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“Clean Guest House in Shady Part of Town”
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Bed & Bed Cassia
Ranked #579 of 675 Florence B&B and Inns
Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Clean Guest House in Shady Part of Town”
Reviewed 9 October 2010

The guest house operator was friendly and nice. The room was very nice and clean. Had a back patio that was nice to have. Espresso machine and pre-packaged croissant for breakfast. The guest house itself was on the wrong side of the train station from all of the Florence you would like to see. I am an experienced backpacker and felt not great taking my wife there at night. Just past the guest house is a bus stop that once we found that out made things easier. However, Florence's bus system is and enigma. The stop was called Cristofori even though the piazza was something else and the streets were something else.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 August 2009

Here you feel like at home. The room is comfortable and the bathroom is clean. In the hallway, there's a refrigerator guests can put in water, drinks and so on and also coffee machine. There's no one there all day and you have to make an appointment to meet with the host. But that's not a big problem. I wrote an e-mail with the time I may arrive at and luckily, I met the hostess just when she left the apartment. I enjoyed my stay there and did not see her anymore during the stay. It was a pleasant stay there for me.

Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
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holland
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Reviewed 8 October 2008

Very clean and relatively quiet place to stay. No breakfast, but a good cappucino and a sweet croissant are available at the caffe on the corner for 2 euro's alltogether !
Friendly owner, good shower : recommended.

  • Liked — clean, good shower
  • Disliked — distance to center (minor problem, walkable)
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 12 July 2008

We stayed two nights at Bed and Bed Cassia this summer and felt the accommodation was good for our purposes. It was exactly as advertised on the website, which for starters shows the honesty of the owners.

We booked a double room with private shower room. The room and washroom were both spacious and clean. I would wager that the walls have been painted since the other reviewers stayed there, as they looked immaculate to me. The bedding was also perfectly fine. White, clean, ironed sheets. There was A/C in the room thank god - it was 95 degrees F when we were staying in Florence!

A few things however... the location is not that far from the train station (15 minutes walk with our bags), but you have to navigate your way on very busy streets past mediocre 1 star hotels, which can be uncomfortable in the heat. It is not a bad part of town, but it is not a particularly lovely part of town either. When we were walking back one night around midnight, we walked by transvestite prostitutes on a nearby corner. I have no issue with that, but if you had small children with you you might prefer to get back a little earlier than we did.

The other guests were families, using one room as the kids room, another for the parents, and then another couple traveling. I counted 5 rooms at the B&B Cassia,not three as stated above.

Coffee was provided from an Espresso machine in the hallway. We were very grateful for that!

Overall, this is a no-frills, low-cost (for Florence) accommodation that lives up to its description. Recommended for tourists seeking a good value.

  • Liked — Price/value ratio, cleanlines, air-conditioning
  • Disliked — Location
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 13 June 2008

The Bed & Bed Cassia is run by the amiable Gino, who clearly cares very much about his guests and their comfort. It is clean and friendly. HOWEVER rooms booked as triples get a cot, which broke several times during our stay.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 October 2007

This is really a decent place. As another reviewer mentioned, the walls really DO need a coat of paint, but don't let that fool you. The B&B Cassia is clean, comfortable, and quiet. My room (#2) has an ensuite bathroom, which is modern if plain and actually has an "American" shower not the "European" type with detachable "shower massage." Water pressure is fine, water is hot, and the shower drain does not backup (as mentioned by another reviewer a year ago - I guess they fixed that). The bed is comfortable. Double windows (can barely hear occasional scooter noise; via Cassia is a quiet street). Modern air conditioner in the room that you control. The decorations and stylings in the room are minimal with a few quirky touches. There's a framed mural celebrating South Dakota, of all things. What a warm, welcoming room (does have two flights of steps, though - no lift).

I assume that there is NO ONE living on site at the B&B and no one other than guests is there except between 10-noon every day, if that. I never needed anything but if not having someone onsite would worry you, keep it in mind (you can call them I guess).

The B&B does not officially have wireless internet but they do have DSL in the common area and an ethernet cable you can plug into the back of your laptop if need be. I found that there is an open wireless network in the area (it is a bit weak and comes and goes, but it's usable and I Skyped from it more than once). I used the wireless the whole time (more private than sitting in the common area) and never even used their DSL. If you don't have a laptop, there's a cheap internet point near the pizzeria (see below).

