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Residenza Strozzi

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Via della Madonna delle Grazie 18, 50135, Florence Italy
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#436 of 777 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
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Located southeast of Florence, Residenza Strozzi enjoys the best of both worlds, convenient access to Florence and the peace and quiet of the Tuscan countryside. The property is located on the historic Strozzi-Riccardi estate, one of the most important Florentine families of the Renaissance period. The former Chapel of this stunning estate has now been cleverly transformed into a romantic guest house for couples. Residenza Strozzi has a large garden equipped with a table, chairs, and deck chairs. Parking is available on the premises.
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mrtjaet wrote a review Sep 2015
Worcestershire, United Kingdom339 contributions90 helpful votes
Family of 4 stayed in la scuderia July/Aug 2015. An enchanting location which we couldn't really make the most of as outside temperatures reached 40+degrees daily. About 40mins by taxi to the airport (35Euro) it was cheaper & more convenient than the recommended bus (6 Euro each) from the airport to SM Novella station then taxi for four (24 Euro). (We used it as a base for Rome, Pompeii etc. staying over.) The apartment was well equipped with washing machine, small dishwasher and cooking facilities and air con, but you couldn't have more than two appliances operating at the same time as the fuse would trip - and for that we were shown where outside and around the corner the fuse box was - obviously a regular event, never remedied! The apartment requires electric lights on all the time as there are only 3 small and high windows and the front door. So it was remiss that I counted eight bulbs in the apartment that were dead. The rug in the lounge area was filthy. The lavender bunches (presumably a mosquito repellent) were so old that they were disintegrating in front of us. Strings of garlic and onions in the kitchen were visually decorative, but old & rotten. The rug in the lounge area was filthy. The shower curtain had mould on it and the shower tray filled up (very slow to drain). It's little details like that that took the shine of our 14 night stay. There was a welcome tray of tea/coffee sachets and a croissant each and a carton of juice. Suggestions would be a small store of basics - salt/pepper etc. We had to buy rubbish bags, dishwasher tablets (the dishwasher didn't clean very well), washing up liquid/dish cloths, washing detergent, toilet rolls etc. in addition to groceries. Cumbersome stuff to cart on a bus (not available in the local deli). The cost and inconvenience of this made eating out more palatable. The two single beds were more comfortable than the double. The mini pool (about 2.5m diameter) was a god-send for the kids, but too small to hold interest over 2 weeks. We found ourselves the only ones using it - and to be cleaning it! And after a storm, despite hours trying with a net, it was too filthy to use for the last 4 days. (Admittedly the storm was bad felling some huge trees - which were rightly the owner's priority). There's only one lounger by the pool & some plastic chairs. The nearest shop is 10 mins walk through the olive grove on an unmade footpath. Unfortunately it closed in the second week for refurbishment. The same route to Ponte Mensola bus stop (number 10) into town (20 mins to Piazza San Marco) (not on Sundays!) necessitates crossing a wooden footbridge which is actually fenced-off because it is clearly rotten and dangerous, but someone had kindly laid an old door where the missing planks are! There's no alternative. You are probably getting the picture? Settignano in the opposite direction up the hill, is worth going for the views and the little restaurant (can't remember the name), also there's a pharmacy and a few bars around a little piazza. It is walkable (50 mins up/30mins down). I guess really you need a car, but then you'd have the issue of parking in the city. Taxis were quite good and usually on time - once we'd enlisted the assistance of Guido the owner in booking in advance. (Seemingly hearing an English accent speaking Italian means that you cannot book in advance.!) Guido and his wife, living next door, were very hospitable and helpful with any such issues. The Wifi was essential in booking museum entrances etc. (and entertainment for the kids) and having 14 days gave us the luxury of time, not afforded to many of the tourists trying to fit in two+ galleries a day and queuing in such heat for hours. And of course wifi calls are free. The TV is limited to equivalent of UK Freeview with about 10 channels (mainly rolling news). There were a couple of English language DVDs kicking around, but could have done with more for the kids in the evening. Take a Kindle or some books. (Too hot, or too many insects to dine/sit outside of an evening.) Whilst we're on wildlife - lizards around the little pond on the patio are fascinating, the small (1m) snake I nearly trod on one morning on the path to the pool, not so - once a quick Google identified it as venomous! It is a fantasy idyll in the Tuscan countryside, quiet, very quiet. Easy to relax, recuperate digest and plan what we really went to Florence for - the culture (and the gelato!) We thoroughly enjoyed it, but stay there again? probably not. I wouldn't recommend for the elderly/infirm, or young couples looking for 'fun'. Younger families probably ideal, for shorter periods (There's no privacy as the space is divided by iron railed stalls only).
