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Casa Howard Guest House

0.3 km from Florence centre
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Via della Scala,18 Black, 50123, Florence, Italy
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Newton, Massachusetts
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We had a mixed experience at this hotel. We booked and wished to cancel, but they would not let us, so we had to stay there. But when we arrived, we were upgraded to the land of luxury. The staff (of one) was quite friendly and helped us with our questions. The breakfast was small but our cab arrived a...

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Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

If you expect a typical hotel, this is not where you want to stay. If you however, want something different, then this is the place. First of all; We got lucky because on arrival we were upgraded to a better room, we saw the room we were meant to have and that was not like the pictures at all. So...

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Vilnius, Lithuania
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Traveled with friend, had opportunity to stay in this cute guesthouse for one night. The room was cozy, and we were feeling like at home. Moreover, we had small patio which we were sharing with other guests.Breakfast were OK, delivered to the room, not very rich but it was enough. Free wifi, all necessary facilities, not luxury hotel but also...

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Accountant C, Proprietario at Casa Howard Guest House, responded to this review

Dear iiievute3, thank you for your review. Our motto is "Casa Howard is not a Hotel". We believe that Guests deserve better service and hospitality at a good price. By better hospitality we mean treating You according to Your needs & wants. By better service we mean a personal touch in everything we do. It's like staying in a friend's...

Reviewed 29 August 2016

It is our second time to stay in Casa Howard Guest House. First was in 2014 and for our 25th Silver Wedding Anniversary we came back to our favorite guest house in Florence. Set in the most perfect location along Via della Scala, it is a mere 5 minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station and walking distance...

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Accountant C, Direttore generale at Casa Howard Guest House, responded to this review

Dear Calcarballo73, thank you and again thank you. We hope to have you again for your 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary :-) Regards Salvatore R.

Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We have two nights in Florence... The first in a hotel booked in the uk which was gorgeous but boy this place is lush... Booked this morning for tonight via late rooms so was reduced rate... Our suite is beautiful and the shower heavenly... Air con great X Location excellent... Near the station but silent ... 5 minutes to central...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 July 2016

We stayed at Casa Howard for our Honeymoon in June and it was incredible. We do not generally like spending a huge amount of time in hotels as we prefer to get out and experience everything, therefore the full 'hotel' experience is not something we need. The breakfast was simple yet exactly what we needed. We stayed in the white...

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Hong Kong
Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

I stayed here last week whilst attending a trade event in Florence. I chose this hotel as I know a lot of people who have stayed here and really rated it. It's a pensione rather than a hotel and is not staffed around the clock. When the staff are around they are very friendly and helpful. The rooms are comfortable,...

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Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

I stayed at Casa Howard a few years ago. Yet the memory is still fresh. The location is convenient (close enough to the train station), but not quite upscale (although a few streets away you will find Cavalli Cafe and Via Tornabuoni). Once you buzz and get through the main entrance, it starts to feel a different world. Walk up...

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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

On our arrival to Florence by train this hotel was a very close walk. We walked past it two or three times because it does not have a sign. Watch your street numbers to help you find it. We had to be buzzed in so there is that safety. We walked a few flights of stairs and was met by...

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Reviewed 4 June 2016

About 10 minutes walking distance from the main station, finding the actual hotel is a little tricky as you are greeted with either a closed timber door or iron grill and the wall plaque with the address is quite small. You need to 'buzz' to be allowed in, which meant good security. A very small lift just enabled the two...

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Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria Novella train station welcomes the majority of the people arriving in Florence, which might explain the hectic pace. Commuters and tourists come across the constant hustle and bustle of the station before exiting, taking a few steps and stopping amazed in Piazza di Santa Maria Novella. It is impossible not to admire the the square, housing one of the most charming basilicas in Florence. The area has plenty of local spots to taste Tuscan specialties, but don’t stop in the main streets alone; the narrower side streets always ensure satisfaction. The huge Parco Delle Cascine provides a solution to the need for a green area as well as a historic welcome in the form of a bronze statue of King Vittorio Emanuele II riding a horse.
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CASA HOWARD Guest Houses – Rome and Florence The Art of Hospitality. Casa Howard Guest Houses are not hotels. Each Casa Howard is a beautiful private house, in an outstanding location whether an apartment, palazzo or farmhouse, which gives personal service, and where some typically "hotel" ideas, methods and services have been borrowed. With uniquely designed, cosy rooms it’s like staying in a very relaxed, stylish friend’s home – as guests you get the keys of the house, you enjoy the original furniture and objects, you feel the atmosphere of the house. A mix of quality-to-price ratio, uniqueness of location, private home heritage and introduced guests approach deserved Casa Howard many featuring on the international press. Last but not least, CH are now in the bestselling 1000 Places to See before You die !!• A SENSORIAL EXPERIENCE : how different is the feeling of spending some days in a real private house rather than in a public grand hotel, in the top art city of the world! LUXE: we may not define CH a luxury place, rather a true exclusive place (nonetheless we are featured on most of the luxury guidebooks in the world, like the LUXE city book of Grant Thatcher or the LOUIS VUITTON guidebook). Casa Howard (Florence) is located close to Santa Maria Novella, Casa Howard (Rome) close to the Spanish Steps – the ideal spots for accessing the city’s profusion of architectural treasures and shopping! Urban chic close to the action. Suave and surprising, the Casa Howard is located close to the Santa Maria Novella – an ideal spot for accessing the city’s profusion of architectural treasures. This is a Guest House, it is not in the hotel category (e.g. they do not have a concierge, nor do they provide porters etc); it is a private family’s houses partially opened to introduced paying guests. Former guests have a priority booking channel. A mix of quality-to-price ratio, uniqueness of location, private home heritage, and introduced guests approach deserved Casa Howard some awards and many many featuring on international press. It is an intriguing mix of private mansion and hip hotel, providing guest accommodation in stylish apartments. Eco attitude : see down *All the original floors and ceilings have been maintained, there are flourishes of pure silk taffeta at the windows, and many love the chic designer touches such as the occasional black silk sofa, sunken marble bath, full-wall padded bed head, mosaic inlay or 18th century French writing desk. For relaxation after a day’s exploration along the Via Tornabuoni, unwind in the hammam. ... more   less 

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Address: Via della Scala,18 Black, 50123, Florence, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santa Maria Novella
Price Range: €73 - €188 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Howard Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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“The black and white room has three big double windows with decent views of the area.”
 of 5 bubbles avalon3519, 13 Dec 2016 | Read review
“ask for a quiet room away from main road”
 of 5 bubbles papadoegr, 26 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We stayed in the white room with the standalone bath and it was BEAUTIFUL”
 of 5 bubbles Aylad1, 31 Jul 2016 | Read review
“If practical, ask for a room on the top floor so you are not disturbed by "top-down" noise.”
 of 5 bubbles Grumpy59OldMan, 3 Jun 2016 | Read review
“check out their website to choose the room you like the best, they are all different”
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