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"To me, decoration means coupling things I really like and making them work together. As a result a feeling of well-being and relaxation pervades the house” - Jenifer Leonardi interviewed by Shelter Interiors



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Website: The Guardian

Year: 2011

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence

Review: Though a few euros above the budget band, Casa Howard must be lauded for its affordability in the face of extreme style. Its two locations house a total of 10 themed and very unforgettable bedrooms. [... read more here ... ]



Website: Red On Line

Year: 2011

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: Why go? For a stylish, affordable and family-friendly place to stay in Florence... 18 via della Scala, Florence, 50123. [... read more here ... ]



Magazine: Ahlani

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Endorsement for this less-is-more school of travel comes from the most surprising places. Elite guidebook Nota Bene, for example, positively raves about Casa Howard's pair of flamboyant five-bedroom guesthouses in Rome, even though some rooms are not ensuite."



Magazine: Alastair Sawdays

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "A five-minute walk from the bus and train station is this handsome palazzo, the talk of the town. No reception staff, no communal space, just a big fur throw on a welcoming divan and smiling housekeepers who serve breakfast in your room. On each floor, too, an honest fridge stocked with soft drinks, wine and champagne. But best of all are the bedrooms, designed with style, originality and humour. If you can splash out on a larger, more lavish room, do, though all are delightful. One, with a sunken bath and Japanese prints on the walls, is a deep sensual red; another is 18th-century elegant, with a black velvet sofa and gold taffeta curtains. The apartment, its queen-size bed residing at the top of a spiral stair, is ultra-moderne. There’s a room specially for those who arrive with their pooches (dogs’ beds, baskets, large terrace), and another, the “Play Room”, for families (Disney videos, a climbing wall!). Bathrooms are memorable; nights are air-conditioned and peaceful, providing you keep windows shut. A breath of fresh air, and decent value for the heart of old Florence."



Magazine: AnotherTravelGuide.com

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Casa Howard Guest House is situated in the very centre of Rome, a stone's throw from Spanish Steps and luxury designer shops (Gucci, Prada etc.) 10 beautifuly designed, cosy rooms in two locations. When you are booking a room, the owners always make a point of explaining that this is not a hotel, it's an elegant residence set up in a beautiful historical building. Everything is just the way it should be: antique furniture, parquet floor and wonderful windows. Zebra room (at via Sistina 149) has a little balcony, too. Three rooms (at via Capo le Case 18) don't have en suite bathrooms. But it is quite simple, actually: whenever the need calls, grab the specially provided kimono and slippers and rush some eight metres or so down the passage to the lavatory reserved specially for your room. The staff are very obliging; all speaks English, sometimes, however there is an older Italian lady, doesn't understand a word but that won't prevent you from arranging everything you need. Perfect value for your money. However, you have to book a room well in advance: excellent word of mouth about Casa Howard spreads fast, so don't put off making a reservation too long. "



Magazine: AnotherTravelGuide.com

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Casa Howard Guest House is situated in the very centre of Rome, a stone's throw from Spanish Steps and luxury designer shops (Gucci, Prada etc.) 10 beautifuly designed, cosy rooms in two locations. When you are booking a room, the owners always make a point of explaining that this is not a hotel, it's an elegant residence set up in a beautiful historical building. Everything is just the way it should be: antique furniture, parquet floor and wonderful windows. Zebra room (at via Sistina 149) has a little balcony, too. Three rooms (at via Capo le Case 18) don't have en suite bathrooms. But it is quite simple, actually: whenever the need calls, grab the specially provided kimono and slippers and rush some eight metres or so down the passage to the lavatory reserved specially for your room. The staff are very obliging; all speaks English, sometimes, however there is an older Italian lady, doesn't understand a word but that won't prevent you from arranging everything you need. Perfect value for your money. However, you have to book a room well in advance: excellent word of mouth about Casa Howard spreads fast, so don't put off making a reservation too long. "



Magazine: Architectural Digest (edizione Italiana)

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Per la nostra storia essere a Firenze, in un palazzo antico a ridosso del complesso di Santa Maria Novella, non è cosa indifferente. Non già perché l'interior design di questa Casa Howard, nuova gemma dell'omonima catena di guesthousese di nichia, dopo quella di Roma pubblicata su AD del Gennaio 2004, si riffacia agli stilemi dell'architettura di Leon Battista Alberti, meglio, ai modi della tradizione abitativa fiorentina; piuttosto perché, nella sua ricerca di una rapsodia decorativa colta ed emozionale, rintraccia certe atmosfere patrizie e padronali, certe nostalgie cara alla colonia inglese che, sulle rive dell'Arno e sulle colline circostanti, si insediò tra le fine dell'800 e l'inizio del'900, quel esistenziale anglofiorentino che ebbe Mark twain un acuto chiosatore. [... read more here ... ] "



Magazine: Architectural Digest (edizione Italiana)

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Tra le più vibranti e poliedriche personalità dell' ultima generazione dei progettisti d' interni in Italia, Tommaso Ziffer, lungo il corso del suo lavoro, ha saputo rimanere fedele a sé stesso e alla sua linea espressiva affrontando sempre il nuovo, sfidandosi su territori inediti e appassionanti, talvolta confrontandosi con linguaggi e textures imprevidibile, le più versatile e diverse, Ironico e affiscinante, l'architetto in un continuo andirivieni tra Roma e Parigi, possiede un grande talento nel sentire e interpretare in anticipo i segni, le traiettorie, le infinite, cangianti suggestioni della creatività. Per Massimiliano e Jenifer Leonardi di Casalino, Tommaso Ziffer ha realizzato il progetto d'interior design de Casa Howard, a Roma, une guest house aperta di recente, nel cuore antico della città. [... read more here... ] "



Magazine: Avantoure

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Capo le Case Guesthouse

Review: "Where to stay in Europe - Rome. Casa Howard is Rome’s secret pied a terre, hidden exactly where you want to be – down a side street near the Spanish Steps, not far from Prada and Gucci. There are five bedrooms, each uniquely decorated with a combination of comfort and flair. The Chinese Room is swathed in glamorous silks and the White Room a fresh mix of toile de jouy and antique furnishings. Okay, so you have to walk down a corridor to get to the bathroom, but kimonos and slippers are provided to ease the way. There are fresh flowers, a hairdresser and massage service are available, and even a Turkish bath to ease weary limbs after sightseeing. It all makes for an intimate affair, refreshingly different from the pompous swank of most Roman hotels. Breakfast is a feast of buttery pastries, fresh juices, and homemade jam from the owners’ Tuscan farm. "



Magazine: A&W Architektur & Wohnen

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Die Zimmer des Boutique-Hotels CH sistina bei der Spanischen Treppe hat der Interiordesigner Tommaso Ziffer gestaltet, der auch das Roemische Grandhotel de Russie ausgestattet hat. Seine fünf Suiten in der Villa Sistina im Flower-Power-, Zebra- und Indien-Look gehoeren zu den begehrtesten der Stadt."



Magazine: Bazaar - Escape Weekends – Luxe for less

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouses

Review: "This small pensione has two Rome locations, five rooms in each, all within paces of the best boutiques and the Spanish Steps. Staying at Casa Howard is like staying at a friend’s flat – if your friend happens to be a well-travelled interior designer and charming hostess. Jennifer Howard Forneris opened the first of the two properties in 2000, determined to recreate the stylish atmosphere of a Roman home. The rooms are small but perfect, individually decorated with the kind of beautiful fabrics you might expect from the daughter of Luciano Forneris, one of Italy’s most famous textile designers. Not all are en suite, but each has a private bathroom down the hall; you are provided with a kimono and slippers. The housekeeper is always on standby with a hot iron for your shirt or advice about a good place for afternoon tea. The miniature Turkish Hammam is a treat. Oh, and breakfast is brought to your room, complete with pastries and honey from Jennifer’s house in Tuscany."



Magazine: B Cool Firenze

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "The Art of Hospitality and of smart traveling – Casa Howard Guest Houses are not hotels rather true, beautiful private houses whether an apartment, palazzo or farmhouse which gives personal service, and where some typically “hotel” ideas, methods and services have been borrowed. With uniquely designed, cosy rooms in both towns, it’s like staying in a very relaxed, stylish friend’s home – as guests you get the keys of the house, you enjoy the original furniture and objects, and you feel the atmosphere of the house. Casa Howard is located close to Santa Maria Novella – an ideal spot for accessing the city’s profusion of architectural treasures. Having only 12 rooms and 2 suites in Florence. The Florentine Casa – classified as a “Residenza d’Epoca” – (a “registered property”) is world famous for its quirky look thanks to renovations made by famous inerior designers Tommaso Ziffer and Fabrizio Cuniberto led by Jenifer Howard Forneris.

L’arte della Ospitalità e del "viaggiare intelligente", le Guest Houses Casa Howard non sono alberghi né boutique hotels, ma autentiche case private, sia che si tratti di un palazzo, di un appartamento o di una fattoria aperte a viaggiatori esperti che non desiderano più andare in strutture impersonali o artefatte. Alcuni tipici servizi “d’albergo” garantiscono la piena fruibilità delle strutture, ma la sensazione rimane quella di andare ospiti in bellissime case di amici, dove riceverete le chiavi e godrete senza soggezione dei tanto oggetti d’arte o autentici ricordi di viaggio della famiglia dei proprietari. Un cameriere è sempre presente. La Casa di Firenze, a pochi metri dalla piazza di Santa Maria Novella, è ideale base di partenza per il giro dei tesori d’arte o dei negozi (o anche gastronomico) della città. Arredamenti, non “di design” ma tutti autenticamente divertenti o anche suggestivi senza per questo travalicare in esagerazioni o dejà vu, realizzati sotto la guida di Jenifer Howard Forneris dal famoso Tommaso Ziffer e da Francesco Cuniberto."




