Benci House Florence
What We Love
- Hip interiors and a Bardini Garden setting in beautiful Florence - Valentine's dates availableStaying in a cosy guesthouse in Florence’s historic Santa Croce district
- The bend-over-backwards level of service from the charming owners
- Starting the day with delicious English, American, French or Italian breakfasts
Fuelled by Renaissance wonders, the capital of Tuscany dazzles with history at every turn; from the iconic Uffizi Gallery and Galleria dell’Accademia museums to the beautiful Ponte Vecchio Bridge and the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (simply known as the Duomo). Not to mention the legacy of Italian greats such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Botticelli.
So it’s not hard to see why this little guesthouse in the heart of Santa Croce is such a gem; not least for its setting overlooking Bardini Gardens. There’s just four spacious rooms, all of which are completely different and adorned with specific woods: chestnut, cypress, walnut, or oak, as well as plenty of greenery and Scandi-style furnishings.
Kick-start a day of sightseeing with a buffet-style American, French, English or Italian-style breakfast, and for a change of scene, the guesthouse has a lovely terrace for summer drinks or post-sightseeing chillout, as well as an adjoining restaurant that’s perfect for anytime cocktails, daily lunches and dinners, and nightly DJ beats.
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Though this is in a great location in Florence, is reasonably priced, and includes a good breakfast, we (a couple and 2 singles sharing a room) did not have a good experience for 2 reasons. First, it was difficult, really unable to cool our bedrooms adequately, and the temperature in the city was quite warm during our stay. First, there is no setting below 25 degrees C (77 F), though even at that setting, the room didn't cool adequately even overnight. When I had difficulty getting the air conditioner to work upon our return one day, I contacted the manager (who is not on site) who seemed annoyed at this, asking why I had not let him know earlier, etc. He did suggest I check the windows behind the shutters. Apparently it was not quite closed (I had NOT opened), so securing that fixed the problem. The "amenities" were barely a minimum, with 2 unlabeled bottles, presumably one for shampoo and one for body soap? The downside of B&Bs (at least the 3 starred ones in which we stayed throughout our time in Italy) is there are few rooms (this one had only 4 I believe), so the manager is not on site other than a few hours during the morning (in our experience). Also, if you have early tours scheduled, you are not able to have breakfast before 8AM, which is too late to eat and get to a tour. I would not recommend this place, as much for the manager as anything else. Not sure I'd recommend the "laundry service" because it was not done in a timely manner (could be because of the weekend) and not adequately dry.
My daughter and I spent 4 days at De’Benci Bed and Breakfast. Our room was spacious and comfortable, however air conditioning didn’t seem to work extremely well ( it was quite humid for 2of the days we were there) Our breakfast was lovely with homemade cakes by Sara ( Carlo’s mother) , who was very friendly and accommodating! Carlo helped with getting cabs for us and was also very kind to us. I especially loved spending time with “Luna” their little dog ???? ❤️ The building has an elevator which is very helpful considering it’s on the 4th floor. If you like staying at a B & B , this is a good one!
This is my 4th time staying at de Benci B and B. And like all my other visits, it was fantastic. A couple of things have been upgraded since I last reviewed. The big door to get in the building from the street is now powered so it opens and closes itself, and there is a new espresso machine in the dining room.
Carlo and his mom are always a happy sight to see when I arrive in Florence. They are kind, helpful and understanding. You will read a lot of reviews about the noise in the street... This is very typical when you stay in the city centers in these old buildings. I personally love being in the heart of the city. I ALWAYS have earplugs and it's never an issue. There's even a laundromat across the street if you'd like to do your own laundry, but they do offer the service in the B&B as well.
Like always, if you have the opportunity to stay here... I highly recommend it.