Hamzeh Alfarahneh

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca

  • Where:
  • Why:Florence in summer
  • When:July 2022
  • Who:Boo and I

"Quiet, classic, cozy, and comfortable home away from home"

AT A GLANCE: Neighbours to Santa Maria Novella and a stone’s throw from Florence’s most iconic sites and landmarks. This charming, budget-friendly, city-central guest house will make you feel at home. Casa Howard’s 13 appointed guest rooms are all designed to perfection with a keen eye for detail. But what seals the deal is the wealth of knowledge and connections that the owner and concierge has. So make sure you ask them to book your dinner and lunch in the city’s most sought-after establishments and enjoy the royal treatment that will ensue. 

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Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Oh, Hello! From my home away from home in Florence

Oh, Hello! From my home away from home in Florence

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca My lush love nest of a suite

My lush love nest of a suite

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Can you tell I’m entirely at home at Casa Howard? I’m already people-watching from my lounge window

Can you tell I’m entirely at home at Casa Howard? I’m already people-watching from my lounge window

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Obsessed with this wallpaper, the boutique hotel has been designed by the owner’s late mother, who has exquisite taste

Obsessed with this wallpaper, the boutique hotel has been designed by the owner’s late mother, who has exquisite taste

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca My very own hall of mirrors, but also a charming loo

My very own hall of mirrors, but also a charming loo

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Every detail, motif, and object screams class and excellent taste… I love it here

Every detail, motif, and object screams class and excellent taste… I love it here

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca A selfie with the grand dame

A selfie with the grand dame

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Casa Howard’s concierge took care of all of our dinner and lunch reservations and corresponded with all the bookings through personalized letters that we got every morning

Casa Howard’s concierge took care of all of our dinner and lunch reservations and corresponded with all the bookings through personalized letters that we got every morning

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Also, you can take the Casa Howard bicycle for a spin

Also, you can take the Casa Howard bicycle for a spin

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Had some work done in the Studio. Casa Howard is a great space for professionals on the road

Had some work done in the Studio. Casa Howard is a great space for professionals on the road

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Loved the family photos of Bonifacio, this is a testament to how guests are made to feel at home

Loved the family photos of Bonifacio, this is a testament to how guests are made to feel at home

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Another image from another suite at Casa Howard, the fireplace room

Another image from another suite at Casa Howard, the fireplace room

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca This is the playroom that was converted into a guest suite

This is the playroom that was converted into a guest suite

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca And to my favorite room in the Casa, a library room

And to my favorite room in the Casa, a library room

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Can’t wait to hang out here again soon

Can’t wait to hang out here again soon

Highs & Lows

  • Loved the personalized touches and experiences. You feel like you are at home

  • The design — I was shocked that it was all done by the owner Bonifacio and his late mother, who started Casa Howard

  • The attention to detail at Casa Howard deserves an A+ — from the Casa Howard glass water bottles to Santa Maria Novella refillable amenities. The beautifully presented cocktail menu, along with Casa Howard's own newspaper and all the little nooks to read and explore

  • I know that Bonifacio was working on the breakfast menu when I visited. I would love it if there was more variety on offer for breakfast — it is, after all the most important meal of the day

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca My lush love nest of a suite

The Barometer

  • Design
  • Location
  • Future Forward
  • Night's Sleep
  • Service
  • Amenities
  • Takeable Treats
  • Refer a Friend
  • Overall Value
  • Life Changing
Total: 48/50
Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca Also, you can take the Casa Howard bicycle for a spin

Important Bits

  • Type

    Guest House

  • Vibe

    Quiet, elegant, cozy, and comfortable residenza d'epoca (historic residence)

  • Location

    Historic city centre

  • Rooms

    Thirteen rooms

  • Pre-Arrival & Arrival Experience

    Smooth and seamless

  • Future Forward

    Refillable Santa Maria Novella amenities and no plastic bottles in sight

  • Music

    Calm and quiet, but you get to choose your soundtrack just like if you were at home

  • Year Opened

    2005

  • Designed By

    Jennifer Howard, the OG owner of Casa Howard, with new touchups by her son Bonifacio Leonardi di Casalino

  • Health & Wellness

    Casa Howard is a boutique hotel with no spa or pool that said, I am sure that the team will go above and beyond to organize all of your heart's desire within reason

  • Food

    Only had breakfast, and it was fresh and tasty

  • Bar, Events & Nightlife

    Just like a home, every room could transform into a bar the only difference the cocktails are done to perfection

  • Minibar & Retail

    No minibar, but it was not missed. Retail space is not available and was not in need — Florence and its endless shops are literally less than a few steps away

  • Accessibility

    Not available

  • Pet Friendly

    Yes

  • Children

    Yes

  • Price

    Great value

  • Tel.

    +390557094605

  • Website

    Visit website

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca

Casa Howard Firenze Residenza d’Epoca

Casa Howard Firenze - Residenza d'Epoca, Via della Scala, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Procacci

Procacci

Procacci, Via dè Tornabuoni, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

Luisaviaroma

Luisaviaroma

LUISAVIAROMA, Via Roma, Florence, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

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