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Il Giglio d'Oro
Ranked #5 of 656 Florence B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We stayed at Il Giglio d'Oro B & B for 3 days in July 2014; the welcome we received from Edo, Celia and daughter Jennifer was simply amazing, they made us feel welcome from our arrival time, assisted us whenever possible, ensuring our stay went smoothly. We stayed there with my daughter, a mate and his daughter, and can't thank enough Edo & Celia for everything they did for us, making our stay there very enjoyable. I can't wait to go back to Florence with my entire family, and we'll stay there for sure!!!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

I have used Trip Advisor on many, many occasions but never felt so compelled to write a review as I am now. My daughter and I and two friends chose Il Giglio d'Oro based on Trip Advisor reviews. Little did we know that our stay would be the highlight of our month-long stay in France and Italy. Edo and his family were the most generous people we met on our trip. From arranging all sorts of transport, recommendations, to getting into fully-booked local restaurants, to arranging breakfasts at the most amazing restaurants to inviting us to share a meal with his family, his generosity is something we will never forget. Our friend’s daughter fell ill whilst in Florence and Edo and went out of his way to make her feel comfortable including sharing his meal with her. Our room and the facilities were perfect and I know I will return and Edo’s place will be my first choice again. Stay and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank RMcK3366
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

The Trip Advisor reviews sold us on Il Giglio and they were spot on. Our room was clean and spacious, the bed was comfy, and as all the reviewers have noted, our hosts were as gracious as can be. Eduardo (but quickly your best friend Edo) made us feel very welcome. The price is very fair (and seemed downright cheap after the high prices of Venice). I could go on but not sure what I would add that other reviewers have not already said. Do yourself a favor and stay here!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Steve W
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Recently passed through Florence with my wife on our way to a wedding and stayed at Il Giglio d'Oro B&B.

The owner, Edo, is a remarkably hospitable and friendly man. The kind of service and personal touch you just don't see anymore which makes a big difference when you are away from home. Room was clean and welcoming with free wifi and TV and the guest house has a nice garden to unwind in. We would definitely recommend staying here to others.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We only stayed here for one night but Edo (the host) was simply the best. My husband and I were staying in Venice and decided last minute to take a day trip down to Venice. Il Giglio was one of the few (and most reasonably priced) places available with only one room left. Since we didn't have a lot of options, we just went for it. Because it was last minute, I called him just to make sure that the place was available. Just from the short conversation I had with him on the phone, I got a good feeling and knew we had made a good choice. So after arriving in Florence and spending the day shopping, we finally arrived at Il Giglio in the evening. We were warmly greeted by Edo upon arrival and automatically we felt at ease. He started off by explaining to us the layout of the neighborhood, where we could eat, where to take the bus, to get gelato, etc. As he was giving us the run down, his wife and daughter arrived and he introduced us to them. It was really like being welcome into the home of a good friend. A good friend that's also quite the character, lol. In a good way though.

The room itself was quite charming and spacious. Edo even graciously provided a complimentary bottle of Chianti in our room. After we got settled, we went out to the back to sit on the patio and drink our wine. Edo came down and chit chatted with us for a while and his adorable daughter Jennifer came out. She was simply the cutest thing. We talked about everything under the sun - our lives, politics, travel, having children.. he even told us next time we come back he would make dinner for us!

The next morning when we were leaving, Edo had no issue giving us a little extra time to get ourselves together and let us leave our stuff in the hallway while we went to get breakfast and let us eat it on the back patio. There is a wonderful restaurant right across the street from Il Giglio and we decided we wanted to eat there before heading back into town. He walked us over and introduced us to the chef, etc. He gave us both hugs goodbye and kissed me on both cheeks lol. We were really sad to leave and wish we could have stayed longer. Staying here kind of made our trip because to be honest we found Venice a bit boring for our taste.

Anyone reading this review, listen to me - do not hesitate on staying here. You will not regret it!!!

Thanks again Edo!!!! We're coming back for that BBQ!!!! -Alexis and Ralph

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

My husband and I recently visited Florence and stayed here for 2 nights. The B&B is in a good location with regular buses to the historical centre. What really made our experience and stay special, was the family who own the B&B. We arrived after a long day on our motorbike looking tired and disheveled! We were greeted by an enthusiastic Edo (the owner) who gave us the warmest welcome we have experienced in Italy so far! He couldn't do enough for us and showed us the local bus routes, restaurants & coffee shops to visit and provided us with maps of the local area. Despite being busy with other clients, he took the time to make sure we were settled in and comfortable. We were presented with a beautiful, homely room with lovely local (and French) touches. (Edo's lovely wife, Celia is French and obviously takes pride in the appearance of the rooms and decor). There was even a bottle of local Chiante provided for us to enjoy on our sunny terrace. After living on the bike for a couple of weeks, we were desperate for some clean clothes! Edo kindly allowed us to fill his washing machine with 2 loads so we had clean clothes for the rest of our trip. We met his lovely wife and little daughter and were treated like part of the family! The room was over 300 euros for 2 nights but we thought it was money well spent. The B&B is close to local amenities and we had a very tasty pizza from the restaurant around the corner. All in all, a wonderful stay in Florence with lovely Italian hosts.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

We spent 8 nights here in June/July 2014. This B&B reinforces the value of TripAdvisor, IMHO. The overwhelming positive reviews reflect a really rare find among B&Bs.

