We rented Apartments Florence Repubblica Terrace (via dei Brunelleschi, 1) for the month of October 2017. This was our 3rd trip to Florence, which is one of our most favorite cities in the world.
This one bedroom apartment is very convenient to all of the beautiful sites and museums of Florence, including dozens of restaurants (and gelato shops). It is on the top floor of the building (5th floor there - 6th floor in the US). You have to take one flight of stairs and then there is an elevator to the 5th floor (or stairs if you want to walk). The building has other apartments on various floors and on the 5th floor has a tailor shop, The American Language Center (Istituto Americano) and another apartment.
The apartment is spacious for two people with a comfortable sized bedroom, living room, and kitchen and dining area. We didn’t do any cooking but there seemed to be an adequate supply of pots and pans, and dishes if you wanted to cook.
As nice as the apartment is, the bedding and linens were sub-standard. The bed had a small, thin mattress pad that only covered the middle of the bed - you could feel the borders of the pad under the sheet. The linens were less than what you’d expect, even in an institutional setting. The towels were very thin and rough textured and one of them actually had large holes in it
The apartment was clean when we arrived, with the exception of the bathroom. The shower did not appear clean (significant film on the door), and the floor was not clean. We cleaned both and left them looking much better than what we had when we arrived. There was also a badly soiled throw rug in the kitchen.
The real gem for the apartment, other than location, is the large patio. From the patio, you can catch a glimpse of Giotto’s bell tower and the Duomo to your right, Santa Maria Novella bell tower to your left, and the Medici Chapel dome in front of you. The patio has a comfortable love seat and two chairs as well as a retractable awning. You can enter the patio from the bedroom or the living room.
Even though the location was convenient and we loved the patio, we would not stay here on our next trip to Florence. The apartment is too noisy.
The electric shutters are great for darkness at night but they do not help significantly with sound. There are the usual city noises and we used a white noise app on our phone every night to help with this. The Hard Rock Café, at ground level of the building, had a live band one night a week which we could hear into early morning hours. A restaurant on the nearby Piazza della Repubblica also had bands that we could hear in the apartment on some nights.
But the biggest problem was the early morning noise at the American Language Center, located next door to the apartment. While there was no disruptive noise from customers of the Center during the day (teaches English and college prep courses), there was early morning (sometimes before 6am) noise from what we assume was a cleaning crew. The sliding (or actually screeching) of chairs across the wood floors made it impossible to sleep. Also, a least one high-heel wearing person would walk down the hall adjacent to our bedroom no later than 7am every work day, creating enough noise to end any further sleep that might have persisted through the chair-screeching.
We rented the apartment from Apartments Florence. All communications with them went smoothly prior to our arrival. Our couple of interactions with their staff while we were in Florence also went smoothly and the staff were very helpful and polite. EXCEPT for our check-in on arrival - despite advance notification of our arrival time and contact immediately on arrival in Florence, the staff person assigned to check us in kept us waiting for over an hour. Even with repeated calls to the office, we were kept waiting with our luggage at the building entrance on the street. Needless to say, after a long day of travel, standing on the street in front of this building for an hour with our luggage was not how we expected to start our month in Florence. And to make matters worse, the staff person was unapologetic about his delay and made us feel like we had created too much trouble with “our impatience.”
In summary, we thoroughly enjoyed our month in Florence and will go again because it is so beautiful and romantic. And, while we won’t stay at the Repubblica Terrace apartment, we would again use Apartments Florence to book a long-term stay.
Bright & spacious & clean 1 bedroom, 5th floor apartment with lift, AC, and large terrace from which you can see San Lorenzo dome. Excellent location steps away from piazza della repubblica. Good water pressure. Had washer/dryer combo but we didn't use it as we were only there 2 nights. Would stay here again. Please note they require safety deposit to be paid by credit card upon arrival, instead of cash.
We stayed in Repubblica Terrace for 2 months, mid-April to mid-June. Perfect central location! The apartment is a good size, and the rooms are spacious compared to others we have seen. Great kitchen, fully equipped for cooking, with full sized fridge with large freezer, stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher. Nice bathroom with a decent sized shower. Large bedroom with desk and walk in closet, but bed is very firm. Terrific large terrace, nicely furnished, with an awning for some shade. Great for an afternoon Aperitivo ! Apartments Florence was easy to deal with, professional, and prompt on all queries, both before renting and while staying there. Overall: EXCELLENT
Great central location, just off Piazza Della Republicca. The terrace space was incredible for relaxing at the end of the day or a coffee in the morning. It;s on the 5th floor so catches a nice breeze in the afternoon. Great views over the rooftops and out to the mountains, and also the Duomo and Campanile! The apartment has electric shutters that block out a lot of sound and light for a restful nights sleep. Most comfortable bed i've ever slept on too! Would definitely stay here again!
The apartment was a perfect fit for us on our extended stay in Florence! The location couldn't have been better for restaurants, local attractions, as easy walk to train and shopping. The outside terrace was perfect for reading and relaxing with a beautiful view of the city!