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Cross-Pollinate was very helpful when the owner of the B&B wanted to charge us for the baby under 2 y o. It would have been difficult without them since the owners did not speak any english. - Yulia Pichugina
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Althea Rooms
Althea Rooms is a simple, budget guesthouse that gets loads of positive reviews due to the owners, Antonio and Maura, who are genuine and helpful and always available when needed. Probably best suited for the young and easygoing traveler, the rooms are a mix -- some cheerier than others -- but all with private ensuite bathroom, portable A/C, TV, phone, fridge, mini-safe and computer with internet (as well as WiFi). One room has a shower that's located in a closet, and bathroom just outside the room, but in a private corridor. Althea is made up of two apartments, one that has a nicer entrance than the other, but if you can ignore the tight squeeze from the apartment door to some of the rooms, they are certainly clean and quiet once you reach them.

It's located on the south side of the Arno river in a neighborhood called "Oltrarno" which is famous for its streets lined with traditional artisan workshops (of mosaic, wood carving, and ceramics, for example), antique dealers, and art galleries. It is steps away from the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, and a quick walk, perhaps 5-10 minutes, to the famous Ponte Vecchio which leads into the historic center of Florence. Its location makes it easy and quick to get around Florence by foot or bus, yet it is just outside the traditional center of the city so its streets are a little quieter and more tranquil.
  • 1st floor
  • no elevator
  • telephone in room
  • TV
  • mini-safe
  • mini-fridge
  • air-conditioning
  • independent heating
  • linen and towels provided
  • free crib available upon request
  • computer with free Internet access in room
Ombre1 on Jan 2017:
We went there in June 2015. We had previously reserved a spot just a few steps away from Althea at Garage Fosi to park our rental car. The streets are narrow but we had a rather large car and had no problems driving although some maneuvering was required at times. Althea is ideally located in quiet street and all monuments and attractions are within walking distance, no real need to take a taxi or a bus. They do not serve breakfast but nearby cafes and bakeries offer all you need to start the day with a full stomach. A great place to stay when in Florence.
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Booking details: guesthouse owner does not live on premises, 6 guestrooms, with private bathroom (ensuite)
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, travelers checks upon arrival in local currency, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, CartaSi
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 5 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen (160 cm) or 2 singles
Policies & Extra Charges: non-smoking, check-out time is 11 am, room will be ready by 12:30 pm for check-in, luggage can be held before check-in, luggage can be left after check-out, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price)
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 Althea Rooms
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale