This B&B is in a great location. The kitchen was nice and the coffee great. However, the internet is only available in the lobby (not in our room), we booked a room with two twin beds and they tried to put a cot into a room with a double bed- that would NOT have worked as there would be no walking room. The three flights of stairs is really 6 in my mind, but Lorna helped us up that last flight. They decided to paint the bathroom while we stayed there, which meant when we wanted to use the only bathroom, they had to remove the painting materials and sweep so we could use the toilet.
We had to ask for clean towels when we wanted them, there were no towels or floor mats in the bathroom - no means to dry hands. Never did find the DVD player or in room hair dryer, but didn't want to ask because the host did not speak much English. When asked where the nearest ATM or bus is, she was not sure. There were many posted notes thanking Francesco for his great hospitality. Unfortunately Francesco left in August of 2013 and we never met Paola, so I think this place lost much of its charm. The doors on the rooms are noisy to shut as well.
This is only the second B&B I've stayed at in Italy. Maybe I was just spoiled by the first one?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Il Ghiro is a small Guesthouse just two blocks from the Railway Station of Santa Maria Novella and one from S.Lorenzo market , in a quiet pedestrian street.Credit cards accepted , free luggage storage on arrival and departure. Free WI-FI in the rooms and one PC at your disposal in the lounge, 24/7. Kitchen facilities, coffee maker and water kettle included. TV- DVD SAT in every room and air-conditioning in the ensuite rooms. Laundry available. Complimentary coffee & tea . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Ghiro Hotel Florence