Great stay in Oltrarno
Submitted: March 23, 2013
Stayed: October 2012
It’s been almost two months since we stayed at Alkan Nallbani’s apartment in Florence. The time delay is in no way indicative of how much we enjoyed our three day stay there. This was our fourth trip to Florence. In our previous trips we have stayed in a hotel but since there were five of us on this trip, we ventured out to an apartment in order for us to stay together as a group. It was the correct decision on many fronts. First, let’s state the obvious; the apartment is in a great easy to find location. Away from the historic section of Florence, it is an easy three to five minute walk to Pont Vecchio. The small square it is located next to contains several restaurants and a bar with groceries and many breakfast eateries nearby. We prefer the Oltrarno area of Florence over the other sections for its unique shops, less frenetic pace, and for the substantial drop in tourists that who for some reason don’t want to venture over the Arno River. The Apartment itself was very clean, the kitchen was well stocked with utensils and such, the beds were very comfortable. The third bedroom is actually in the rear courtyard of the apartment which is a nice touch for it adds a little privacy for those in a group who would like it. There was an issue with the door locking properly but I’m sure that is taken care of by now.
The other issue with the apartment is that since it is located on the side street and with the bar being located across the street, the living room area of the apartment can be a little noisy. It’s just part of city living. However, once you retire to the bedrooms, you DO NOT hear any of the street noise at all. All of the bedrooms were quiet with heavy curtains to block the morning light, thus providing a good sleep environment.
I must comment on the service side of renting the apartment. Of all our trips to Florence, Alkan made this trip the easiest of all. From planning, renting, to meeting us at the apartment, it was as easy as anything here in the US. Correspondences were responded to quickly, all questions were answered with detail and helpful information, and now that this note is so late, I can say that the security deposit was returned promptly.
A special thank you goes out to Maarja. She greeted us at the apartment and was great in getting us orientated with the apartment. Maarja gave us some good recommendations on restaurants (and gelato) but was most helpful when she arranged a 5:00 AM taxi for our return trip home
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