The biggest issue with the B&B Cassia is the location. The Cassia is on the NW part of Florence isolated from the more interesting areas of town. It's in a quiet, dull (but quite safe) residential neighborhood with few shops or restaurants, you have to cross a pretty busy street, and it's not a particularly interesting walk anyway. It's better to save your feet for walking around museums and central Florence - therefore I highly suggest you get a bus pass if you stay at the Cassia. If you like the idea of walking out your front door in Florence to the sites and restaurants, the Cassia isn't the place for you.

If you do decide to walk from the station instead, follow the walking directions provided by the B&B with these caveats: when you are walking out of the station, the main road is under construction on the right so you will need to cross to the left side for a while. You'll want to cross back to the right eventually. When this (Via Monaco) dead-ends into the busy Viale Belfiore, you need to cross it but NOT here! Very busy, no crosswalk right at the intersection of Via Monaco and Belfiore. Instead, walk up on the right side of Viale Belfiore a little ways to find the crosswalk to cross it safely. (When you stand here you can see the end of Via Cassia and barely the building the B&B is in.) It's a zig-zag to cross a few crosswalks here but eventually you'll get to Via Cassia. Confusing at first perhaps but a snap once you do it once.

Here the info to get from Florence's Santa Maria Novella train station by bus instead of walking to the B&B as of Oct 2007 (would have helped me greatly knowing ahead of time, so I'm passing it on): Assuming you arrive at SMN train station, with your back to the tracks exit left and find the city bus transit center in front of you, where you can buy a bus pass and a bus map. (Buy the pass - it's only slightly more than four 1.20 Euro tickets which can't be used for transfers anyway.) Now you'll want to find the stop for the #22 bus, which is NOT one of the buses right at the transit center. Instead, you need to swing around the front of the train station, way out in front, on the street going around it, and find the #22 stop.Then, walk around in front of the station (without crossing any real streets) and find, way out on front of the train station on the street, the stop for the #22 bus in the direction of LIPPI E MACIA. The #22 runs a lot - the schedule is posted right at the stop. Get on it (validate your ticket or pass onboard), and the bus will make a quick left then right turn away from the station area, then go about 1 or 2km straight, crossing some busy streets. When it FINALLY turns right again, hit the "Stop" button and get off at the next stop, which is called SAN IACOPINO - PARRUCCHIERI SCAPIGLIATURA. There's a bus shelter there. Notice (for future reference, if needed) the cheap internet point right across the street from the bus shelter...but you don't want to walk that way. Instead, look behind the bus shelter and off to your left see the Pizzeria. Walk toward it. When you are standing in front of it, you are near the end of via Cassia - see the street sign up on the building wall. Just walk the short way down via Cassia to the opposite end and via Cassia 2 is on your left.

The #22 bus going the other direction (locate that stop around the corner from the bus shelter) takes you back to the station and toward central Florence. The #23 and #57 buses also take you back into central Florence, and the #23 (and maybe the #22) takes you to the Dumo area, and even across the river and near the fantastic piazza Michalangelo viewpoint (lots of steps up but worth it). But I found the #22 the most reliable to and from the B&B. See your bus map. See www.ataf.net for complete Florence bus info.

Finally, the pizzeria near the B&B (opposite end of via Cassia from the B&B) is good and cheap and open late, until midnight I think, if you are desperate for a late dinner (take away, too). There's also a little kabab place around the corner. There's a bar/tabacchi shop on via Cassia right across the street from the B&B but it closes pretty early.

Keeping the location thing in mind, I'd definitely stay at the B&B Cassia in the future. It's a comfortable place and an excellent value.

  • Liked — Clean, comfortable, quiet room, and the price
  • Disliked — Location is far from central Florence but walkable to the train station - use the bus
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled solo
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St. George, Utah
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Reviewed 12 September 2007

We were very impressed with Bed and Bed Cassia. We booked a double room with shared bath for 3 nights but ended up with a private bath for the same price. It was VERY clean and obviously well taken care of. It definitely feels like you are staying in an apartment rather than a hotel.

The location was a little frustrating - it's not too far from the train station but opposite of the sites. I was just tired by the end of the day and didn't want to walk far, but other than that is was great. It's also nice if you like to be with the locals. The lady who was there when we checked in didn't speak and English but it wasn't a problem at all. She was very friendly. We would definitely stay there again, the price was fantastic for what you get!!

As far as Tuscany goes...definitely go to Siena! It's an AWESOME day trip. We fell in love with it!

  • Liked — The price and the room!!
  • Disliked — The location to the sites
  • Stayed September 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bed & Bed Cassia
Address: Via Cassia 2, 50144, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
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Ranked #579 of 675 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bed & Bed Cassia 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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