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Duomo: Convent: Instituto Oblate dell'Assunzione

Borgo Pinti, 15, Phone: 055.248.0582; Fax: 055.234.6291

Reviewed by: janepost from Thailand, review #940

When: April 2005

The convent is good value and clean. It's located in a perfect location near Duomo, and is very easy to find.

I stayed for three nights. My single room (number 211), with unattached bathroom directly opposite the door, cost €38. The room was spacious and quite clean. Shower facilities were acceptable. The sisters provide you with two towels per stay. There is an elevator.

Getting from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella station took about 25 minutes (with luggage). The convent is really easy to find. Just take Duomo as the landmark and follow the map. The location is convenient; I walked everywhere - from Accademia to Palazzo Pitti and all. There are cute takeaways, internet cafes, groceries, and restaurants in the neighborhood.

The convent is not at the car-free section of the Borgo Pinti. And it has thin walls. In the early evening, noises from Vespas and from other travelers in other rooms could be annoying.

The sisters were kind and had friendly faces. Italian, French, and some English are spoken. There was a wide selection at breakfast (many types of bread and jam, etc.). Breakfast is served between 7.30-8.30 am.

I also found people in Florence nice, helpful, and friendly.

Considering the location, I’d still choose this convent for my future stay, but would ask for an ensuite and a quieter room.


Reviewed by: Sam from LA, review #552

When: April 2004

I highly recommend this convent-hotel for budget travelers. Just 1/2 mile from the Duomo, affordable and spotlessly clean. Warm and inviting!

Just returned from Firenze on April 28th where I spent two nights at this convent near the Duomo I highly recommend for budget travelers. Rates were 47 euros per person for a double with bath and 54 euros for single without bath. Triples/suites are also available though I did not price these.

At Borgo Pinto 15, the Instituto is an easy 10-minute walk from behind the Duomo (opposite the Baptistery). If you are coming from the train station cross to the West side of the Duomo -the side of Giotto’s campanile- and walk approximately 150 meters to the corner, past the parked taxis. Cross the street and make sure you are on the Via dell’Oriuolo. Walk East on Via dell’Oriuolo for 300 meters to Borgo Pinti (a small intersection where four streets meet). Turn left on Borgo Pinti; walk approximately 100 meters to #15 (on your left). There is a small “Instituto” sign just above the doorbell.

A beautiful foyer leads to a small reception center, "manned" by one of the sisters. Out of habit I spoke Italian; enough English is spoken however to book rooms, arrange for meals, get directions and the time for Mass at the Duomo. A double door immediately behind the reception desk leads out into the convent’s garden, a wonderful place of colors, fragrance and tranquility. About half the size of a football field; with benches and walkways. Be sure to ask for a room "con visto."

The rooms are “European hotel” (and convent) size, but were more than adequate for our party and its luggage (2 bags apiece). Double rooms with bath (camera doppia) have 2 single beds, a small desk, nightstand and ample closet space. The bathrooms have a comfortable enclosed shower. Lots of hot water! Both the rooms and bathrooms were SPOTLESS. The same goes for the 5 bathrooms down the hall. Beautiful tile floors were always clean.

There is an elevator. Simple, but beautiful, interior. And, as befitting a convent, quiet. Clientele seemed to be couples between 40 – 60 years.

The hospitality of the sisters could not have been more welcoming and warm.

Some helpful things to know about Instituto Oblate dell’ Assunzione include: 1) reservations –by phone of fax- are strongly encouraged; 2) cash only. Credit cards not accepted; 3) There is an 11:30pm curfew; 4) check out is by 10:00am. However, you can leave your bags in a room set aside for this purpose across from the reception desk; 4) beds –single beds, at least- are on the “small” side. If you are 6’3” and 225+ lbs you will want to ask to see the room prior to booking.

There are several trattorie on Borgo Pinti, a small grocery and a hair salon. One can get a quick pannino at one of the tavola calda(s) also on the street.

30 rooms. Singles, doubles, triples, with and without bath.

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