We stayed in the 1-bedroom Giotto apartment which was on the top/3rd floor in a building with no lift. It was quite a hike up and down everyday but we got used to it. I liked to think of it as a good warm-up for all the walking we did around Florence. We actually booked the apartment through Friendly Rentals and the apartment was called Lorenzo III on their website. It's not a luxurious apartment but it's comfortable, clean and safe (2 locked gates to get through before you can enter apartments).
The apartment is a good size with a spacious living room and bedroom, both have big bright windows. Only the living room has air-conditioning. The kitchen was very small so luckily we didn't did any cooking, just some simple food prep. Wifi was quite weak and you only get Italian TV channels. Be aware that this is a self-catering apartment so there is no housekeeper or clean towels/sheets everyday. The manager Nalin is excellent and SO helpful and accommodating! He is only a phone call away for whatever you need. Fantastic for when you accidentally lock yourself out of the apartment and need a spare key! I'm not sure if he lives in or near the building but he is very prompt and appears in a jiffy!
We loved the location of the apartment. We walked all over Florence from here, and with a 2.5 year old in tow! It's a less than 10min walk from the train station, Duomo, Uffizi, Academia, Gallery, and a bit further to the Arno River. We even walked to Santa Croce. We took a bus from the train station to get up to the San Miniato al Monte abbey and Piazza Michelangelo which are definitely worth visiting. The San Lorenzo leather markets are just outside the building but be warned that the stalls set up from 5-6am every day so if you're sensitive to noise, you may want to consider an apartment in another location as the rolling wheels of the stalls can be quite loud. You are spoilt for choice with food as there are hundreds of restaurants all around, and you must visit the Mercato Centrale around the corner for the tastes and smells!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- There are two apartments available in this establishment, Giotto and Cimabue. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, HostelWorld and Hotels.com so you can book your Vip Florence reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.