As someone wrote, staying at Locanda Orchidea is like being at home. It is not unusual since in many European cities, an inns or lodging may be in someone's home. Orchidea offers accommodation (only, no breakfast) on two floors of an antique apartment block, in the city centre of Florence. The location is a block from Proconsolo, half-way between the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio, very close to many of the sights, museums and attractions.
My room faced the street, while some of the rooms (I peeked) had a view of the courtyard garden. The room had a sink, windows that opened and ceiling fan with remote control. These came in handy in hot, mid July. The shared bathroom next door to my room was large, clean, with huge frosted window. I have to say there were a lot of feminine touches at Orchidea, including a skirt around my sink, floral prints on my bed cover, weighing scale in the bathroom etc. The access to the apartment is through huge wooden doors, then by stairs or a "cage" elevator. There is a small living room, just like in anyone's home with a tv set, books, magazine, kettle for tea, sofa etc.
Unfortunately, as someone had also written about, down the street is a little piazza with an Irish pub that attracted hordes of young Americans. The kids spilled out on to the streets, boisterous, screaming, singing until 4 am as if they owned the streets. I had mentioned this to the landlady, Miranda. The next day, she called the authorities and they stopped. From what I gathered, the owner of the pub will meet with the city hall to discuss how to control this kind of behaviour.
Other than the noise (and lack of sleep on account of), Orchidea is very handy, as expected from an inn, comfortable, and pretty laid back. On the street below, lots of places to eat, drink (I recommend Tratoria Le Massace on the corner of Proconsolo/Borgo degli Albizi.)
Courtyard rooms are quiet, and have windows that open to the courtyard.
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