Antica Dimora Firenze, Florence
Tel: 39 055 462 7296
Concierge.com's insider take:
This six-bedroom gem of a guest house is situated a bit away from the tourist crowds, a ten-minute walk north of the Duomo. It has the air of a house belonging to a cultured aunt who has good design sense, with framed botanical prints and pastel-hued walls. Oriental rugs take the cold edge off the traditional tiled floors, and all the furniture is antique, some of it very high quality. Four rooms have four-poster beds hung with gauzy linen curtains, and one (room five) has a private terrace with rooftop views. The comfortable sitting/breakfast room is well-stocked with arty books for browsing, and you can also choose a DVD to watch in your room. This is not a hotel in the conventional sense; there is no bellcap or night porter service—you will be given your own key to come and go. But it is a delightful, discreet place to stay and offers a high standard of accommodation for the money. The Antica Dimora is part of the Johanna & Johlea group (www.johanna.it), which includes two other good value accommodations on the same street (the Johlea and the Antica Dimora Johlea).