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“Florentine Charm” 5 of 5 stars
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Antica Posta B&B
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   Viale Belfiore 50, 50144 Florence, Italy (Santa Maria Novella)   |  
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Ranked #287 of 563 Florence B&B and Inns
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Florentine Charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Antica is a very small B & B in a newer section of Florence. The day we arrived in Florence, we took the longer way to our B&B with our luggage and it still only took about 15 minutes. A straight shot from Santa Maria Novella station would be Via Luigi Alamanni to Via Guido Monaco to Via Belfiore. Marcella came out to the street to flag us down. It's not hard to find but with luggage rolling down the streets, it was kind of her to make this easier.

Antica looks just as it's pictured here - small and charming. What it is NOT was important to us. It is NOT a large American hotel with gym or restaurant and lots of other Americans looking for gyms and restaurants. Marcella delivers a breakfast of hot coffee or tea with a warm croissant and packaged toast (not my favorite) and fruit juice. It was certainly enough to start the day and we watched Italian TV while we had our breakfast.

The rooms were very clean, the bathroom was modern and immaculate. The furniture is
sort of eclectic - it gets the job done. At the end of the stay, Marcella totalled our bill, printed out a copy for us and explained the 2 Euro city tax. There were no surprises in the bill - always important to those of us who don't speak much Italian. After we checked out, they allowed us to store our luggage in the hallway and there was a bathroom available before we started the return trip to the station.

Marcella was very warm and helpful, drawing maps, making recommendations, and explaining the bus system. Ciao, Marcella!

Room Tip: The side away from the street is much quieter. Keep windows closed if posssible to avoid mosquitoes.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Padua, Italy
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

We've been there for the weekend of our anniversary. The room was small but luxurious, absolutely clean and private toilet. The hostess Marcella gave us many useful tips about where to eat or which places to visit. The best thing was the breakfast in the room!! Wonderful. A very nice experience!!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Stayed here for one night as on way to Rome and wanted to check out Florence. Bit tricky to find as above street level and we wandered for a short time. Look for street number rather than sign it's not obvious. Very warm welcome, relaxed and very helpful advice from the lady, I'm guessing Marcella. Rooms were great, clean, comfortable and nice bathroom. Close to station which was handy but not noisy as you might expect. Lots of traffic as on a busy road but again not noisy. Breakfast was brought to the room which was nice with croissants and big cups of coffee! Not too far to walk to centre. Altogether a pleasant stay. Would stay again. Very helpful host! :)

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

We loved being close (15-20min walk) to the train/bus station for our day excursions. Our hostess, Marcella, gave us great tips on where to get groceries, go swimming, find a market, bus's to take to our destinations, and things worth seeing. She made the stay better by being so personable.

Our room had it's own little fridge, airconditioner, and was kept fairly clean. They are environmental, not changing linens and towels until about day 4 and toilets are not cleaned daily either. The shower was tiny with no where to put a soap or shampoo, which are not provided by the B & B.

Breakfast consisted of a croissant, a packet of 2 dry cracker/toast pieces, juice and coffee which we supplemented with yogert and fruit from the store. It was served to our room daily as they do not have a common area to gather. If she knew we would have an early departure she would provide us with our breakfast tray the evening prior.

Our extended family booked 4 out of the 5 rooms so it was fun to be 'together'. Keep in mind that the canopy beds have foot ends and can be problematic if you are both tall. There are also steps into most (if not all) of the rooms and bathrooms if you are handicapped.

If you are looking for something reasonable and safe this is highly recommended. We would return if we were to come back.

Room Tip: The rooms looking to the street had a better or more active view and were very quiet with two sets o...
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Coquitlam, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2011

Pro,s
This is a great little B&B that is about 500m away from the train station.
Rooms are tidy & clean and the manager Marcella was super nice and helpfull.
She spoke some English and always attended to our needs when asked.
Breakfast was good with just the right amount of food.

Con's
Not in the best area, due to the volume of traffic.

I highly recommend this B&B for the price and location near station.

Thanks you Marcella for your kindness and help during our stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2011

Our friends and us stayed there for 3 nights in May.The rooms were very clean and breakfast was good.Our host Marcella was wonderful.She was very friendly and helped us with directions and suggestions for restaurants and the sights.They also kept our suitcases while we traveled to other cities until we returned which saved a lot of hassle.Not in the prettiest part of town,but close to train station and a short walk to all the main sights and very reasonable rates.It was a very friendly stay.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Aviano, italy
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

My wife and i stayed here as we enjoyed Christmas in Florence and absolutely loved it. The location was close to the attractions (15 min walk at a leisurely pace to "the dome" plaza), it was very clean and welcoming, and the staff (mariella) was incredible. It felt like we were staying at a friends house for the weekend.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Viale Belfiore 50, 50144 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
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Hotel Style:
Ranked #287 of 563 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Antica Posta B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The B&B antica Posta is located in Florence Center at only 500 meters from the central station of Santa Maria Novella.Our 5 bright and large rooms, are fine furnished according to the tuscan charm.Each room is provided of private bath with hair dryer, air conditioning, color TV, mini-bar ... more   less 
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