My wife and I spent 4 nights at Bellevue House in late September. We were extremely pleased with the accommodations and the value. The room was plain and simple, yet it was very comfortable, spacious, and more than met our needs. Although they do not serve breakfast, there are plenty of places nearby to get croissants or breakfast and the room had a hot water pot with tea and good instant coffee. We loved the location. It was within walking distance of all of the main tourist sites, yet away from the circus atmosphere that pervades much of Florence’s main tourist areas. There were a number of good restaurants nearby that were recommended to us by the hotel. But also very important to us was its proximity to the train and bus station, as we made a day trip to Siena one day by bus and had an early morning train departure on our last morning there. But the best part about Bellevue House was the extremely friendly and helpful new owners, Luciano, his son Allesandro, and wife, Susy. They all went out of their way to help us and make sure that we had an excellent stay. Although we had booked the room online at a higher rate, we were offered, without asking, the Rick Steve’s 10% cash discount, which we gladly accepted. Luciano made reservations for us at Accademia and Uffizi museums prior to our arrival. Allesandro was very helpful in planning our visit in Florence, providing numerous recommendations of things to do that were off the beaten path. Susy provided us with an excellent walking map of Siena for our day trip there. I made the mistake on our first night there of sleeping with the window open to enjoy the cool night air, but ended up with mosquitos buzzing my head all night long and noise from party across the alley. Allesandro was extremely helpful in providing us with a plug-in mosquito repellant for the remainder of our stay. Keeping the windows closed and AC fan running to circulate air, I slept great the remainder of our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Guest House close to Santa Maria Novella Square opposite the famous Pharmacy-museum. The property is on the last (3rd) floor of a nice 15th Century Palace (Palazzo Riblet-Bargagli-Petrucci). We do not have a lift, but we are always happy to help guests carrying heavy luggage up the stairs. All our rooms are equipped with AC, TVSAT, electronic safe, electric kettle with several types of teas, free WiFi, hairdryer in all rooms. First-class linen and quality toiletries in the bathrooms. We can book museums on request. Each room has its own special quiet ambiance and name: "Fiorenza", "Ginevra", "Sofia", "Manila", "Victoria", "Carolina". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bellevue House b&b
- Bellevue House Hotel Florence