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Oltrarno/Palazzo Pitti: B&B Florence Old Bridge

Via Guiciardini 22 nero, Phone: 055.2654262
www.florenceoldbridge.com

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Reviewed by: cmvnapa from CA, review #529

When: March 2004

Conveniently located, clean, simple, economical, and quiet B&B in Florence.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Florence Old Bridge B&B. The room was a decent size, the bathroom was rather small, but for the price we paid (75 euros per night), the location, and the bathroom adventure, it was a great deal.

We seem to be prone to having interesting bathrooms as part of our accommodations. During our last stay, we had a bathroom with the shower nozzle extending from the wall opposite the sink: no curtain, no enclosure, and a big squelchy plastic bath mat on the floor over the drain.

The first morning of this trip, I gently leaned on the sink in the bathroom and it fell off the wall, still hooked up to some hoses but spouting small geysers of water everywhere. I called to my traveling companion, we got the water turned off, she held the sink while I got dressed, I held the sink while she got dressed, and then we called the B&B owners - they don't live on site. 30 minutes later, the owner showed up, got the sink totally unhooked, and was grateful he had the plumber's home phone (this was a Sunday). He bought our breakfast, took a few euros off the room rate, and explained that jack hammering had taken place recently in the 'hood and must have loosened up the sink bolts.

Aside from this, I still recommend the Old Bridge B&B. The location couldn't be beat for our purposes. Our window opened up onto the Via Guicciardini, we had a great view of traffic during the day, but it was quiet at night.

Breakfast is not included in the room rate but is available across the street at Antica pasticceria Maioli. For 6 euros, one can have table service; the meal includes a pastry, an orange juice, and a coffee. This is quite a deal for table service, but after the first morning, we opted to stand at the bar and do the coffee gulping with one hand and the pastry noshing with the other, saving a few euros.

We didn't get CNN on the room television but we did get several MTV channels and some priceless home shopping channels.

The entrance is right on the street. For our initial access, we rang up to the 2nd floor to the office and were buzzed in. Our room keys included a key to the entrance door from the street, a key to gain access to the B&B, and then a third key for our room.

There is an elevator large enough to accommodate one person and that one person's luggage.

I would gladly stay at this B&B again.

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