Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 3158: Florence and Tuscany, Gioia Apartment
2bed/1bath apartment near Duomo, Florence
September 2007, 5 nights
Located on Via del Corso in the center of Florence between the Duomo and Piazza Signoria. The entrance is directly across from the entrance to the Coin department store.
It is within walking distance of all the major attractions in Florence.
It is on the fourth floor of the building (no elevator and very steep stairs). The apartment had a small kitchen, small bathroom, living area that had a table with two chairs, TV and two small upholstered chairs. There was one bedroom with two twin beds that overlooked courtyards and another with a queen sized bed that overlooked Via del Corso. Everything was in good shape.
You can view the apartment directly: Gioia Apartment.
There was a nice deck with a table and two chairs that overlooked the Duomo, Campanille and the courtyard in front of the Hotel Brunelleschi.
Everything was in good shape but the seating in the living room could have been more comfortable.
The queen bed was reasonably comfortable. We did not try the twin beds. The queen room overlooked Via del Corso and there was some street noise through much of the night. The twin room which overlooked a courtyard did not have this noise.
The kitchen was small but adequate. Not a large number of cooking utensils but it did have the basics. We didn't cook anything. It also had a washing machine and a small line outside to hang clothes.
Problems or Bonuses
The stairs to the fourth floor were steep. If you have a lot of luggage or are not in reasonable shape you probably wouldn't want to stay here. On the other hand, it's a great way to work off all the gelato. The representative we met was flexible in our arrival time and we just left the keys in the apartment when we left. The deck was really nice (and covered). There was a phone where you could receive incoming calls but not make outgoing calls.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We booked through Florence and Tuscany but found that it was represented by another agency InOutFlorence. The representative of InOutFlorence, who we communicated with after the initial booking, suggested we go straight through them if we wanted to rent again to save additional agency fees. Both agencies were good to deal with. For five nights we paid €850 (255 deposit on credit card and the remainder in cash on arrival).
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again. The location can't be beat. The street noise at night was a bit annoying in the queen bedroom but not enough for us to switch to the twin room which was quiet. The satellite TV had BBC and EuroNews in English but not much else. The chairs in the living area were disappointing. The deck was really nice, especially to sit on with a drink during a thunder storm. The Pegna grocery store is only a block away and has all the basics you might need.
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