Magazine: Cash (Switzerland)

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Privatlogis für Hotelhasser
Casa Howard Guesthouses - Ambiance: Elegantes Under-statement in zwei historischen StadthaNusern - Lage: Wenige Schritte von der Spanischen Treppe entfernt - Service: persõnlich und individuell - Zimmer: Zweimal fünf komfortable Zimmer mit wohnlichem Flair.

"Es ist einfach wichtig, unterwegs von etwas Persõnlichem umgeben zu sein", meint Massimiliano Leonardi, Schõpfer der beiden "Casa Howard Guesthouses" in Rom. Die stillvollen Mini-Domizile beherbergen je fünf reizende Gästezimmer und liegen nur gerade 100 respektive 120 Meter von der Spanischen Treppe entfernt - genau dort also, wo man in Rom am liebsten sein, mittendrin. Dazu kommen das Ambiente eines privaten Hauses, frische Blumen und gediegene Wohn-Accessoires, antike Mõbel und auf Wunsch ein Computer mit kosten-losem Highspeed-Internetzugang im Zimmer. Ein echter Geheimtipp für alle, die dem Gefühl, welches standardisierte Hotels vermitteln, entkommen mõchten."



Website: Concierge.com

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "If you want to experience what it would be like to stay at the home of an elegant Roman with fantastic taste, you should get a room at Casa Howard. They have two locations, both near the Spanish Steps, and each room has a theme - everything from Chinese to flowers - with the wallpaper and furniture to match. At the Via Capo le Case, choose the pink room for its en suite bathroom and larger size, and at Via Sistina, the mod Zebra suite (all of Sistina's rooms have WiFi and en suite bathrooms). Most rooms are tiny but we love the breakfasts of fresh cornetti and honey from Tuscany, and the hamman bathrooms. Book early though, the secret's out."



Website: Concierge.com

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Like the idea of a bit of luxury combined with the atmosphere of an elegant private residence? Casa Howard could provide the answer. This discreet home-from-home offers high standards of comfort and service and great rates. The look is stylish and vaguely eccentric; furniture is an eclectic mixture of antiques and custom-made pieces combined with fine fabrics and strong colors. No two bedrooms are alike: The spacious and dramatic Drawing Room has black walls and white cornicing: The Hidden Room is a sexy little den with deep red walls hung with erotic Japanese prints and a sunken bath; the Fireplace Room is just that, apart from an oversized black velvet sofa and honey-colored silk curtains. There is no communal space to speak of (unless you count the Turkish Bath), so breakfast is served on a tray in the rooms."



Website: Concierge.com

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "f you don't happen to have stylish Roman friends who can put you up in their apartment, Casa Howard is the next best thing. This tasteful, upmarket B&B has two locations, both near the Spanish Steps, and each room has a theme—everything from Chinese to flowers—with wallpaper and furniture to match. The Via Capo le Case location is more feminine; go for the Pink Room here, for its en suite bathroom and larger size. The more design-y Via Sistina branch (opt for the Zebra suite) was designed by Tommaso Ziffer, the architect behind the far pricier Hotel de Russie. All of Via Sistina's rooms have Wi-Fi and en suite bathrooms. Most rooms are tiny, but we love the breakfasts of fresh cornetti and honey from Tuscany, and the hammam bathrooms (there's one for your steaming pleasure at each property). Book early, though: The secret's out (149 Via Sistina)."



Magazine: Conde Nast Traveller


Year: 2005


Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse


Review: "Regulars love Casa Howard's two Roman branches for their charming decor and proximity to the Spanish Steps. Its just-opened Florentine sister continues the trend, with themed rooms (Playroom is for families, Camel for smokers) and a convenient location near the train station... "



Magazine: Conde Nast Traveller

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review:"The Hotel Hot List 2005 - 60 best new hotels

Following the success of two Casa Howards in Rome, owners Count Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino and his English wife have set their sights on Florence as part of a long-term plan to open similar guest houses in other European 'art cities'. Designed to be a discreet pied-a`-terre offering the sort of choice location, high standards of service and accessible prices that will appeal to business and leisure travellers alike, Casa Howard Florence is in an elegant town house a few minutes' walk from both the train station and the city's Renaissance glories. The look is classy, cosy and vaguely eccentric; the emphasis in the 12 highly individual bedrooms is on quality and fine fabrics (several of which have private terraces). The dramatic drawing room has a black ceiling and walls, white mouldings, leopard-print headboards and dusty mauve, shot-silk window treatments. The intimate Hidden Room has a sunken bath, a shower in a glass box, erotic Japanese prints on deep red walls and a chintzy little sitting room. There is a room for kids with a climbing frame against one wall and another for dog owners, complete with dog beds and a large terrace. Bathrooms, stocked with delicious Santa Maria Novella toiletries, are quirky and fun, and the hammam will restore museum-weary bones. You can order breakfast (hot croissants and honey from the owners' farm) in your room at any time (within reason), and fridges on each floor are stocked with Champagne, wine and soft drinks. "


Website: Daily Candy

Year: 2006

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome

Review: "[...]The best-kept hotel secret is Casa Howard (Via Sistina, 149 and Via Capo Le Case, 18; +39-06-69-924-555 ) for price, location, and design (book the zebra room).[...]"



Magazine: De Smaak Van Italie

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Dir vriendelijke gastenhuis Casa Howard bevindt zich vlakbij de Santa Maria Novella; een ideaal uitgangspunt voor het ontdekken van de rijke kunst en de architectuur van de stad.

Het huis is een intrigerende combinatie van een pachtig herenhuis en een hip hotel waar de gasten worden ondergebracht in elegante appartementen. De Fireplace room heeft open haarden in zit- en badkamer. Hidden Room is ingericht met diep donkerrood en de Drawing Room heft een marmeren vloer en antieke Chinese mueblen. Alle originele vloeren en plafonds zijn bewaard gebleven. In Casa Howard zijn mooie meubelstukken te vinden. Zo is er zwart zijden sofa, een ingebouwd bad van marmer en een capitoneerd bedhoofdeinde date en hele muur in beslag neemt. Er is een hamam om heerlijk te kunnen ontspannen ne een dagje winkelen.



Magazine: De Smaak Van Italie

Year: 2009

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Casa Howard ligt vlakbij de Santa Maria Novella. Ideaal gelegen om de kunst en architectuur van de stad rustig te kunnen ontedekken. Het huis is een intrigerende combinatie vane en prachtig herenhuis en een hip hotel waar de gasten worden ondergebracht in elegante appartamenten. "



Magazine: D'Ex

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Guesthouses

Review: "Il nome Casa Howard rievoca grandi magioni inglesi, immagini uscite dalla penna di Edward M. Foster e magistralmente interpretate sullo schermo da Anthony Hopkins. Invece è solo un caso di omonimia. Di madre inglese e padre toscano, Jennifer Howard Forneris, con il marito Massimiliano Leopardi di Casalino dà vita a una eclatante avventura nel mondo dell’accueil internazionale. Viaggiatrice incallita, Jennifer ha diviso la sua vita tra Londra, Roma, Tokio e la Cina. Donna dal gusto squisito e dall’allure internazionale, lavora nel mondo della moda capitolina, scoprendo fashion designer emergenti che in seguito diverranno guru della moda, come Kenzo e Joshi Yamamoto. Massimiliano, dopo una lunga esperienza nelle banche d’affari ginevrine, ha deciso di dedicarsi anima e corpo alla ristrutturazione di palazzi storici. Nel 1990 si libera una casa di famiglia a Roma, vicino a Piazza di Spagna. Stanchi di scendere in alberghi anonimi ed impersonali, iniziano la trasformazione del palazzo avito in una guest house: piccoli appartamenti e suite per visitatori attenti e raffinati. Il punto focale della loro filosofia è creare ambienti curati nei minimi dettagli, che danno la sensazione di sentirsi a casa propria o, meglio ancora, ospiti di un amico del cuore, che ti invita in un’altra città. Il successo immediato spinge la poliedrica coppia al restauro di un secondo palazzo, sempre nella capitale, fino a giungere all’ultima nata in Casa Howard, quella di Firenze. “ Ho molti amici e decine di cugini sparsi nel mondo – spiega Leonardi – mi sono innamorato di questo palazzo tardo settecentesco nel centro storico fiorentino, a pochi passi da Santa Maria Novella. Con Jennifer e l’architetto torinese Fabrizio Cuniberto abbiamo tentato un approccio simile a quello romano, ma al tempo stesso più legato alla filologia storica del luogo, in modo da mantenere intatta la connotazione vincente da casa di famiglia”. Anche il visitatore più smaliziato resta affascinato appena varcato l’ingresso dell’austero palazzo. Profusioni di righe colorate intercalate a dicotomie cromatiche bianche e nere. Mobili e dipinti di famiglia accostati a lampade, tavoli e scrivanie disegnate da questo pool di esteti e prodotti da artigiani toscani. I colori sono forti, i contrasti squillanti per un mondo incantato dove il confort regna sovrano. Nicchie abitative appartate che si schiudono su disimpegni separati l’uno dall’altro. L’assetto architettonico del palazzo si prestava a numerose variazioni su tema e, grazie all’abilità di Fabrizio Cuniberto, senza abbattere nessuna parete, si creano volumi dentro volumi come in un perenne gioco di scatole cinesi. A Casa Howard gli ospiti sono felici di essere in vacanza, di sicuro i più piccoli, ai quali è dedicata l’intera parete di una suite per l’arrampicata libera, grazie a pietre in plastica colorata. Atmosfera di moderna decadenza per la drawing room tutta giocata sui contrasti tra bianco e nero, testiere in plexiglass trasparente, bagno con specchi e lacche nere, foto di papier peints francesi. Accanto al candido letto una poltrona zebrata in stile Luigi XVI, che si sposa con gli ottocenteschi mosaici dei pavimenti e con i soffitti affrescati. Dalle finestre scendono tende in croccante taffettas mischiati a tocchi di puro design come il divano in seta nera. La camera degli amanti è giocata sui toni del rosso vivido, con alle pareti stampe erotiche giapponesi. Di fronte al letto, nascosta da una grata in legno wengè naturale, si schiude la vasca grigio scura per abluzioni notturne. Accessibile dopo aver attraversato un dedalo di disimpegni arricchiti da frammenti di tessuto antico, si giunge al grande bagno turco, che richiama i fasti degli hammam magrebini. Jennifer Leonardi dedica una stanza di memorie orientali alla madre, nobildonna inglese nata a Tien Tsin allorché il padre era di stanza in Cina in qualità di governatore della zona. Compaiono arazzi del secolo scorso, lumi verde giada prodotti nelle Filippine, profusione di lacche e di mobili in giunco e midollino. Per gli amici a quattro zampe la dog room, con terrazzino con vista sul retro di Santa Maria Novella, guaches e ritratti di cani, ciotole e cucce imbottite secondo la migliore tradizione anglosassone. Casa Howard è un capriccio decorativo che non ha uguali poiché mischia con grande abilità il retroterra culturale di una Firenze dal sapore pratoliniano al top del design e della creatività. Fonti di ispirazione? Strano, ma la risposta non c’è. Il decor è nato dal cuore e dall’amore della proprietaria, figlia di un famoso disegnatore di tessuti, per i colori, la brillantezza e la tattilità delle stoffe. Vagando per le strade di Parigi ne compra a profusione senza calcoli di metraggi solo perché la ispirano. Da qui parte il grande viaggio nel mondo della creatività decorativa e, da un’altra tastiera in pesante lino color corda, o da un divano millerighe che ricorda una tela contemporanea, inizia un percorso che ha un inizio ma mai una fine. Nuovi progetti firmati Casa Howard sono sul punto di nascere in Spagna e Inghilterra."



