire hotel on our checkout. He had to climb 5 floors to get our heavy baggage down and then make us coffee. In the process, the milk bottle's cap fell into my wife's latte, and he was in such a rush he did not realize it and served it like that... bah, at this point I just wanted to leave. Horrible service, terrible infrastructure and amenities. The internet was dead 70% of the time. They should consider lowering their rate to €100 per night, then you'd have no problems with the banging, drills, smell and lack of personnel. We love Florence, the J&J was awful, and even though it could not make us have a bad time in this lovely city, it seems like they tried to do just that, and very hard. Avoid this place and stay at any of the other €300 alternatives which have the same great location, and actually care about their guests. I would give it negative stars if I could. Not a single apology from the staff at any point, and for things that are clearly unforgivable mistakes in tourism.

Good hotel, well situated near the historical center of Florence. Room 14. Quite large with a private terrace. Comfortable bed. Very spacious bathroom with all the commodities. Breakfast and cocktail (in the evening) complete and good. Negative points : the room lacks of lights and plugs (to reload the smartphones for example). Not so pleasant to shave oneself in the bathroom... Furthermore, there were ants in the room (Watch the biscuits or food you buy if you don't want bad surprises)... At last, some problem of insonorisation, but we had the chance to have neighbours that slept quite soon at night.

The room was nice and the overall look of the hotel was vey nice. Good breakfast with good coffee. On the other hand I didn't have the best experience at the hotel. There was construction workers 2 meters away from my window working on the roof which started at 7:50am (which the hotel did not warn me about this). It was very unpleasant. They claimed they didn't know but i know by law that they would have. Secondly my room was not cleaned the second day i was there. Apparently when you leave the hotel you must leave your key at reception. Which they did not specify to me. I wouldn't stay again because of this experience but I'm sure others have had a difference.

Stayed here for 3 nights, staff really nice and helpful. Area safe and close to shops, bars & restaurants. We stayed in Junior Suite Split Level, bed comfy with good quality linen. A real pain having to go down stairs to use loo in the middle of the night but that's not a big deal. Room is dull and sofa uncomfortable. Nice bathroom with great rain shower but the toilet is the most uncomfortable loo we have ever come across - it is half the width of a normal one and about 4 inches higher so you legs dangle and unless you have a very pert bottom, most of it will sit outside the toilet. We found the most comfortable way to use it was to sit facing the cistern as opposed to back to the cistern - it really was that bad ! I'm sure there are much nicer places in the Beautiful City of Florence's to stay in with a normal loo!

We were thrilled with this small boutique hotel - converted Convent, with all the original features just beautiful. The location was superb,just far enough from Duomo but easy to walk in every day. The rooms are lovely and all very different. We went for some amazing meals that the reception recommended each night, some local to the hotel some on the walk into the City - all fabulous. the first night we went to the restaurant 3-4 doors up and the beef speciality was amazing. Napolitano in a square towards city was great as was Gionva (there are two in the same street) i would advise always booking ahead as they were always busy. We booked the Tour cycle round Florence which was fab, and cycled up the hill to the Palace, was beautiful and we preferred to the walking tours. Visiting the market and eating on the top floor of the market is a must. The breakfast at the J&J is very quirky with small tables and mini chairs but there was always a hot choice of bacon and scrambled eggs as well as everything else you could wish for. As it is an old Convent the sound did travel a bit but this didnt spoil the beauty of it. We would come back after a days walking sit and enjoy the lounge area with a cup of tea or drink. The staff couldn't have been more helpful. Would definitely go back and use the discount code on their own site giving further discounts.

Via Mezzo 20 Florence FI

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Bar/lounge

Located in Historic Center - Downtown, J And J Historic House Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of popular sights such as Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower and Basilica of Santa Croce. This 21-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like free breakfast, a bar/lounge, and free in-room WiFi. Centrally located in Florence, the hotel is also a short walk from Bargello and Accademia Gallery.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is served each morning from 7:30 AM to 10 AM. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, quench your thirst with a drink at the bar/lounge, and chat with other guests at the free daily manager's reception.


Rooms

All 21 air-conditioned rooms feature private yards, minibars, and safes. Guests can expect free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and free toiletries. Other standard amenities include phones and desks.


Property features

At J And J Historic House Hotel, guests have access to free WiFi in public areas, a library, and express check-in. Parking is EUR 30 per day (EUR 30 per day for valet parking)—but if you prefer not to drive, catch a ride in the airport shuttle (available on request) for EUR 45 per vehicle roundtrip. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this boutique hotel include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a garden.

Room options

Deluxe Double or Twin Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Junior Suite

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 4

Suite

Full 1 | Sleeps 5

Single Room

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 432 reviews