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Date of stay: August 2015
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susandws wrote a review Mar 2015
richmond, va4 contributions12 helpful votes
No one would argue that this is not a pretty place, and I don't mean to be mean, but, practically speaking, there are some things you may want to think about before deciding to stay here. My husband and I got so excited about how charming and romantic the pictures of the chapel were that we failed to consider some things we should have. Though beautiful, it's extremely dark inside with hardly any windows for natural light and skimpy electrical lighting. Without any significant windows, you can't enjoy the view of the grounds. The surfaces in the bedroom are cold and hard and it isn't comfortable to walk barefoot on the floor. The bathroom feels like a closet and, to be honest, it's a little creepy to use the toilet "box" or the tiny shower with its mildewed shower curtain blowing around your legs. Though there is a small living room, the furniture is low, small, Victorian-like, and not comfortable to relax on. We normally select non-chain, not necessarily luxurious accommodations (cottages, apartments, B&B's, etc.) with a local flavor when we travel, so I'm not being the ugly American here, but depending on how long you are staying, you might want to think about the things that would make you comfortable, or uncomfortable, on your vacation.
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Date of stay: April 2014
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Martin P wrote a review Nov 2013
Amersham, England, United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
The location on the edge of the built up area with a good bus route into the centre of Florence only ten minutes - very attractive - walk away, makes a car unnecessary; the difficult (or absence of) road signs made the drive to and from the airport the most stressful part of our stay. In every other respect it was wonderful. The early morning sun lit up the trunks of the pine trees that lined the wonderful drive, while the evening sky silhouetted the dome of the distant Duomo. The chapel with its painted ceiling is enchanting and the view through the open door into the grounds was very pretty. We had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. Guido very kindly reserved tickets for us to visit the Uffizi Gallery. We got to the gallery at opening time (8.30am) and with our reservation were able to reach the Botticelli gallery first and see the Birth of Venus without the crowds which descended on us after 10 minutes! The Duomo is more impressive on the outside than the interior. The church of San Lorenzo with an audio commentary assisted by a tablet (not asprin!) was really helpful. Don't miss Michelangelo's Library with its stunning black marble staircase also at San Lorenzo. We did enjoy the drive in our hire car on the S222 through Chianti Country to Siena (but not getting lost on the outskirts of Florence when we returned). Siena with so many historic buildings in the streets around the Piazza del Campo is well worth a visit.....but then so much else is too - we should have stayed for longer and we'll certainly return.
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Date of stay: October 2013
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Bob B wrote a review Nov 2013
Seattle, Washington, United States3 contributions
We arrived in Florence and got lost, so Guido met us and guided us in to his apartment, part of a large, beautiful villa. The residence is convenient to bus stops and local grocery stores, and is well equipped with cooking essentials. The apartment itself is beautiful, comfortable and interesting, with a gorgeous ceiling in the bedroom - evidence of it being the chapel of the villa in past life. We loved being there and will definitely stay there again if we return to Florence. Thanks to Guido and family for helping us navigate around Florence and outlying areas. They were very willing to help make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Grazie!
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Lana P wrote a review Oct 2013
Novi Vinodol, Primorsko-Goranska, Croatia8 contributions
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Staying at Residenza Strozzi was a smart decision. Just few minutes away from centre of Florence we came to our place. First thing that made us speechless was entrance and then the beautiful chapel.. it was like stepping into different time. Small and cozy, with small cute kitchen full of different sorts of olive oils, in the living room shell full of cd-s with old music... If you are running away from a busy and loud town, this is a place for you. We just wanna thank our host Guido and his lovely wife Pia for make us feel like home. If you‘ll be their next guest, don‘t hesitate to ask them for instructions or advices for nice places to see. They were very helpful. Historical city, green environment and hospitality made ​​our days unforgettable. Hope we will come back again. p.s. Take something that will protect you from Mosquitos, they are a little bit annoying :)
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Date of stay: August 2013
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Frequently Asked Questions about Residenza Strozzi
Which popular attractions are close to Residenza Strozzi?
Nearby attractions include Museo Del Calcio (0.4 miles), Vincigliata (0.3 miles), and Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Residenza Strozzi?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Residenza Strozzi?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
Is parking available at Residenza Strozzi?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Residenza Strozzi?
Conveniently located restaurants include Pizza Man - Via Rocca Tedalda, Caffe Desiderio, and Trattoria Osvaldo.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Residenza Strozzi?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Residenza Strozzi have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Residenza Strozzi offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Residenza Strozzi?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Residenza Strozzi?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (2.7 miles), Basilica of Santa Croce (2.5 miles), and Basilica San Miniato al Monte (2.6 miles).