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Duomo: La Residenza del Proconsolo

via del Proconsolo 18, Phone: 055.2645657

Reviewed by: Amarena from NY, review #1369

When: March 2006

Charming, clean and comfortable B&B with a view of the Duomo.

Brunelleschi room, photo by Amy

I stayed at Residenza del Proconsolo the 1st week of March with my sisters and mother. We stayed in 2 of the superior rooms, Brunelleschi and Michelangelo. The location is fantastic as is the price (110 for a superior double, 130 for a superior triple.)

The Brunelleschi room has antiques. There is a whole wall of french doors with a small balcony providing a great view of the backside of the Duomo. It has a good-sized bathroom with a jacuzzi bathtub (and nice fluffy towels!)

The Michelangelo is very big and very pretty, with the decor done all in blues and whites. It has a canopy bed and a view of the Duomo -- if you stick your head out the window, and a fireplace (non-working.) We used the sofa-bed (comfortable), making the room a triple room. The bathroom also had a jacuzzi bathtub -- this was sooooo nice after a long day of tours and walking. This was a prettier room than the Brunelleschi room (although both rooms are lovely) but it doesn't have the balcony. The price would be 110 as a double-room.

The bathrooms in both rooms were very pleasant... modern & renovated but in an antique-style. Both rooms were spacious enough, and furnished with a table and chairs for breakfast. The ceilings are very high and paneled in dark wood.

Both rooms had a safe and a mini-bar. Breakfast is served in your room -- it wasn't anything special: cappuccino, yoghurt, & cornetto.

Roberto, the owner, was very kind and helpful. I would definitely stay here again for the location, comfort, and kindness of the staff and owner.

My only complaint was that the rooms are very dark in the evening -- they could use more lamps or better lighting. Also, keep in mind that this is a B&B, not a hotel, so the owners leave around 6 p.m. You are given a set of keys to open the front doors. There are only 5 or 6 rooms total in the B&B, and there are no public spaces. None of this bothered us since we were rarely at the residence other than to sleep and freshen-up, but it is something to keep in mind.

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