We stayed at Casa Howard for three nights just after Christmas. While the location, close to Santa Maria Novella church is excellent for exploring the gorgeousness that is central Florence, the room (the Garden Room) was tiny - so small it couldn't accommodate a proper wardrobe - and the bathroom (well ensuite shower to be precise) even smaller. For €170 per night, we didn't expect to be charged a further €12 per person for breakfast and so passed, as even in the majestic Gilli a few minutes' walk away, we could eat handsomely for under €5. Casa Howard claims to offer parking but the reality is that they directed us to the nearest public carpark. There was no special rate and we were stung for €81 for under 3 days parking which was extremely steep. Overall, we weren't overwhelmed - Casa Howard's interesting, well located but nothing more than a glorified B&B charging hotel prices
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our Guest House - Casa Howard is neither a hotel nor a B&B. As the door will open, you will step into an eccentric guest house that will make you feel at home and will inevitably capture your heart. The Guest House is a large family house that is only partially used as such. Each room recreates a different setting, where the well-finished details emphasize the experience for the traveller. Casa Howard is the perfect alcove for couples who dream of a romantic retreat, as well as the most comfortable solution for families travelling with children or domestic animals. Choose one of the rooms with a view and seize all the emotions that transpire while looking at the rooftops of the Renaissance neighbourhoods. A stay in Florence has never been more emotional, sophisticated and enchanting. You will be given the house keys, and you will be able to live the city as local inhabitant. You will realise that this Guest House is the ideal starting point to discover the wonders of the city centre. Its location is at a walking distance from Santa Maria Novella and from many other major touristic sites, such as the David of Michelangelo (at the Galleria dell’Accademia), the San Frediano borough, the Mercato di S.Ambrogio and of San Lorenzo. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Howard Guest Houses Hotel Florence