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Villa la Stella
Ranked #80 of 295 Speciality Lodging in Florence
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philadhelphia
2 reviews
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“great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

My family and I spent a week at this place, and enjoyed every minute of it. Check-in was wonderful and fast and the staff is very nice and frendly. Our room was fantastic. High ceilings, lovely fabrics, comfortable bed and the location is superb.
We recomend this place ,quiet and very clean, a palce to return.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Portland, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2011

okay.... so here is the disclaimer for my rating: this is not a 5 star hotel. It doesn't claim to be and you shouldn't book it if you are expecting 5 star service and accomodation. That said.... I would return to Villa La Stella in a heartbeat. For the price, it ticked every box... super clean, friendly, great location and nice views.

And, since I knew it was not 5 star I was thrilled to be served 5 star breakfast every day by the most amazing chef. All of the pastries were hand made each morning (and you can smell them baking from your room.... something Roberto, the chef, says was one of his goals in baking them every day). There is a simple assortment of cheese and meats, wonderful, fresh fruit, croissants (homemade and still warm), often a tart, homemade yogurt, and cereals. Not to mention wonderful Italian coffee. If you are lucky enough to be there while Roberto is still cooking, you will not be disappointed.

A couple of downsides.... the bed was rock hard, the room was very small (but fine for me and like I said, extremely clean), there were limted bathroom amenities, and I observed one person who stayed there at the same time having trouble with service (flowers were not delivered as promised, left out overnight without water, and then no one wanted to take responsibility).

But for the price, location and most of all breakfast these things were merely distractions. Fiesole, right up the hill, Florence down below... surounded by olive trees and views. What more could you ask.

BTW - unlike others, I thought the pizza place nearby in San Domenico was horrible (soggy pizza, overprized and terrible, rude service making fun of my not understanding their accented english) On the other hand.... don't miss Vinandro in the square at Fiesole for dinner... fantastic, or the very first cafe you get to on the left hand side of the square/main street for pizza, perfect and inexpensive (sorry I dont have the name).

if you want to read more about my experience feel free to check my blog on my website, deannewilsted.com

Ciao

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2009

I have to admit being disappointed when I arrived at Villa la Stella. The double room was very small, though it had a great view, and there was a big, noisy school group of teenagers staying on the same corridor on the top floor. Due to the thickness of the walls, the internet wouldn't work in the room (WiFi, 10 euros for 12 hours). There is a large study on the ground floor to use the internet / have meetings. And breakfast is basic (bread rolls, yoghurt, fruit, tea and coffee). The TV is all Italian. If these things matter to you, don't stay. If you're more easy-going about this, you'll have a very decent and relatively cheap break.

However, its charms grew on me... The room was exchanged (at no extra cost) for a larger room with a much better bed (!) big terrace and balcony, from which you could see the Duomo in the distance. You receive mosquito repellant to plug into the wall sockets (mozzies are a big problem in high summer). When there were no groups staying, it was very calm and tranquil. Villa la Stella is about half-way between Florence and Fiesole (route 7), and about 10 minutes on foot (uphill) to San Domenico village (which has a great pizzeria, a deli, newsagent and church). It's easiest to get the bus to both Florence and Fiesole, and the service is very reliable. The simplicity of the place grew on me too. You could pay 100 euros extra per night for mod-cons and a better breakfast - but I'd prefer to use it shopping!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2005

Great views, comfortable and spacious rooms but a little shabby, good breakfast. A pretty far from city by bus. Somewhat difficult to find.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Villa la Stella
Address: Via Iacopone da Todi 12 | Firenze, 50133, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Ranked #80 of 295 Speciality Lodging in Florence
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Number of rooms: 42
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