September 8 to 12, 2018: Boboli Gardens Mini Loft.
This was an amazing stay! It was an apartment with a full working kitchen, living room with a fold-out sofa bed, a large washroom, and bedroom in a loft. It was a very comfortable and cozy spot to stay here in Florence.
The only thing was that because this was more in the style of an Airbnb instead of a hotel, the communication and dealings with the host were very poor.
I remember when we first made the reservation on TripAdvisor and confirmed it, we messaged the host through the messaging service to inquire about the stay. We didn’t get a response. However, we trusted in the TripAdvisor reservation process and kept it as is.
A couple of days prior to our arrival, we contacted TripAdvisor directly to inquire about our stay. We received a confirmation e-mail finally and had successful contact with the host.
We arranged to meet up at 2:30 p.m. so that he could give us the keys and show us around the space.
We arrived promptly at 14 Della Chesia at 2:25 p.m (we actually hastened our lunch in order to arrive on time). The host informed us that he was caught up in something and said he would be arriving soon and that a colleague would come over.
We continued waiting in front of the entrance. We sent another message after a period of waiting inquiring about his ETA upon which he told us that he some unexpected guests and would be delayed again.
By this point, we were just sitting on the side of the street. There was nothing else we could do except wait (and joke about sleeping on the streets of Florence that night as a possibility XD).
Finally, he arrived at the one hour and 5-minute mark. He was apologetic.
We were shown the loft apartment, the keys (a key for the door entrance and a key card that was super convenient for a keyless entry), the Wi-Fi access, and he gave us a map and highlighted landmarks for us to visit as well as a famous gelato shop.
I don’t think I’ll ever stay in such a nice loft again. By that, I mean we really won the lottery with this place. It was quiet, fit with nice minimalist furniture; the pull-out sofa bed was fantastic and could have fit two more guests if we had them; the kitchen had pots and kettle, utensils, plates, cooking oil, espresso cups, and more.
The little dining table could have fit 6 diners.
The bathroom had a bidet and a folding shower with rain shower head (only a small packet of soap and shampoo was provided). A set of two towels of different sizes were provided as well.
It was a neat experience to stay above the living space in a loft. It was so, so cozy there!
There was one window with a large curtain that blocked out most of the light in the room, so it was great for sleeping in.
Nearby, there were dozens of local restaurants at the Piazza Pitti, a laundromat just 3 minutes away, newsstands (tabacchi) just 2 minutes away, and a bus stop to the train station (3 minutes walking).
Thus, other than the initial poor communication and tardiness in receiving our room, this was a really excellent find.