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On a narrow street in central Florence that is just a quick walk away from museums, theaters, and the Galleria dell'Accademia
The Hotel J and J is housed in a converted convent on Via di Mezzo, near the Galleria Il Ponte in central Florence. It faces the backs of other buildings on a narrow street, and nearby dumpsters tend to be an eyesore. Many tourist attractions are within walking distance, however.
Florence is extremely pedestrian-friendly, and is one of Italy's most beautiful cities -- it's more compact, and less gritty, than Rome. The Duomo is the most iconic sight here, but other popular attractions include Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia, the works of Botticelli and da Vinci at the Uffizi, and the Ponte Vecchio bridge, which dates back to the 1300s. The Piazza della Signora is a popular tourist hub, and many hotels are located near it.
This former convent turned boutique hotel is conveniently located within walking distance of the city's main attractions, but is situated in what looks like the back alley of a building complex. Inside, winding concrete stairways and dimly lit hallways make for a somewhat unsettling vibe. Most guest rooms have a disappointingly stark appearance, with bare walls, plain white bedding, and simple wood furnishings -- the modern, pretty bathrooms are the only highlight. The public spaces feel much more welcoming, such as the charming lobby with arched ceilings and adjacent courtyard with potted plants. Free breakfast is a great perk, but the free Wi-Fi can only be accessed from the lobby.