Charia owns this B&B and makes sure that you have everything you need - travel assistance, making reservations, etc.. There's a full size community kitchen and washing machine, excellent common area with upscale Italian coffee machine (nice!), books, local travel brochures, etc.. The rooms are air conditioned (a must in Italy). There is Wi-Fi in all rooms and Chiara has a printer if you need it.
Our room was spacious and had a giant bed (by euro-standards). Breakfast was normal B&B fare - yogurt, cereal, drinks, breads, rolls, etc.. We kept our 1.5L water bottles in the community fridge, and did a load of clothes with outside line drying. I had forgotten how good clothes smell when air dried outside!
The bus stops just one block away, and takes to you old Florence in about 10 minutes. Easy. Just be sure to buy a ticket - the local transportation police are relentless with tourists and will fine you 100 euros if you don't have a ticket (we heard this from another guest at the B&B).
Any downside? It's on the 3rd floor, and there's no lift, so you'll need to carry your luggage up the stairs. If you have a car, you'll need to pay $15/day for parking. For the price, I give this B&B five stars. I can't imagine a better value, and better personal service, in Florence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- B&B Leopoldo offers 6 individually designed rooms, each with a TV and free Wi-Fi. It is located in a tipical Florentine building outside Florence's restricted-traffic area. The B&B is just off Piazza Leopoldo Pietro, in a quiet area full of traditional restaurants and pizzerias. Santa Maria Novella Train Station and the Fortezza Da Basso exhibition center are a 10-minute walk away. Breakfast at the Leopoldo is a large buffet of pre-packaged items, fresh fruit and cornetti. Guests have full use of the shared kitchen during the day. Parking is available at convenient rates. ... more less
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