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Residence Porta al Prato
4.0 of 5 Condominium   |   V. Ponte Al Mosse, 16, 50144 Florence, Italy   |  
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Ranked #109 of 206 Specialty lodging in Florence
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good location for a home base”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We stayed here for 8 days and were located on the 5th floor overlooking the parking lot away from the potential noise of the street. Our apartment had not been upgraded as shown in the photos on www.venere.com but were comfortable enough. On the table when we arrived was a little basket of helpful goods to set us on our way, packages of toast, jams and instant coffee. The refrigerator was stocked with shelf milk and some tabs of butter.

The bathroom was lovely and modern, in all of our 3 week vacation it was the first and only vacation rental to have a tub to soak away the day. There was also no wifi available at all during our stay and so we used the single main computer available to all in the main lobby. Not certain of the security settings we only used it to write emails to friends. Laundry facilities are available in the basement using tokens purchased from the front desk at at 1 euro each (1 for washing, 1 for drying), and detergents are freely available beside the washer.

When we checked in we were given a sheet informing us that we were responsible for all missing items when we left. I probably would not have glanced at it except that there were only two wine glasses (celebrating our arrival) in the cupboard which tipped me off to revisit the list. We were short on knives, coffee spoons, water glasses, tea cups and had only a partial steel milk boiler. There were no salt and pepper shakers. We also had to exchange our moka pot as it leaked. I believe it was exchanged with an empty apartment. The kitchen had a dishwasher and I was thankful for it. The only catch with the kitchen was that you could not open the cutlery drawers or pot cupboard unless you closed the kitchen door shut.

I did like living in Florence here. There is a Conad's market on Porta al Prato that is strangely open on Sundays. The Funicular is a great pizza place just across the street from the grocery. Also, there is a vino sfuso, street number 49 (Cantina Toscana) on that same street just farther up, where you can go with your own containers to buy bulk wine. For instance one evening we picked up 3 litres of wine [not just for that night :)] for 6.80 euros. We cooked with relative comfort in our little apartment, and sat on the balcony drinking coffee and looking out at the hills.

We walked around Florence quite a bit from this location. When tired you can catch the T1 from the Santa Maria Novella train station for 1.30 euros. Tickets are available from the electronic machines.

Cleaning staff seem to come everyday unless you hang a sign on the doorknob. We really didn't want a hotel experience so we only had them come in once during our stay to take care of the garbage. The walls are paper thin which was unfortunate as on the last 2 days of our stay a family with two children under the age of two arrived with kids screaming into the night and up early in the day. There was no escape from the noise and no recourse. If it had been earlier in our stay I would have requested a room change but as we were leaving in a day it just wasn't worth it. But what can you really do about noisy neighbours?

I enjoyed being away from the tourist section and yet close enough to walk to it and would definitely come here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

We went in late October and got amazingly lucky with the weather. We hired bikes from "Florence By Bike". Got a couple of road bikes for €30/day. Absolutely fantastic idea. Able to see "real" Italy. Cycled to Sienna, Fiosole & Impruneta. Just beware that Florence is somewhat in a ditch. Cycling anywhere requires a long slog up some nasty hills. The pay-off is worth it for the incredible views, and 50km/hour down-hill free-wheeling . Also to be aware is that some train companies consider a bike, an additional passenger and charge you accordingly.

The apartment was perfect for us, as we wanted a cheap(ish) launch pad to go and explore Florence/Tuscany. It was entirely adequete, but don't expect any frills.

Positives: Spacious apartment, kitchenette, bath with shower, two balconies! 24 hour/check-in. Underground locked parking - with plenty of space for bikes! Very clean. Good location - 20 mins walk from town-center. Relatively inexpensive *(There is a €4/per night/per person tax that is paid on arrival just to be aware of) Flat screen TV. Automated wake-up service.
Negatives: Thin walls to the outside - *Noise of traffic pushed the ratings down*. Retro-decor (but not that bad).

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

I stayed 2 nights in this hotel in September, 2012. As for the rooms, they look much prettier on the pictures, than in the real life. When you see them, it's hard not to get a somewhat despondent feeling: colours are dark and don't look right togehter, the furniture, surely, has seen better days. But I didn't care much, since I only needed some place to sleep at night, after long hours of exploring Florence.
The fridge was a real trouble, though, 'cause it was making a terrible noise and I couldn't switch it off. Everytime it sounded like a crushing helicopter, so I had to take all the shelves out, just to decrease the sound.
The service as such was limited and not staff was not entirely friendly, but I didn't care much, either.
WiFi was a problem. It's free and available in the rooms, but you cannot access https: sites, that is, check you e-mail or buy anything online, tickets, e.g. - big inconvenience, if you are on your way. I managed to solve the problem at the PC in the hall on the groud floor.

Location was ok, just 20 minutes from the Duomo - Santa-Maria del Fiore and 10 minutes at most from Santa-Maria Novella railway station.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Perfect management with very large and clean rooms. room was pretty large. There is a computer with free access to internet in the lobby. Good for living not for holiday, Far from city center I think it was ok

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We stayed at Porta Al Prato, during our stay at Florence. It is centrally located and everything at close proximity... But the interiors of this Hotel/studio apartment scared me out. It looked a it haunted to me, though in the day it's all sunny and nice , in the night it's drop dead silent and empty.. For a person like me who is scared of darkeness this was horrible..

On the bright side, they do have a prepared pantry for you in the room for your next days breakfast inclusive of your stay, on other days you might want to visit a supermarket which is around the corner to store up a few snackers. The Manager who attended to us was Sanjeeva who was very helpful and very patient as he explained everything and marked all the places to see and shop on the map, which made it really simple to understand. We had a nice time walking on the streets of Florence, exploring and absorbing the Tuscan heat..

On the negatives , the net doesn't work, actually, though Sanjeeva mentioned it works , it doesn't. It works in flashes which is next to not working.
The air conditioners also don't work well, they need servicing.. In our room we had 2 airconditioners out of which one was working fine and the other wasn't at all..
Also the lobby and the corridors of the room side get really quiet and it tends to feel very spooky... serious.
If I happen to stay here again , would love a brighter facing or looking room... ( I guess to each his own)

On the whole , not a bad one... And specially on tight budgets. :)

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

The best thing about this hotel is the location and proximity to public transport.
Firenze SMN is only a few hundred metres away. The hotel is only 1 stop and a short walk from the train station on the tram. The electric buses C2 and C3, which are near the tram stop, will take you to Uffizi gallery, and the Duomo, respectively.
Bar Pasticceria, which is at the end of the street towards the tram stop, is where we bought our breakfast. Friendly staff, great food and coffee, and great prices.
The rooms aren't the best. We had a single bed and a sofa bed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

Staff are very helpful and nice room. but the only thing is the wifi wasn't working when we were staying.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Address: V. Ponte Al Mosse, 16, 50144 Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Ranked #109 of 206 Specialty lodging in Florence
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Hotel Class:4 star — Residence Porta al Prato 4*
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