We have been to Florence 10 times in 10 years and we always stay with Marcella at Casa Rabatti. Florence is marvelous, but she is the single biggest reason we keep going back. We completely agree with Rick Steves: if you want to feel you're part of a Tuscan family this is the place to stay. Keep in mind the word "family." I've stayed in lovely hotels with gracious staff, but Marcella makes us feel far more welcome and at home than at any hotel I've experienced. You are truly staying at her house. We are filled with joy when we arrive. Okay, let's talk about boring stuff like location: it's a short walk to the train and bus stations and most of the stuff you've come to see, like the Duomo, the Accademia, San Marco, the Uffizzi. It's in a real neighborhood, with shops of all kinds, great fun to explore. You're two minutes' walk from the #7 bus to Fiesole (which you must visit!). Casa Rabatti is always very clean, and there are a number of simple amenities such as wifi and a refrigerator in the hall. But what makes this place special is Marcella, who is amazingly available and helpful, there to greet you, to see you off, happy to answer your questions, patiently demonstrating proper Italian manners and speech. She doesn't offer breakfast, but if you come back looking cold and pale she will probably offer you a cup of tea. Setting out on our first morning in Florence, she tried to press an umbrella on us because it looked like rain. (Silly me: for some reason this makes me weep.) You have to understand, she is utterly sincere. She loves having you in her house. She exchanges letters with the guests who return again and again. If you came to Tuscany to experience the place as directly as possible, you won't find a better place. However, this is not the place for everyone. If you want to be treated like a hotel guest, with impersonal courtesy, you may be happier elsewhere. To get the one room with a bath you need to reserve far in advance. (To avoid problems with the shared bath we simply get up early.) The interior rooms are quieter, but it's not a particularly noisy street. The back suite has vast capacity and a view of the garden. There's no AC. (We travel off season, so it's not an issue.) Driving is difficult. (We walk.) I've stayed at marvelous hotels, but never thought to write a review. For Marcella I make an exception.
- Also Known As:
- Casa Rabatti Hotel Florence