Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 1542: Doorways, Vespucci Apartment
3bed/2bath apartment in the center, Florence
June 4 - 10, 2005, 1 week
Apartment is located in the city across from the Arno river in a quiet neighborhood. 15 minute walk to Ponte Vecchio and convenient to all the sites. I think this is a great area that is close yet not in the middle of all the crowds. We enjoyed the great view of the Arno/waterfall, people watching was an extra bonus.
Groceries and Restaurants were within 1 or 2 blocks from your door, so very easy to get supplies and even some homemade takeout to bring home. Nice small restaurants are close and 2 bigger hotels within a block, just in case you need full services.
The building is about 50 years old but in great shape and classic Italian. Typical sirens passing by but the bedrooms were quiet and noise was never an issue. I believe there are 8 floors. The windows are new and insulated so it did make a difference I am sure. Building is also equipped with an elevator, so carrying luggage was easier.
There is a private patio but we did not use it. It is shaded and pretty large, but since it is along the Arno and almost summer, the mosquitos were in full bloom.
The apartment was classic Florence with antiques galore and all the charms. The furniture was adequate but no lazyboys here. It was clean, spacious and well equipped. There is a full dining room with a table for 6 and separate living area. Only negative is the lack of cable for the TV and the rolling picture that made it a challenge a watch anything when relaxing after a full day. There is a DVD player but we had trouble with the volume and could not really hear the movies, probably due to new technology meets old TV. Building doesn't have cable so not much the owner can do, so if important to you, find a solution before arriving. There is a radio in the kitchen which we used a lot.
The master bedroom was large and contained plenty of space to unpack. Only improvement needed is newer beds. A bit soft for us - a "shake, rattle and roll" especially when you're sharing. Master bath was updated with shower and newer bathtub for soaking. Plenty of soft fluffy towels and space. The 2nd bedroom was smaller but fine for 2, bathroom is a European all-in-one so not my preference. There is a third bed off the master, small narrow room, as shown on website with a single bed. Not really usuable, springs are shot and my neice refused to stay in that room (she called it spooky), so don't count on this as a 3rd bedroom unless you're with a real camper.
The eat-in kitchen was great and our central meeting spot. Well equipped with all you need including a microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker, etc. We only made breakfast and ate light meals but it's fine.
Problems or Bonuses
Great a/c, so we never got warm. Did not open the windows since it is buggy. I was surprised at the location to have such a great view and not face other buildings.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Doorways and Suzy Davis - great job in handling all my questions and accommodating us. Our key holder was also excellent and resolved any problems we had quickly (mosquito plug-ins). Price was $2400 for 6 nights, $2900 for full week. Kind of pricey but we needed the elevator for Mom and had limited choices.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
My choice to stay here was dependent on a single trip requirements of an elevator and location. It would be a bit expensive if I did not need those amenities again. My previous rental was a walk-up but the price was better and the amenities about the same. You're paying for the size, comfort, location/view and elevator. So I guess my answer is no, I would not need to stay here, but if someone I knew needed these amenities then I would recommend it.
Things to do in this area
Eating, shopping and strolling along the Arno, what else is there?
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