"We stayed in the MIchaela apartment for 8 nights in September, 2015. The location is perfect to visit all major sites, and is a short walk (under 15 minutes) to the Duomo, the Ufizzi, the Bargello, Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, San Lorenzo neighbourhood and church. It is about five minutes from Santa Maria Novella and Piazza della Republicca. The location is great, but that also means that one finds oneself in the heart of the most touristy part of historic Florence. On balance, the value, amazing apartment, and proximity to all sites, as well as the truly lovely owners, would have us rent it again, but it definitely bothered me (me much more so than my partner).
The apartment itself is very large by European standards, with a large bedroom, brand new bed (we were the first to sleep on it), sitting room, and dining area. There were many family photos and other items that made the apartment feel like we were truly staying in someone's home, and it was lovely. The apartment was spotless and the owners extremely helpful and friendly. The washing machine was efficient and the drying racks were helpful. There is a computer in a central area shared by the three vacation apartments that once formed part of one large apartment. The only thing that would have been easier would have been some instructions on how to use an Italian computer keyboard and make the printer work -- it took some figuring out but eventually I got everything to work to print train tickets.
My luggage was lost and the owners dealt with the airport and arranged to be present for it to be delivered, which we found extremely gracious. This apartment was very spacious for two of us, and would easily accommodate two more people with lots of privacy as one of the two bathrooms in the apartment is essentially an ensuite and there is a door that shuts to the living room. The air conditioning worked very well, there were two drying racks and ample kitchen supplies. I strongly recommend taking the time early in the morning to visit the Mercato Centrale for foods, etc. They open at 7:00 close at 2:00, so we only went once, but if I were to go to Florence again I would definitely find a way to do that. The cost of food, selection and quality were superior to the other places nearby, although they were fine too. There is a great bakery just outside the front door to the apartment building which is not to be missed."
Guest: Laurelle H.
Date of Stay: September 2015
Review Submitted: November 24, 2015