Magazine: Dove Case

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome & Florence

Review: "[...]Anche a Firenze e a Roma sono nate iniziative analoghe. Nella città Toscana Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino ha inaugurato da poco un elegante guest apartment in via della Scala 18, sistemato con la collaborazione degli architetti Fabrizio Cuniberto e Patrizio Ruffo e arredato dalla moglie Jenifer Howard. Spiega il titolare: "Provengo da una famiglia napoletana numerosa, e con il passare degli anni ho ereditato alcune case in Europa. All'inizio mi sembravano poco gestibili, poi ho trovato la formula della guest house per le proprietà piu grandi e del guest apartment per quelle piu piccole e ho trasformato tutto in una fonte di redddito". Il progetto sembra proprio riuscito, visto che Leonardi di Casalino inaugurerà a breve un altro appartamento a Barcellona. Senza dimenticare i due guest house che già gestice a Roma, rispettivamente in Via Capo le Case 18 e in Via Sistina 149. [...]"



Magazine: Dove

Year: 2005

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome

Review: Review on the Guide Book "Ospitalità di charme" by Guide Accoglienza and feature of a picture of Casa Howard Guesthouse



Magazine: Dove

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Nel cuore del centro storico, a solo 100 metri da piazza di Spagna, è appena stata inaugurata une guesthouse all'interno di un palazzo storico: è casa Howard, dal nome della proprietaria, Jenifer Howard, naturalmente di origine britannica. Cinque camere in tutto, con parquet, soffitto a cassettoni, aria condizionata, ventilatore a pale, tv satellitare. Ognuna ha pareti e tessuti in colori diversi, verde, bianco, rosa, blu, e da questi prende il nome. La quinta camera è chiamata stanza cinese, per via della tappezzeria in seta rossa proveniente da hong kong. Tutte sono arredtae con letti a baldacchino, soprammobili in porcellana Richard Ginori e bouquet di fiori freschi del giardino curato dalla padrona di casa. A chi dorme nelle stanze verde o rosa, è fornito un autentico chimono giapponese per raggiungere il bagno en-suite. Al mattino, colazione in camera a base di cornetti caldi, marmellate fatte in casa e ottimo miele prodotto in Toscana nella tenuta dei proprietari, e il quotidiano preferito. Oltre al servizio di parrucchiere, di stiratura degli abiti e all'autista che accompagna gli ospiti dall'aeroporto, è a dispozione anche un rilassante bagno turco, decorato con mattonelle di mosaico fatte a mano."



Newspaper: Evening Standard

Year: 2003

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome Accommodation

Review: "Near the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna, this small exquisitely decorated hotel has just five rooms, with shining parquet floors. The exotic Chinese room has red silk curtains and a gold and red brocade bedspread. Kimonos and slippers are provided, because although bathrooms are private not all are en-suite. There is a Turkish bath down the hall. Hairdresser and massage service are available. In JanuaryCasa Howard II [ via Sistina ] opened with five more rooms just around the corner."



Website: Escapio - Hotel Booklet 2008

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Der Aufenthalt im Casa Howard Guest House in Florenz macht riesigen Spaß. Zum einen wegen der originellen Themenzimmer, die mit einem Mix aus Antimöbeln und Extraanfertigungen eingerichtet sind. Zum anderen wegen der angenehm privaten Atmosphäre und dem Frühstück im Bett mit warmen Croissants und toskanischem Honig."



Newspaper: The Florentine

Year: 2005

Guest House: Casa Howard Florence

Review: "Casa Howard - If you have enough of impersonal hotel rooms with indifferent service and like the idea of a bit of luxury combined with the atmosphere of an elegant and private residence, 12-room Casa Howard could provide the answer.

Occupying a handsome palazzo on Via della Scala (a rather scruffy street that is, however, conveniently situated for both the train station and the city centre), this discreet home-from-home is the brainchild of Massimiliano Leonardi and his English interior-designer wife. The idea is to offer a discreet pied-a-terre with high standards of comfort and service plus the sort of accessible prices that will appeal to leisure travellers.

Once inside, the look is stylish and vaguely eccentric with an emphasis on quality; furniture is an eclectic mixture of custom-made pieces and pickings from the family vaults while fine fabrics and strong colours play a major role. No two bedrooms are alike (apart from the tiny "Twins" which are near mirror images of each other), but they are all done out with style, originality and touches of humor. The large Drawing Room is the most dramatic; white cornicing stands out against black walls while the bed heads are covered in leopard print. The Fireplace Room has two of them, one is in the bathroom where you can watch the plasma screen TV while soaking in the clawfoot tub. The Hidden Room is a sensual little den whose deep red walls are hung with erotic Japanese prints and which shares its floor space with a shower in a glass box and a sunken bath. it has its own chintzy little living room too. Pooch owners will be lease with the dog baskets and large terrace in the Game Room, smokers can indulge in the Camel Room and the kids can let off stream on the climbing frame in the Play Room.

There are electric kettles with supplies of tea and coffee in all rooms plus LCD TVs and everything else you would expect from a top level hotel. Bathrooms (which all have cosy heated floors) are quirky and fun (although some are quite small) and well stocked with delicious Santa Maria Novella bath goodies. There is no communal space to speak of (unless you count the Turkish bath) so breakfast is served on a tray in the rooms. The lack of a bar is compensated for by "honesty" fridges filled with champagne, wines and soft drinks on each floor.

Casa Howard Florence only opened a few months ago, but the Leonardi's have been successfully runningtwo Roman versions for some years now and there are plans to expand into other European art cities such as Barcelona and Prague. Good luck to them... it would seem they are onto a winner and there's nowhere else quite like it in Florence."



Magazine: Geo Saison Extra

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Die gute alte Pension, im ersten Stock gelegen, ist auferstanden – als hippes Guesthouse und Kontrastangebot zu traditionellen Hotels. Wie zuvor in Rom haben die Britin Jennifer Howard Forneris und ihr Mann Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino mitten in Florenz ihre Vorstellung von gehobener Gastlichkeit in einem Palazzo verwirklicht. Hinter der hochglanzpolierten, mit massiven Messingbeschlägen versehenen Eingangstur entfalten sich ein Haus mit betont privater Atmosphäre, das aktuellem cool design eine deutliche Asbage erteilt. Eine Innentreppe verbindet drei Stockwerke, uber die sich die opulent möblierten Zimmer verteilen. Zusammen mit dem Turiner Innenarchitekten Fabrizio Cuniberto hat Jennifer Howard Forneris jedes Detail geplant. Das Zimmer „Fireplace“ verheisst mit Marmorkamin, Parkett und ausladendem, schwarzem Sofa behagliche Stunden. Im „Hidden Room“ versteckt sich das rote Schlafzimmer hinter einem roten Salon. Im „Drawing Room“ blieb der antike Boden erhalten; dunkelbrauner Wände, voluminöse Stores, Plüschsofa und ausladender Fauteuil versprühen den dekadenten Charme des 19. Jahrhunderts. Zum „Play Room“ gehört ein Vorraum mit Kletterwand, und im Schlafzimmer häufen sich Kinderbucher – mit denen der Hausherr aufwuchs. „Nichts ist Fake, alles hier ist eich, Kunstwerke oder Objekte stammen aus Familienbesitz“, sagt Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino. "



Magazine: GQ Japan

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse






Magazine: Grands Reportages

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouses

Review: "Les 10 chambres de ces deux appartements en étage avec ascenseur non loin de la place d'Espagne sont petites, contrastees. Petit déjeuner en chambre, bain turc à l'étage. Comme loger dans une maison particulière, d'après son propriétaire..."



