I stayed at the Arco Antico B&B for two nights in August 2013. I chose the property because it is a 5 minute walk from Santa Maria Novella train station and also because of the great reviews it has received. I was not disappointed.
Unfortunately (or perhaps, fortunately) your first experience of the B&B will not be your best one. It is located on the third floor of the building - you gain access by pressing the door buzzer which will open the door into the stairwell. Unfortunately this is a little dark and seedy and the lift to the third floor is tiny. At best it will take one person and one bag.
But everything changes when you enter the B&B! The owner, Matteo, will greet you and help you with your bags, check you in etc.
The 6 room property has been renovated beautifully and offers a standard of comfort way above its rating. I was travelling alone so had a single room, but even this was quite spacious by Italian standards, with a king single bed, a good sized wardrobe with a mini safe, a desk and a flat screen TV.The bathroom was small but had modern fittings and was spotlessly clean and included a reasonable range of toiletries. The air-conditioning worked perfectly - essential in August!
My only slight gripe would be that the bed was a little springy though that didn't stop me getting a good night's sleep.
Breakfast was included and was taken in the charming breakfast room. The continental breakfast selection was excellent - juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, bread, cold meats, cheese. There was a machine which made excellent coffee. A small point - but the quality of the crockery, cutlery, glasses etc was first rate, really leaving a good impression, One other thing I liked was that you could help yourself to tea and coffee at any time during the day.
The WiFi internet was free and the service was good and reliable.
The B&B is a 5 minute walk from Santa Maria Novella train station and also within walking distance of the centre of Florence where all the attractions are. There are also many restaurants within walking distance of the B&B.
I felt very comfortable here and Matteo does a great job in running the B&B and helping with guests' needs. This is a 2 star property that offers a 5 star service.
Would I stay here again? Yes, yes, yes
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Arco Antico bed & Breakfast is located in a quiet side street, a few steps from Fortezza da Basso. Arco Antico is very close (5 minutes walking) to all the principal city's museums, churches and monuments, located in S. Lorenzo one of the most important shopping areas. ... more less
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