We stayed here from 1 July through 6 July, 2012. It was the perfect location for us because my wife was doing a workshop at the nearby Accademia del Arte which is a 20 walk through vineyards and olive groves.
The proprietor is Omera Mugnai. He's a very pleasant and accommodating fellow who goes out of his way to make certain that everything is satisfactory. He even gave us two bottles of local wine upon our arrival from the train station. It was a great introduction to Tuscany. We paid 280 euros for five nights, which is very good for Tuscany at the height of tourist season.
This is not a B&B where the owner lives on the premises. Omero rents out rooms in a small apartment building that he owns just outside of town. Not to fear, it is but a short walk into town. There were two rooms in our building, and ours was upstairs. It was very comfortable with all of the expected amenities -- private bathroom, very good air conditioning, cable TV (all Italian language), and a small, shared kitchen downstairs. There is no Wi-Fi. Our room faced the street, so there was a bit of road noise, but it was muted by heavy wooden shutters.
I have no serious criticisms, just a few observations. First, there is no breakfast per se. The room has an Italian style espresso maker which is too small for two people. We used the much larger one in the kitchen. (If you've never used one of these know that it is a pressure cooker device in which you place the water in the bottom tank, the ground coffee in the strainer receptacle and then screw the whole thing tightly together and place on the burner). There are some basic foodstuffs in the room, ground coffee, melba toast in plastic sleeves, crackers, cookies, jellies, jams, Nutella, and the like. These aren't the sort of things we normally eat for breakfast. We found ourselves going to the local grocery store next door and buying fruit, cheese, lunch meats and real bread. And wine. There were a number basic things the kitchen lacked -- a cutting board, a good kitchen knife, a toaster and a microwave oven. If those were added, it would make life that much better.
An added plus for those travelers who have run out of clean clothes is the laundromat next door to the grocery. I used it once. Of course, one could rinse clothes out by hand in the bathroom sink, but I was literally down to my last clean clothes and I didn't fancy the idea of hanging gobs of wet clothes from the window sills or heater. The Italians do it, but that's not for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 300 metres from the historical centre of Arezzo, is “Francesco Redi” rooms for rent. The newly constructed property offers a warm welcome and comprises tow well it and comfortable rooms, each witch is furnished with a bathroom. The carefully furnished rooms are offered to guests in either double o single-rooms. Guest have access to a well equipped kitchen, two ample terraces and a little garden.Discounts for stays of more than 3 days ... more less