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Review 5169: Owner, Residenza Alma
1bed/1bath apartment in Arezzo, Tuscany East
October 2011, 5 nights
The Residenza Alma is located in the historic center of Arezzo on Via Cavour near Corso Italia. It is in a prime location in Arezzo in a historic building above a retail store on the third floor. The owners have an apartment in building and there was another apartment being completed on the same floor as the rental. We were very pleased with the location and Arezzo in particular. Arezzo is not a tourist town but a very clean, prosperous mid sized city that is easily walkable, although hilly.
Everything is within walking distance. Plenty of bars and restaurants from which to choose. We did not have a car and definitely did not need or want one. I'm not certain where a car could be parked although we did not inquire.
The apartment is historical and was completely renovated by the owner one year ago. There is a large living room with eating area with the kitchen closed off with large folding doors. There is a large bedroom with a queen size bed and suitable storage area. There is a tiled bathroom with stall shower.
No garden or outside sitting area.
All the furnishings in the apartment were fairly new and of top quality. The apartment was very clean and modernized despite its age. The apartment is air conditioned
Bedroom was fine and the bed very comfortable. The bathroom was all tiled with a wonderful shower. Probably the best bathroom we've experienced in a number of Italian rentals.
The kitchen is along one wall of the living room that can be closed off with folding doors. We were apprehensive from looking at photos but were quite pleased with the facility. Everything was first rate with plenty of dishes, pots, pans, etc. We used the kitchen for breakfast and light lunch or dinner but could have comfortably prepared full meals. No microwave however.
Problems or Bonuses
The online description included a washer/dryer but it was not installed. Not a problem for us though. For some reason the apartment is listed as a B&B but in reality it is a rental apartment with no breakfast provided nor really expected. The owners had fully stocked the pantry with starter foods and breakfast items.
We questioned how modern the apartment would be from the photos ... but not to worry! It was wonderful.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owners are truly wonderful people who were very accessible and helpful. They do not speak English but we had no problem making our needs known although we can speak enough Italian to generally get us by. Our luggage was delayed on our flight to Florence and the airline had our cell as well as the owners' land phone and called the latter at 11pm and delivered the luggage at 1am. The owners received the luggage and delivered it to our door at that ungodly hour for us to discover in the morning. They own retail rentals in the immediate vicinity and run a fine clothing store across the street.
The owners, husband and wife, and their adult son are truly hospitable, friendly people who are quite welcoming and truly helpful.
Our rental was €100 per night.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
Absolutely would stay there again and highly recommend the apartment. Only caveats would be that it is on the third floor without elevator. That the owners don't speak English might discourage some but really it can be overcome and there are too many advantages to allow this to be a factor.
Things to do in this area
Piazza Grande is a short uphill walk, San Francesco church with its true story of the cross is 100 meters away. We thoroughly enjoyed Arezzo as a non-tourist town with very friendly people and quality restaurants.
Even with no car one can visit by train or bus Cortona, Assisi and Perugia all in about an hour.
During the first weekend each month there is a massive antique show in the Piazza Grande which spills over in many of the streets in the town center. Quite a holiday atmosphere and the one time there were large crowds in town.
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