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Le Stanze di Caterina
Ranked #334 of 659 Florence B&B and Inns
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
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“Room smelled like an ashtray...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2012

Of all the hotels we researched and picked out for our Italy vacation, this one was the one I was looking forward to the most. Alessandra is very nice and responsive. The space is updated and decorated well--but the room was smoked in. The cigarette smell hits you like a brick wall when you walk in. We kept the window open and bought a bottle of Oust spray at a pharmacy, but that only helps a little. Very disappointed. Also, there are 2 English-speaking channels (BBC & CNBC), and the internet only worked the first 2 out of 4 days. The tv channels and internet are controlled by the people who live above the B&B, so if it's not working, there's nothing to be done. Unfortunately, there's no way I could give this a high rating.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2012

We had a wonderful time staying at Le Stanze di Caterina! We couldn't have asked for better. The location was fantastic - so close to everything and yet it was very quiet. The room and bathroom decor was extremely nice. When and if we return to Florence we will stay here again. We enjoyed the restaurant as well and ate there almost every night because there was always more that we wanted to try on the menu. Alessandra and her family made us feel right at home and gave us excellent service. We had some friends staying at a 5 star property near by during our stay, and now they've booked with Alessandra for their next stay in Florence! Thank you Alessandra!!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Vilnius
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

While Le Stanze di Caterina isn't an exclusive luxury establishment (although the website may want to suggest that) it is being kept and run almost impeccably. It is as central and convenient as you'll ever get in Florence; and as quiet and peaceful as you'll ever want.

Alessandra, I must say, is one of the most efficient communicator I've ever met - both online and in person.

The Spanish room is spacious, but could be a little bit brighter. There are two windows (one of them - a door to a 'terrace'), hugged by heavy curtains; and the sunlight is being tackled by the view to the building walls. The view and the terrace are unspectacular, and essentially, unusable (although it 'belongs' only to the guests of the Spanish room, as the neighbouring 'French' room is (temporarily?) unavailable for accommodation).

The bed is comfortable, but it could be tucked quite a bit less - sometimes it felt like unearthing a huge beet or something of similar effort. Perhaps, you could ask for a lighter tuck or a no-tuck (like Seinfeld's George did in the series).

The cleanliness is of high level, although there's a bit of dust on the upper shelf near the entrance; and there could be less bird poo in the terrace. Some minor nags, I know.

Our main nag, however, was breakfast. Yes, there's yogurt, mini muffins, jams and crostinis left for you to find in the morning, but all we ever wanted was a traditional Italian breakfast, which is….well, real coffee and a cornetto. That's it. And they have a restaurant downstairs… So that's a bit unfortunate. You have a restaurant, why the nescafe? Maybe we just should have asked.

In the end, a great great place to stay. We recommend it 100%. And will probably choose the Italian room next time, because of the light.

Oh, and the air-conditioner is the quietest ever! E-ver.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2012

Superb location, half a block away from the stunning Duomo. The apartment building, room and bathroom are beautifully decorated and luxurious. As other reviews state, it does fell like your own little home. We were there in June and the street in front of the building was being fixed...Check with Alessandra about the stage of this public works before you book, so you know what to expect.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2012

This place is fantastic. It could not get any closer to the action and the rooms are very clean and well presented, and it feels like its your own little home. Only drawback was the information not given to us about upcoming events. It would be worth asking when you book if there is any events that will be on in Florence during your stay. It was only a minor detraction however. The restaurant next door is great too (which they own as well) so worth a visit. Unless you want complete 5 star and full service, you can't beat Le Stanze di Caterina.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

We are glad to have found this hidden gem. We made reservation with Le stanze di Caterina well ahead of time and pleasantly surprise to see the sheer beauty of this B&B. The location could not be any better as it is literally less than 20 steps away from Doumo. It is surrounded by nice narrow streets with luxury stores, eatery and even grocery stores. And within 10 min. walk to almost all touristic spots and interests.
The room is stunningly beautiful with all modern and contemporary amenities, particularity the bathroom and dining isle. The fixtures were all new and there is no noise what so ever. There is only two rooms available so if you wish to stay at this gorgeous place, you need to book early.

Lastly, the owner, Alessandra, is a very friendly and helpful person. She takes literally minutes to respond to any inquiry by email despite 7 hours time difference from the USA. She is not there on Wednesdays but she stayed back till 5:15pm for us waiting to greet us personally. She is very professional and understand the needs of the guests and cater accordingly. She is local and very knowledgeable about surrounding neighborhood in detail. She recommended us to a pizza place which we found to be outstanding.
The restaurant, that she owns, next to this property, is a must eatery.
Le stanze di Caterina made our stay very comfortable, pleasant and resting that we were hoping after 7 days constant travel. Next time we are in Florence, we would not even look at any other place but Le stanze di Caterina by simply emailing Alessandra with dates.
Thank you Alssandra

Room Tip: There is only two rooms both are equally excellent
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Shaker Heights, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2011

My wife and I recently return back from an amazing trip through Italy, and I must admit, Alessandra was the perfect host at “Le Stanze di Caterina” B&B, and made our enjoyment of Florence so much more comfortable and memorable. This is THEE best location in Florence hands down at only 10 yards from the Duomo down a quiet street, right to the front door! Unbelievable.
Alessandra warmly greeted us at the front-door of the B&B and showed us to our room for our stay. This B&B has two beautifully decorated guestroom (either the “Italian” or “Spanish” themed room – we opted for the “Italian” room) and when we arrived to your room, we were transported to the most tranquil and relaxing space. The furnishings are all contemporary and thoughtfully selected for creating a sumptuous warm atmosphere, with a min kitchenette for preparing light snacks.
The bed was very comfortable, oversized and perfect for dissolving into deep relaxing sleep after walking the cobblestones of the city bedding helps! Our bathroom was huge and the shower cubicle was more like a spa, with two wall seats to relax, and a rain effect showerhead to drench the entire stall.
It was obvious that Alessandra had thought of every little detail when decorating the room to pamper her guests! All these touches were refreshing to see in what can become a ‘cookie’ cutter bland hotel room décor.
But there is more to enjoy than just the room!…
…Next to the “Le Stanze di Caterina”, Alessandra and her parents have an exquisite restaurant “Il Caminetto”. We had the pleasure to dine her during our stay, and must admit that this was the best meal we had in the city! The menu had traditional Tuscan dishes; we had the “Crostini di fegato”, the vegetable & bread salad, Florintine Bistecca, and their wonderful Homemade pasta. And to finish it all off, homemade truffles and chocolates … divine!
In summary, Alessandra made our stay at “Le Stanze di Caterina” perfect and will recommend to anyone looking for a more individual boutique retreat in Florence. The rooms were wonderfully decorated, spacious and peaceful (opulent beds and bathroom) and the food at their restaurant is simply “era squisito” … an epicurean gem!
I can honestly say that my wife and I look forward to the time we will return to Florence and be guests of Alessandra again.

Room Tip: Ask for the Italian themed room to enjoy the sumptious shower cubicle!
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Le Stanze di Caterina
Address: Via Dello Studio 12, 50122, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Duomo
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Ranked #334 of 659 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
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Number of rooms: 2
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