Magazine: Guide de Charme - Hotel et maison d'hotes de charme en Italie

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouses

Review: "Sonnez sur le timbre en cuivre de cet ancien immeuble bourgeois de la via Capo le Case, à deux pas de la place d’Espagne, montez au deuxième étage, Cristy, une jeune femme asiatique, vous accueille et s’occupera de tout. Vous êtes à la Casa Howard, aménagée par l’architecte d’intérieur de l’Hôtel de Russie tout proche. Il n’y a ici que cinq chambres, spacieuses, confortables et silencieuses. Lits à baldaquin, soieries ou toiles de Jouy, mobilier et parquets anciens, kimono, chaussons, petit déjeuner servi au lit, vous êtes chouchouté de façon personnalisée, stylée, dans un raffinement complet. La Casa Howard qui appartenait au père de Jennifer Forneris-Howard, a été transformée par celle-ci et par son mari, le comte Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino. Ceci explique sans doute cela. Si vous souhaitez davantage de luxe, à des prix légèrement plus élevés, allez à la nouvelle Casa Howard, via Sistina, à moins de cinq cents mètres. Ici, style plus contemporain, mais toujours un cadre cosy avec des audaces décoratives anglo-saxonnes. Pour les inconditionnels, on annonce une jumelle à Florence."



Magazine: Hi Life

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: TBC



Magazine: Hotel

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Personalizzata nel dettaglio -- Un'ospitalita esclusiva quella della guesthouse. Piccoli paradisi del comfort e del lusso, questo tipo di strutture garantiscono all'ospite un ambiente raccolto in cui soggiornare circondati da ogni comfort. Non fa eccezione Casa Howard, guesthouse realizzata nel cuore antico di Roma da Tommaso Ziffer. La struttura si articola in cinque stanze con sala da bagno turco. Per Casa Howard il progettista ha voluto giocare liberamente con il colore dotando ogni ambiente di una propria, unica, personalita. Unico elemento di connessione il pavimento in resina rossa. Ispirazioni forti arrivano dagli anni 50 e 70. Cosi la Zebra Room ripropone le atmosfere psichedeliche di quel periodo, con tessuti animalier, lacca nera lucida, acciaio e specchi. La Flower room, invece, e` quasi un omaggio a Ken Scott e ai suoi riconoscibilissimi motivi floreali che animano le cinque diverse tappezzerie utilizzate. Nell' American Cousin's Room, il motivo capitonneL della testiera del letto e` stato disegnato a computer e stampato su stoffa. Molti, ma inseriti in modo discreto, gli oggetti di design utilizzati, lampade, oggettistica, sedute. Non mancano poi i pezzi d'arte, come le numeri fotografie di Robert Maplethorpe appese alle pareti. Molti gli spazi comuni, come la cucina, in legno laccato opaco con piano di lavoro in acciaio inox, disegnata dallo Studio Ziffer. E come frigo-bar collettivo un frigorifero dalle classiche linee bombate degli anni 50. "



Newspaper: Independant

Year: 2009

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "24 Hours in Florence - Check in: Casa Howard (5), Via della Scala 18 ( 00 39 06 69 924555 ; casahoward.com ), is another good choice. Doubles start from €110, including breakfast."



Magazine: Hôtel & Lodge

Year: 2003

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Quels que soient les chemins qui mènent à Rome, l'important est de pouvoir y loger. Palaces hors de prix, hôtels excentrès ou affichant complets: la Ville èternelle rend souvent la vie dure aux visiteurs. Il existe pourtant d'autres possibilités. Désormais, de nombreuses maisons privées s'offrent à louer, en partie ou en totalité. Et derrière des façades austères, on déniche parfois de véritables trésors: cours intérieures décorées de sculptures et de bas-reliefs, villas donnant sur de foisonnants jardins, escaliers grandioses." [...]

"Pour ceux qui rêvent de dolce vita le temps d'un week-end, la Casa Howard, avec son atmosphère de bonheur insouciant est le pied-à-terre idéal. Les cinq chambres, dans un superbe palais situé àcent mètres de la piazza di Spagna, sont toutes différentes. Certaines affichent un style frais et clair, d'autres des tissus de soie rouges importés de Chine. Ici, tous les objets sont beaux, depui sles meubles et antiquités jusqu'à la vaiselle - porcelaine de Ginori pour le thé, verres indiens soufflés. Autre point fort: le hammam, pour se délasser après une longue journée. Des kimonos sont à la disposition des hôtes. Service cinq étoiles, bouquets de fleurs fraîches partout, petit-dejeuner servi au lit, avec des croissants chauds et de la confiture fabriquée dans la ferme toscane de la propriétaire, Jenifer, et de son mari, le comte Massimiliano Leonardi di casalino. Il est vrai que la noblesse romaine sait choyer ses invités..."



Magazine: Hôtel & Lodge

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: L'esprit couture. Proche de la place Santa Maria Novella, Casa Howard, une délicieuse demeure historique, abrite quelques chambres d'hôtes confidentielles. Elle n'a pas pignon sur rue et se cache dans les étages d'un bâtiment imposant. Son adresse se chuchote encore de bouche à oreille puisque son propriétaire vient tout juste d'ouvrir ses portes. Après deux cases romaines, il semble naturel de renouveler l'expérience à Florence, et reste convaincu par la justesse d'une formule, rappelant une résidence privée : pas d'espaces communs, sinon un petit salon chaleureux aux murs teintés de grenat, une terrasse silencieuse... L'absence de restaurant est aussi un choix, mais la cuisine est ouverte a tous vents, et de petits réfrigérateurs jalonnent chaque étage : chacun y pioche librement, il suffit de le signaler sur la fiche prévue à cet effet. Suivant la tradition des ancêtres de la maîtresse de maison, Jenifer Howard Forneris, qui créaient des tissus pour la haute couture italienne des années 50, la décoration privilégie les couleurs éclatantes. L'architecte Frabrizio Cuniberto s'est naturellement concentré sur la sélection des matières et sur une palette chamarrée qui donnet à ce lieu une allure plus anglaise qu'italienne. Que ce soit la Camel room, vêtue de vert amande, l'Oriental room aux murs orangés ponctué de chinoiseries, la Drawing alternant noir de jais et boiseries blanches avec ses canapés irisés de taffetas, chaque chambre affirme sa personnalité. Le choix est tel qu'on rêve aussitôt y retourner.



Magazine: Hôtel & Lodge / Hors-Série, 200 voyages de noces et d’amour / le guide des hôtel de lune de miel

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouses

Review: Idéalement situées, près de la place d’Espagne, les deux « case » Howard ont plus d’un atout caché derrière leurs portes cochères. La première, réalisée par la propriétaire, Jennifer Leonardi Howard, offre des chambres classique et cosy. La deuxième, celle de via Sistina, a été entièrement pensée par l’architecte décorateur romain, Tommaso Ziffer. Couleurs, papiers peints scintillants, solutions architecturales novatrice…il s’en est ici donné à cœur joie. Il en découle des chambres gaies et ludiques d’un goût presque anglais. Petit plus : la chambre chinoise est doublée d’un hammam, pour ceux qui ont besoin de se détendre après les promenades dans les rues de Rome. Un vrai bonheur pour descendre dans la capitale.



Magazine: International Herald Tribune Guide

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "In the heart of the city, only 100 yards from the piazza di Spagna. This is an English style guesthouse inside a historic building. Casa Howard, named after its British owner, Jennifer Howard, has five rooms with wooden floors and coffered ceilings. Breakfast is fresh from a Tuscan farm owned by Ms Howard. Excellent service. It's a home more than a hotel, and guests are usually introduced by other guests."



Newspaper: Il Giornale Roma

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Guesthouses

Review: "Poche Stanze, clienti trattati da amici. Cosi si visita la Capitale tra coccole e attenzioni. "La tua Casa e il tuo corpo piu grande", sosteneva il profeta Gibran. Aveva ragione. La nostra casa e il luogo deputato aa ospitare tutto il necessario e il superfluo alla nostra soppravvivenza. Difficile ritrovare gli stessi odori e sapori proustiani nelle camere asettiche di un grande albergo. Quando ci mettiamo in viaggio, subiamo una sorta di malessere, quasi ci venisse reciso di nuovo il nostro cordone ombilicale. E forse questo il motivo che ha spinto quattro signore romane (non per nascita ma per scelat) a inventare une nuovo formula di ospitalita che risolva in se i servizi e i confort di un grande albergo in un ambiente in cui gli ospiti si sentano a casa. La prima, "capostipite" delle felice intuizione, nel 2000 inaugura il suo Casa Howard in via Capo le Case: cinque stanze decorate con gusto in un appartamento di un antico palazzo, una diversa dall'altra, tutte di grande prestigio. La differenza sta nella piccole cose che solo la sensibilita e l'arguzia femminili consoscono. Gli ospiti sono amici in visita, il loro soggiorno deve esssere impeccabile. Questo il senso di Casa Howard che nel 2002 allarga i suoi spazi con altre cinque stanze in via Sistina, questa volta affidandosi al genio di Tommaso Ziffer, l'architetto dell'Hotel de Russie. Ciliegine sulla torta: un hammam strepitoso, colazione in camera con croissant cladi, servita da una femme-de-chambre che ricorda la bonne lasciata a casa, kimono giapponese e pantofole per ogni ospiti, sappone dell'Officina Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, fiori freschi del giardino di Frascati dei proprietari. Solo che Casa Howard non e un albergo ma "una casa privata aperta solo a persone introdotte da amici", spiega Jenifer. [...] "



NewsMag: Il Mondo

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "A Firenze si va in famiglia. Guest house nel palazzo nobiliare. Con i proprietari al terzo piano. A due passi dlla stazione e dalla chiesa di Santa Maria Novella e a pochi minuti del Duomo di Firenze, Casa Howardnon e un hotel, bensi un elegante guest house. E stata inaugurata nel 2005, dopo due anni di restauri che hanno lasciato intatti gran parte dei pavimenti originali e dei soffitti. Adottando la stessa formula sperimentata in due case di Roma, Massimiliano Leonardi di Casilino e la moglie Jenifer Howard hanno allestito 12 camere (di cui sette minisuite, con divano transformabile in letto) nello storico palazzo di famiglia, di cui occupano l'ultimo dei tre piani. Le camere sono piccole ma accoglienti e dotate di aria condizionata. La piu grande e la Drawing room, circa 50 metri quadrati: ha pavimento in marmo, decorato con un mosaico, e tre ampie finestre che si affaciano su via della Scala; come le altre camere, la tv satellitare e a schermo piatto ed e possibile navigare in internet in modalita wi-fi. In alternativa, la Fireplace room ha due camini (uno nel bagno), la Camel e dedicata ai fumatori e la Game ha une cuccia per piccoli cani e ampio terrazzo. Agli ospiti Casa Howard offre la colazione e il bagno turco, che puo ospitare fino a cinque persone ed e disponibile quando i proprietari non sono in citta."



