My husband and I stayed here 6 nights in the Fresco room (#5 I believe). The first night we arrived late, but not a problem. They had us stay upstairs in the Residenza Castiglioni which was also really nice. Hotel Burchianti, Residenza Castiglioni and Alloro are 3 B&Bs in one building. Not sure if it's run by the same family? Anyways, Burchianti is on the first floor - meaning two flights up stairs to get to the first floor (don't worry, there is a TINY elavator for your luggage - fits one person and one bag). The location is very convenient to the train/bus station and to the Duomo and other areas. The hotel is very clean and so is the bathroom. The continental breakfast was ok - remember Italians tend to eat bread/pastry in the morning. The cappuccino and Cafe Americano were delicious! The two ladies that work there make the coffee.
The host (the gentleman, I can't remember his name!) was super nice and gave us good advice on traveling. He told us to take the bus to Siena (1h 10mins) and it drops you off right in town. Otherwise the train station is at the bottom of town and is a 3 kilometer hike or you have to take a bus anyways (train is 1hr 30 mins). And boy am I glad we took the bus! Siena is a HILL CITY! Back to Florence - Ciro and Sons is decent for dinner and about 20 feet from the hotel if you're too tired to walk like we were one night.
One thing to mention - the hotel will ask you to pay the tax on the room in CASH upon departure. I don't know why, but they did this to everyone. The city tax they charge separate from the room. Also, you can ask for a Frommer's discount and you'll get 5 Euro off your room :-) I would stay here again.
A few wierd things happened to us - a drunk teenager/young adult couldn't remember that his parents room was next to ours and at 3:30 a.m. kept trying to use his key in our door. Another time we were napping and the woman in the room next to us (same family) just bardged right in and was like "oh, this isn't my room! sorry!". I don't know why they had a hard time remember that their room was to the right, and ours was straight. There were only two rooms in that wing -_-
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