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Review 4068: Doorways, Vasari Apartment
1bed/1bath in Oltrarno, Florence
April 10, 2009, 5 nights
The location was in a busy part of the City of Florence Oltrarno Section. It was practically at the foot of the Ponte Vecchio Bridge - just cross one street and you were at the door. The entry was locked and private, in between businesses at street level. I liked the area very much, even though a previous poster noted (in a review several years ago) that the entry was near a closed adult theater. While this is true, that had absolutely no effect on me as to the enjoyment of the area or the apartment.
A full service grocery was just down the street, maybe a quarter mile walk. A small grocery was a couple doors down. Of course the location of the little grocery nearest to the apartment made it pricey. There were numerous very good restaurants within walking distance and a coffee bar near the entryway, which was quite good except table service was very expensive.
The building is not historical. The building is in very good shape. The interior of the building was peaceful. The street scene in front of the building and nearby the building is busy, crowded with people (in warm weather) and traffic, and noisy. I didn't mind that a bit, in fact that is what made it fun! Definitely not a location for those who are looking for peace and quiet. The apartment is on the fourth floor (fifth American) and other apartments are located in this building. I was not disturbed in any way by any other apartment dweller.
The outside sitting area was lovely, terra cotta tiled floor, clean, with a large marble table and two wrought iron chairs. There were two sets of French doors leading out to the terrace from both the living room and the kitchen, which was wonderful. The scenery was of other rooftops, so not a spectacular view but close to the Vasari Corridor. The terrace is not shared. There is no pool.
All the furniture was in good shape and comfortable. The apartment was spotless. However, there were animal hairs, which clung to the slipcovers in the living room from a prior guest with a pet, which you couldn't see until they got onto your clothing. It appeared to me that the owner took pride in the apartment and their was enough chairs for the amount of people who would rent such a small apartment. The kitchen table will seat four if pulled from the wall.
The bedroom was very nice and the bed comfortable. The bathroom was clean but small with only a shower, no tub. As opposed to the rest of the apartment, which had green marble floors throughout, the bathroom had a white laminate floor. Everything worked the way it should in the bathroom and the water was hot and the pressure fantastic!
I cooked several full meals in the kitchen. It had all the appliances and pots and utensils one would need. Not if you are a gourmet cook, mind you, but if you know how to cook and can make do with what is available. For example, there were many knives, but they were dull and difficult to use, but still usable. The stove should be replaced with one that has burners which heat quickly, this stove required a long waiting period even to boil water.
Problems or Bonuses
No surprises, everything was good as far as I was concerned.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agent from Doorways was very kind and the on site person, the owner, was very kind as well and spoke very good English. I accidentally locked myself out of the apartment the first evening and he was very gracious about the whole incident, which I very much appreciated. I think the published information accurately reflects the apartment. I did not find the apartment to be dark or scary at all as a previous poster alluded to, but to each his own.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay here again. The location is fantastic.
Things to do in this area
I found a couple of very nice restaurants within walking distance and of course the Ponte Vecchio shops were right there. The Uffizi gallery and Piazza Santo Spirito were so close. The Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens right around the corner. You could find anything you wanted within walking distance, shopping, food, gelato, museums, etc.
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