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“Reasonable accommodation, let down by stale smoke smell.”

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A Beautiful Florence
Ranked #311 of 659 Florence B&B and Inns
Brisbane, Australia
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24 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Reasonable accommodation, let down by stale smoke smell.”
Reviewed 12 December 2013

Take a good map with you to find this B&B. The tourist information was shut when we were there! Reasonable location, bus to the centre of Florence easily. The manager gave us some great maps and information which was fantastic and included some great restaurants and take away places. The room was tidy and of an acceptable cleanliness. The room was ‘no smoking’ but clearly someone had been smoking in the room. In fact it smelt more like cigar smoke that must have penetrated all of the upholstery,we couldn’t get rid of the smell even after leaving the windows open for some time. The plumbing in the shower was not great, flooded after a short while. Breakfast was average but typical, just cereal and other cold snacks. However, this is reasonable accommodation, it was mainly the off-putting smell of the room that let it down – clearly not a problem if you are a smoker.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 October 2013 via mobile

We stayed 2 nights. Room is 1 of 3 on 2nd floor, no elevator. Leo ( owner) is friendly, you need to text him 10 min before arriving and he meets you for check in, provides maps and a personalized sheet of must see places and restaurants preferred by locals. Location is outside of city center, you need to take a bus from station to get to room. Tip: buy the 10 euro bus pass ( tabacchi just at left corner of building sells them) if you are there for more than a couple of days, otherwise it's 1.20 for each ride. Room had pvt small bathroom but outside the bedroom, which was as described at booking..when living there realized it's quite inconvenient. I would recommend bringing your flip flops. Would recommend a hook in the bathroom to hang ones clothes at least as there is no place otherwise. No soap, only liquid handsoap provided. Kitchen is open 24hrs- neighbors were up quite late and very noisy our first night of stay. 'Breakfast' consists of packaged pastries, cookies, cereal laid out in kitchen. Some were a bit stale so we had breakfast on our own in town. Only instant coffee available and you have to make it yourself. 2 other rooms in this apartment, I think one has ensuite bathroom.Rooms have no ac or fan, even in oct it got warm in the room and I needed to open the windows- busy and noisy street- though with windows closed the noise is not an issue. In summary pretty basic accommodations not really a bed and breakfast.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kelowna, Canada
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

We loved loved loved staying at A Beautiful Florence! Leo met us soon after we arrived and gave us the tour of the hotel, and then left us alone after giving us some wonderful advice and directions. I don't think anyone else was staying there at the time, so we virtually had the entire place to ourselves for hours. There was a good wifi connection, comfortable beds, and a private bathroom down the hall. We walked there from the train station, but we could have taken the bus. We found the city interesting enough that we explore it all on foot. We didn't feel the need to use public transportation. However, if we wanted to, there was a bus station seconds away. Having free roam of the kitchen certainly added to our experience. There's a fridge where you can keep your groceries, and also a stove. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who wanted to stay in Florence.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2013

A Beautiful Florence is the perfect place to overnight in Florence. Its great location being just a few blocks (about 3 or 4) away from the SMN rail stations makes it the perfect base for your day tours exploring the city of Florence. When we (my sister and I) arrived at the B&B Leo the manager and I think owner personally welcomed us and showed us around the B&B. He provided us with maps and gave up tips on the attractions and restaurants. The room and bathroom were clean, comfortable and very spacious. The kitchen was fully equipped, so it nice when you want to have a home made something :). Over all we were very happy with the B&B and the service we received. We would definitely recommend this B&B to anybody looking for a comfortable, clean and good location for their visit to Florence.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2013

Spacious, basic modern rooms in a beautiful old building. The B&B is rather basic but definitely comfortable with all modern needs. Location is slightly off-center but with a direct bus connection the city center of Florence is easily reachable. The hotel staff (owner?) was a very friendly guy who speaks good English. He was very flexible with our arrival time and upon arrival he gave us a lot of insider tips about things to see and do in Florence. My gf and I had a long and interesting conversation with him and at some point he brought us to a local pizzeria close to the hotel, off the tourist radar. I dare say the pizza we ate there was one of the best of our 9 day trip through Italy. Price/comfort ratio is perfect, I can recommend this place to anyone who doesn't mind to take a little more time to reach the city center.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
1 review
Reviewed 6 November 2012

It is really a good place to live , The room is very clean and the tv program is all . The bathroom is comfortable , the water is very hot to bath . The staff in kitchen is so delicious and fresh. There is a bus stop nearby , the transportation is so convenience you can even not walk a step . What the best is the host of bb, Leo is very nice and kind, so patient to teach us the way to the view spot , We give you too much trouble , so really thanks a lot to Leo.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
Reviewed 4 September 2012

My sister and I had a wonderful experience at this B&B. Excellent location - bus stop across the street, free parking within walking distance (5-6 min); clean and comfortable rooms, homey breakfast area with kitchen you can use at any time to cook something fast; manager is very kind, friendly, and helpful, offers plenty of useful advice, maps, and restaurant locations. Great!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: A Beautiful Florence
Address: Piazza Giacomo Puccini 21, 50144, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Ranked #311 of 659 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
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Number of rooms: 3
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