Florence Travel Guide

Sleep

As elsewhere the price of hotels in Florence has been climbing quickly in the last few years. The golden rule here is if you want something cheap you'll have to stay outside of the historic center. The area around the train station is cheaper, but not as safe, especially for women travelers at night. If you are looking at big chain hotels you should be aware that they are usually quite a distance from the centre, the Novotel for instance is almost at the airport.

Certain hotels, particularly those oriented toward business travellers offer special reduced rates during the weekend (e.g. Starhotel Michelangelo) or during slow weeks like Baglioni. Sometimes you can also get a substantial discount by reserving online. In the train station there is a tourist information office which also offers hotel reservations; you can often get good deals through them at the very last minute, but it's not guaranteed.

Budget

There are quite a number of one or 2 star alberghi within a short distance of the station.

Young women can find accommodation with certain convents at very low prices, and usually in historic locations. On the other hand, you'll have to forget about any late-night Tuscan craziness.

Camping
Camping Michelangelo has a scenic location on the hillside close to Piazza Michelangelo. Usually it is very crowded. It has "house tents" available, which are tents for two people with bunk beds inside.
Hostel
Ciao Hostel FlorenceVia Guido Monaco, 34Phone: +39 055 321018Fax: +39 055 321652Price: start from 27Modern hostel with fifteen bedrooms of different size divided into dormitory, double, triple and quadruple with shared bath. Services available are free internet, satellite TV, kitchen, towel, air conditioning and garden.
Hostel Archi RossiVia Faenza, 94rPhone: +39 55 290804Fax: +39 55 2302601Price: from 18 (dorm) and 26 (private room/per person)Never mind the renaissance-kitsch walls. Rooms are clean and rates include breakfast, dinner (except Saturdays) and internet access. The hostel offers a free walking tour daily starting at 10AM. An English speaking guide rotates between the classical and off-the-beaten-path walking tours around the city.
Hostel 7 SantiViale Dei Mille, 11Phone: +39 55 5048452Fax: 39 55 5057085Price: Dorms from 18A recently converted 19th century convent. Rooms are clean and quiet.
Bed and Breakfast
B&B Giglio Bianco - Via Romana 28 . Telephone +39 055 225873 • Fax +39 055 7349599. Giglio Bianco is a gourmet bed and breakfast in the historic centre of Florence, close to Pitti Palace, with a choice of only 2 double bedrooms with bathroom in suite, flat TV 42". The bed and breakfast is known for its breakfasts and dinners prepared with his wisdom and tailored to each client by Chef Vary. Free internet connection with Wi-Fi, espresso coffee maker, spring water and tea available 24h. Rates from €95. The owners, Vary and Edo, speak fluent English because they often travel and work in the United States, but also speak Spanish, French and of course Italian.
B&B Duomo View FlorencePiazza San Giovanni, 6Phone: +39 055 288290Fax: +39 055 288290Price: From 50Large choice of double bedrooms. Services are in common and some of the guestrooms boast a fantastic view of the Duomo. Internet connection and breakfast also available.
Bed & Breakfast Il BargelloVia de'Pandolfini 33Phone: +39 055 215330Price: Double rooms with private bath from 70-120In the historical centre.
Giulia ResidenceVia Porte Nuove 19Phone: +39 55 3216646Price: Double rooms from 60 in low season
Piazza del Duomo FlorenceVia dell'Oriuolo 49Phone: +39 055 285018Fax: +39 055 285018Price: 45-100A small B&B near the heart of Florence, rooms with private bathroom and shower, A/C, LCD TV, free wifi.
Relais Villa AnteaVia Puccinotti 46Phone: +39 055 484106Fax: +39 055 484539Price: 80-160Historical residence in an old palazzo with friendly staff. Rooms are spacious.
Donatello B&B FlorenceVia dei della Robbia 52Phone: +39 055 2479943Price: 45-100A lovely B&B in the centre.
B&&B Tourist House BattisteroVia dei Cerretani, 1Phone: +39 333 8379256Price: Single Room from 50-110A lovely B&B in the centre, with the Duomo (Cathedral) just 30 m away.
Hotels
Hotel CaravaggioVia Nazionale, 5Phone: +39 055 496 310Fax: +39 055 480852Price: Doubles starting from 100 with free Wi-FiIn the historic centre, 800 meters from the central train station.
Hotel Florence MasaccioVia Masaccio, 228Phone: +39 055 578153Fax: +39 055 578153Price: 34-70A cozy and inviting hotel housed in a villa built in the early years of last century. Located in the residential Campo di Marte area and close to town centre. 9 rooms, bar and a restaurant that specializes in Tuscan dishes.
Hotel DaliVia dell'Oriuolo 17Phone: +39 055 2340706Price: 40-80Just down the road from the Duomo. Some rooms open onto a quiet and picturesque inner courtyard. Other rooms offer a view of the Duomo. Owners Marco and Samanta are always ready with good restaurant recommendations and speak excellent English.
Arizona HotelVia Luigi Carlo Farini 2Phone: +39 055 245321Fax: +39 055 2346130Price: From 69 for a double in low seasonThis 3 star hotel is in a renewed villa from the 18th century.
