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Martina Suite
Martina Suite is located in the fashionable and not overly touristy neighborhood of the Oltrarno, just a few blocks away from the Ponte Vecchio. From here you can get around the city entirely on foot and when it's crowded with tourists, you can also escape them without having to leave the center!

The apartment is reached up a fairly narrow staircase (that you can see from one of the images of the kitchen). At the top you have the living room and dining area, the bathroom with shower stall, and a very narrow, but functional kitchen.

Above the living room is a lofted bedroom with a large king sized bed and plenty of closet space.

The place is well furnished and professionally run by a woman with a few apartments - both her own and of others - on the site, so guests can expect very professional treatment.
  • air-conditioning
  • 1st floor
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • dishwasher
  • flatscreen TV
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • independent heating
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • no elevator
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
LorenB on Oct 2016:
Great location. Helpful owner. Great having an apartment rather than a hotel room.
Lawrence on Jun 2015:
I have stayed in the Martina Suite twice and rented from Mariangela three times. Her apartments are lovely and she prides herself on taking care of her renters and creating pleasant environments in which they can stay comfortably. This apartment has everything one could want, a very small, but quite functional, kitchen, a washing machine, air conditioning, etc. It is close to a small supermarket, a nice cheese shop, and the Piazza Santo Spirito, where there is a morning market and vibrant nightlife. Located on a small side street, very little traffic passes by the apartment and therefore it is far more quiet than many Florentine apartments I have rented in the past. Finally, the Oltrarno, the area in which this apartment is located is less touristy than other locations, which is a plus if one is looking for an authentic Italian experience.
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (studio with loft / 1 bathroom)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 60 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 king (180 cm) or 1 king (180cm) and 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: apartment will be clean by 3 pm on day of check-in, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price), fee for check-in after 10 pm is €50, fee for check-in after 8 pm is €30, non-smoking, check-out time is 12 pm (noon)
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 Martina Suite
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale