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“Very basic”

Soggiorno Annamaria
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Soggiorno Annamaria
Ranked #288 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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2 reviews
“Very basic”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

When we arrived we stood outside the closed door after a tiring trip for a long time. We phoned but it was not answered. Luckily a friendly man took us to Katie house and said we must go there to check in. If he did not tell us we would not have known what to do or where to go. We had heavy suitcases as we have a long trip and we are staying one night in a place and don't have time to wash. So we had to carry our suitcases up the stairs at Katie house to book in then down again to the other side of the street and up those stairs. The lady did not speak English which made check in difficult. We could also not ask her any advice. The only advice she gave us was that if we are in her place for only one night we should come with clothes for one day and shop in Florence. Coming from Dubai I surely did not come to Florence to shop for clothes just to be in Florence!! She then held on to our key and said we must pay before she gives it to us. A bit rude or maybe the language barrier. The room was very basic with no kettle or even glasses. The little carpet in the bathroom is best to be avoided. And we had an old towel from some hotel in Stockholm in the bathroom. Maybe left there by some guest. It just missed the personal touch I like from a b&b. The breakfast room was not cosy. So small and cramped. If someone was getting food there was no room to get up or move. Just made me feel like rushing and getting out from there. The cutlery was also not very clean. The toilet by the breakfast room looked like it had not been cleaned for a while and no hand towel. Overall not a very cosy stay. Luckily it was very well located and walking distance from the station and many popular sites.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Lookout Mountain, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

If you have one night to visit and you are seeking the true taste of Florence this is the perfect place to stay. My room had a window that opened to the side street below where the locals gathered at the cafes and restaurants which made me feel more like a local than a visitor. My room was quaint and spotless. The innkeeper, Maria, is warm and inviting, the way I imagine an Italian matriarch should be. In addition to her hospitality she offers a gracious breakfast and a hot cappuccino to start you on your day. One stay and you begin to feel like family! I would recommend this to all my friends.
TD Lookout Mountain, TN

  • Stayed April 2014
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We went to Katti House but were made to stay at the sister property down the street, called Soggiorno Anna Maria, up a dingy, creepy staircase. It may have been nicer to stay in the actual Katti House, since the other property lacked the cozy B&B experience one usually looks for. The only time we interacted with the B&B owners, or rather, their minions, was when we went to eat the cold continental breakfast, where we wanted to just rush in and out.
We had booked for a triple room, and were shown to a meanly proportioned room with virtually no spaced to walk about after the third bed for my six year old was shoved in. The owners did not even provide for a tumbler, forget about water and such luxuries. And it was not that cheap either, given that it was off season.
It was the kind of room one does not want to come home to, even after staying out and walking all day. There was no window barring one that opened into a dirty shaft like area. The room would smell like sewer when we walked in after a tiring day spent sightseeing. The beds would be made up each day, but there was no cleaning done during our entire stay. We were so glad to leave it.
Overall, an unpleasant experience and people are sincerely warned against staying there.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2014 via mobile

The B&B is strategically located close both to Piazza del Duomo and the railway station.
The room, in an ancient house, was rather charming, and Mrs Annamaria and her kind family gave us a warm welcome. The room was quiet.
I think it's really good value for money.

Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Tecumseh, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

Soggiorno Annamaria Location: Florence, Tuscany, Italy, Europe We selected this hotel from the Rick Steves book. After the first night we noticed bites on my wife and myself and suspected them to be bed bugs. After inspecting the mattress, we found it incased in a plastic bag and per web sites that is usually and indication of previous bed bug infestations. We sent a note to the owner and she is disputing that they were not bed bugs. We have never been bitten by bed bugs before but the bite marks sure look like pictures on numerous web sites. Other than the bed bugs we found the room ok although the floor needed cleaned in our room.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013 via mobile

I spent 3 nights at the Soggiorno Annamaria" last October. The room was wonderful and very clean, the breakfast excellent. The owner Maria helpful and very nice italian lady. The location perfect to visit Florence just walking. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Soggiorno Annamaria is one of two hotels (the other is Katti House) under common ownership and management on Via Faenza, a few blocks from the train station in Florence, and just up the street from the Mercato Centrale and street market - check-in for both is done at Katti House. (If no one is there when you come by, check at the Katti House restaurant a few doors to the left). Soggiorno Annamaria is in a refurbished renaissance palazzo with period sgraffito designs on the outside walls.

The room is large for a Euro-hotel with a modern bathroom and good furnishings. The owner is friendly and helpful. But the outstanding feature was the new windows - large wood-framed windows that fit in well with the heritage building. Double-glazed and double windows. The ground floor of the building is occupied by a pizzeria with seating on the street, with a lot of background chatter. While there's not a lot of traffic on the street there's an ongoing buzz of activity and passersby. But with the windows closest, no sound penetrates. The result - perhaps the quietest hotel we'd ever slept in. A great upgrade!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Soggiorno Annamaria
Address: Via Faenza 24, 50123, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Lorenzo
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Ranked #288 of 421 Hotels in Florence
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Hotel Class:3 star — Soggiorno Annamaria 3*
Number of rooms: 188
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