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After downing our pizza, beer and gelato, we made our way back to the Basilica di San Lorenzo for a tour of its interior. One of the largest churches in Florence, it was founded in the 4th-century, and in the 15th-century became the official church of ...
... and we agreed to meet back at the apartment. It had tons of paintings that looked like someone painted a nice background and then glued some pictures of people onto them. Some people may appreciate it but it wasn't my sort of art. They had some cool statues - I especially liked a room that had several that could have been playing frisbee. I had expected to see the statue of David but it was at a different museum. I got out of the museum ...
... He said it was in an alcove and as most tourists turned the corner and glimpsed it for the first time, they were pretty "wowed".
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On Tuesday we had a (paid for by the program) trip through the Museo Galileo, which showcased all kinds of old scientific instruments and ways of scientific research. We had a very knowledgeable tour guide who gave us a few demonstrations with replicas of old contraptions ...
... but we only ordered 2 pizza's (€10.50 each) he wanted to charge us an extra €2 each to sit at his tables. Stingy! So we took them back down to our site to eat and he missed out on extra sales of beer and coke. The pizza's cost more than the restaurant in Venice and were not as nice. So we didn't buy anything from him again, only from the little camp shop.
It was still very hot by bed time and there seemed to be no mosquitoes so we slept with the tent open.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Residenza Johanna I Florence
Two family couples: Morgantown, WV and Cohasset, MA
My wife, her brother, his wife, and I stayed at the Johanna I in late
May. They are used to 4 and 5 star hotels, but my wife and I stay with three star hotels during our annual trips to Europe. We all thought this hotel was excellent in all respects. It was among the best three star hotels that my wife and I have stayed at throughout Europe. It meets the expectations raised by their highly polished website and the praises of the New York Times review . The hotel is wonderfully furnished and beautifully restored. Our rooms were very comfortable and the staff was very helpfull all of the time (e.g., getting us museum tickets on short notice). We enjoyed our early morning walks into the historic center of Florence past San Marco and the Academia We look forward to staying at the Johanna I (or II) again.
this hotel had the largest, coziest room of our trip...and the staff were very friendly and helpful
when we visited (May '07) they were not running the A/C, but it wasn't too much of an issue...it was cool enough in the evening to keep the temperature nice...the only issue with having the windows open was that the hotel is on a moderately busy street and those scooters can be pretty loud...the noise never prevented us from sleeping though
there's not much in the immediate area...it seemed to be an area that was mostly local residents...all of the sights and plenty of restaurants are a short walk away though
this hotel was definitely the best value of our trip and I would stay there again...recommended!
Nice little hotel near city center
Me & my Mom stayed in this little hotel for 3 nights. The personnel was very friendly and spoke good English. It said in our booking confirmation that breakfast just was something on a tray in our room, so we didn´t expect anything. But in the end, we were served proper breakfast in a small breakfast room including cereal, müsli, toast with jam, orange juice and cakes.
The walk to Duomo took about 10 minutes, so very convenient. The street where this hotel is located is very pretty and peaceful. We very much enjoyed this quiteness after a long day touring the city. This hotel is definitely not something for party-people but rather for travellers interested in long days of culture and beauty and after that a good sleep!
The only minus was the faint smell of fresh paint in our room upon our arrival. The toilet was clean and there was a safe & a fridge in our room. I recommend this hotel warmly!
I just returned from a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Florence, where I stayed at Residenza Johanna 1 for just under one week. This b&b is well situated for visiting all the sights and main shopping areas, except perhaps for people who are not able to walk for more than about 5 minutes at a time. That said, Florence is a city best explored on foot anyway.
My room was extremely reasonably priced, very comfortable, and well-maintained. The structure of the building is such that the sound-proofing was superb, and it's location meant that it was peaceful at night. It's being situated in a residential building made me feel as though I was at home whenever I returned.
The building was very well-heated, and a/c was in position for Summer visitors' use. Breakfast was available from 7am-11am and consisted of cereal, juice, coffee, crackers & cream cheese, French toast & jam and fresh patisserie.
Nice touches included the issuing of a personal copy of a guide to the city on arrival and access to a library of fiction and art history books. There was also WiFi connection, a television with BBC World News, CNN and the French Arte channels, mini-fridge, electric anti-mosquito protection and a telephone, all within the room, which was pleasantly decorated. Outside the room, tea-making facilities and supplies were available to all, at all times.
This is not deluxe accomodation, yet it is very attractive and comfortable. I heartily recommend it, and would definitely return there, should I be visiting Florence in the future: the staff made me feel I was a welcome and valued guest.
Nice stay in Florence
Had a lovely stay at the Residenza Johanna I.
I had read that it did not have AC or a good breakfast.
Both comments proved to be wrong.
If you are arriving by foot from the bus station with more than one bag be prepared for a walk.
The room we had had windows overlooking the street and side
yard. It had an AC unit. The room was spacious but the bathroom only had a tub with a shower wand attachment.
Ask for a room with a shower if you hate tubs.
The instant coffee and biscuit warned about are in the room but fresh brewed coffee, orange juice and danish were provided in the hall each morning. I guess they read the reviews.
