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Interview with Claudio Meli – General Manager at JK Place Firenze.
Florence, Italy, Europe

To curate, plan and book your next travel experience, contact me directly. info@carlosmelia.com or +1 917 754 5515.

JK Place Firenze

JK Place Firenze, is located a stone’s throw from the Renaissance church of Santa Maria Novella in central Florence. The hotel has 20 luxurious rooms with everything for those who want a vacation with high quality and stylish furnishing. Lounges furnished with cosy couches, art and books convey the feeling of being on a visit to someone’s beautiful home.

The Boutique Hotel is hidden behind a charming door and has a rooftop terrace with a view over Florence’s rooftops. Some of the Suites at JK Place have walk-in closets, sitting rooms and private balconies. glass covered courtyard and roof terrace beckon on warmer days whilst winter afternoons are best spent huddled by the fireplace in the J.K Lounge!

JK Place Firenze is more like a sophisticated home than a hotel, with working fireplaces, antiques and collectables reminiscent of the items a family would accumulate over several generations. The Chinese prints, brass-framed photographs, neo-classical furniture and lamps from the 50s and 60s fit perfectly with the sleek masculine soft-coloured décor.

J.K. Lounge Bar and Restaurant is a kind of multifaceted and charming club which attracts a cross range of society, from businessmen to ineffable beauties, glamorous international stars and elegantly dressed local ladies. One can stop by for a quick luncheon, take tea in the afternoon, or enjoy the decadent pleasures of an aperitif followed by a delightful dinner. Quite often many choose to reserve the Lounge for a private dinner evening, or a working lunch, as well as for celebrating a special birthday in the magical “townhouse” atmosphere.

Book JK Place Firenze, or any JK Place property, directly with me – as a preferred partner – via email or phone, and instantly received the following VIP Amenities listed below. Email info@carlosmelia.com – Phone. +1 917 754 5515.

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom

  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

Q&A / Travel beyond COVID-19

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When are you foreseeing your hotel opening back for tourists ?
J.K. Place Firenze has reopened on July 3rd 2020

What measures have you taken to reopen post COVID-19 ?
Please address sterilization measures, security, mandates on staff and guests testing, transportation etc.
> Guest rooms and public areas are disinfected everyday using EcoLab Covid-19 free certified products
> Public areas, elevators, doors and all high-touched surfaces are disinfected regularly during the day
> Antibacterial hand sanitizers, made in Florence by Dr. Vranjes, are available in all public areas, reception and restaurant
> Inside the Hotel is ensured social distancing and all employees and Guests are wearing masks
> All our Guests will receive detailed information about our health and safety procedures prior to arrival, in order to contribute to the preservation of a safe environment

Food & Beverage
> All our Guests will continue enjoying complimentary J.K. breakfast, which will be served only à la carte or in room dining
> Both our indoor restaurant, J.K. Lounge, and our outdoor J.K. Terrace have been reconfigured to ensure that safety distance between Guests is respected
> All employees in the kitchen use personal protection equipment (masks and sanitation products)

Partners & Service Providers:
> We have ensured that all our Partners and Service Providers whom we collaborate with are compliant with our hygiene and sanitization protocols – protocols have been countersigned for acceptance.

How do you plan to enforce these measures and how will you ensure compliance ?
All J.K. Team received dedicated trainings about hygiene and sanitization protocols:
> Each J.K. department follows strict cleaning procedures to ensure the continuous disinfection of all the working spaces and surfaces.
> Employee Body temperature is checked every day
> Increased cleaning of the back of the house, focusing especially on high-touched surfaces

How will these measures affect the overall regular stay and experience ?
The enhancement of our Health and Safety procedures to guarantee a safe and Covid-19 free stay to our Guests won’t change the philosophy and the concept of J.K. Place Firenze hospitality: we are still the elegant and exquisitely intimate HOME in Florence and we are still offering the same personalized service that made us renowned worldwide. With its 20 rooms and suites, J.K. Place Firenze has always granted privacy and social distancing, which is nowadays even more important.

Booking & Payment Flexibility Terms and Conditions during and after COVID-19 time.
We have amended all our cancellation Terms & Conditions to fully flexible policies with cancellation terms reduced to 48 hours before the day of arrival for whole 2020.

Will you be offering any special promotions, packages and/or value adds?
We have published a special and time limited offer (until the end of 2020) that offers a double upgrade at the time of booking (already reflected in the rate)
> For longer stays guests can enjoy our special promotion “Stay for 3, Pay for 2” where we offer a 3rd complimentary night.
> We definitely keep extending all the Virtuoso and/or Travel Leaders Amenities to all guests booking through these special circuits.
> We have made also our above mentioned special promotions combinable with both, Virtuoso and Travel Leaders (Select Hotels) Amenities.

How will you plan to maintain a level social distancing ?
Being J.K. Place a small boutique Hotel, we have a limited number of guests that we can welcome to our Home so it is quite natural and easy to maintain social distancing. Our public areas are designed to comfortably handle and welcome the appropriate number of guests, ensuring that the social distancing recommendations can be respected.

> Our staff has been trained on the current regulations and recommendations to always maintain the environment safe.
> All guests arriving to J.K. Place are informed by email, before arrival, about our health & safety measures and are kindly reminded to respect the indicated regulations.
> We also have non-invasive signs throughout the Hotel, reminding our guests to always wear the mask inside the hotel, to keep the safe distance and to sanitize regularly the hands with Dr. Vranjes special hand sanitizer available in all public areas and at each floor.

Tell us about the current quarantine and restrictions within your destination ?
Currently there are no quarantine or restrictions in place in Florence, Tuscany and Italy. The population is only asked to follow the health & safety procedures put in place.

Please add any additional information you believe would be helpful to raise travelers trust levels in order to visit ?
We are pleased to share our full health & safety protocol with all the guests that require further details about what we do to ensure a safe stay on the link

Now on a lighter and positive note,

Have you taken advantage of this quiet months, to curate new experiences or discover new locations/destinations? If YES Which ?
We did our usual maintenance; no major renovations have been made

What is your favorite feature about your property and destination that you wish to share with my clients/readers ?
Guests visiting Florence in this period would be luckier than ever as the city is quieter, beautifully and perfectly maintained and much less crowed, including museums, restaurants and major sightseeing. Whenever it would be possible to travel, hope soon, we recommend to come to Florence and experience the city as never done before.
In this moment in which privacy and intimacy are two of the most important values, J.K. Place Firenze remains the perfect choice for a stay in Florence as the small size of the hotel, the many public living rooms available and the beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the church of Santa Maria Novella always grant our guests comfort.

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Helpful Resources

Some useful resources you might want to keep in mind, for your upcoming travels during and after COVID-19.

IATA Travel Center  
www.iatatravelcentre.com

US Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs  
www.travel.state.gov

CDC Center for Disease Control & Prevention
www.cdc.gov

World Health Organization
www.who.int

Homeland Security
www.dhs.gov

Global COVID-19 Flights & Travel Restrictions
app.developer.here.com

World Travel & Tourism Council
www.wttc.org/COVID-19/

World Travel Restrictions UN World Food Programme
www.unwfp.maps.arcgis.com

Observatory on Border Crossings Status due to COVID-19
www.wiki.unece.org

Health travel advice for all Countries
www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

EU Reopen
reopen.europa.eu

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