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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Florence, Tuscany

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JillWestY...
West Yorkshire
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3 reviews
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“"Just as it said on the tin"”
Reviewed 21 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
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My husband and I have just had a lovely holiday in Florence. Pier's apartment is modern, clean and well kept in a very convenient place for everything. His instructions were great and the little touches of fresh fruit, beer wine etc were very welcome. Nothing was a problem and he even left us a phone to contact him if needed. A little noise during the night from the local bars but as you are right in the center you would get that anywhere. The apartment is on the 2nd floor with a lift, although to get a wheelchair into it would be difficult. I am very particular and would totally recommend this apartment. We hope to go back again soon!

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Liked best: nothing was best. it was all good.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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wendy c
Binghamton, New York
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“Luxurious living in the heart of Florence”
Reviewed 10 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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If you’re considering renting an apartment in Florence for a vacation stay, then you’re obviously smarter than almost all other tourists in the city.  When you compare the cost of an apartment to the cost of a 4 or 5 star hotel, they are almost comparable.  Once you factor in the cost savings of cooking your own (occasional) meals and doing your own laundry (you can pack incredibly lightly when you have access to a washer and dryer), the apartment option seems pretty appealing.  The problem, then, is finding an apartment that is fairly priced, centrally located, modern and clean, and staffed by a great manager.  The solution to that problem is the apartment at Santa Maria Novella.

The property is located at 3 Via del Melarancio.  This location is no more than 20 minutes walk to virtually any attraction in Florence - most are within a 10 minute walk.  Additionally, the apartment is less than a 5 minute walk from the Florence train station, with an underground tunnel that leads from the station to the square that the building is on, so you don’t even need a taxi from the train to the apartment.   

When we arrived for a 2 week stay, we were greeted personally by the apartment manager Piero.  His english was better than ours (we’re American), and he escorted us directly to the 3rd floor apartment.  We were pleasantly surprised at the modern, spacious, and clean appearance of the property.  Piero took time to show us all of the amenities and how to operate the air conditioning, the incredible combination shower and turkish steam bath, the satellite TV, dishwasher, washer/dryer, and even the courtesy pre-paid cell phone to use for local calls.  He also gave us a map of Florence marked with his recommendations for attractions and restaurants.    

The fully appointed kitchen was stocked with pots, pans, coffee/tea making equipment, silverware, plates, bowls, etc.  To our delight, there was a market literally outside the front door of the apartment building that is fully stocked with fresh produce, fresh meats, cheeses, breads, wine, liquor, toiletries - everything you’d find in a supermarket.  This made it possible for us to cook breakfast every morning, and when we felt like it, prepare a snack in the kitchen in the afternoon.  The kitchen saved us hundreds of dollars on meals, and the meats and cheeses that they have in the market would be considered “high-end” or “exotic” in America.  If you really like to cook, the Florence Central Market is only a 5 minute walk away, and it rivals any market that you’d find in Manhattan (fresh fish/seafood, fresh meat, every kind of fresh produce imaginable).  

Piero was easily one of the most helpful people we met in all of Europe.  We began corresponding with him almost a year before we actually came to Italy, and he responded almost instantly to any message that we sent to him.  He was patient and understanding as we juggled our schedule and settled on our dates.  His responsiveness and cooperation took much of the stress off of us while planning our vacation. 

An ice maker, a K-Cup coffee machine (in addition to traditional coffee equipment), U.S AC adapters . . . this property had everything we could want.  Piero personally stopped by to make sure that everything was satisfactory. The unexpected personal touches, along with the high-quality accommodations and highly convenient location, made our stay in Florence even more memorable.  

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Liked best: The personal attention and concern for our satisfaction by Pier Luigi
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David Y
Los Angeles, United States
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“A spacious luxurious apartment in the heart of Florence”
Reviewed 26 January 2015 for a stay in January 2015

This is a beautifully furnished apartment in the heart of Florence, about 10 minutes walk from the train station. All major museums are within 15 minutes walk. Well stocked supermarket downstairs, and nice resturants 10-15 minutes away. All facilities are new and thougthful, complete with washing machine, dish network, wifi, computer and printer. Owner is very friendly and leisurely. We would not hesitate coming back again.

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“Excellent stay in Florence! Best host ever!”
Reviewed 9 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Pier is the best host I have seen so far. He is very friendly and nice to accommodate our changes in the trip (because of the Air France Pilots' strike, we have been changing the arrival time but Pier is so patient and nice to us). He welcomed us in the apartment and showed us around. Let us know how to operate all the equipment in his lovely apartment. He even bought us fruit and drinks to welcome us. He also provided us a map of Florence and told us where are the attractions and the direction. Gave us useful tips and restaurant recommendations. He sent us email on the next day to make sure we do not have any questions.

For the apartment itself, it is located at the city center which is less than 10 minutes walk from the train station. The interior is remodeled and it gives you modern but blended with historical feeling (the building was built in 17th century). It is the best apartment we stayed during our Europe trip. We for sure will recommend this property to our friends and will come visit again in the future. =)

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catherine...
Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed 16 September 2014 for a stay in September 2014

This property is just fantastic, ideally located near the station, it is surrounded by any number of restaurants and within minutes of all the main attractions. Pier Luigi is a sophisticated man and the apartment reflects his good taste and attention to detail, with everything a frequent traveller requires.
Equipped with washing machine, dish washer, coffee machine and wifi, it has any number of additional features, including an interesting Turkish shower. The bathroom, separate bedroom and spacious living room make for a comfortable space. We stayed for a week, it was perfect. Thank you Pier Luigi!!!

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