My friends and I stayed here in the first weeks of June 2014. The first best thing I can say about De'Benci B&B is the lovely hosts. Carlo and Sara were very accommodating and friendly, and always there to assist us notably in our queries regarding bus schedules, getting a taxi, etal. One of my friends celebrated her 40th birthday, and Sara surprised her with a birthday cake which she baked herself. Very sweet and thoughtful gesture that we truly appreciated.
The second best thing is that the B&B is located within walking distance to major tourist sites - e.g. the Uffizi, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Santa Croce. We heard mass at the Florence Cathedral practically every day at 730am. Also, whilst Carlo suggested a good 20 min walk to San Miniato, we opted to take a taxi going there, and took a walk going back. It was great!
The third best thing is that the place is kept clean and orderly. It is well decorated to keep a quaint, relaxing homey environment.
Lastly, the community surrounding the B&B is friendly and has got that home feeling. Across the B&B are mini grocery, gelato bar, self service laundry, and various restos. I was able to chit chat with the owner of the mini grocery every day when I purchase chips, bottled water and coke light from his shop (I even got a few centavos off); had my gelato fix(es) - cheapest one at Euro 1.. beat that!; and did our laundry. It feels like we were locals! =)
Yes, the noise at the bars can sometimes bother my sleep, but who cares if you are a tourist? =)
Thank you Carlo and Sara for making our stay comfortable and memorable. We will not forget your kindness and thoughtful gestures, especially baking a cake for my friend on her birthday. More power and God bless!
We hope to come back! =)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the old city of Florence, just between Piazza Santa Croce and Piazza della Signoria, there is De Benci b&b, bed and breakfast in Florence, ideal base for visiting one of the most beautiful cities on earth and its art.The visit, the discovery of the capital of the Renaissance already begins within the walls of De Benci b&b.The atmosphere is very charming, stylish and romantic: you will be welcomed into elegantly furnished suites with every modern comfort (air conditioning/heating, private bathroom in room, digital lcd tv - DTV, internet connection, Etc.).The bed and breakfast is on the fourth floor of an ancient building (dating back to 1300) with the recent installation of modern lift.The thick and textured interior walls are painted rose. The doors are as light as ivory. Very wide windows let the light go in. The typical Tuscan floor and the ancient wooden-beam ceiling enrich the entire structure. In all over the place you can find small details in characteristic stone (i.E. Pietra serena), in ancient brick or in dark wrought iron and brass that decorate the environment, but soft colour and scent of wood reign over all. Every detail has been chosen with great care, taste and passion. ... more less
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