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First of Florence Residence Apart'Hotel
Ranked #29 of 311 Specialty Lodging in Florence
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

I recently stayed in the First of Florence. We stayed in an apartment for four people. Although it was fine for us (my young adult daughter and her friend), I would not recommend our apartment for four unrelated adults. The second bed was a sofa bed in the living room, which although acceptable for one young adult, would not work for two adults. The small bathroom was up very steep stairs and was connected to the loft bedroom. There was no door to the loft bedroom. Accordingly, although it was fine for us, others might not like the arrangement as there was very little privacy. There was also considerable street noise, especially on the weekend; however, given the excellent location of the apartment, which was within walking distance of most of the premiere attractions, this was to be expected. Despite these issues, the apartment was perfect for us. It was well maintained, had a nice and well-stocked kitchenette and a very helpful staff. I highly recommend this apartment for two adults or two adults and a child.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

I stayed here two nights with my fiance and his parents in the 4-person suite. It was very clean upon arrival and we had complimentary snacks, fruit, and a bottle of wine. The only thing that I was bothered by was that when we arrived, the (huge) door downstairs was closed and the bell seemed to not work. We rang it a couple of times and got no answer, then my fiance started to push the door (even though it was very very heavy) but it was moving.. slowly but surely. We headed on to the first floor where the reception desk was, to find another closed door. We once again rang the bell but no answer, we even knocked so I ended up calling and the door was opened for us shortly after. When she asked if the door was open downstairs we said, "no" then she asked how we got in, we told her, "we pushed the door.." and she pretty much scolded us like little kids to NEVER DO THAT EVER EVER EVER AGAIN because it could break the door. My fiance's mother took offense to her attitude because we had no idea, but we were spoken to like a child about to be sent to the corner! (I thought it was funny actually lol). I do wish I knew that little tidbit from reading previous reviews though!
We were then taught how to properly open the doors and were showed to our suite and she taught us how to turn on the lights. Nevertheless, our stay was very lovely. The room was a good temperature, and the breakfast at the OK Bar across the street was also good. Only thing that I would honestly have changed was the one bathroom for 4 people. The bathroom was also upstairs where the bedroom was, so using the bathroom at night was not a quiet ordeal. But it was a one bedroom apt for 4-people (pull out bed downstairs) so it was understandable. The location was also great. It was right next to the Duomo and a 5minute walk to the San Lorenzo market where we bought leather jackets (at an insanely low price) and cute souvenirs for home. So bottom line, do I recommend First of Florence? Yes, I would stay here again but probably do two 2-person suites instead of one 4-person suite because of the bathroom. =)

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

From the moment we arrived we couldn't fault First on Florence. Our car was collected and parked, reception staff so helpful. Then our room was beautifully appointed with everything we could have wanted for our stay, including wine, fruit basket and food. Location was so convenient we were able to walk wherever we wanted to go. Laura at reception was so helpful.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at one of the apartments at First of Florence recently on our very first trip to Florence. We absolutely loved staying here. Laura at the reception made our stay very very comfortable from the start. After travelling for nearly 8 hours from Chamonix we arrived in Florence past 8pm. But Laura stayed until we checked in and we were pleasantly surprised to find a bottle of wine, fruit basket and other food items awaiting us as we entered our apartment. We felt at home almost immediately.
The place is so centrally located you can walk to almost any major attraction within the city. The train station is also about a 10 min walk from this place.
The apartment we stayed in was very comfortable, well equipped and very very safe. There is a small supermarket just around the corner which is very convenient.
Breakfast is served in a small cafe opposite this building. We loved having breakfast here every morning as it was a very friendly place. The choice on the menu was limited but we were satisfie

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Fantastic location located near many sites. We are a family of four. The two bedroom apartment with a small kitchen and sitting area was spacious and more than expected. Laura at the front desk was extremely helpful with directions, reservations, etc.

Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

We loved the First of Florence, it was a surprise to find such a well-equipped apartment at such a price for our family of 2 adults and 2 young kids. The location was minutes between the Duomo and the Accademia, with a grocery store down the road. Laura was very helpful and in explaining how things work. With breakfast included, and a range of fruits, snacks, wine, juice, and a very well stocked kitchenette provided, we couldnt ask for more.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2012

This hotel exceeded my expectations! Traveling through Europe by car with a family of 5 this was a perfect stop. We stayed in a large room with a kitchen, washer and dryera separate bedroom. The refrigerator was stocked with some basic essentials and a large fruit basket with a bottle of wine was sitting out for us when we arrived. Laura, the owner, was very friendly and helpful with all of our arrangements. We had great breakfasts outside, which were included, in a cafe across the street. The location was ideal as it was centrally located and down the street from the Duomo Cathedral. Loved our stay here -- would do it again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Address: Via Dei Servi 38, 50122, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 311 Specialty Lodging in Florence
Price Range: $127 - $343 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — First of Florence Residence Apart'Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
First Of Florence offers a series of elegant and refined apartments providing comfortable, independent accommodation, to enjoy the city at your own pace. The First Of Florence suites are conveniently close to the Duomo Cathedral, which you can reach through a short pleasant walk amongst the beauties of the historic centre. ... more   less 
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