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New Year stay at the Relais cavalcanti
We stayed in the Relais cavalcanti for 4 nights over the 05-06 New Year. From the moment we were greeted at the door we were made to feel exceptionally welcome. As our stay was over a particularly busy period the owners were very helpful in giving us excellent recommendations for local restaurants. We were given a map and took considerable pains to answer our many questions with humour and great honesty. They also booked us a reservation at the Galleria dell Academia which proved to save us a huge amount of time queuing in the rain! The room we were accommodated in was clean, warm and spacious with a nice bathroom, it overlooked the main road and the Irish Pub below. As the windows are double glazed with an additional shutter we were not troubled by noise except for the odd loud noise made by the pubs delivery van in the morning - this might trouble a light sleeper but not us. It must be remembered that this is not a hotel but a guest house. As we are fairly independent minded travellers we loved the place. But tourists who expect to be mollycoddled and waited on hand and foot throughout the day may want to go elsewhere! The owners were available in the morning if required to answer questions and help but otherwise we liked the ability to come and go as we pleased to return back to our own town house after a hard days sight seeing.
A tremendous stay at a great location with very friendly and helpful owners who we thought could not do enough to make our stay in Florence enjoyable. We would definitely go back again.
Simon and Nia - United Kingdom
Lovely simple central accommodation
The Relais Cavalcanti is ideally situated in the centre of Florence - we walked about 15 mins from the rail station having flown to Pisa from London. We stayed in the Donatella Room which looked over the roofs of Florence to the tower of the Palaccio Vecchio and looked down on a local market. The room was very simple but comfortable with excellent bathroom where we soaked in v hot water much needed after a full day's walking. No breakfast provided but kitchen available with delicious pastries and snacks left out and where you could make coffee - although why one would want to with all the fantastic cafes outside. I don't think we could have found a better place to stay which suited us so well and we could have stayed for much longer. A lovely couple of romantic days to which the Relais Cavalcanti was an essential ingredient.
A little bit of heaven
Relais Cavalcanti was such a wonderful suprise. The rooms were very spacious, and full of beautiful light. The view out our windows were very pretty also; looking out over other buildings and rooftops. The rooms were also very clean. The breakfast room was quite charming also. We highly reccomend this B&B, and hope to return ourselves one day. The location is also wonderful for walking around the city, which of course is key.
Great location and large rooms
The Relais Cavalcanti is in a perfect location for all sightseeing in Florence. Just minutes from the train station, the Duomo, and the Pazzi, it provides large rooms and, in the twin room shared by me and my nephew, a bathroom more than half as large as the room itself. Its location on a side street overlooking Renaissance towers and roofs and close to an internet cafe gave both a sense of history and modern-day convenience. Although breakfast is not provided, a kitchen/dining area for use by guests stocks coffee, tea, cakes and pastry, condiments,and a variety of other baked goods--enough for an early start to the day and --after a light breakfast--an excuse to sit down later for more coffee. During our stay, other guests actually cooked their own dinner, and we brought in food for light evening meals. Other plusses: CLEAN! Very clean! Everyone who worked there was helpful, friendly, and welcoming; in addition, we received great suggestions about restaurants. We stayed for six days in June, 2005, and recommend Relais Cavalcanti highly.
The best hosts and great location!
On our first trip to Florence, we made reservations at the Relais Cavalcanti on the recommendation of a friend. It was an absolutely WONDERFUL place, clean, spacious, and a terrific location (one block from the Ponte Vecchio). There was even a sitting room and use of a full kitchen at our disposal. But more importantly, the hosts, Anna and Francesca were so warm, friendly, and helpful, that although the weather was cold and rainy (late November), we still had a marvelous time. They told us of great restaurants and sights we 'had to see'. They made us feel so comfortable. I can not speak more highly of both of them. I'm not sure if I even want to post this recommendation because if the word gets out how great this place is, it might be too difficult to reserve a room at Relais Cavalanti for our next trip to Florence!
Noisy B&B, but good location and good service
We stayed at the Relais Cavalcanti for 5 nights in early October.
While the location was perfect (walking distance to everything we wanted to see in Florence), the perfect location came at a price. The B&B is located right above an Irish pub and the window in our room was directly overlooking the back alley, meaning there was all kinds of bottle/glass dumping in the dumpster all night. As well, the close proximity of the market means that there's all sorts of people pulling carts through the alley, again making quite the racket.
We were also unlucky enough to be staying at the same time as a group of 40ish cougars, who made so much noise that they kept us awake for the better part of two nights. To the B&B's defense, it wasn't their fault and they did warn the cougars to try to keep it quiet for the last night they were there.
The rooms (we moved and eventually sampled three different rooms - through no fault of the owner, just bad planning on our part) were nice and clean. They do use some kind or air freshener that has a bit of a funky smell, though.
