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Palazzo Alfani al David
Ranked #13 of 300 Speciality Lodging in Florence
Certificate of Excellence
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Palazzo Alfani Al David”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

I can wholeheartedly recommend this property to anyone looking for a good sized apartment in Central Florence. The apartment was very well presented and scrupulously clean and tastefully funished. Francesca was a friendly and welcoming propriotor. We accommodated six adults in our party okay and the air conditioning is a huge plus in the Tuscan summer. The only potential drawback is the stairs but we did have 3 of our party members in our sixties and we coped with ease.

It is literally 2-3 minutes walk from Il Duomo and very weel located for all of the sites. The optional breakfast at 6 euros was great value at a a very nice little cafe in the next street. Thank you Francesca for an excellent stay.

Bill Kerr

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

Very nice accommodation in Florence and close to all attractions. Our room was up one flight of stairs but we were quite happy with the hotel. The apartment was quite spacious and comfortable for our family of 4. We were assisted with all tour bookings and directions. Overall, we were very happy and would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Florence.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Syracuse, New York
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

Thanks, tripadvisor! Our first visit to Florence, and we (Mom, Dad & grown daughter) lucked into this modern, up-to-date apartment in a 15th century building, across Via Ricasoli from the Galleria Accademia (David). Arriving at Firenze SMN, we took Francesca's advice and loaded our luggage into a taxi (the Palazzo is an easy walk from train station, but it could be a bit awkward loaded down with luggage).

Owner Francesca was on holiday when we arrived in late June. Instead, we were welcomed by Giovanni, who helped us bring our luggage up to the apartment, checked us in and provided a thorough orientation to the apartment and the building. He even helped us set up the mosquito chaser in case we wanted to keep the huge windows open at night, and explained Firenze's recycling system.

Our apartment included a small but functional and well-equipped kitchen (a nearby market stocks most anything you might need to make use of that equipment). WiFi worked well everywhere in the apartment, but mind that tricky small step up into the bathroom. Our daughter found the shower to be "awesome."

Room Tip: As others have noted long, noisy lines for the Accademia tend form early in the morning. Our apartm...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Summit, New Jersey
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

You feel like you are living in another person's home. You meet Francesca for your keys and return them at the end of your stay. If either of you are busy, those are the only times you will see her as she lives in the building and has her own life too. However, she is really nice, happy to help, and you can always reach her by phone. We were there in early May, she upgraded us simply because the nicest apartment happened to be available.

It's not a hotel so don't expect the usual hotel amenities. It doesn't matter though, the apartment and the location is incredible. Walk to the nearest supermarket or get pizza at Puggi Bakery, both of which are recommended by Rick Steves. Get an appointment to see David and wait in your room. Walk to the top of the duomo and then return to your apartment to rest.

If your apartment faces the courtyard, you'll see a valley of red roofs and an olive tree. It's a unique and peaceful view.

In theory, noise could be an issue for some of the rooms if you wanted to sit in your apartment all day. But the line dies down around 4 or 5pm, leaving you an afternoon and night in peace and quiet. If you book a room facing the courtyard the noise will never bother you.

The kind service, spacious apartments and prime location makes this property a must for any visit to Florence.

Room Tip: If you face the courtyard you have guaranteed peace and quiet. If you face the street you can lean o...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

This place deserves a 5 star...and these are the reasons why -

1) Location - From the train station, take a taxi ride...about 10 mins (not really walkable IMO if you are carrying a lot of luggage). The place is just directly opposite the Statue of David Attraction. tip: book tickets to status of david if not be ready to queue for an hour! The duomo/city centre is a 5-7 min walk away.
2) Great host - francesca was really wonderful. Her service was top notch and the best in all the places I've stayed so far. She was very accommodating and always kind and helpful. I tried to book the statue of david attraction online but it appeared the tickets were not booked (but my credit card charged), and Francesca called the musuem to help me check.
3) Nice historical building - For our room we had a kitchen , living room, and a good bathroom. Beds were very comfortable. We stayed facing the gardens, and it was nice to open the windows in the morning and evening (thou i attracted some mosquitos). Just sitting in the living room and reading a book was nice. Free and strong wifi. Really good value.
4) Amenities nearby - There is a grocery shop, bakery, etc that you can run down. There is a taxi stand around the corner as well. Amazingly convenient. And please visit the Accademia restaurant!! We went there 3 times based on Francesca recommendation and i ate the best vongole in my life.. unforgettable

Just to note - the beddings and towels are only changed every 3 days (suggest every 2 days?). It would have been nice if there were more dustbins around the apartment as well, but every day the cleaning lady came in and washed the cups and cleared the bins so that was fine.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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FrancescaAlfani, Proprietario at Palazzo Alfani al David, responded to this review, 23 July 2013
hello!

Thank you so much for your review and the description !
we are very glad to suggest and share our favorite places in Florence .. I frequent the restaurant Academia for 15 years and every time they are able to surprise me .. plus see the same owners in the same restaurant is a real guarantee and I'm happy and confident suggest them to my customers.

best wishes
Francesca
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Canada
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

Perfect location - literally across the street from the Accademia. Perfect apartment - huge, clean, charming and comfortable. Lovely welcome from Francesca and the cleaning lady who insisted on helping us with our luggage up 2 flights. Felt like home. Will return!

Room Tip: 2B facing the garden was wonderful. Suspect the others are just as good.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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FrancescaAlfani, Proprietario at Palazzo Alfani al David, responded to this review, 23 July 2013
Hello!!!!

thank you for your review...Me and Aurica (our strong cleaning lady) we are very happy to help you during your stay ... in our building we have no lift but often we can also carry out "two months" holiday luggage... If one prefers to climb a few stairs is better to insert in the booking form your preference for the second floor (the first floor is in italy).

Best wishes
Francesca
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Lutz, Florida
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

My husband and I enjoyed five nights and thoroughly enjoyed Florence, Francesca and this apartment, which is well located. The air conditioner works wonderfully, the bathroom is nice, well appointed with towels, soaps, hairdryer. The bed is comfortable and our apt on the interior courtyard was very quiet. Highly recommend.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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FrancescaAlfani, Proprietario at Palazzo Alfani al David, responded to this review, 23 July 2013
Dear Sally,

thank you so much for your time ! i'm very happy you liked our apartment !
we hope to welcome you next time in Florence!!!

Best wishes
Francesca
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Property: Palazzo Alfani al David
Address: Via Ricasoli 49, 50122, Florence, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > San Marco
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 300 Speciality Lodging in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Palazzo Alfani al David 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A historic building in the centre of Florence, Palazzo Alfani al David offers elegant and refined accomodation directly in front of the Galleria dell'Accademia, the site of the famous David by Michelangelo. At Palazzo Alfani, you'll reside in an elegant vacation apartment in Florence, in an elegantly restored in the 17th century palace. The ideal choice for a couple or family stay. Stylish, well-lit and restored respecting historical tradition, the apartments of Palazzo Alfani al David are ideal for living and experiencing Florence in full freedom without giving up the comforts of a 4 star hotel. The Alfani family manages the residence directly like good neighbours and is at your disposal to provide suggestions for restaurants, food and wine tasting tours, and interesting places to see so you can discover the most authentic side of Florence. ... more   less 
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