Magazine: In Style

Year: 2002

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "If tired of too much grandeur, check into the intimate Casa Howard, where you feel like you 're staying a very stylish friend. The five rooms are individually decorated and you'll be pampered by housekeeper Cristy (once a customer had her purse stolen and she lent her money for the rest of her stay)."



Magazine: In Viaggio - Roma

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Offrire tutti i comfort di hotel di lusso e, al contempo, far sentiri i propri ospiti accolti nell' atmosfera di une casa privata. È la carrateristica di questa Guest House apochi metri da Piazza di Spagna. A realizzare il progetto d'interior designer è stato l'eclettico architteto Tommaso Ziffer. Che per i coniugi Leonardi, i proprietari, ha studiato cinque camere in stili differenti che spaziano dall' optical all floreale e richiamano agli anni Cinquanta e Settanta. "



Newspaper: Independant

Year: 2009

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "24 Hours in Florence - Check in: Casa Howard (5), Via della Scala 18 ( 00 39 06 69 924555 ; casahoward.com ), is another good choice. Doubles start from €110, including breakfast."



Exhibition: ITALIA, Discovering Italy - an exhibition in China featuring Casa Howard Florence

Year: Beijing, 11th of December 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Sea and islands, mountain, lakes and Volcanoes, nature and sport attractions, natural parks and UNESCO sites, History and Arts. Food and leisure, slow-food tradition, shopping, fashion districts and glamour cities. Life is a book, who does not travel can read only few pages. Travelling to Italy means to read all the chapter, from history to nature, from art to fashion.

The miracle of Italy is that all its treasures come packaged in a gorgeous, unique country of Majestic mountains, placid lakes and rivers, idilli islands and its rare Mediterranean shores, vineyards and olive grove luxuriant hills and fertile plains. All troughout the most famous ‘boot’, from north to south till the remote pretty volcanic Island surrounding Italian coastlines and beyond. Century of experience in hospitality and receptiveness skills lay down the italian tour operator and tourist services suppliers.

Travelers themselves can tailor their own customized tour choosing between uncountable leisure proposals or rely on travel agenzie to play a part in the “most beautiful movie in their life”.

The perfect location to upgrade your stay in this fashionable city and enjoy the real Florence shopping are the Guesthouses. Casa Howard Residenza d’epoca, situated in the very heart of Florence, at walking distance from the ‘hot spots’, is perfect to host friends, eriche with precious decorations and contemporary interiors made by the most famous and trendy interior designer"




Magazine: KLM In-Flight Magazine

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Where to Stay: the ten rooms at the exquisite Casa Howard (five at Via Capo le Case 18, another five at via Sistina 149)."



Newspaper: Le Figaro (France)

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouses

Review: "UNE SUITE A ROME CASA HOWARD

Jennifer Forneris-Howard, fille du célèbre designer Luciano Forneris, à ouvert deux guesthouses à Rome. Baptisées Casa Howard (du nom de la famille de sa mere) elles sont toutes deux proches de la Place d' Espagne. La decoration de la maison de la Via Sistina a été confiée a Tommaso Ziffer, toutefoi notre préférence est la Casa Howard de la Via Capo le Case.
LA MEILLEUR CHAMBRE La chambre Chinoise, avec ses rideaux de soie signés Shanghai Tange t son plafond à caissons
LE PLUS le hammam pour se relaxer, aprés une journée à arpenter le pavés de Rome
A FAIRE vivre Rome comme un Romain tout simplement
LE PRIX chambre double a partir del 130 €."



Magazine: Living Abroad

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Guesthouses

Review: "[...] The guesthouses are called Casa Howard. All the rooms are individually designed on different themes: from the exotic Zebra room to the classic Flower room, there is something for every taste. And each house has a limited number of bedrooms (10 in all in Rome and 11 in Florence) to make guests feel at home. [...] "



Website: Lonely Planet

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Casa Howard (Howard's House) is a gem. Fine fabrics abound and the paintings perfectly suit the individual colour schemes in the 10 striking rooms (five at Via Capo le Case and five at Via Sistina 149). The location is great in both cases, there's a Turkish bath and breakfast is delicious. [...] "




Magazine: Look

Year: 2009

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Where to stay: behind unmarked doors, you'll find Casa Howard's two secluded 19th century palazzi. Both stylish guesthouses have a steam room to relax in after a day's sightseeing. "



Magazine: Madame Figaro

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouses

Review: "Jenifer Forneris, la fille du designer textile Luciano Forneris, a créé la Casa Howard. Via Capo le Case, à deux pas de la Piazza di Spagna, la demeure ressemble plus à un boutique-hôtel miniature qu’à une « guesthouse » traditionnelle. Le succès de ce premier boutique-hôtel a donné naissance à deux autres Casa Howard : l’un aussi à Rome (ci-contre, Via Sistina) et l’autre à Florence (Via della Scala).
Pourquoi ? Pour séjourner dans le quartier le plus « hype » de Rome dans le grand confort mais sans casser sa tirelire. Le Plus : l’emplacement évidemment. La meilleure chambre : la chambre Verte, qui peut accueillir trois personnes."



Website: Mapa-Mundi.com

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Situados a poucos metros da Escada de Espanha e das lojas Gucci, Prada e Armani na Via Condotti, as hospedarias de luxo Casa Howard são segredos guardados a sete chaves pelos chiques e descolados que frequentam a Cidade Eterna. Isso porque, os dois pequenos hotéis tëm apenas cinco apartamentos cada. Elegantíssimos e super confortáveis, com diárias a partir de meros 140 Euros, eles são raras opções de hospedagem chique e barata encontradas na Roma de hoje. Equipados com TV a cabo, ar condicionado, sinal de internet banda larga wi-fi e mimos que vão desde lindos arranjos de flores frescas até sabonetes caseiros da Officina Profumo di Santa Maria Novella, de Florença, nos banheiros, cada quarto é decorado com um tema diferente. O Tommy Room – 150 Euros para uma pessoa e 180 Euros, para dupla ocupação – foi decorado por Tommaso Ziffer, o mesmo designer responsável pelos interiores do vizinho e muito mais caro, Hotel de Russie. Meu favorito tem paredes e acessórios vermelhos, sobrepostos a tecidos listrados de preto e branco nas cortinas, colcha e almofadas. Custando 230 Euros para duas pessoas, a diária no Zebra Room pode não parecer exactamente uma bagatela. Mas é. Em Roma, hotéis dessa categoria custam facilmente duas vezes mais. Se você pretende aproveitar essa dica, não perca tempo: reserve com antecedência. As duas Casa Howard Guest Houses estão sempre lotadas. "



Magazine: Marie Claire (Italia)

Year: 2006

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence

Accommodation Review: "[...] Un viaggio tra le suite piu lussuose: da le residenze di citta del Capo alle 13 stanze a tema (ce n'e una per i cani e una per arrampicate al chiuso) della fiorentina Casa Howard [...] "



Magazine: Marie Claire (South Africa)

Year: 2009

Guesthouse: Casa Howard Florence

Accommodation Review: "Florence may be the ultimate romantic destination, but it's also the perfect location for a girls-only break, says Georgia Black. So what happens when you send three yummy mummies to live la dolce vita?
Our trip starts out as something entirely different. Lulu calls me from London to say that she and Lucy are going to Italy with their kids;I must come with mine. I don't even need to think about it. 'No way', I say. Not even the thought of sipping prosecco in a springtime piazza with my two belve school friends can convince me to fly to Europe accompanied by my toddlers. A few months later I get the call I've half been expecting. 'I'm shattered. Let's live the kids at home.' I launch into action (I'm the obsessive organizer;they are the committed relaxers. It's a division of labour that works well for us). I SMS my two Italian friends –Olivia, who edits a French/Italian travel magazine, and Enrico, a sexy, stylish architect who knows his stuff when it come sto having a good time. '4 days, 3 girls, Rome or Florence?' His replay comes straight back: Roma! More fun.'

Hers is more thought-out: 'It's difficult to advice [sic], but in both cases I would recommend you stay in a B&B named Casa Howard!' In the end we opt for Florence because we like the idea of walking everywhere and because there is availability at what looks like the most perfect guesthouse on earth.

Also, the three of us decide, we're not interested in bars and parties. Nope. We're esauste and we haven't been together in years, so we're there to catch up on each others' lives and much-needed sleep. Capisci?
We arrive in Florence on a Thursday, and we are very kindly – and entirely unexpectedly – taken to the local trattoria, La Martinicca, for lunch by the owner of Casa Howard, the slightly dishevelled, wonderfully debonair Massimiliano Leonardi (or Max, as we settle on after our first bottle of wine.) He's leaving that afternoon for Sarteano - his farmhouse in the country -, but he'll be back for a big party on Saturday night. Why don't we join him as his guests? Sure, we say, between forkfuls of the most perfect bistecca alla Fiorentina.Tuscan love meat, and the bistecca – basically a huge T-bone so tender, when it's coke right, that it can be cut with a spoon – is a source of National pride.