Yes, you had to use multiple keys to enter the building but all are color coded and worked.
You can leave your bags their if you plan on leaving later in the day.
Overall a very nice place to stay in Florence for the price.
You get what you pay for
Johanna was perfectly adequate for our 5-night stay in Florence. Clean (though the carpet--if you can call it that--in our room could use replacing), private bath (with the smallest shower stall you've ever seen--no romantic showers for 2 here), and a very friendly, accomodating staff. Really the highlight of this place was the people who work there. Always ready to help, and they all spoke at least passable English.
Be aware that the photos on the website showing nice hardwood floors and furniture are taken in the common areas, and do not expect such ameneties in your room. Also be aware that there is no pleasant common/sitting area available save for a loveseat near the "honesty bar." The staff were kind enough to send us to their sister hotel, Johlea, around the corner, which has a great roof deck with views of the city skyline and surrounding hills. Perfect place to have a picnic supper with a bottle of wine. Stay at Johlea instead if they have availability!
Also, the hotel is a bit farther away from the city center than we would have liked, but we can't blame them for that. Just be aware that it's a good 10 minute walk to the river (slightly less to the Duomo).
Despite the other reviews, I stayed in this B&B at the very beginning of July and found it a very good value for Florence. I stayed 2 evenings and only paid 50 Euros each night (including taxes AND breakfast) for a single room. Now tell me where in Florence you can find that? And in JULY! I spent one month in Florence so I know.
Travellers to Italy should be aware that 'breakfast' in the country means a roll and coffee. For breakfast, the B&B had choices of juice, cereals, tartes, coffee, and yes, melba toast but hey, you're in Italy! If you want eggs and bacon then plan on staying at a hotel that charges $300 a night.
Also, B&B's in Europe generally have small rooms. I had the one single and it was small, but enough for one. For 50 Euros I didn't expect much more.
The reception was excellent. Very friendly and helpful. The woman spoke great French and good English.
Yes, the towels were pretty basic, but again, you get what you paid for.
I don't know what the other reviewer was talking about but I had air-conditioning. Again, we're talking Europe and they don't put the a/c full blast at 65 degrees....they conserve. I had mine on all day and it was just fine.
The area is very good.....close to downtown (about a 5-10 min walk) but away from the crowds and tourists. I spent one month in only Florence and this was the best deal for the price. Next time I'm in Florence I will definitely go back!!
If you want top service with plush towels, huge breakfasts, 24 hour concierge service, then stay elsewhere and spent 7 times the price. But if want a place to put your things, have a bit to eat in the morning, and get a decent sleep, this place is for you.
A special tuscan atmosphere
I spent a few days at the Residenza Johanna in Lupi St. in Florence and had a wonderful time. the staff at the reception was very helpful with information about restaurants and things to see.
the rooms are furnished in a classic tuscany style and have a warm atmosphere.
the hotel is located in a small silent street, walking distance from the city center.
i was happy to pay the right value for the service i got.
A place you don't want to go back to....
I am giving it a 2*, but it was actually more like 1.5*
Can't say it was Terrible, can't say it was Okay. It was just bad.
This place was listed as "Fodor's Choice" in Italy 2005 Guide! Give me a break!
Pros: Relatively central location (not on the outskirts, but not in the very center either. You'll have to walk a bit)
Cheap (we paid 80 Euro for Double in early June- good deal for Florence, but you get what you pay for)
The bathroom was clean.
Helpful young girl Francesca, that works there in the afternoon (short straight hair and glasses)
Now let's get to Cons...
We got the smallest room of all (I don't think there could be a smaller one!) If you decide to stay- do not stay in 11! You couldn't go around the bed without bumping into the window shutters. When we asked to switch to a different room (we say some rooms being vacated in the morning), but the manager said no, it would be too much trouble for her. We stayed in Florence for 4 nights!
The towels where very thin- cloth version of paper towels.
The shower was the tiniest I saw in Italy.
NO AIR-CONDITIONING !!! Can't imagine staying there in the middle of the summer. We kept our windows open, because it was too hot in the room, but the street noise would keep us up till 2 AM and then from 4-5 AM
The bundle of keys was already mentioned.... as well as the uncomfortable bed.
The place is also listed on Guides de Charme... The only sort of charming thing is the dimly lit hallway of the apartment.
Do not recommend, unless you are traveling on a very tight budget.
Citadel of the 4 keys
Hotel Residenzia Johanna, Florence, Italy
Citadel of the 4 keys
We stayed here based on recommendations in several guidebooks describing it as a charming, low cost find. Only the later was relatively true. We found the place to be a citadel, accessible only by carrying around a cumbersome ring of 4 keys to enter courtyard, front door of building, entry to hotel, and finally your room. We almost got locked out of the building one night with a defective key. After trying for over 10 minutes we were almost ready to check in to another hotel across the street with only the clothes on our back. Only the arrival of another guest saved us. He could not get our key to work either. The next day when we asked for help in mastering the front door the clerk rudely told us there was not problem if we would get the order of the keys correct. Stay in the much nicer, full service Hotel Bonifacio across the street. The beds at Johanna were saggy, no one was there after 7 pm, and the breakfast essentially was a piece of packaged melba toast on a tray.