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Guest House Bel Duomo
Ranked #42 of 659 Florence B&B and Inns
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Cape Town, South Africa
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“Perfect Location. Friendly and Helpful Staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Our 10 day trip to Italy started with a night in Florence at B&B Bel Duomo. The staff / owner (Olivia and Mandy) were very friendly and helpful and helped us get orientated very quickly. They also did little other things to make our trip that much easier - make a phone call for us, keep our bags on our last day whilst we were out sightseeing and charge our phones in the lobby. The room was big and clean and had air-conditioning (crucial in the middle of summer!). The biggest plus of B&B Bel Duomo is that it is literally a stone's throw from the Duomo, with the rest of the major attractions in Florence a very short walk away. We had a separate bedroom and bathroom - which we were told about, and meant the room was cheaper. Unfortunately the lobby separated the two, which was fine most of the time, but not ideal if guests / staff were around.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

This accommodation is right in the heart of Florence, and allows you to be in the thick of it from the beginning. I would say that the location is the best feature of Bel Duomo; you're barely out of the door before you're looking at the Duomo; the railway station is ten minutes or so away by foot.

The service and hospitality was absolutely outstanding. Mandy and Giulio did a wonderful job making us feel at home, and we wanted for nothing. The owners were there to greet us as we arrived (even though we were a couple of hours later than the agreed time), and went to great lengths to point out the attractions of the city and how to navigate it. They also gave general tourists' pointers. Very, very helpful.

The room was well and comfortably furnished, and had complimentary items (tea, coffee, water etc.), and we were even given wonderful bonuses over the Easter weekend! We had a slightly cheaper room which had a detached bathroom (though the bathroom was for our sole use). The room was quiet, and the high ceiling allowed for a cool night's sleep. One quibble would be the lack of daylight in the room, as there are no wall windows, but since we were out and about for the vast majority of the time and were only in the room to rest, this was not a problem.

There are many steps up to the accommodation. I was not aware of a lift, and there may be one, but guests who have difficulty walking up stairs should enquire beforehand.

Heartily recommended. And thanks to Mandy and Giulio of Bel Duomo!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

We arrived late at B&B Bel Duomo at Florence and had only a few hours to spend in Florence while checking out to Pisa the next morning.

Mandy and her husband (Owners) were so friendly towards their guests and provided us with travel tips and maps to Florence, and even offered us a welcome drink. We felt so welcome at their cosy B&B setup.

The location was good, as it was in the center of everything, San Lorenzo market and SMN railway station. One thing to note, pack as light as possible as you might be lugging heavy luggage up the stairs like us (as there's no lifts). But Mandy was so helpful to offer us assistance with our luggage.

The room was spacious and had high ceilings. The good thing that it's air-conditioned, noting that a lot of hotels/B&B in Europe doesn't have air-conditioning.

Although it was only a brief stay at Florence, we absolutely loved it as compared to touristy Pisa. We will be back and will stay in this wonderful B&B again.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Wigan, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2013

We've just returned from a 3night stay at the Bel Duomo and this little B&B more than exceeded our expectations.
The location of the hotel first of all is fab; Piazza del Duomo is practically on the doorstep along with an abundance of restaurants, vibrant street cafe's, gelateria's and bars. I would say most of the main attractions can easily be reached within 10mins walk, we even managed to walk to Piazzale Michelangelo (amazing views) within half an hour.
The B&B itself is perfect for a city break in Florence. Our room (3) was spacious, comfortable, immaculately clean and had more than enough conveniences for a short stay including complimentary pastries & chocolates.
The Hostess Mandy, as other reviews have mentioned really does go the extra mile to make sure guests have an enjoyable stay in Florence. The other staff we encountered were also really friendly, helpful and more than affluent in their knowledge of the city.
We had a great time in Florence and our stay at the Bel Duomo added to this. It'll definitely be the first place we look at the next time we visit, thanks for such a pleasurable stay!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Oxford, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

This fabulous little place is in a perfect location, only 5 minutes from the train station and Duomo. It's small but clean and wonderfully cozy. Our room was bright and inviting and the hostess, Mandy, is a really lovely lady. She was very helpful with the locations of places and very nice to us. We had a splendid night's rest and we wished we had stayed here longer.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2013

We stayed here for four nights on our honeymoon, and it was easily our favorite place we stayed in Italy. The room was fantastic and the location can't be beat - only steps to Piazza del Duomo. We fell asleep and woke each morning to the ringing of the bells. Best alarm clock ever. Mandy and Giulio were excellent, warmhearted hosts, who took the time to chat with us and answer questions and give recommendations. While not a full European breakfast, they provide croissants and coffee, tea and snacks each day (and we got a nice drinkable honeymoon gift as well). Having travelled enough to know that smiles, conversations and attentiveness are not guaranteed, I cannot stress enough how warm and inviting the Bel Duomo experience was. Truly an oasis.

* - the asterisk pertains to one word of caution: Bel Duomo is up 3 flights of stairs. I didn't mind - I would have climbed 6 flights for this place - but if you're arthritic or have recently had knee replacement surgery, you should probably look for first-floor accommodations someplace else. But, let's face it - if either of those things pertain to you, Europe is probably not a good choice for travels in general.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

Perfect location in central Florence, about 50 metres Duomo. Hosts went to great lengths to explain attractions and be generally helpful. Rooms have nice decore and ambiance. Good value and good times,10 min walk from train station.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Property: Guest House Bel Duomo
Address: Borgo San Lorenzo, 4, 50123, Florence, Italy (Formerly Bed and Breakfast Bel Duomo)
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #42 of 659 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Guest House Bel Duomo 2.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In the pedestrians' only area, just 10 metres from the corner of Piazza del Duomo. Guest House Bel Duomo is about 600 metres (10 minutes walk) from the main railway station, Santa Maria Novella, from which Florence airport is easily reachable via a frequent shuttle bus service. Bel Duomo offers 11 spacious rooms on the mezzanine level, first and third floors of the historic building (without a lift, unfortunately) in which it is located. Every room has a private bathroom, 7 ensuite while 4 rooms have private external bathrooms. All rooms are equipped with free wifi, central heating, air conditioning, flat screen TV, hairdryer, refrigerator and kettle. A simple breakfast of tea, instant coffee and individually wrapped croissants, crackers and chocolates is included in the price, other than this, breakfast is an optional extra, available at a discounted price at a bar a few minutes walk away. Guests are assured of a warm welcome from the English/Italian family running B&B Bel Duomo. A map and tourist information including museum/tour/restaurant bookings are always offered on check in by the hosts, for whom courtesy and customer service are absolute priorities. ... more   less 
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