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Review 1191: Sleeping in Florence, Guelfa Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment in historic center, Florence
September - October 2004, 16 nights
Guelfa Apartment is located in the heart of Florence near the intersection of Via Guelfa and Via Nazionale. The apartment is on the bottom floor and was very quiet even with two other occupied apartments in the building.
Very close to Mercato Centrale, Santa Maria Novella and the train station. Il Centro supermarket was a 4 block walk on Via de Ginori. Many wonderful restaurants just across the street and down Via Guelfa (especially Il Grillo Parlante). Coffee Bar and pasticerria just steps away.
For anyone attending Apicius Culinary School, this apartment is only 5 doors away. Highly recommended!!
The entry way to the apartment was small and dark, but the apartment itself (on the bottom level) was very clean and neat and quiet. Only a few stairs down and you are there.
The outside courtyard garden was beautiful and well-maintained. There was a very nice patio with table and chairs and candles where we could enjoy cheese and vino each evening.
Everything was clean. All linens, towels and furniture very clean. We were given a change of linens and towels during the second week. Enough room for 4 of us AND guests that came for dinner.
The beds were comfortable. Bedrooms a little tight but to be expected in Europe. Bathrooms were small but clean and adequate. We were very happy to have a place with 2 bathrooms. No toilet paper or soap is supplied. Bring along yourself or go to the supermarket upon arrival.
The kitchen was wonderful. Included coffee maker, toaster, oven and stove, dishwasher. No microwave but it wasn't necessary. Dish towels, sponges, dish detergent was available. We had to go out and buy paper towels and paper napkins.
Problems or Bonuses
We were very happy to discover that my husband's culinary school was only a few doors away. Many of his classmates were assigned apartments by an agency through his school that were across the Arno River many blocks away. We found this place on our own on the through the apartment's website and various postings on other travel boards.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was outstanding. Gianna handled all of my reservation requests via e-mail. Gabriella took care of us while stayed in the apartment. Gianna even arranged for her friend to pick us up at the airport when we arrived. Gabriella was always available and arrived within 15 minutes if we even needed anything. Everyone spoke perfect English although they apologized to us many times because they felt their English wasn't good enough. I only wish I spoke better Italian for them.
The photos on their website are very accurate. We paid 1000 Euros per week. A great value for a beautiful apartment.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay here again and will highly recommend this apartment to friends and family. Also, anyone who is attending Apicius Culinary School should definitely consider this apartment to be close to the school.
Things to do in this area
Mercato Centrale (Perini, Enoteca Lombardi) San Lorenzo Market Academia Duomo and Giotto's Tower Il Grillo Parlante (Via Guelfa 90r). Great family with great food. Carabé Gelateria at Via Ricasoli 60r - best gelato around
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