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“Another Great Visit at Casa Di Barbano” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Casa Di Barbano
Ranked #181 of 653 Florence B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas
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17 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Another Great Visit at Casa Di Barbano”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

This is our second stay at the Casa Di Barbano B&B. Two years ago my wife and I had such a wonderful experience that we decided to stay here again when bringing our two college age boys to Florence. Moraq is such a wonderful host. You won't find a better or more helpful B&B owner anywhere. She goes out of her way to make sure your stay is comfortable and memorable. The second time around for us at the Casa Di Barbano was like staying with family. We were looking forward to getting to Florence to see Moraq and her family again. The nice thing about this B&B is that there are only 3 rooms. Very small and intimate. On our last night my wife and I did laundry at a local laudromat a few blocks away. The washer malfunctioned not allowing the door to open for us to retrieve our clothes. Moraq was right there when she heard about our crisis calling and texting the owners of the laundromat. This was at about 9:00PM. Her messaging got to the owners who cut the power off so the machine door would open. Needless to say we got our clothes and just in time since we were leaving Florence the next morning. Moraq serves her guests a very nice breakfast consisting of coffee, crossaints, breads, jams, and assorted cookies, delivered right to your room. More than enough to get you off to a good start. The rooms are clean, spacious, and nicely decorated in traditional Italian style. Moraq was very helpful in making our museum reservations and in providing tips for navigating the city and other sites of interest. This B&B is a short walk, about 5-10 minutes, to the train station and within walking distance of all sights. The neighorhood is safe. We never had any problems on either visits. There is a park a block away on Nationale where locals gather with there children in the evenings to eat, drink, play games, and socialize. Never saw any drug use on either visit. My wife and I walked by and through the park on numerous occassions, late at night, and never had any issues. There is a very nice family owned deli right across the street where we would buy water and other snacks, as well as wine. We found the street nice to be average. Closing your window takes care of that problem. All in all we are very happy with our stay at Casa Di Barbano. So happy, that we will be visiting again in April with four other family members. This B&B is an excellent value for the money. Moraq, thanks again for an awesome stay. We will see you again in a few months.
The only con I can think of would be that the pillows might need to be changed out soon. They were kind of flat, but then again we noticed two others in the closet that we never did use. Other than that, nothing else comes to mind.

Room Tip: All rooms are nice and spacious.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Abra-di-Alba, Owner at Casa Di Barbano, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
It was so good to host you again and meet your sons. Thank you for this great and lengthy review.
I have noted your comment about the pillows. We do have thicker pillows, also, in the back. The preference of high or low pillows is such a personal choice among our guests. Your comment, though, gives me the idea that it may be better to provide thicker pillows on the beds and then keep the thinner pillows in the armadio for guests that prefer them (as I do).
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Calgary, Alberta
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43 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012

Moraq was a great host who helped as much as she could while we were there. She booked our visit to the Uffizi and also recommended a few sights while we were in Florence. This accommodation provided good service, however there was a few things out of her control, which I would take into consideration before staying again.

Pros:
Breakfast - Enough to make it to lunch
Room – Large and clean
Internet – Wifi worked

Cons:
Location - Near a park where we noticed drug and alcohol use at night.
Location - Noisy based on traffic and street noise outside our room
Room - Quite dated and the beds were also quite old. For example, in the bathroom, we noticed the pipe connecting the toilet tank and the toilet bowl was taped together. There was also mudding around the bathroom door that was unfinished.

Based on the price, I would expect a little more.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TimJ_18
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Newcastle, Australia
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Great little place to stay in Florence. The host was so lovely and gave us a map when we arrived and showed us where to go and what to do. Nice traditional Italian rooms which were clean and comfortable. Good Italian breakfast brought to your room in the morning. Walking distance to all the main sights. Really good value place to stay. Would recommend.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Annabelandscott
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Abra-di-Alba, Owner at Casa Di Barbano, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Thank you very much for your review.
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Shanghai, China
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

When I arrived Florence with huge luggage and find the hotel, the host told me there is no room for me anymore. But I booked the room at least 3 month ago!! And no SMS, no calls before to inform me.

Then she took me to a "3 star" hotel to let me stay there. The hotel is not cheap, and I can't connect WIFI in the room.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Yuncheng
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Abra-di-Alba, Owner at Casa Di Barbano, responded to this review, September 30, 2012
We agree that this was a big mistake and we are sorry. We try to be careful and not to create overbooking mistakes, but in the business it can happen that a reservation is registered wrong - wrong day or wrong month - as happened in this case. I apologize to this traveler, Moraq.
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London, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

We stayed at Casa di Barbano as part of our honeymoon and we had two wonderful days. The owner was very friendly and always happy to share her knowledge of the area. Nothing was too much trouble and her recommendations always turned out to be great. The location in the heart of the city allowed us to walk everywhere. Unfortunately we did not have have enough time to enjoy everything the city has to offer, but on a positive note, we will have to come back and we will definitely stay at Casa di Barbano again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NRCosta
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Abra-di-Alba, Owner at Casa Di Barbano, responded to this review, September 30, 2012
Thank you very much for your review, Moraq.
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Kamloops, Canada
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65 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

Location is within a short walking distance of the Santa Maria Novella train station ( connection from Milan Central ) and the SITA bus depot (day trips to other Tuscan cities). Florence is not that large therefore most places of interest to a tourist are nearby. Our room was exceptionally clean and comfortable. The breakfast was delivered to our room each morning at an appointed time by Moraq and consisted of fresh pastries, coffee and OJ as well as a selection of packaged breakfast options. Moraq was very helpful in pointing us in the right direction as we attempted to maximize a 3 night stay. A library of guidebooks was available to allow us to add our own particular research to each day's itinerary. Moraq pre-booked entry to the Accademia and the Uffizzi Gallery which allowed us to avoid enormous lineups. It is so comforting to return to a sanctuary of warmth and calm established by the Casa after a day and night of exploring this mecca of the Rennaissance. Air conditioned comfort allowed us to recover from the sometimes overwhelming heat of summer in Florence.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank whundas
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London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

I stayed there by chance because my other hostel had double-booked me.
The host was charming and very helpful: she booked me a timed entrance ticket for the Galleria de'l Uffizi, saving me 2 hours at least of queue in the heat and provided me with very good pieces of advice on what to visit. Therefore, I was able to maximize my stay of less than 24hours in the city with visiting 2 museums, the Ponte vecchio and a restaurant, not bad!
The decoration of rooms is very grand, as you should expect in this grand city of tremendous past.
Definitively recommend it. Very good value for money. Feel at home factor a plus.

Stayed August 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Casa Di Barbano
Address: Via di Barbano n. 1, 50129, Florence, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #181 of 653 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Di Barbano 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a warm, comfortable, and friendly Bed and Breakfast located in the historic center of Florence. We enjoy hosting travelers in an economical yet charming atmosphere. Our goal is at assist guests in enjoying their visit to the special, and beautiful city of Florence, unique in the world. ... more   less 
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