We took a cab from the train station. The cabbie told us that this was one of the best locations in town. I agree. From the lounge on the floor we stayed on (3rd as Americans count) you could see the dome of the Duomo. The Borgo Pinti is a narrow (I think it is one way - hard to tell in Florence!).
Room was nice and with the temperatures at the time, we could keep our window shut. There are no screens in the windows and there were a few mosquitos that made it inot the room.
Nice courtyard. Nuns were nice, many were from Africa. Some English spoken by some of them.
Breakfast was simple, but it was enough to get you going.
This is run by nuns, but you don't need to be Roman Catholic or even Christian to stay there.
I would certainly stay here again. This was the 3rd of 4 nun run establishments that we stayed at. All were excellent.
The actual name is Casa per Ferie Suore Oblate dell'Assunzione - Borgo Pinti
I stayed here because it is the lodging provided for people attending well-known English (but living in Tuscany) artist John Skelcher's week-long watercolour course (a week prior to attending a conference in Prato (near Florence). However, this monastery accommodation is open to anyone, but is a well-kept secret! From the second you ring the bell and push the door open there is a spiritual peace and orderliness that appeals to the lapsed Catholic in me! Although only a few minutes away from the Duomo, Santa Croce, Leonardo da Vinci museum and all the city centre attractions, it is a peaceful sanctuary run by nuns who are so wonderful and helpful and make your stay an absolute pleasure. Rooms are fairly basic but very clean, comfortable and all have an ensuite (including a bidet). Your room is cleaned and bed made daily with a regular change of towels. The garden at the back is a glorious Tuscan one with roses, lemon and olive trees, cypress pines and a saintly statue in the middle with places to sit and contemplate - or just paint a scene. There is free and reliable wifi but you can give a donation when you leave if you like (suggested by nuns is just Euro 1.50 per day!). Breakfast is provided and is a self-serve continental one which is great if you are a light eater like me, but for a more substantial one, there are plenty of cafes around. My room faced the centre of the accommodation building (quiet but not particularly pretty) and others face the garden (best) or street (can be a bit noisy, I am told). There is a curfew of 2300 hrs but this was not a problem for me as I was not in Florence for hard partying. If you forget your electrical adaptor, the nuns have one to lend you. If you need to have a meeting with a group there are rooms you can do this in. You meet other travelers from all over the world so you can practice your other language skills at breakfast if you like. I believe there is a sister accommodation in Rome which can be accessed via Monastery Stays in Italy website. When I go back to Florence with my husband this is where I am staying, for sure, and will book either room 5 or 6 (double bed with garden views - best rooms according to the nuns!) - only Euro 90 per night. My single room was only Euro 55 per night!
Staying at the B&B while on a watercolour course run by John Skelcher of The Retreat. The B&B is a great central location. Just a short walk to the Duomo. Lots of friendly little restaurants for meals.
Rooms very clean with modern shower room. The Sisters make the bed for you every day and freshen the room. Beautiful common rooms with frescos and ornate ceilings. Courtyard garden to enjoy the sun and roses.
Breakfast is very basic. That suited me fine as Inate so much at lunch and dinner!
Just home from a six day visit to Florence.
The accommodation was clean and peaceful.
We had a room opening onto a tiny courtyard and thus it was dark but quite.
Street front rooms I’m told are noisy which is to be expected.
Garden view rooms do seem to be the best and if you book early you may ask for one of these.
The sister’s will gladden your heart with their beautiful smiles.
Breakfast is simple but was enough. If something runs out, bring it to the sister’s attention.
The convent is a five to ten minute walk from the Doumo and is perfect for easy access to Florence’s most loved attractions
We often had lunch in the garden. There’s a near-by supermarket (Comet).
For me, a bonus to staying at convents is the conversation at breakfast with fellow travellers. We have new like hearted friends from this trip.
Just home and already looking forward to returning next year.