We had never stayed in a home stay before so were a bit hesitant to book this one. However, since the budgets were a little tight, we opted for this stay in Florence. My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights in August 2012. I must say, this was one of our best stays in our overall Italy tour. We had opted for a shared toilette and bath room. The room was quite big and tastefully planned. The shared bathroom cum toilette was also quite big and very clean. Since most of the residents were out touring most of the time, there was almost never a rush or a queue to the bath room. There was a completely equipped kitchen, washing machine and fridge that stored the breakfast for each of the rooms. The breakfast was modest consisting of some breakfast cereals, milk, coffee, breads jam/spreads etc but filling enough. The house owners do not stay in the same apartment, so it's advisable to check with them and inform them prior to your arrival about your expected check in time. You would otherwise not be able to enter the complex! The place is a bit far from the station but can be reached easily through the frequent bus services that operate from the station. The owner will direct you about the bus number and the bus stop. The best part of the place is that there is a super market just across the road. So you can buy stuff of your daily needs and also cook your meals in the kitchen.
The owners can barely speak English and if you are not too familiar with the Italian or French accent, communication may become a nightmare! You would however probably not meet the owner or the caretaker post you have checked in, so communicating would not be a problem, the owner would hand you over with the map and try his level best to explain you the routes and the best of the things to see around Florence when you check in. If your check out time does not coincides with the apartments check out timings, you will be asked by the owner to leave the cash and keys back in the room.
For the price, I would rate this place fabulous.
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