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This wonderful walkup apartment has everything you need for a stay in Florence: central location, large bedrooms, showers, kitchen, dining room, washer/ dryer, supermarket and ample restaurants close by. It's cheaper than 2+ hotel rooms All of Florence's stores are no more than a 15min walk. Leonora is a great host!
We recently spent 10 days visiting Florence and staying in the Blue Pearl apartment. This was the first time that we rented an apartment while traveling as opposed to staying in a hotel. I couldn't be happier with our experience. Based on the information online, the apartment is as advertised and the pictures are accurate. This apartment suited the needs of our family; my husband and I were traveling with our 8 year old son. While the apartment is small, with only 3 rooms, the rooms are very comfortable and good sized. It is located on the 3rd floor of a very quiet building, with an elevator. That was a must as I have mobility issues and the elevator was essential to our stay. The bedroom was very large, the bed comfortable, and there was plenty of space to unpack our belongings. The main room, kitchen/living area was more than sufficient for our needs. The kitchen was well equipped with everything that you would need to prepare meals or snacks at home. The washing machine was a bonus which we utilized considering the length of our trip. The bathroom was sufficient; the only critique we found was the shower being on the small side; however, we are larger people and that may not be an issue for all. That being said, it was comfortable, there was always plenty of hot water, and had plenty of space to hang towels and accommodate toiletries. On the whole, the apartment was spotless and well maintained. We felt very safe, secure and comfortable the entire time we were there.
On top of how wonderful the apartment is in itself, the location is perfect. Just a block and a half from the Duomo, and walking distance to every attraction in Florence, including the train station. Restaurants and shops are all very close by; and there was even a grocery store right across the street. The restaurant next door to the apartment was wonderful and so convenient on our first night to have a meal steps away from our accommodations!
Angela was a very gracious hostess and made us feel very welcome. She gave us a booklet with essential information, emergency numbers, and many restaurant and touring suggestions. She also made it clear that we could reach her at any time if we needed anything at all. Angela arranged a taxi for our return to the airport which made for a worry free end to our stay. I would heartily recommend this apartment as well as Angela as our hostess; we thank you for making us feel so comfortable in our home away from home!