Before he sets off, Max asks the housekeeper to hand me the keys of the house (Casa Howard is an 'anti-hotel' he explains) and show us around. There's no doorman or concierge and they don't do any marketing except enhancing their website, so Guests are always either friends of the owners or, like us, have had the place recommended to them by previous guests. It feels like the apartment of your fantasy Florentine friend – smart, discreet, a little flamboyant, and totally relaxed. Max credits his wife, Jenifer Howard Forneris, for the impeccable style of the rooms but I notice that he too knows the story of every antique and light fitting.

After Max has left, the three of us decide that he has that humble, rumpled, slightly melancholic air that makes women want to look after him. A friend has told me that we absolutely must head up to Fiesole (in the hills above Florence) for a sundowner at Villa San Michele, a 15th- century Franciscan monastery that's now a very grand hotel. 'It's expensive but so worth it,' she said, seducing me with descriptions of the terrace overlooking the city and their famous peach bellinis made from the sweetest, freshest fruit. Ignoring the ominous stormclouds gathering, I squeeze myself into my new favourite dress and we grab a cab. By the time we're there, it's bucketing down. (The best thing about travelling with girlfriends, I decide at this moment, is that they never say 'I told you so'.) We are led to the completely empty verandah by our gracious waiter who, with a sweep of his arm, says 'You may sit anywhere'. Things deteriorate further when he tells us that the chef sampled the peaches that morning and has pronounced them unripe. We order martinis and I'm only half cheered up by the fact that these arrive with a tray of delicious antipasti that the waiter keeps filling up – miniature crostini with decadent toppings and small silver bowls of olives and capers. We stretch out our drinks as long as is politely possible and admire Nicodemo Ferrucci's famous 'Last Supper' fresco in the bar (which used to be the monk's refectory). Then we leave, giggling at the hush-hush fur-and-diamonds-filled dining room.

Aaah, the sweet memory of our next encounter! As we enter Trattoria Sostanza, a narrow restaurant on a side street near our “anti-hotel” where, I am assured, 'only the real Florentines eat', we spot a table of four men (all dressed in black, of course) i flash a cursory look and notice immediately that one of them is gorgeous – lean with floppy hair, a big nose and good teeth. By the time we sit down, the air's bristling, and suddenly we're 19 again, whispering animatedly behind the menus. I should have paid more attention when the waiter recommended their famous pollo al burro (chicken breasts cooked in butter) because when Lulu's sizzling pan arrives it is heavenly. Lulu has always been the boldest in these situations and before we register she's grabbed her camera and is at the next-door table. Moments later, the gorgeous one is walking over towards me. He smiles, pulls up a chair and casually puts his arm around me. 'I told Niccolò that he looks just like your husband and we must take a photo', Lulu says, hiding her wicked smile behind the camera. Now I am not easily fazed, but I feel like I'm going to faint – a result of the combination of embarrassment and the fact that Niccolò is so completely beautiful up close. He looks right into my eyes, gives a slight, sexy, smirk while he talks (I would be lying if I said I remember what he said) and leaves his arm draped around my shoulder long after the camera has stopped flashing. Before long, Maurizio, Stefano and Massimo who work at the Bulgari head office, are also sitting with us, talking as if it's the most normal thing to hook up and make friends.

Back at Casa Howard late that night, we're all love-struck by Niccolò, who, we agree, has that rare, sexy and very dangerous ability to make each of us feel he was singling us out. The next morning calls for some grease with our cappuccinos and we head to Caffè Giacosa, an elegant 19th century bar-cafè where my new favourite cocktail, the Negroni (gin, red vermouth and Campari ) was invented. Now owned by Florentine fashion designer Roberto Cavalli and frequented by the women in leather pants who are disciples of his store next door, it's the kind of place I'd love to slag off were it not for the most delicious hangover cure I've ever tasted: a valsdostana of ham, cheese and tomato in buttery layers of phyllo pastry. Heart attack on a plate, but worth it. We plan to head to the Uffizi Gallery after breakfast, but somehow the long queue and sudden appearance of Zara conspire against us.(I buy a short python-print skirt that I know I will never wear). Shopping for fashion in Florence falls into two categories: High Sreet, and very high end on the Via Tornabuoni (many of these designers have huge factory stores at The Mall outside Florence too – need a Gucci saddle anyone?). Florentines are lamenting the gradual disappearance of a once-thriving artisan community, though there are still some gems on the Oltrarno (the south side of the Arno river). Cobbler Francesco (of Francesco da Firenze fame) and his joung Japanese protégée make me some red leather sandals that lace all the way up my calves – a bargain, I reckon, at R500. I could have gone to a shop only in Florence (conveniently located right next door to Casa Howard) and my trip would have been worth it on the shopping front : Santa Maria Novella Pharmacia. Dominican Monks started concoting herbal remedies here in the 13th century and although the brand now has stores worldwide, the Florentine headquarters are magical – from the architecture and dimly lit, frescoed rooms to the magnificent product display and the strong, sweet smell of flowers and essential oils. I go back three times, always leaving with a sense of virtous calm as Iclutch a beautiful handmade pomegranate soap or bottle of rose-water. It would take a lifetime to appreciate all the art that Florence has to offer, so we're selective. We've asked Maria , our wonderfully offbeat guide, to take us up the hill to San Miniato al Monte, which remains mysteriously unfrequented even though it's the most beautiful church in Florence with the best panoramic views of the city. There are still eight Benedectine monks living there who sing Gregorian chants in the crypt at 5pm every day. (They also make olive oil, Maria tells us – the 'work' component of their motto, 'Work and prey'.

From there we head to the Brancacci Chapel to see Masaccio's harrowing depiction of of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden. Maria tells us that the relationship between Masaccio and his teacher Masolino was similar to that of Mozart and Salieri. Masolino, jealous of his pupil's talent, probably caused Masaccio's untimely death at the age of 26 poisoning him. (I can't work out if Maria's view is shared by the rest of the art world – an on-line search suggests perhaps not, but it's fascinating anyway). Max collect us that evening, wearing red trousers.

His friend Filippo Mazzei will be joining us for dinner before the party, he tells us. 'Two of us I can handle, three is too much' he says seriously, as if we're naughty children. Filippo, it turns out, is from one of Italy's most famous wine-making families. CEO of the business, he's divorced and seems to know everyone. He orders a bottle of their award-winning Chianti and we talk about Italians and fidelity.

Max sums up what seems to be the generally accepted view – that 'marriage is a long-term project' and if you have a few days off it shouldn't be a problem. 'So what happened to you then?' I ask Filippo boldly. 'My wife fell in love with another man' he says, which shuts me up. After midnight we head out of town to the party – in a club attached, bizarrely, to a Virgin Active gym. As we walk in we're descended on by the host, a tubby, over-friendly guy who seems intent on pairing us up with his three sons (they are the only other people under the age of 50, and two of them look terrified of us). I grab three Cuba Libres and only half-registere that Italians don't drink with our kind of determination – the bar is almost empty. But boy oh boy, the dance floors's not. There are TV screens everywhere and about 200 very tanned men and women dancing frantically to Mika. I feel as if I've descended into karaoke, plastic-surgery hell, though the girls apparently aren't sharing my desperation. Lucy has temporarily fallen in love with Adam Broody lookalike called Francesco who works behind the bar, and Lulu is working both spectrums of the age gap, fitting from the host's third son – a cute 20-year-old who knows how to shake his skinny hips – to a man we nickname 'Papa Nicolas' because he has a big white beard. She wispers to us that she's paying him attention because he's so old – until he tries to smooch her, after which she doesn't feel quite so sorry for him anymore. Sometime just before dawn the three of us are sprawled on the huge velvet couch back at Casa Howard, swapping stories of the night with tears of laughter running down our faces. So what's left to do but order a Napoletana pizza (tomato, mozzarella, and anchovies), perfectly thin and burned (Max's suggestion) from the restaurant right outside the guesthouse? Lulu sighs as she sums up why it's been such a perfect trip: 'We were adored wherever we went' ."




Magazine: Myself

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome

Accommodation Review: "Wer wie in “La dolce vita” nachts in den Trevi-Brunnen steigen möchte (Vorsicht, verboten!), sollte ein Zimmer im zauberhaften Bed & Breakfast „Casa Howard Via Sistina“ buchen. Es liegt nicht weit entfernt, bietet fünf extravagant gestylte Zimmer und das Frühstück wird auf Silbertabletts ans Bett gebracht. Yes! "



Website: National Geographic

Year: 2009

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "The Best of Rome: Hotels. So small, it feels like home."—Ann Natanson, Rome-based journalist and critic. Small, colorful inn with playful details—pink-and yellow-striped wallpaper, zebra-print bed linens. Individually decorated guest rooms very cosmopolitan in feel. Fun touch: a private hammam steamroom. 5 guest rooms."



Magazine: NB Rome Issue

Year: 2002

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome Accommodation

Review: "A mere 100 meters from the Spanish Steps this quirky guesthouse provides welcome despite the stiff, stuffy attitudes that prevail in so many of Rome's better-known hotels. Owned by a Briton, Jennifer Howard, and her Italian husband count Masimiliano Leonardi di Casalino, it's very small (just five rooms, though a further five were due to open in another building on via Sistina at the end of 2002) and intimate. The interiors are attractive: parquet floors, beamed ceilings, antiques and custom-made furniture (the better to fit the space available). Some are a little chintzy, but the crimson Shanghai Tang silk that swathes the Chinese Room is authentically glamourous and exotic, and the toile de Jouy in the White Room (each is called after its decorative scheme) is pretty and fresh. the down side is that only two rooms (Green and Pink) have en-suite bathrooms. The others have private bathrooms, but you'll need to use the kimono and slippers provided to reach them. Both properties incidentally, also feature communal hamman Turkish baths. And every guestroom in the new property has a computer with ADSL line. [...] "



Magazine: New York
Year: 2008
Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse
Review: "ROME : HOTEL TO BOOK Casa Howard (from $ 205) has two locations near the Spanish Steps and a pay-in-U.S-dollars offer that gets you 40% off a five-night-stay (not available December 15-January 5)"



Magazine: New York Times Travel Supplement - Interview of Grant Tatcher

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Among the jet set, Luxe City Guides have achieved a near cult status for their exacting, opinonated and deliciously bitchy takes on cities including Hanoi, Roma, and, next month, New York. The Hong Kong-based founder and editor Grant Tatcher took the T Travel Questionnaire.
What was your first passport stamp?
Spain, age 14.
Is there a tourist stamp that you actually love?
Catuchak market in Bangkok. You can get everything from secondhand underpants to squirrels.
Favourite hotel?
Private house-hotels like the Portrait Suites and Casa Howard in Rome.
Restaurant?
Naughty Nuri’s in Ubud, Bali. A simple roadside shack with monumentally good martinis and ribs.
Carry-on or check?
Check. I loathe packing, so I tend to take everything and decide later.
City or country?
I was born in the UK West Country, so I need regular doses of countryside to keep a smile on the dial.[...]"



