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Review 1862: Sleeping in Florence, San Lorenzo Apartments
1bed/1bath apartment near San Lorenzo, Florence
October 2005, one week
The Lepri Apartment is on the top floor of a nice building on Borgo San Lorenzo right between San Lorenzo Market and the Duomo. If taking a cab from the airport or train station you'll have to walk from the corner near the Duomo, as the street is pedestrian only. The apartment is five flights up - it would behoove you to pack light as there is no lift.
The location is great! We were so happy to have that central base camp in the middle of Florence. There are a couple of restaurants downstairs, but they are a bit overpriced for the quality. The cafe we frequented was thru the market, behind San Lorenzo. The best latte I've ever had - Yum! The Central Market is only steps away, as well. And with your own kitchen at the apartment, why wouldn't you take advantage of fresh pasta, veggies, meats, etc. There are a couple places there where you can buy your basics as well - no worries!
Lepri was in excellent condition! Clean, bright and quiet. The large window to the living space faces the dome of the Old Sacristy of San Lorenzo, so the noise from the street is not obtrusive at all. It also had an interior shutter that blocked ALL light - making a VERY dark apartment for those who like to sleep in.
The kitchen is in an L shape and the only thing it was missing was a microwave, but we never really missed it. Clothes-washer is included. Futon-sofa in the living area with a small stereo and TV with Satellite channels. The bathroom was small but well lit and clean. Towel warming rack included, as well as a built-in hair dryer. It also had a tall cabinet, great for storing all our toiletries and such.
Up the stairs (watch your head on the beam at the top) was a king sized bed with a large wardrobe and full-length mirror. Beyond that was a small nook with a window out the front face of the building looking up at the Duomo. It was a beautiful view (save the scaffolding on the Baptistry)! Again, the noise from the street is not an issue here. This window also has an interior shutter to block light.
Heat and A/C included, which was easy to control with the remote for it. We never heard a peep out of our neighbors in the building. Buzzing friends up from the street was easy, too. We even had pizza delivered one night. Please go to their website for photos of the apartment.
Everything here was relatively new. The appliances were in excellent condition. The whole apartment was impeccably clean when we arrived. There were a few cleaning/washing supplies under the sink, too. The small dining table had three chairs, so as there were only three of us sleeping there, it was perfect.
We had one little incident with the Washer. We left it on one afternoon while we were out, assuming when we came back it'd be done. Well, we didn't count on it trying to walk away! In it's spin cycle it shimmied out of its nook under the counter and we found it about 5' out from the wall! It knocked the baseboard off the kitchen cabinets (although it looked like it had done it before). In the end all our clothes were fine and we moved it back easily, and luckily didn't need to run it again.
The king bed in the loft was very comfortable. Clean sheets and blankets, comfortable pillows and easily reachable light switches from the night stands. The futon downstairs I hear was lovely as well.
The bathroom was small but super. Lots of light for a tight little space. We never did figure how to turn the towel warmer on, but didn't much care. The built-in hair dryer worked ... okay. It dried, but forget styling.
The kitchen was perfectly adequate for our group. We're not gourmet cooks, but we found the kitchen and all it's supplies to be just what we needed. Small selection of pots and pans, utensils, plate and place settings for at least four, no stem-ware but plenty of glasses. Not a whole lot of counter space, but we just used the table for more prep area.
Problems or Bonuses
We pretty much knew what we were getting into. It exceeded our expectations a bit as a whole package - location, amenities and interiors. Fabulous value!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I worked with Gianna, the owner, before via email. She was awesome - quick to reply and consise. When we arrived we met with Gabriella and she was a dream! If we needed ANYTHING we had only to give her a call. For 650 euro for the week, it was a darn good deal split between the three of us.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Here's a real testament to its quality: I'd recommend my parents stay here. We would, and likely will, most definately stay here again as well. It's a bench mark for us. The whole package - totally worth it.
Things to do in this area
My favorite part of this apartment was the convenience of location. The Central Market and all of downtown Florence's museums, cafes, shops, etc. were so immediatley accessible we became quite spoiled. It was wonderful!
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