The Residenza Johanna I. Nothing could have been better for our first night in Italy. This charming set of suites in Northern Florence, didn’t feel like a hotel but like being guests at a local’s lavish home as it sat in a beautiful residential building.
Residenza Johanna I, Florence
The Residenza Johanna I featured several suites, all with attached bathrooms and elegant fittings. Pushing the buzzer on the gate, and being let into the gorgeous courtyard with its lone tree towering in the centre, climbing up the sweeping flight of stairs and through an open door to a concierge who awaited us, it all really did feel like we were visiting a friend. While on google maps it did seem a short distance away, a couple of days of walking around and we realised that it’s actually quite close to all the sites.
With corridors filled with art and objets d’art, books and inviting sofas, the residence allowed us to hang around and get a real feel of this nineteenth century apartment. The original floors and doors almost make you want to tiptoe around the family’s beautiful furniture. An honesty bar, an expresso machine, and slices of cake, biscuits and the iconic vinsanto con cantucci lie placed on tables in the corridor and dining room, for us to sample whenever we like apart from the delicious breakfast they serve in the mornings.
The bed was wonderfully comfortable after a long day of sightseeing, and well, I absolutely love anything with a canopy so I was thrilled. A cute window overlooking the desk inside and some beautiful balconies outside, it was warm when we needed it to be. The room had lots of interesting books about Florence thoughtfully scattered about and was great for us to ease into the Fiorentine experience! All in all, a very comfortable hotel in Florence, and a great choice for unique boutique accommodation. The bathroom had a heater, a tiled shower space, and everything we would need from hair dryers to an amenity kit. Both the room and the bathroom were rather spacious, far above the European norm. I guess that’s another reason we like to go boutique, the space allows you to feel much more at home than you would in a normal hotel room.
We loved our experience at the Residenza Johanna I, and that it was so close to our best dinner in Florence – Antica Trattoria Dal Tito. But we had to check out and discover more, on to their sister property next door, Antica Dimora Johlea. This post was made possible by the wonderful people at Residenza Johanna I, opinions as always, are our own.