03. Apr 2011:
|We took a cab from the train station when we got in, but once you know your way around Florence, this place is a reasonable walk from Santa Maria Novella (even with luggage if you travel light like we did - one rolling bag and one small backpack each). Once you're at SM Novella, walking to some of the key attractions like Duomo, Uffizi, etc is no problem.
Air conditioning worked great (if you're used to air conditioning or sleeping in cool rooms, go ahead and get it if you're traveling Italy in September).
Small fridge and I think there was a microwave available; we grabbed some light groceries nearby and saved on breakfast expenses.
I want to say it took three separate keys to get into our room (building, apartment, room), but maybe it was just two. Anyway, sturdy doors and locks; it felt like a safe place to stay and no worries about undesirables getting in during the night.|
|The bed was more firm than we liked, but we found that to be the case pretty nearly everywhere in Italy. (Tip: any extra blankets, towels, etc. can be put between the top sheet and the mattress for a makeshift "pillow top").
We were a little later than expected getting in, but when we arrived we only found a note on the door with a phone number to call for access to the apartment. We didn't have a cell phone and couldn't find a pay phone, so that created a little difficulty and down time for us. There was a nice store owner down the street that called the owners for us (though he didn't speak any English), so it all worked out, but it was a bit of an inconvenience.|
|We had never traveled in Italy before, and I was a little hesitant to use recommendations and make payments for a bunch of random B&B's through a website I had never heard of. We booked through Cross-Pollinate in Rome, Florence, and Venice, and everything went perfectly. Descriptions and pricing were accurate, and most importantly, our reservations were all in place when we arrived! |