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.
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.
17-minute drive from Peretola Airport
1-minute walk to Galleria Il Ponte contemporary art museum
3-minute walk to tons of cafes, restaurants, and shops
5-minute walk to Casa Buonarroti museum, with its collection of Baroque art and sculptures by Michelangelo
6-minute walk to Basilica of Santa Croce
6-minute walk to Teatro Verdi
7-minute walk to Teatro della Pergola
9-minute walk to Galleria dell'Accademia, which features Michelangelo's famous "David" statue
9-minute walk to Museo Horne, which houses a private collection of Renaissance art and furniture
10-minute walk to the iconic Duomo cathedral
11-minute walk to the 11-acre Giardino della Gherardesca botanical garden
12-minute walk to the University of Florence
13-minute drive to the Uffizi Gallery, which houses Botticelli's "Birth of Venus"
14-minute walk to Palazzo Strozzi landmark and exhibition space
7-minute drive to Piazza della Signoria -- the political center of Florence
11-minute drive to designer shopping on Via de'Tornabuoni
11-minute drive to Museo dei Fratelli Alinari photography museum
12-minute drive to Museo Marino Marini contemporary art museum