I will start and end my review by mentioning (as others have) how thoughtful and attentive Stefano was as a host. Three small examples: 1) My family of four was there over Christmas 2012, and Stefano decorated a Christmas tree in the living room for us. 2) Wi-fi went out, so I called Stefano and he had it back working within two minutes 3) Due to some street work, we decided to take a cab to the train station when it was time to leave, and Stefano arranged the cab, even giving them my phone number to call if any issues came up
The apartment was warm, spacious, and clean. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen is fully stocked with all appliances in perfect working order--my wife made us a terrific dinner and we lacked for nothing when it came to pans or dishes. Americans should be warned that as is the case with all Italian apartments, there is not an endless supply of hot water (the hot water heater is in one of the bathrooms), so the four of us had to plan our showers accordingly. As for street noise, the windows on the street side are "double-paned," so I was amazed at how quiet the apartment was, given that you are staying in a busy city.
The neighborhood is terrific--Esselungha supermarket across the street is as large as I have seen in Italy (it has an ATM inside), and there are smaller bakeries and butcher shops within a few blocks. My wife and I have been to Florence dozens of times, but we never stayed in Oltrarno before. Stefano gave us a very helpful introduction to the area as well as recommendations for restaurants and how to use the bus system (very handy bus service) although we usually walked through the beautiful area on our way to the Historic Center.
If you are looking for a roomy apartment where you can trust that all will be "tutto bene," then this is it. Stefano was attentive before and during our stay, and we would certainly stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residenza Oltrarno is the ideal home for your stay in Florence. No matter if you come for vacation, work, study or any other reason.Residence Oltrarno is the best solution for your needs. It is a large, huge flat, about 200 square metres.It is near the centre, but just outside the town ZTL cameras (blocking access to non-residents' cars in the town of Florence). It also offers its guests several spaces and amenities that meet all the needs of those who want to feel at home when abroad. ... more less
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