A well-heeled Italian property hides a sexy subterranean lounge.
The J.K. Place Firenze is the rare hotel that both an ardent traditionalist and a militant modernist can agree on. The design, executed by Florentine architect Michele Bönan, unites disparate elements—a Louis XVI-era mirror here, a Tibetan headdress there—in a tasteful presentation that balances minimalism and opulence. The property feels more like a personal residence than a hotel: Reception is tucked inconspicuously in the library, sharing the table with vintage coffee table books and plaster casts of famous 19th-century writers, the breakfast room mimics a family dining room with its single antique table, and ground floor lounges are intimately arranged around Charles X fireplaces. Rooms, with curtained four-poster beds and panelled moulding, are truly cozy retreats. Underground, however, the vibe is less tranquil. J.K. Lounge’s all-white furnishings serve as a blank canvas for neon pink lighting, transforming a small, barrel-vaulted basement into a debaucherous late-night watering hole.