4.6 on February 18, 2011
My wife and I truly enjoyed our stay at Alla Dimora Altea. While it's not right in the heart of the city center, it's only an 8 minute walk away. I purposefully chose a location close to the rail station (Firenze Santa Maria Novella) because we would be arriving by rail and would be taking day trips to the Tuscan hill towns. The walk to the B&B is well paved, so it was no problem rolling our bags to and from the station. The elevator was large enough for both of us and our bags, and at night the streets are well-lit and safe around the B&B. Upon arrival Matteo was extremely helpful in pointing out how to get around Florence, including key local bus stops and providing recommendations for lunch and dinner (which turned out to be absolutely terrific). The rooms were extremely clean, climate-controlled, and we were fortunate enough to have a room that opened out onto the terrace - a huge, open area bedecked with blooming flowers and well-kept outdoor furniture. Very hard to resist the urge to lounge there for hours. What a terrific B&B to come back to at the end of a long day of exploring Florence! We would bring back snacks from the market and watch the sun set from Matteo's beautiful terrace before heading out for dinner. There was no problem coming and going as we pleased, as we had keys to the (secure) building, the B&B entrance, and our own room. Matteo was never more than a phone call away if we had questions. We would highly recommend this B&B.