We stayed at La Toscana di Carlotta in early July 2014. We traveled with my elderly parents - they had the first floor Botticelli suite, which was perfect for them as they did not need to navigate any stairs. We stayed in the Medici room on the second floor, which was perfectly lovely.
First of all, Carlotta, Kash, and Sharah (Carlotta;s mom) are delightful hosts. They were very attentive, extremely personable, and accommodated our every need. As friendly and accommodating as they are, they manage to maintain a comfortable distance from the guests, meaning that they don't overreach or intrude, even though they live on premise (they have their own wing in the house which is well-separated from where guests stay). Special thanks to Beverly - she maintains the rooms daily and even did a load of laundry for my mother one day. (You can see Beverly in the doorway in the stock photo of the Brunelleschi room).
Our rooms were perfect. The Botticelli room on the first floor is quite spacious. When you enter the room from the lobby there is an interior hallway which leads to the bathroom and further down, the bedroom. That hallways creates a nice barrier from the main lobby - if the door is open, nobody will see into the bedroom from the lobby. This room has a king bed and 2 comfortable upholstered side chairs.
We stayed in the Medici Room on the 2nd floor and loved it. Upon entering the room you are in an interior foyer which leads to the closet, bathroom, and the bedroom at the far end. This room is the most isolated from the other rooms, which is nice. The room is very bright and cheerful, the bed was very comfortable, and the bathroom was modern and clean. I loved top-down blinds which allowed us to look out onto the street and still retain our privacy. The interior foyer makes it very easy to live in. We used it as sort of dressing room and were able to keep our luggage out of the bedroom. Immediately across the hall from the entrance to our room was a small kitchenette with mini-fridge and unlimited bottled water supply.
Now about the breakfast. All of the reviews mention this, but none of them can possibly come close to describing the experience. We chose to eat indoors, but even that was lovely. Each morning at 9am we were seated at the same 2 tables adorned with linen tablecloths and lovely china tableware. We were served a fresh-squeezed juice cocktail (Kash makes a different concoction daily, and it was always delicious). Then bread and local jams, then fresh fruit and yogurt, then crostini, then eggs, then cappuccino, then dessert. Everything is cooked to order by Carlotta and Sarah and it was different each morning of our stay. We happened to be there the week of the Cherry festival and were spoiled by the most delicious cherry pie I have every tasted in my lifetime.
I have to comment on the convenience of this location. It is within walking distance (literally minutes) to all the shops, restaurants, and theaters. they provide a free parking space to each of their guests, so we would drop off my parents door-to-door, then come back and park the car, then walk back to meet them. It worked out perfectly.
I will absolutely return to La Toscana di Carlotta and I will likely request the Medici room again, if its available.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Toscana di Carlotta is a Tuscan-themed B&B in the historic Burns House (Circa 1818) in downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake. Enjoy fine Tuscany linen, bath amenities from Chianti, hearty Tuscany breakfast served in a part-buffet; part-service style; on our front porch weather permitting; enjoy fresh squeezed fruit juice, crostini, frittata (or Italian deli meats), other baked or cooked Italian dishes; home-made tort and cappuccinos/espressos. Our rooms have en-suite bathrooms, private balcony, coffee maker, flat panel TV, Wi-Fi and individual A/C units (fireplaces in the winter). ... more less
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