I can't say enough good things about this reservation. I booked at the Casa Santa Catalina and it was exactly what my gf and I expected. Allow me to bullet-point in order to save time:
-LOCATION (1min walk to Ponte Vecchio bridge, 5min walk to the center and Piazza Di Michelangelo)
-Friendliness and communication of the owner Paolo. Really a sweet guy!
-Twice the size of a hotel room and less than the cost
Not many... it was slightly warmer than an AC room, but this was the MIDDLE of summer and it still wasn't all that bad
Lastly, it's not a "5-star" hotel, but you shouldn't expect that for the price. In fact, I think the home-feel and space was MUCH better than paying an arm and a leg for an expensive hotel.
CHEERS and enjoy Florence!
We stayed in Casa San Paolino for two weeks and felt comfortable and relaxed there. The apartment is very well appointed and has plenty of room for two. It also felt very secure. We were met at the train station by Stefano who is the perfect host - friendly and helpful yet unobtrusive and considerate. It felt so nice to have a 'contact person' in Florence and added to the feeling of relaxation we experienced immediately. Florence is a wonderful city and the apartment is only minutes away from many wonders! We wouldn't hesitate to recommend these apartments because they are run by people who clearly care about their guests and love sharing their beautiful city.
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My wife and I spent three lovely nights at Casa San Paolino. The wonderful Stefano welcomed us and walked us from the station to the apartment. He was very helpful and gave us lots of useful information about Florence, good restaurants and special places to visit; it was like having a personal concierge. Thank you Stefano for the priceless tips! Casa San Paolino is a delightful apartment, surprisingly bigger than showed in the photographs, extremely clean, well equipped and the mattress was very comfortable. The apartment is walking distance from every main site and the neighborhood safe. We are looking forward staying at Casa San Paolino again and would highly recommend it to our friends.
My husband and I recently stayed with Florence Holiday Homes and stayed at the Casa San Paolino property.
Stefano was fantastic and greeted us at the train station where he walked us to the apartment a couple of streets away. He pointed out places of interest on the walk and talked us through the town map in great detail once we arrived which was very helpful.
The apartment was spacious and had everything we needed for our visit (aside from the bed which made a noise every time someone moved).
Although the location was quite central, walking distance from everything, we found it to be incredibly noisy particularly in the nights.
There is an Internet cafe directly across the road, which seemed more like a local bar for the street with men drinking, talking, yelling and playing music until midnight. From midnight, people seem to walk home room down the street making all kinds of noises until the early hours of the morning. This happened both nights we stayed at the apartment (this was a Friday and Saturday night so may not be the case during the week).
Don't get me wrong service is fantastic, the apartment is perfect, location is central, it's the noise in the street that would stop us from recommending this apartment to other travellers.
Loved our little apartment in Florence. Paolo was a great host. From start to finish, the process was great! Paolo even met us at the train station and walked us to the apartment so we didn't get lost! The apartment was clean, secure and with great facilities! Beautifully furnished and very comfortable. It's on the other side of Ponte Vecchio which suited us fine as not in the middle of a thousand tourists but close enough to walk to all
the sights. I would most definitely stay here again and would highly recommend to friends.
My boyfriend and I spent two nights at Casa San Paolino, Florence. As we arrived, we had the pleasure to meet Stefano, who welcomed us very warmly. He showed us the house, explained everything we needed to know about its facilities, about breakfast (a very delicious breakfast in a bar close to the house) and also suggested many things to visit and to do (walkings, museums, restaurants...). The house was big enough for two people, very clean and really close to the city centre and to the train station Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Stefano is a great host, very polite, helpful and enthusiastic. If we returned to Florence, we would consider staying at casa san paolino again, therefore we recommend it to anyone.
Hope to see you soon, Stefano!
Un saluto da Anna e Nicola - Vicenza
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My partner and I spent a week at Casa San Paolino in October 2014. This quickly became a five-star experience! Stefano came to meet us at the station, and on the short walk to the apartment he shared the local knowledge, his warmth and enthusiasm prepared us brilliantly for the week ahead. Once we got to the apartment he gave us a map that he designed himself suggesting three walks taking in the main sights of the city. His recommendations of restaurants and local dishes were completely spot on from nearby ‘Italian breakfast’ options (they’re all really good) to Il Contadino for hearty food, Armando for Florentine steaks and all the best gelaterie (Santa Trinita was our hands down fave). The apartment is perfect for two, seems bigger than is photographed, is perfectly clean and very bright, and has all you need from a small kitchen for a holiday. It’s on a lively street, but with the windows closed you wouldn’t know it! The bed was the most comfortable we slept in during our holiday across Europe, the bathroom was spotless, the shower great. There was a glitch with the wifi, but within an hour Stefano gave us an alternative portable router.
I would recommend this or any of Stefano’s apartments on the service alone!