I would give this place a 5-star rating but I think due to its location it may not be suitable for everyone.
To begin, we arrived in Florence and rented a car and drove up to the Casa di Mina. It's not that easy to find as there isn't a big sign for it anywhere and it's along a busy main road so if you overshoot it, you have to make a big round. When we arrived, there was no one home. We waited outside ringing the doorbell for about 10 minutes before deciding to call Lynda on her mobile. Turns out there really wasn't anyone home and she said that she messaged us informing us she would be out (turns out the number she sent it to was not in the right format for msging i.e. included the '00' so we never got it.. but I feel she shouldn't have assumed that we did..and if you're running a B&B and dealing with foreign tourists she should know how to deal with international numbers).
She came back about 20 minutes later (we had to wait in the car in the meantime) to let us in and gave us the run-down of the place and areas to eat etc. We also needed to do laundry and asked her for the nearest laundromat and she was spot on with this on the map. She left right after as she still had things to do. During the day and nights you won't see anyone as the family live upstairs so the floor you're on is basically a place of your own.
The rooms itself are very large and nice. Ours had an entire separate sitting area. Modern furnishings with a bit of antiques here and there. The attached bathroom was abit dated however. Only soap and shampoo provided. Breakfast was good and sufficient. But everything is sort of portioned out for you already and I was wondering what if I wanted more? Anyway you get a fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, prosciutto/salami/cheese, croissants and juice.
Parking is indeed right across the street and free. But it is by no means a 'quiet' neighbourhood because the road outside is pretty busy. It's the main exit road from Piazza Michelangelo so there are a lot of cars at all times of the day. It's also on a hill so yes it may be a downhill walk to Porta Romana but just remember you'll be walking back up too.
Location-wise...even with a car I felt it was a bit far from the city. Having a car in Florence is not much use because of the ZTL so you can't drive in and finding parking just outside the ZTL is really difficult. So you're stuck with walking or taking the bus. To walk to the riverside would take you about half an hour or more and there is only one bus that serves the area. In the daytime it's okay but if you intend on going out at night I think it'd be rather difficult as there isn't exactly a bus timetable you can follow. So I'd say if you don't have a car then maybe you'd like to try to find somewhere closer to stay where all the action is.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lynda, Francesco and their daughter Mina are expecting you in their villa, their home, recently remodeled, which they are sharing with guests and travelers from all over the world. The villa has four rooms for their guests, furnished and decorated by Lynda and Francesco (he's an architect) in their personal taste acquired through travel, passion and a continual pursuit of colors ,fabrics, and light. Vi aspettano Lynda, Francesco e Mina che hanno deciso di aprire la propria casa ad ospiti e viaggiatori di tutto il mondo. Questo B&B si chiama CasaDiMina, e quattro sono le stanze per gli ospiti, tutte arredate con un gusto personale frutto di una ricerca continua e nel tempo su arredi, luci, tessuti e coloriLa Villa degli inizi del secolo scorso e' situata sul Viale dei Colli una delle aree preferite da fiorentini e viaggiatori poiche' immersa nel verde ma a soli 15 minuti di passeggiata dall'Oltrarno considerata come una delle zone piu' autentiche della citta'. ... more less
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