Magazine: New York Magazine
Year: 2008
Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse
Review: "Casa Howard has two locations near the Spanish Steps and a pay-in-U.S.-dollars offer that gets you 40 percent off a five-night stay (not available Dec. 15–Jan. 5)."



Magazine: New Woman

Year: 2005




Magazine: New Woman

Year: 2005

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome Accommodation

Review: "Bookyourself into the super-stylish Casa Howard hotel in Rome, then pretend you're Posh and hit the shops. It's right near the famous Spanish Steps- in other words slap-bang in the middle of the exclusive shopping area - and flanked by Prada, Gucci and Missoni. It feels like a private house so it won't be weird to pop in and out on your own, and when you are exhausted your feet and your credit card, you can sink into the reviving Turkish bath before dinner. Then swap your Jimmy Choos for trainers and check out the beautiful city by night, especially its beautiful people (read: men!)."



Magazine: l'Officiel

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Les heureux élus, qui ont eu l'occasion de séjourner dans cette étonnante pension, la conseillent à leurs proches. Ceux-ci auraient d'ailleurs peu de chance de la denicher par le biais d'une agence. A l'origine de ce projet, on trouve une jeune comtesse au caractère bien trempé, qui a sue créer de toutes pièces un nouveau concept d'accueil, en s'appuyant sur son expérience des voyages haut de gammes. "[...]

"Dans cet appartement, elle crée cinq chambres dotées du plus grand confort, avec salle de bains privée, attenante ou séparée. Les visiteurs ont droit à des kimonos japonais pour déambuler dans les couloirs. Toute l'originalité de ces espaces tient dans la personnalisation de l'acceuil et la décoration. "Pour chaque chambre, j'ai choisi les tissus, dénichés à Paris ou dans les archives familiales. J'ai trouvé des meubles anciens ou moderned, tous différents, et aussi des lavabos chinois un peu décalés". La bouche à oreille aidant, l'appartement-hôtel rencontre un succès fulgurant. En décembre 2002, Jennifer Leonardi di Casalino récidive et ouvre, via Sistina, un autre appartement Casa Howard, un peu plus grand. Elle en confie la décoration à l'architecte Tommaso Ziffer, qui a pour consigne de personnaliser chaque pièce. " [... read more here ... ]




Magazine: Olive

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Two exquisite, five-roomed deisnger b&bs, both very close to the Spanish Steps. At Via Capo le Case the rooms are all decorated with heavy raw silks and rare wallpapers. Two of the bathrooms are ensuite, the other three are located just accross the hall, but, thanks to intimate, homely atmosphere of the hotel, their location doesn't feel like a nuisance. At the brand new Via Sistina address all are ensuite and the Zebra room also has a balcony. Best of all, both Casa Howards have their own hammam. "



Magazine: Pool - Life & Culture

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse & Florence

Review: "Die Casa Howard Gästehäuser von Jenifer Howard Forneris une Conte Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino in Rom und Florenz dürfen mit fug und recht für sich Anspruch nehmen, eine neue Dimension der Hotellerie erõffnet zu haben, mit eine, einzigartigen detailreichtum und phantasiereicher innenarchitektur verwõhnen sie ihre Gäste..." »Read the whole article



Magazine: Redhot (Virgin Inflight Magazine)

Year: 2005

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome Accommodation

Review: "From a hotel more likle a private house in the heart of the city, where every room has a different decoration and luxury coincides with style, try Casa Howard. "



Magazine: Res Florence Guide

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Ett guesthouse efter anglosaxiskt koncept helt inrett av arkitekten Tommaso Ziffer. Inget rum är det andra likt. Gä igenom rummen pä hemsidan och se vilket du gillar bäst. Bokning via hemsidan eller kontoret i Rom. "



Magazine: Res Rome Guide

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Trött pa anonyma och standardinredda hotell? Da skall du prova detta guesthouse, där varje rum har sin egen speciella inredning och färg. Förebilden är utan tvekan brittisk, där bara namnet leder tankarna till nagon av E.M. Forsters romaner. Detta ambitiösa projekt startades av Massimiliano Leonardi, som hade tröttnat pa att arbeta med den internationella storfinansen. Tillsammans med hustrun Jennifer (född Howard) öppnade han för fyra ar sedan ett första guesthouse i Rom. Detta är alltsa inget hotell, utan snarast som att bo i ett möblerat hem, där man far egen nyckel och där tva perfekta house-keepers Christy och Edgar tar hand om all tänkbar service. Tva olika adresser i centrum intill Spanska trappan. Alla rum finns detaljerat beskrivna pa hemsidan."



Website: Secret Places

Year: 2005

Guest House: Casa Howard Florence

Review: "A delightful city house right in the centre of Florence

The Casa Howard in Florence shares many of the characteristic its of its namesake in Rome. The same title, the same urbane owners, the same elegant decoration and fabulous location. In fact, they both have a common concept, which is to provide guests with a beautiful house or apartment to stay in, keeping a personal touch to proceedings whilst not forsaking the convenience of hotel like service. Hence, it's just "like staying at a friends house" as a guest once said. A very good friend we may add and this is not any ordinary old house either, as the Casa Howard is located right next to the Santa Maria Novella Piazza - a wonderful base from which to enjoy one of the most delightful cities in the world. That personal touch we mentioned beforehand is in fact everywhere. From Chinese dumpling holders used as soap boxes to a porcelain monkey hanging from the ceiling light and the use of top notch fabrics from Paris, London and other renowned fashion centres. As for the rooms, many have a common theme to them and appropriate names attached. The Camel room is, well, for smokers. The Playroom - for families. There is also a Turkish Hamman Bath for guests to enjoy. Guests who visit the Casa Howard tend to come back (they are even given priority in booking, as to the Casa Howard way of doing things, they are seen as old friends) and given its combination of charm, location, decoration and service<, we can see why. "



Magazine: Shelter Interiors Chicago

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Falling in love with a place means going beyond tourist clichés and absorbing the texture and flavour of its daily life. It is to dream of living there, making local friends, spending time in private homes. Visitors to Florence are especially prone to this sort of lovesick behaviour. After just one visit, many of her guests find it impossible to abandon this jewel and return to normal life just as if nothing had never happened.
A sojourn at Casa Howard Guesthouse – where travellers live as residents and get a taste of true Italian life – if only for a few days – is likely what did them in. Bed & Breakfast is too reductive a term to describe this boutique, 12-room secret address in an old Florentine palazzo, just a few yards from Piazza Santa Maria Novella and its magnificent church.
Opened in 2005, the residence is the latest creation of Count Massimiliano Leonardi and his English wife Jennifer Howard Forneris, who in 2000 launched the designer guesthouse wave in Rome.
Casa Howard Florence is not unlike its two Roman sisters. They share the same name, elegant decoration and authentic Italian charm.
“Staying with us is like living at a friend’s home,” Leonardi says, while explaining how he came to the idea of starting the Casa Howard concept.
“My grandmother gave birth to 21 children. So I have relatives scattered around the world: Rome, Naples, Florence, Milano, Barcelona, London, Hong Kong”, he adds. “Most of the original family houses are empty and derelict. Why not bring them back to life and give hospitality to people who value beauty above all else in life?”
Leonardi’s reference to his guests as “friends” is not by accident. Visitors who stay in Casa Howard tend to come back, so they are considered part of an enlarged family. They are given the keys to the house during their stay and are granted priority in booking a second or third vacation.
Several unexpected treasures are tucked away in Via della Scala, where Casa Howard is located. In the back streets along with art galleries, tiny arts and crafts shops, and cosy cafés is the famous Officina dei Profumi di Santa Maria Novella, one of the oldest pharmacies in the world with stunning original furnishing.
“We profited from the presence of the pharmacy just a few steps from our door. We are the only guesthouse in the world to which the Officina provides herbal liquid soaps,” boasts the owner, who also teases his guests with fresh-baked croissants and homemade jams from his Tuscan farms for breakfast, which is served in guests’ rooms (the house has no lobby or common spaces).
Respectful of stringent preservation rules, Casa Howard was restored in accordance with Florence’s historic heritage. Originally built in a humble neighborhood, the building now stands out for its discrete elegance.
“The exterior lacked nothing. It was a 15th century house with sober façade details, such as slatted window shutters and a stately panel door,” recalls Fabrizio Cuniberto, the architect who was commissioned to make over the whole property along with Patrizia Ruffa. “But the interiors wherein a deplorable state: dark, cluttered and with claustrophobic rooms that flowed awkwardly from one to another.”
The designers recuperated ancient features such as the parquet and stone floors, heavy wood doors and marble chimney pieces. Beamed ceilings were also restored to either original glory.
The daughter of a famous manufacturer who used to design textiles for the best Italian couturiers in the 1960s, Jennifer was the beautiful mind behind the interior decoration. She decided that fabric and colour would transform the interiors. She was right. The textiles add a casual comfort to the rooms and enliven simple objects such as an ordinary chair or an upright, uptight sofa, while colour is used to add energy. Into this scheme, original period furniture and family heirlooms are mixed, along with carefully selected new items.
“To me, decoration means coupling things I really like and making them work together. As a result a feeling of well-being and relaxation pervades the house,” a proud Jennifer says. Living well can be found in small pleasures. A stay at Casa Howard can be counted among them.




