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Ahh Florence in the summer is amazing crowds are not too bad. We have undertaken lots of shopping and sight seeing. The on / off buses are the way to go to see everything. Big climb to the top of the Cathedral Duormo. 463 steps to the top for the view. It's not for the faint hearted some of the spiral staircases there is only room for one and some areas not much fresh ...
... lot for the good quality deals (plus gold is 6X higher than it was then).
After a quiet walk walk to the hotel, we headed out to dinner at a restaurant I was never quite sure I had a reservation at. I called them, made the reservation but was never convinced I actually had a reservation (queue Seinfeld car rental scene here). Sure enough, the restaurant was closed as the family was on vacation so we went across the ...
... The statue of David by Michelangelo. What a masterpiece. You can just stare at it for so long. It literally towers over you. He looks so smug and so proud. This is it - the real David. Not an impersonation like you see all over the place - this is real. Wow. This is history.As we continued to walk through the gallery, we noticed the casts in the cast statues like we had seen in the British Museum. Luckily for us there was a video showing what they are and why they are there. We ...
... right away but it seems a lot can be done with gestures and eye contact, as well as intent in language, wish I could speak Italian but I so far have gotten along. Anyway I was quite moved by how polite and kind people can be when it is wet and crowded.
Same thing when I went shopping again in our neighborhood. After 6PM it really is alive, with real living going on out on the street. People having a schnaps, German for a friendly ...
... is where majority of the gypsies are, omg, so many gypsies it's not even funny, they all stuffed their shirts to make them look pregnant.I thinks it’s a way to make us tourists feel sorry them and hand over money.
After about an hour of roaming around in Florence we went back to shop at the markets for 2 hours. YES! My area of expertise, 2 hours of shopping, about 230 euro later and I'm out of there! And that's with my discounts, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Casa Howard Guest Houses Florence
Stayed in the Black and White room, the decor was cool but, a very small room. I kept thinking to myself that this is primarily a money making venture, it's all about style over content. Tiny room, no public space, overpriced breakfast, overpriced steam bath and at 180 Euros per night.... not that much. Irritations include a patronising Manager/housekeeper, a small kettle without a plug anywhere near it's location, but it was very small ie kewl! Pretentious and overpriced sums it up for me.......... Florence is wonderful!!!!!
Considering the reviews that had been posted on this site and the Casa Howard's website my wife and I had very high expectations for this hotel. Location is good, nearby the train station Maria San Novella for easy access and about a 10 minute walk into central Florence. There is also an ancient and famous Perfumery (the building is beautiful inside) 3 doors down.
Had higher expectations...
My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon in Italy with our first stop in Florence at Casa Howard. All in all it was a nice spot. The location was great; near the train station, a few blocks from the Duemo, right around the corner from Santa Maria Novella, etc. Our room (the library) was clean, cozy and comfortable with a great bathroom. The breakfast service in the room was nice although a bit overpriced for what you got. The two ladies managing were very pleasant and helpful.
Beautiful, grand room. Great value
Decorated in a luxurious, thoughtful, whimsical, delightful way. The Fireplace Room has a wonderful high ceiling, and the spacious bathroom has a free-standing tub and a flat-screen TV. So the city of Florence had to fight to get my attention after this. Close to luxe designer shops (helllo Loro Piana, I love you) and the train station. On the same block as the Sta Maria Novello perfumery, a laundry, a wonderful pizza joint, & a gelateri. Don't let the Filipina live-ins bend your ears with their tales of woe. A wonderful place, very good location, and excellent value for money.
First, the staff is quick to point out that this is a "guest house", not a hotel or bed and breakfast. That would be fine, except that we did not feel like guests... more like pesky relatives.
Wonderful Casa Howard Florence
We have just spent 5 nights in the most wonderfull guest house in Florence.
Casa Howard is a total delight from arrival to departure. We stayed in the Black & White room - ellegant and over the top with every thing to make our stay superb. We looked round the other rooms and every one is perfection. Go and try it.
This beautiful hotel is located in an old mansion. The rooms are all modern and amazingly furnished; the pictures on the site are all completely accurate. The bathrooms are modern and luxurious with great towels. The manager/host is Virgie and she is a doll: sweet, helpful, kind. When we arrived we realized we had left our passports and plane tickets in our hotel in Rome. She helped me contact the hotel in Rome, got the necessary information to check us in, and also arranged for them to be couriered up to Florence the next day. She told us not to worry about a thing and she was right. She made our stay so comfortable and she personally turned down our beds each evening. You can't go wrong in this hotel. Also the location is terrific: A three-minute walk from the train station and just a few blocks from the Duomo.
A Small, Intimate Place
This is a small, lovely place near the Sana Maria Novella and close enough to the train station to walk, even with luggage. The lovely rooms are each decorated in a different style and have names such as the Library Room, the Fireplace Room, etc., each with its own theme and decorating. I believe this place has been open for less than a year, so everything is new. Breakfast is available (at an extra -- fairly expensive) charge. The two staffers are Phillipino, very friendly and speak English very well. We were in Italy for a week, and this was our favorite place!
I believe that we were the first to stay at Casa Howard in Florence last week. What an excellent experience! I only wish we had more days there. The owners have done an exceptional job of taking a Florence residence and converted it into an intimate and unique experience for visitors to the city. After reviews on this site and their own, my wife was convinced we should stay there because the interior decoration pictures were so excellent. Once you arrive you will see that everything is sparkling new and in perfect condition. In fact, the final rooms are getting finishing touches as we speak.
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What a difference ! This is something I never saw before in Florence in thirty years. Their quality-to-price ratio is unbeatable. The house is a real private mansion, in the very hearth of the Santa Maria Novella area - that is the town pivottal place to stay. Decoration is wonderful, service cute, facilities excellent. The "pozzo" (an outside courtyard close to the Hammam), and terraces were actually not ready, but House Keeper said a famous garden architect - Oliva Collobiano - is going to finish the job in March.