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3.7 / 5Good

Score breakdown (from 11 reviews)

Average rating for:

  • Cleanliness
    3.6
  • Service
    3.8
  • Comfort
    3.5
  • Condition
    3.5
  • Neighborhood
    4.6
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Stay in your own mini-palace"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Residence I Colli is a beautiful gated property from the golden age of Florence. The rooms are enormous -- we had a suite with a bed room, sitting area, and kitchen. Next to Bobboli Gardens, 2 blocks from Porto Romano, 15-minute walk to the Pitti Palace. We would stay here again, no doubt. Nits: 1:You may get tired of the uphill slog you have to make from the Porto Romano, and then the flights of stairs to your room. 2:, kitchen did not have an oven, microwave or otherwise; OK, we made do with stove-top cooking. (There are some fresh produce stands by the Porto Romano and a small supermarket nearby.) Third, the neighborhood did not have an abundance of the wonderful little restaurants in the wonderful little neighborhoods that we love about Italy. We were quite warm one night, so thank heaven for the electric fan in the room -- but one day we came in and someone had taken it. Our room wasn't cleaned during our stay, and that's OK, but if your'e going to come in at least empty the trash and don't take the fan! This is a minor complaint, and a quick chat at the desk got our fan back, so no worries. But this is just to say that the service is... uneven. Overall it's a gorgeous building, wonderful antique furniture, very quiet, lovely staff and management, in a neighborhood that's a bit out of the way. And we were astonished at the low price of the room, considering its size and location -- a bargain.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
6 night trip Sep 14, 2014
A Traveler
US
3.0 / 5Good
"Off the beaten track"
  • Cleanliness
    2.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
This hotel is a bit of a hike to reach on foot with baggage, but not if you use the local buses which run frequently from Santa Maria Novella.The staff was friendly and helpful, and our room was really a finely appointed apartment with kitchenette up a staircase. The place was once an elegant villa, therefore high ceilings and spacious rooms. The bed linens and bathroom were clean, but the floor really needed a good vacuuming in each room! Internet was only available sitting outside our room, and the connection we sporadic, at best. If you are not too dependent on that, it is a very quiet place to stay about a ten minute walk up a hill behind the Boboli Gardens. I think the owner could spend more attention on the garden which could be charming, and just oversee things more carefully. It has the potential to be four stars, but not as is!
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night trip Jun 10, 2014
A Traveler
US
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"lovely locale"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Gorgeous building, gardens and neighborhood.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night romance trip Jun 5, 2014
A Traveler
US

The following English reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

3.0 / 5Good
"Decent quality/price match"
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
My daughter and I used this as a base for Florence and found it just right for what we were needing. Its position was ideal for walking into the center and yet far enough away to avoid traffic congestion or noise. Very informal relaxed ambience. The owner was reachable by mobile, if necessary. We would say the price (inexpensive) reflects the standard so don't expect the best.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
4 night family trip Feb 14, 2015
A Traveler
GB
5.0 / 5Outstanding
"Peaceful getaway"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    5.0
  • Comfort
    5.0
  • Condition
    5.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
It was a pleasant stay in a quiet and beautiful neighbourhood close to the Boboli Gardens.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night romance trip Dec 4, 2014
A Traveler
SG
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Perfect location"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Excellent location, small apartment very close to the city walls. I didn't realise a Residence doesn't offer breakfast but there are cafes nearby. I'm still recovering from the mosquito bites though.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
2 night business trip May 19, 2014
A Traveler
GB
3.0 / 5Good
"Self catering apartment close to centre"
  • Cleanliness
    5.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Spent 6 nights in a self-catering cottage, within easy walking distance of the city centre. I Colli is in a quiet residential part of the city. The place was very clean and the Staff were very helpful. However, although the bed linen was clean, the bed felt damp - early season. The catering facilities were basic, with no toaster, kettle or microwave. There is an adequate supermarket close by, which catered for all our needs.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Apr 21, 2014
A Traveler
GB

The following reviews were posted by hotels.com guests from other countries:

