I stayed here whilst at a conference at Monash uni. It's ideally located in the centre of the town literally opposite the castle which is a lovely setting for evening drinks on the terrace. My room was on the ground floor with a separate bathroom which I hadn't quite picked up on when booking, it wasn't the end of the world but was a little bit of a faff. The bathroom was big with a jacuzzi bath but it was a few doors down the corridor and although they provided a dressing gown to run down the corridor in, I would have preferred an ensuite.
The staff were lovely, my flight was delayed so by the time I got to Prato it was almost 9pm but I had a message from Andrea the owner who said to just message him and he would come let me in.
Breakfast was simple but sufficient for me.
Overall I thought it a lovely little place and ideally located so would stay again if I went back to Prato.
My daughter describes things that are an absurd, comedic mess as a "Gong Show" (remember that show?). That's what Florence is. So if you insist on seeing countless paintings of baby Jesus in the Uffizi, Pitti Palace, Palazzo Vecchio, and Academia - and all the jewelry in the world stuffed onto the Ponte Vecchio - at least don't stay in Florence. Go to Prato, a mere 20 minute train ride into a semblance of what Italy used to be like. Clean streets, friendly bars, pizza parlors, and restaurants that serve the food of Tuscany, as we once knew it. We stayed at Barbarosa in an exquisite large room with a beautiful bath, a restful common room, and a sufficient Italian style breakfast (but you make your own coffee). The only problem was it wasn't the place we reserved. So when you look at their website, be advised that what they show is only one of their properties - and they may (or may not) alert you to the fact that what they've assigned you to is something else. The old bait and switch. Like I said the "new" room was very nice, but can't compare it to what they advertise because we never saw it. Ah, Italy!
This B&B is situated about a 20-25 minute walk from Prato station, but there is a bus (2 euros) if you know where to go. It's beautifully located on a square opposite an old fort and church, and with the entrance to the narrow streets of the old town nearby.
We had a problem actually getting into it, however: as it's only 4 rooms, the managers don't live onsite, and there is a wall with a locked gate barring entry. So, we arrived only to discover that we had to phone the manager in order for her to come to let us in - a 20 minute wait. So, remember that a mobile phone is a NECESSITY if staying in Italian B&Bs for this very reason.
They claimed to have emailed us a number of times explaining the check-in situation, but we hadn't received them. It was only when we returned home that I found 4 emails from them in my junk mail! Therefore, our problem was not of their making, but was just all rather unfortunate for tired travellers after 9 hours on the road. Once this was sorted out, we found the managers to be pleasant and helpful.
Our bedroom was largish and comfortable, but the bathroom was small, basic and not well-finished, although clean. We were lucky to have the run of a large sitting room, too, with its bowl of fruit and jug of water: nice. There is, also, a beautiful garden for sitting in for breakfast or just having an evening drink. And there's free wifi throughout.
Prato is a pleasant, uncrowded alternative to Florence, which is 50 minutes away by frequent trains; underrated Lucca is an hour and a bit away in the other direction.
Unfortunately, the town has lost some of its charm, as a campus of (the Australian) Monash University is situated there, and many of the goings-on involve it. So, if you are trying to find an Italian city with overwhelmingly local character (and not too many Australians), this is not it. Despite that, we did enjoy our stay there - especially when compared to the chaotic crowds in Florence itself.
I stayed for a couple of nights in November and have to say how lovely it was. The room I stayed in was full of character, with exposed brickwork, high ceilings and modern appliances. The location was good the host was very friendly, I would recommend to stay here to friends. Would be lovely in summertime!
This bed and breakfast is just perfect, the room was spacious, the bathroom was clean and spacious, there were lots of pampering products, like shampoos and creams, of excellent quality. Breakfast was good. Location is perfect. Claudia, the owner, is very laid back. The lady that cleans is charming. Prato is 20 minutes away from Florence by train, but be aware that on Sunday there are very few trains.