Website:
SocksforSir.com

Year: 2008

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "After a day of indulging in Florentine delights, Casa Howard is the place to rest your head. Casa Howard is an eccentric and eclectic boutique hotel, comprising 13 individually designed rooms including a room made soley for dog lovers with its own dog baskets. A stumble from Santa Maria Novella and ten minutes from Ponte Vecchio, Casa Howard is ideal for a long weekend."



Magazine: Style

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Dove Dormire: Casa Howard Guest House, Via Capo le Case 18, vicino a Piazza di Spagna."



Journal: Sunday Times - Rome: Where to stay, eat, what to do

Year: 2003

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome Accommodation

Review: "Near the Spanish Steps the exquisite Casa Howard (via Capo le Case) has just five rooms."



Newspaper: Sunday Times Travel

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "What is hot? The elite guidebook Note Bene, for example, positively raves about Casa Howard's pair of flamboyant five-bedroom guesthouses in Rome even though some rooms are not even ensuite."



Newspaper Online: T&L Insider Guide

Year: 2004

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Rome - Design diehards will love the flashy new rooms at Casa Howard (18 Via Capo le Case...)"



Newspaper: Times

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "Casa Howard Florence - Casa Howard, which opened last month, comes with a good pedigree: it's the sister hotel of the highly popular (and quirky) property of the same name in Rome. Rooms are individually themed, their names telling you about the decor -- one is called Oriental, another is Black and White, another "Library" -- and each has original features such as marble fireplaces, heavy old wooden doors, parquet flooring and antiques. The style is a mixture of old and contemporary, with splashes of colour amid period pieces. There's also a large Turkish bath."



Magazine: Traveller UK

Year: 2005

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "When the first of these two stylish guest houses - collectively known as Casa Howard - opened onvia Capo le Case in 2000, it launched the designer B&B wave in Rome. The formula is simple: take a large centro storico apartment and create five distinctive bedrooms inside, without sacrificing the family feel of the place. The second - also with five rooms - opened in 2003 on via Sistina. Owners Jenifer Howard Formeris and husband Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino are sticklers for detail: fabrics are sourced from Hong Kong and Paris; breakfast (served in guests' rooms) consists of freshly-baked cornetti (sweet croissants) and home-made jam from the owners' Tuscan estate; soaps come from the historic Santa Maria Novella pharmacy in Florence. In via Capo le Case, the design scheme is ethno-chintzy, and only the Pink and Green rooms have en-suite bathrooms (kimonos and slippers are provided for padding down the corridor). In pricier via Sistina, architect Tommaso Ziffer was brought in to apply his retro-modern touch to the living room and bedrooms (rooms at Ziffer's only other Rome project, the Hotel de Russie, cost about four times as much). Both branches have small hammams, and via Sistina has broadband Internet connections in every room. Room to book: the boldly decorated Zebra room in via Sistina - but dress accordingly. "




Magazine: Traveller UK - High Culture, Low Prices

Year: 2007

Guest house: Casa Howard Florence Guesthouse

Review: "In the cradle of the Renaissance, finding a place to lay your head can be an expensive business. Nicky Swallow tracks down five guesthouses that offer elegant accommodation and great value. The owner of Casa Howard, Massimiliano Leonardi, feels ‘uncomfortable’ in hotels. In fact you get the impression that he positively hates them, so don’t mention the H-word in association with his 12-room guesthouse. When Leonardi’s Florentine pied-à-terre first appeared in our annual Hot List, in 2005, the Champagne had barely chilled in the honesty bar. It has since settled in and become one of the best places in Florence to find a touch of luxury combined with the discrete atmosphere of a private home. The handsome palazzo is located between the train station and the centre of town. Its décor is stylish and vaguely eccentric, with an eclectic mix of furniture including custom-made pieces and selections from the family vaults. Fine fabrics and strong colors play a major role. The bedrooms, several with private terraces, are all very different, and the bathrooms, stocked with Santa Maria Novella products, are quirky and fun (in the Fireplace Room, you can watch TV soaking in a claw-footed bath). Unless you count the Turkish bath, there’s no public space to speak of, so breakfast (warm croissants and organic jam from Leonardi’s farm) is served in your room. ‘Honesty Fridges’ on each floor are stocked with Champagne, wine and soft drinks. ROOM TO BOOK. Very much a question of personal taste, mood and budget. If cost is an issue, go for one of the diminuitive Twin Rooms. If not, have a look at the website photos and take your pick. "



Magazine: Traveller UK

Year: 2003

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Hotels in Rome usually fall into one of two camps: forty-style grand palaces or dingy guesthouses with faded wallpaper and noisy pets. Casa Howard is neither. Located in a side street off the Spanish Steps, dangerously close to Gucci and Prada, the hotel resembles a private pied-à-terre. The five rooms all have individual color schemes, with fabrics from Paris (except the red silk in the Chinese room which was sourced from Shanghai Tang in Hong Kong) and antiques and paintings from the families of the owners Jennifer Howard-Forneris and her husband, Count Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino. Breakfast is served in the rooms - expect hot cornetti (croissants) with jam from the owners' Tuscan farm. The hotel private Turkish Hammam will restore those exhausted from walking round the Eternal City."



Magazine: Traveller UK

Year: 2003

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "In 2000 Jennifer Forneris-Howard and Count Massimiliano Leopardi di Casalino turned a Roman flat into an intimate guesthouse, Casa Howard. Its success prompted the couple to open and a second property, sharing the same name. The interior designer is Tommaso Ziffer, who also worked on Rome's Hotel de Russie, and the five rooms are eccentric in style, from the Zebra Room (black-and-white prints on red walls) to the frenzied Flower Room. The hotel also has a Turkish bath."



Magazine: Traveler US

Year: 2001

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Five minutes from the city's heart, on a side street that leads to the Piazza di Spagna, the Casa Howard takes up to two-third of the second floor of a historic building. Family owned, it has all the trappings of the apartment of a wealthy Roman. The five guest rooms, named for their color schemes, have hand-picked antiques and comfy linens. The Pink Room is larger and has a bathroom en-suite (each room has a bath, although some are located down the hall). The hotel has a private Turkish Hammam and, even better, a resident genie: Cristy who arranges everything from car-hire to dinner reservations."



Magazine: Traveler US

Year: 2003

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Hotel stays are getting steamier by the minute as hammams, or Turkish baths, go global. In Rome, guests at tiny Casa Howard have long enjoyed a steam; now the owners opened another hammam hotel, this one on the via Sistina."



Magazine: Travel & Leisure

Year: 2002

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse

Review: "Design diehards will love the five individually decorated rooms in the new annex at Casa Howard(via Sistina), the creation of Hotel de Russie architect Tommaso Ziffer. One is done up in black-and-white Op Art; another has clashing floral fabrics on everything including the padded walls. The five rooms in the original building (via Capo le Case) are more sedate (wood beams; parquet floors and checked fabrics). Despite the occasional drawback - some bathrooms lie accross a corridor, and the owner prefers a recommendation from a previous guest - the place is very popular so book well ahead."



Magazine: Viaggie e Sapori

Year: 2003

Guest house: Casa Howard Rome Guesthouse



Magazine: Viva

Year: 2006

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome Accommodation

Review: "If you love the idea of contemporary grandeur, fab central locations and a private "house" not a hotel, stay at...Casa Howard. Who do you know? If you want to stay at Casa Howard, better mention my name - a word of mouth recommendation is the only way to get a room (and it's a guest house not a hotel dahhling). Owners Jenifer Forneris-Howard and Massimiliano Leonardi di Casalino may seem to have delusions of grandeur, but they get away with it - after all he's an italian count, and she is the daughter of the famous textile designer Luciano Forneris. Social status aside, the 10 rooms, all individually themed are set in two gloriously old buildings, complete with the most wonderful, flamboyant interior designing imaginable. With its parquet flooring and family antiques mixed with modern touches and quirky extras, like a Turkish Hammam (enjoy it, it’s bigger than your box bathroom), perhaps it’s safest to say the style is a clash of old and new Italy, but my do we love it! When you’re quite finished being impressed by the sheer surface appeal, you’ll happily note that its location is of real significance too. Both houses are close to the Spanish Steps, of whose historical past we should really wax lyrical but all you really need to know is that you’re just minutes away from Prada, Missoni, Dolce & Gabbana et al. Let Jennifer and Massimiliano guide you to the city’s most superior stop-offs…"



Magazine: Vogue

Year: 2007

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome Accommodation

Review: "In Rome, designer Tommas Ziffer is responsible for the beautiful interiors of Casa Howard (casahoward.com), a guesthouse located on the second floor of an old palazzo on the via Sistina. Each of the five rooms has been individually designed, the overall effect being one of intimacy – of staying in a friend’s apartment, rather than a hotel. Ziffer’s Zebra Room combines black-and-white print fabrics with red gloss walls and floors – a look that nods to Seventies style while being bang up-to-date."



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Year: 2007 (Turkey)

Guest House: Casa Howard Rome & Florence Accommodation

Review: "Adeta bir acik hava müzesi olan Roma'yi gezmis olman?n keyfiyle nihayet Ispanyol Merdivenleri'ne oturanlar, bu büyüleyici sehirde daha nice kesfedilmemis yerin oldugunu düsünürler. Oysa Roma'nin en gizli kalm?s adreslerinden biri olan "Casa Howard Konuk Evleri" ne yürüyüs mesafesinde olduklarindan habersizdirler. [...]"