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This is in a dream location—the now all-pedestrian and flower-strewn Piazza Santa Maria Novella, right across from the magnificent church whose interior walls are covered with Ghirlandaio frescos and monastery, the fascinating twelfth-century pharmacy. The nineteen-room hotel is in a completely redone fifteenth-century palazzo. Its reception area is a book-filled drawing room. You don’t feel like you’re checking in: you think you just arrived at a friend’s for a drink.  The lounges are intimate, as is the bar and the restaurant, part of which is a covered terrace jutting  into the piazza. Breakfast is served in an atrium full of fresh flowers. The rooms have marble baths and sheets of linen. The quality of everything is superb. And there is a romantic rooftop lounge for starry nights.  Claudio Meli, the hotel’s director has a well-articulated approach: “I have two children. The hotel is my third.“

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JK Place, Florence

This is in a dream location—the now all-pedestrian and flower-strewn Piazza Santa Maria Novella, right across from the magnificent church whose interior walls are covered with Ghirlandaio frescos and monastery, the fascinating twelfth-century pharmacy. The nineteen-room hotel is in a completely redone fifteenth-century palazzo. Its reception area is a book-filled drawing room. You don’t feel like you’re checking in: you think you just arrived at a friend’s for a drink.  The lounges are intimate, as is the bar and the restaurant, part of which is a covered terrace jutting  into the piazza. Breakfast is served in an atrium full of fresh flowers. The rooms have marble baths and sheets of linen. The quality of everything is superb. And there is a romantic rooftop lounge for starry nights.  Claudio Meli, the hotel’s director has a well-articulated approach: “I have two children. The hotel is my third.“