"Off the beaten track"
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! Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Gorgeous building, gardens and neighborhood.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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
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 bonitoGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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
"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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Ill equipped, unclean, uncaring.."
My husband and our toddler travelled with my parents. Out of the 6 different accommodation we stayed in around Europe, this one was a massive disappointment. Such a beautiful looking place on the internet and from the outside but thats where the good things end. For a self contained cottage, the amount of kitchen utensils was so poor. No kettle, no toaster, no wine glasses, no tea towels, one mug for tea, 4 tiny espresso cups. The equipment between the 2 cottages was so different, we had a share between us all to cook dinner. One of the towels in my parents room had a dirty stain on it. Both towels in our room were damp, and no towel supplied for our toddler. When I requested another one, the hotel manager rudely spoke to me, saying that " we are not a hotel young lady, if you want hotel you go next door" before eventually understanding that I didn't want extra, only enough for the three of us. Water for tea had to be boiled on the stove in an old pot that had clearly seen better days. The sponge to wash dishes was so old and should have been thrown out ages ago. There was mould in our shower. The Mosquitos are dreadful, gardens overgrown.... I could go on and on... All I can say is, don't be fooled by the pretty pictures on their Internet site, we were.
"Run down, misrepresented. Money taken but not plowed back in."
07/08/13 Trudi F Cape Town
We got the hang of using the buses but it was still not as convenient as staying in florence central and while the walk into town is quaint and easy, the walk back is mostly uphill. Still that part was manageable. We found the accomodation mostly misrepresented by the pictures online. We stayed in the cottages at the back, no. 1 and 2. There was an abundance of plastic flowers, a mouldy odour and very little space to put things with the amount of mismatched furniture (mostly used to hold the plastic flowers). While we enjoyed Florence tremendously, we did not look forward to returning to Residence I Colli at the end of the day. The beds in both cottages were either lumpy or squeeky. The bedding really old and worn (although it appeared clean). The tap in the bathroom of one of the cottages dripped constantly. Cooking equipment, pots etc... were not very inviting. Just to make a simple cup of coffee meant boiling water in a rather "yuk' pot. The place gives the impression of a stingy owner whose standards are set by how much he can take out and less about the comfort of people who are misled to stay there. We will not be returning.
"A countryside, in town."
06/02/13 LondonBray London
I spent 4 nights at Residence I Colli with my wife and 2 years old daughter. We had one of the cottages and enjoyed it very much, the cottage was clean and confortable in the middle of the garden park, not too large but enough for our family. It was very nice to have our breakfast in the garden with the morning sunshine! We felt very welcome, the staff was friendly and helpful, we really had a great time and hope to came back.
"Clean but basic bungalow apartment"
05/15/13 Les W Liverpool, United Kingdom
My wife and I stayed at the Residence I colli for 3 nights in May 2013 and after reading a wide range of reviews prior to arriving were not entirely sure what to expect, However, pretty much most of what we had read was true. We were allocated a "beautiful apartment with terrace". This was located behind the main villa up some dangerously steep stone steps (difficult to negotiate at night!). However, apart from the continuous run of ants up the outside wall it looked quite nice. Inside, it was basic in terms of amenities but clean. The cooker being quite primitive in that it could only be lit with matches or a lighter and some of the lighting not working. No kettle! The bedroom and lounge areas were comfortable though. The location is good, about a 20-25 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio and not far from a small supermarket. The surrounding area was very quiet at night, unusual for Italian cities! The owner, while being slightly quirky in manner, was pleasant and helpful and the receptionist very helpful with an excellent command of English. Whilst we probably wouldn't stay here again, we think the property represents good value for money. Wish we had been allocated a room in the main villa though as we think the photograph of the property is misleading.
"Wonderful Italian Villa"
11/19/12 AnDuAr Santa Monica, California
Residence I Colli was one of the highlights of our recent trip to Italy. The villa is beautiful and offers a real Tuscan experience. A very friendly and attentive staff helped book museums, make restaurant reservations, etc. The location is great too and within walking distance of several shops, restaurants and attractions.
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