Research: We'd never been to Florence, didn't want a downtown hotel (cost), and hoped to find a great spot to get "home" to at night but still be close to the city center. This exceeded our expectations all around. The reviews and photos on Trip Advisor drew my attention, and our host Edo's emails sold us. Note to folks used to paying with plastic: You need to pay in cash, or in advance via wire transfer if you like.

Location: It's definitely in the city, just in a neighborhood about 5 bus stops from all the museums and heavy tourist activity; specifically, just a few stops from Piazza San Marco on the 11 or 17 bus. Alternately, it's maybe a 15 minute walk to San Marco from the B&B, which we did a few times. No prob, flat and easy.

Here's what we loved about the location of Il Giglio d'Oro: It's in a neighborhood. Want to go for a run? The area is very safe; my wife would do morning runs without any worries. Want to take a bus to nearby Fiesole to watch the sunset over the city (something Rick Steves recommends)? The bus picks up on this block. Want delicious gelato? One of the oldest places in the city, and very tasty, is 2 blocks walk. Local street market w/ fresh produce and a few clothing stalls? 3 blocks away. ATM? Around the corner. Great local record shop w/ an excellent curated selection of rare vinyl (Danex Records)? 3 blocks away. Post office? 4 blocks away. Coffee or pastries? One next door, an even better one around the corner.

Also, a bonus we discovered: If you want to catch a train out of town (to Cinque Terre, for instance, which we did) it's maybe a 15 min walk to the nearby Campo di Marte train station so you don't have to go downtown to catch one.

Arriving: From the street, you only see nice wooden doors with vines growing around them and a small brass nameplate. The building is on a street that's a mixture of shops and residences, so it blends in a bit - look for the vines, near the pharmacy and a blue number 11 (red numbers are for businesses in Florence). Once inside, it's a charming comfortable space. Large bedrooms, high ceilings, stone steps to the upstairs (first floor), an outdoor tiled patio with umbrella/table/chairs, a few bunnies on the patio, and really fantastic hosts: Edo, Celia and their utterly cute daughter Jennifer.

Lodging: We found the rooms to be terrific. Very comfy beds, roomy bathroom w/ bidet and toilet and shower, cabinet for hanging clothes, really tastefully decorated. Our room had a bottle of wine & some fresh fruit, a flatscreen TV w/ cable, wi-fi, and other nice touches. Our beds were made and rooms cleaned up every day.

Hosts: All of the above would honestly make for a great stay for us already. But what truly makes this a *terrific* B&B are the hosts, Edo and Celia. They are, hands down, the best proprietors of a B&B I've ever met. A spirit of generosity was pervasive in every encounter we had. They complement one another, and take care of every need you might encounter.

Need restaurant recommendations? You'll get several (excellent) ones in walking distance, including a beautiful high-end one directly across the street (Osteria delle Tre Panche) and several cheap tasty eats within a block (lovely pizza for 5 euro, very tasty kebabs for less, a great local Italian eatery w/ mussel soup and pasta and pizza, a wonderful pastry café, etc). Edo took us on a walking tour upon arrival, in a couple cases introducing us to shop proprietors who remembered us when we visited again later. Need bus info? Edo will show you the stop is literally across the street, bus tickets are sold next to the stop at the Tabbachi (tobacco shop), and he'll help you with bus numbers and schedules and the like. Need a map or tour book? He's got them, as well as advice on places to visit. Laundry? They offer an inexpensive laundry service. Want to get a feel for various parts of the city? Edo is a native Florentine, and can fill you in on just about anywhere you want to go. And their 3-year-old daughter Jennifer, my family all agreed, is one of the cutest children we've ever met.

We had a spectacular 8 days staying here. When we booked, we only had these reviews and some email exchanges to go on. We now consider Edo, Celia and Jennifer friends and sincerely hope to see them again.

Our trip to Florence was made significantly better because we stayed here. Ciao Edo, Celia and Jennifer!

Room Tip: A deluxe room in the main building has a small balcony overlooking the neighborhood. The other...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Address: Via Antonio Pacinotti 11, 50131, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #5 of 656 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range: £48 - £96 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A CHARMING GUESTHOUSE WITH GARDEN IN THE CENTRE OF FLORENCE, HAVE A LOOK AT THE PICTURES AND SEND US A E MAIL TO CHECK THE AVAILABILITY!!!!Edo and Celia are delighted to welcome you in their typical tuscan home recenlty renovated and is situated close to the historical center of florence. This brend new guest house typical italian style, offers its guests warm and elegant hospitality at very advantageous prices, just few steps away from the town center. The building has been completely renovated strictly following the rules of tuscan old craft's style and Its charme can be recognized in the red tuscan tiles, the pietra serena staircase, and the intimate walled garden. The bedrooms, furnished in delicate pastel colours, terracotta tilling, and the original doors, are all euqipped with en-suite bathrooms, Colour Tv, Wi-fi internet acces, and full bath & bedlinen's set. Edo and celia will be glad to inform guests about monuments, sites of interest and florence surroundings, as well as on the schedule of all events exhibitons, shows and concerts. "Giglio d'oro" as your own private home in florence, gives you the freedom of come and go 24 hours a day. Please inform us on your arrival time and will be glad to welcome you and leave you both the room and the front door key. ... more   less 
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