3.0 / 5Good
"Gutes 1-Zimmer Appartment in hübscher alter Villa"
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    3.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Zimmer ist mit einfachen Mitteln sehr schön gemacht. Preis-Leistung finde ich gut !!. Hat uns gut gefallen. Wir waren als Kunst-reisende unterwegs, demzufolge war das Nachtleben nicht unser Thema. Restaurant und Einkaufsmöglichkeiten in Hülle und Fülle.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Mar 1, 2015
Klaus
DE
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Ambiente familiar"
  • Cleanliness
    2.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    3.0
  • Neighborhood
    5.0
Ideal para familias, a 15 minutos caminando del casco historico. No esperar más de un apartamento. Deben mejorar el mantenimiento y la limpieza. El entorno es muy bonito
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
3 night family trip Jun 30, 2014
AliciaMartin
ES
4.0 / 5Excellent
"Utmärkt läge"
  • Cleanliness
    4.0
  • Service
    4.0
  • Comfort
    4.0
  • Condition
    4.0
  • Neighborhood
    4.0
Utmärkt boende för självhushåll med trädgård,lugna och vackra omgivningar nära Florens centrum. Bra kommunikationer.Studion var väl utrustad. Bra bemötande och god service.
Genuine Hotels.com guest review
10 night trip May 20, 2014
A Traveler
SE
3.0 / 5Good
"Sykkel helg i Firenze"
  • Cleanliness
    3.0
  • Service
    3.0
  • Comfort
    2.0
  • Condition
    2.0
  • Neighborhood
    -
Hyggelig personale, men hotellet var et leilighets hotel uten frokost, noe vi ikke hadde fått med oss.
Genuine Expedia guest review
Other trip Jun 2, 2014
A Traveler
NO

TripAdvisor reviews for Residence I Colli

Overall rating:Based on 58 traveler reviews

Most recent traveler reviews:

Overall Rating
"A lovely stay just outside the city centre "
05/09/15 Simon F
We found this residence comfortable and the staff incredibly friendly. Upon arrival we were greeted and given some information on the local amenities, on how to get around town on the buses. We found the location particularly good as it was a walkable distance from the main tourist spots and just outside the traffic restriction ZTL zone as we were arriving in a rental car. I would recommend to others.
Overall Rating
"Reasonable place, but nothing extraordinary"
03/03/15 Mariia G Brussels, Belgium
It is located a bit far from the city center, in the neighborhood with alot of villas. 30-40mins walk from Ponte Vecchio.. Friendly staff.. Apartment was quiet dusty, but bigger than expected. Nothing extraordinary, but enough good to stay for a few days.
Overall Rating
"Freezing cold room fridge atmosphere"
01/02/15 Apamurg
We booked the room thinking it was inside the old villa but we were located in a basement annex room C6. It was freezing the whole time and you can see your breath inside the room. It was like to be inside a fridge for three nights even with the heating on the room never was warm. We complaint as the heating was off for a day but things were the sawn when heating bak on. The first night water falling noise was constant from 12 am to 8,30 am until the hotel cleaner stop the WC toilet noise next door. Please do not book this hotel it is the coldest room I never be in my whole life and I a frequent traveller. Do not book this hotel it is a waist of money and ruin my
Overall Rating
"Outstanding location"
11/28/14 BRKT51 London, United Kingdom
As I plan another, overdue visit to Florence, I'm booking at Residence I Colli, bringing back memories of a lovely former stay. Majestic looking with a delightful, tree filled garden, it's an enjoyable place to unwind after wandering the city; quiet, but very close to the the buzz of Florence. It's reasonable and in an excellent location. Its atmosphere and decor may be more Michelangelo than Missoni, but that's what Florence is (historically, at least) about!
Overall Rating
"Good value with small kitchen, very quiet"
10/14/14 Ranleigh Austin, Texas
We stayed here for a week long business conference/congress near the Porta Romana. The residence was two blocks up Viale Machiavelli past Porta Romana. It is in a residential area with large trees, nice views and it was very quiet! The owners lives on the top floor and are very welcoming. Our room was a converted apartment with kitchen (4 gas burners and refrigerator), sitting room, bathroom (tub/shower) and bedroom in the main residence building. It was clean and bright, each room having a window. Wi-fi was strong in sitting room but could be weak in the bedroom at times. The staff brought a fresh set of towels on day 3 but linen changes were on request. The rooms did get warm during afternoon tea but cooled at night. There was one oscillating fan in the bedroom or you could open the windows. There was also a portable AC unit in the closet but we did not try it out during our stay. This residence is in walking distance to the Boboli and Bardini Gardens plus Plazzo Pitti. The Duomo is within walking range too, but its a bit of a short hike. We enjoyed our walks to the historic center no matter what time of day or night. After passing the several green grocers with fresh, large mushrooms we decided to take advantage of the kitchen and cook dinner. The kitchen was suitably equipped for pasta dinners or omelets and coffee in the morning. Cooking at the residence made for a nice break from the tourist horde. I would recommend Residence I Colli. It is historic, away from the tourists and associated noise in a beautiful neighborhood. You feel more like a local then a tourist. There are neighborhood restaurants near the Porta Romana and a great bar on the Palazzo Pitti side where you can pick up your morning coffee or your afternoon Prosecco.
Overall Rating
"Exceptional value and atmosphere"
06/19/14 christophercowell London, United Kingdom
The first thing you must understand is that this is NOT a conventional hotel, but a "residence". This means you can use it as your home, but you must not expect a 24 hour reception desk or room-service. The reception is manned at specified hours and there is a number to call if you need out-of-hours attention. The reception team is unfailingly charming and helpful and they went to some trouble to make our stay convenient and pleasant. The location is superb - a brisk ten minute walk from The Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens and the Ponte Vecchio. If you are not a walker, at least three buses take you from the Porta Romana into the heart of mediæval Florence within a quarter of an hour. We stayed both in one of the "cottages" set in the lush garden and one of the elegant, high-ceilinged flats within the villa itself. The cottage is compact and cosy, with a little terrace for your evening prosecco. It is perfectly well-provided and comfortable, with air-conditioning and wi-fi. With your own key for the front gate, you can come and go as you please as well as self-catering to whatever level suits you in a small but functional kitchen. There is a particularly good breakfast and lunch in the busy local Caffé Petrarca at the Porta Romana, a three minute walk away. The flat was a suite of sizeable rooms in the elegant nineteenth-century villa, with tall, shuttered windows to look out over the garden. Very comfortable and slightly more luxurious than the "cottage" and with the same amenities. Above all, this is fantastic value for money. If you want the five-star hotel experience then you will need to pay a GREAT deal more. Enjoy the personal touch and the family feel as well as the glamour of the location. If I had a niggle, it would be a very minor one; the wi-fi had its own eccentric way so that internet connection was occasionally absent.
Overall Rating
"Overrated"
05/03/14 Réjeanne M Ottawa, Canada
I would not recommend this hotel. Although it is close to many of the major sights, much needs to be done. We were in one of the cottages. It needs serious cleaning and up dating. There is also a musty smell to the whole place. When you arrive you think it is because the cottage was closed but as you stay there and examine it, you realise that you have been overcharged. The bathroom was not clean, especially the bidet, the kitchen was not clean, and the carpets needs serious replacements. The kitchen equipement is insuffi ient and has been there and gone. Needs complete replacement as do the matresses and if you cannot get a good night's sleep, you cannot enjoy your trip. Also, there is no one at the front desk from Friday afternoon to Monday morning, so basically you are on your own. Since you cannot control the heating, you have to be creative for warmth. Would I recommend this place. No.
Overall Rating
"Historical Villa with Beautiful Ambience"
12/28/13 J C Berkeley, California
We enjoyed our stay immensely at Residence I Colli. The suite with the piano is furnished in elegant antiques with a great deal of good taste, looking out to the lovely garden below. The residence is peaceful,yet very well positioned to be in the center of Florence in15 minutes by foot ,located very close to the Boboli Gardens. We appreciated the graciousness of our host, Mr. Quinterio.The residence is very clean and wonderful spot to enjoy the old world charm of Florence.There are plentiful cooking utensils in a well supplied kitchen.
Overall Rating
"Charming cottage near Boboli Gardens"
09/13/13 lwweaver Memphis, Tennessee
My husband college-aged son and I stayed in a one bedroom guest cottage with a fold-out couch. The cottage was charming and the main bedroom was comfortable. The fold-out bed, however, was not. We had a lovely private terrace furnished with umbrella table and chairs. The bathroom had a big tub and shower combo and was roomier than in many small hotels. The street was very quiet and pleasant. It was a bit of a hike to the heart of the city so I would not recommend if you aren't up for lots of walking.
Overall Rating
"A building of character but needs some work to be great"
09/11/13 ukbod Wisbech
We travelled to Florence for a couple of nights with 2 adult nephews as part of a driving tour of Italy. We were upgraded to an apartment which was full of period character furniture even a forte piano. Its a short walk to the centre of town and not far from 2-3 mini-markets. On the modern side it was a little lacking - TV with no English channels, wifi was very patchy. No kettle a disappointment. The beds were not very comfortable being to hard for all of us. The real problem was that with no air conditioning and old fashioned windows we were eaten and pestered all night by mosquitoes. The staff were very polite and well informed. The security and parking was good but the outside sign is very small. It was a surprise that no food not even breakfast was offered. I note this has been raised before so perhaps it needs reconsidering.
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