Staff is very helpful. Anna explained to us how to work the multiple keys to get access to the room. Also, she pointed out restaurants, internet access centers, laundromat, bakeries, etc...which we really appreciated. We followed her advice and had dinner at La Casalinga and loved it. She also inquired about the museums we wanted to see and offered to make the reservations (which we already had made). As well, we had to scramble somewhat when our plans changed and needed to stay an additional night, which Anna accomodated (they even moved our luggage from one room to another). We really appreciated this as she made it so easy.
All in all, it was a nice place to stay in, but the lack of good sleep might have contributed to making the experience less pleasant than it should have been. I believe it affected our view of Florence as well (dealing with hordes of tourist on 3hrs of sleep a night is not recommended!). I certainly would look for a different location to stay if I ever returned to Florence (maybe south of the Arno, in the more residential area).
A great place to stay in Florence
If you want a quiet beautiful place to stay in Florence ... look no further. It is in the perfect location for all the sights in Florence. The owners are great and very helpful, and
make your stay in Florence that more memorable. The rooms are very clean and simple. I would stay here again and again.
Best and most inviting accomodations we had. Make sure to ask Andrea (who was very entertaining), where to explore. We enjoyed it so much, we stayed an extra day.
The location was perfect, the rooms spotless and staff amazing.
Make sure to check out the charmers in the leather shop adjoining.
When I go back to Florence, I will not consider anyplace else.
Thank you for a wonderful time.
Andrea Harrison and Chris Woermke
The nicest of the three hotels we've stayed at in Florence. Our room was very clean, simply but beautifully furnished in the Florentine manner and had a wonderful view of the market and the tower of the palazzo vecchio. The bathroom was very impressive and joy of joys had a bath. I also loved the fact that there was a kitchen where you could get your own breakfast and meet other guests - it made it feel like home. All in all a lovely place to stay. We'll definitely stay there again.
Everything the good reviews say is true
My husband and I stayed here on my birthday. The level of service was tremendous both before and during our trip! The location was awesome and the rooms were super clean and our view of the clock tower was the icing on the cake. Though we didn't fully take advantage of it, the community kitchen/snack room was comfy. Considering the busyness around the place, we didn't have trouble sleeping at all. Most of the businesses closed before we turned in. I would highly recommend this B&B.
Santa Croce, Galileo's Tomb
View from terrace
The cupola from inside
Basilica di Santa Croce (Florence, Italy)
From airport to hotel...
I'm flying into Florence Oct. 2nd and I'm trying to figure out the best way to get to my hotel. I read that I should take the bus to the train station and then catch a cab to my hotel. Is this the best way? The other thing that I was curious about was whether my cab will even be able to make it to my hotel b/c I'm staying in the medieval section of town on the Borgo degli Albizi and I know cars are banned in certain parts of the city. And if the cab is unable to drive in the area where I'm staying where's a good location to be dropped off? I'm going to have a pretty large suitcase b/c I'm going to be in Europe for 29 days, so that's why I'm trying to figure out a good game plan. Suggestions anyone?
Re: From airport to hotel...
To the best of my knowledge, taxis are exempt from the 'white zone' restrictions in Firenze. You can even drive your own car into this zone for offloading purposes at hotels. The hotel then calls the authorities to have the car registration number removed from the 'white list'.
Re: From airport to hotel...
Hi Erin , take a look at www.toandfromtheairport.com .Click on Europe , then Italy , then Florence. This will give you an idea of costs involved to get to the city centre. Have a great time in wonderful Florence.
Re: From airport to hotel...
First, the airport in Florence is not all that far from the city center...unless you are really impoverished, I would just take the taxi from the airport to your hotel and skip the bus...of course, it depends on your finances and whims, but the airport website ( http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/EN/index.php?percorso=contents&jk=18&curr=0 ) suggests that the average fare to the city center is 15-16 euro plus any luggage fees or tip.
Second, Dominic is quite right that taxis are normally exempt from the ZTL (Zona di Traffico Limitato, or limited traffic zone) restrictions. However, this street - which is in ZTL A - is also declared a pedestrian only street according to the city's map at http://www.comune.firenze.it/servizi_pubblici/trasporti/mappaztl.htm .
It's not clear to me that this street is pedestrian-only 24 hours a day, but even if it is, you have two easy choices: (1) the two streets parallel to this street are both open to cars (see the map), so the taxi will be able to get within a block (perhaps 50-100 meters) of your location (depending on where it is on the street), or (2) if the street is not physically blocked, it would not be uncommon in Italy for the taxi to just drive up to the hotel anyway, drop you off, and leave. After all, there is no great desire in Italy to discourage tourists from staying in the city center - they just don't want them to drive there.
Re: From airport to hotel...
Thanks for the helpful information. It made me less anxious about my trip. Getting to my hotel was the only part I was a little uneasy about. This is the first time I've traveled completely alone without meeting up with someone at my destination, so I'm trying to be as prepared as possible as far as transportation is concerned.