Italy - Florence: Laundry Service Options
Apr 1, 12, 2:32 pm
I'm researching laundry service options available in Florence.
My spouse and I are spending 16 days (two of which are TATL travel days) in France and Italy, the middle of which will be Florence.
Ideally, I'd like to be able to do some laundry in Florence.
We're staying at the Gallery Art Hotel. I suspect that their laundry service prices are no higher or lower than any other hotel, but, nonetheless, they're still pretty pricey (e.g. 6.50E for a T-Shirt, 5E for socks).
Are there any other options near the hotel?
Apr 5, 12, 12:57 pm
Ah the Art Gallery Hotel. I used to live on Via delle Terme, right around the corner.
There used to be a laundry place on Via Faenza (I used it) but that was back in 2005. Not sure if its still around. My friends tell me that, in typical Italian fashion, there's a place called 'The Laundry Cafe' (http://www.thelaundrycafe.it/) in the northwest part of the city. You can do laundry and enjoy a cafe all at the same time. They said the prices aren't reasonable but aren't steep, whatever that equates to.
Whenever I stay in a hotel I always ask the front desk what place they send their laundry out to. Surprisingly most will just tell you up front but some may ask why you want to know. Just tell them you'd like to check out reviews before sending your clothes out to them. Once (or if) they tell you then just go there yourself and you won't have to worry about paying the hotel's surcharge. Just a FYI, I've only done this in the U.S. so you'll be the guinea pig if you try it out. Please post back how the Laundry Cafe is if you try that place out too out. Have fun in Firenze!
Apr 5, 12, 1:06 pm
Thank you for your thoughtful reply!
That cafe sounds neat.
BTW, do you have any other tips/ suggestions for Nice?
Apr 5, 12, 1:19 pm
Unfortunately my knowledge does not extend too far beyond l'Italia...as I've never been to Nice. If you make it to any major cities around Europe I might be able to weigh in with some travel insights.
On a side note, I'm assuming by your name that yourself or your husband (or both) are Navy. Thank you for all you do. It's not said enough by people IMHO.
Apr 5, 12, 2:40 pm
Oh, thank you another thoughtful response and compliment.
Believe me, the pleasure is all our's. :-)
Apr 13, 12, 8:05 am
One other option if you're going to be in the same place for a couple days is to do it yourself. Bring along some Woolite pouches (I'm sure others may make them as well, but those are the ones I tend to use) and a portable clothesline (very small and cheap). When I go somewhere longer than a week and a half or so (and I'm not on business so don't have someone picking up the tab) I tend to bring clothing that is quick-drying (i.e. mostly synthetics, though light cotton would work as well) and do laundry at least once in the hotel sink so I don't have to pack so much.