Via Borgo Pinti 15, Florence, Italy
Doubles from: $55
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Situated on a winding cobblestoned street, minutes from Santa Croce and the Duomo, the Isitituto Oblate dell’Assunzione offers a truly unique sleeping experience—and what might be the sweetest welcome of Florence, bar nun. This casa per ferie, or “vacation house,” is run by a group of welcoming and capable sisters.
Housed behind austere wooden doors in a labyrinthine building, the Isitituto Oblate’s rooms, which sleep one to five people, are spread out over many floors. The top floor houses apartments with heavenly views. Beds are available at a fixed, per person rate.
Each spotless and spartan room has some special feature, like large stained-glass windows or a heavy antique armoire. All are air conditioned, but otherwise low on amenities. A majority of rooms (mostly the larger ones) have private bathrooms. Shared bathrooms are located across the hall from most rooms. All are meticulously clean, if dated.
Comfortable common spaces are available throughout. We loved a fresco-adorned corner room with tall windows. But the best feature of the Istituto Oblate is its enormous, well-tended garden. Even in winter it was a lush green with a few bright flowers (even so, a sister apologized for its “drab” appearance). With green spaces so scarce in Florence, we could see how one might make a habit of this terrestrial paradise.
The small chapel across from the breakfast room, with its wooden beam ceiling and impressive stained glass, is worth a visit even if you don’t stay for Mass.
Breakfast is included. Technology isn’t exactly a priority here so there’s no Wi-Fi, although a free Internet station is available. Also note the 11:30 p.m. curfew.
» Laura Mongillo, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor and is recommended based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Included
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Handicap accessible rooms
Via Borgo Pinti 15
Santa Croce, Florence, Italy
Phone: +39 055 248 0582
Fax: +39 055 234 6291
About the Istituto Oblate neighborhood
Named for the Santa Croce cathedral, which marks the center of this neighborhood, the south end of Santa Croce borders the Duomo and swarms with tourists. The piazza itself is actually a popular spot for Florentines to meet, chat and then head elsewhere for to eat. Parallel streets behind the church are relatively quiet. Head north-east to Sant'Ambrogio, where Florence feels hipper, younger, and much more real.