We’re turning our sights to the noble city of Florence this week and one of the original Mr & Mrs Smith’s all-time favourite hotels – JK Place Firenze, where the interior design is almost as good as the second-to-no-one concierge…
Style Private perfection
Setting Perched on the piazza
Why this week? For this week and right up until the end of the year, Smith stays come at a special price: a whole 25 per cent off (but not between 14–18 June; we don’t know why). You can also stay Friday and Saturday, and get Sunday night free.
Our favourite bits? We love the grand interiors, filled with framed life drawings, sculptures, Fellini-esque images and books ranging from Helmut Newton to Umberto Eco. High, painted ceilings, panelled walls, a Louis XV fireplace and extremely well-edited modern pieces sit comfortably alongside every audiovisual requirement. JK Lounge, with its teak terrace opening onto the piazza, is a see-and-be-seen environment for an aperitivo, a glass of wine or a creamy cappucino. It’s open for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, with an organic menu of Tuscan specialities and brunch on Sundays. We’re also fans of the torte of the day, served every afternoon in the courtyard.
Mr & Mrs Smith say “It’s a warm and clear afternoon when my husband and I pull into Piazza Santa Maria Novella, one of Florence’s many beautiful and bustling squares. Tucked away on the corner of the piazza, between ordinary hotels and an Irish bar sits JK Place. It is unassuming and discreet – only a modest plaque indicates we are in the right spot and not at a private home. This 20-bedroom boutique hotel exudes style, privacy and sophistication; it’s a place where everything is whispered rather than shouted. On ringing the bell, we’re met within seconds by an immaculately turned-out member of staff who offers a welcome you would expect from a friend you haven’t seen for years. As the heavy doors close, screaming Vespas and constantly blaring car horns are locked out and a sense of calm descends.
Having witnessed a very successful blend of modern and traditional downstairs, I’m glad to say our room doesn’t disappoint. High-painted ceilings, panelled walls, a Louis XV fireplace and extremely well-edited modern pieces sit comfortably alongside every audio-visual requirement. While not enormous, the room is sufficiently spacious to accommodate a large sofa, two winged chairs, a writing desk, side table and a super-comfy modern four-poster bed…’
Read our full review of JK Place Firenze