Convitto della CalzaPiazza Della Calza 6Phone: +39 055 222 287Price: Rooms from 60The Convitto della Calza is a 16th century cloister that has been converted into a hotel, with frescoed rooms and a modern conference centre.
Hotel CasciVia Cavour 13Phone: +39 055 211 686Price: Doubles starting from 60This small hotel is located in a 15th century palace and has some original fresco ceilings. This was the house of the famous composer Gioacchino Rossini during the 19th century.
Hotel Kursaal & AusoniaPhone: +39 055 496 547Fax: +39 055 462 6615Via Nazionale, 24. A small boutique hotel that offers traditional-styled rooms and family-run hospitality in the heart of Florence's historical centre, midway between the Duomo and Florence's central train station. Double rooms starting from 50.
Hotel Delle TelePhone: +39 055 238 2419Fax: +39 055 290 797Via Panzani, 10. In the old town centre of Florence, between Santa Maria Novella railway station and the Cathedral. Rooms from 55.
Hotel DerbyPhone: +39 055 2193308Fax: +39 055 285839Via Nazionale 35., PIVA. Small family run hotel located on the 5 floor of a 6 floor building. All the rooms contain private facilities and the location is convenient to the train station. Doubles starting from 60.
Hotel FioritaPhone: +39 055 283189Fax: +39 055 2728153Via Fiume, 20., +39 055 2654376. (Toll free number within Italy 800 280722). Elegant building and surroundings in the center of Florence. Rooms have air conditioning, a minibar, direct telephone line, satellite TV and a safety deposit box. Some rooms also have modem sockets. Singles starting from 65.
Hotel Lorena FlorencePhone: +39 055 282785Fax: +39 055 288300Via Faenza 1. Cap. The Lorena is a two star hotel located in the historic centre, with single, double, triple and quadruple rooms. Some with shared bathroom. The breakfast is optional. From 25 for a single with shared facilities, to 75 for a quadruple with private bath.
Florence Hotel DesireVia Fiume, 20Phone: 39 55 2382382Fax: +39 055 291439Price: 50-90Family run hotel with 18 rooms, conveniently located only steps away from railway station and historical centre.
Hotel Byron - FlorenceVia della Scala, 49Phone: +39 055 280852Fax: +39 055 213273Price: 60-300Three star hotel with parking. The hotel offers accommodation for students who need extra beds and for families.
Hotel MontrealVia della Scala, 43Phone: +39 055 2382331Fax: +39 055 287491Price: Double room from 50 to 180.
Hotel Romagna FlorencePhone: +39 055 211005Fax: +39 055 2396105Via Panzani, 4. . The Romagna is a cosy and economic two star hotel of Florence located next to the Santa Maria Novella train station. 22 bedrooms with private bath, internet connection and satellite TV. Double rooms: 89 with breakfast included.
Hotel PalazzuoloVia Palazzuolo, 71Phone: +39 055.214611Fax: +39 055.212101Price: Double room from 40-90In the historic centre, very close to the main train station.
Hotel GiglioVia Cavour, 85Phone: +39 055 2381752Fax: +39 055 461163Price: Double rooms from 65
Mid-range
Calzaiuoli Hotel Florencevia Calzaiuoli 6Phone: +39 055 212 456Fax: +39 055 268310Price: 99-230 (double)The Calzaiuoli Hotel Florence is in the very heart of Florence, on the Calzaiuoli street which connects Palazzo Vecchio square to Florence Dome.
Grand Hotel AdriaticoVia Maso Finiguerra 9Phone: +39 055 27931Fax: +39 055 289661Price: 80-310Grand Hotel Adriatico is a modern 4 star hotel in the historical centre of Florence that combines the great tradition of Florentine warm hospitality and personalized welcoming with efficiency and comfort of the best international hotels.Only 200 metres from the Santa Maria Novella railway station and within a 10 minute walk from Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo della Signoria, Galleria degli Uffizi and from all major Florences touristic scenes.
Hotel RivoliVia della Scala 33Phone: +39 055 27861Fax: +39 055 294041Price: 90-350Hotel Rivoli was a franciscan convent dated back to the 14th century located in the historical center, offers a charming hospitality taking care of each single client.Nowadays it is an excellent 4 stars-superior hotel, where guests can breath the famous historical atmosphere of ancient residence in the city. The perfect location in the very heart of Florence, just a few minutes walk from the main historical sights
Hotel Basilea FlorencePhone: +39 055 214587Fax: +39 055 268350Via Guelfa 41- Cap. The 3 star Hotel Basilea offers 38 bedrooms, single, double, twin, triple and 2 large suites. All with private bath, television and internet connection. 85 for a double, and 65 for a single.
Hotel Boston FlorencePhone: +39 055 496747Fax: +39 055 470934Via Guelfa, 68. Cap. 3 star hotel with 16 bedrooms divided in singles and doubles. Some with private en-suites, others with shared bathroom. Rates starting from 50 for a single without private bath, and 135 for a double.
Hotel De Rose PalacePhone: +39 055 239 6818Fax: +39 055 268 249Via Solferino, 5. 4 star hotel housed in a traditional Florentine mansion a short walk from Ponte Vecchio and Santa Maria Novella central train station. Prices starting from 100 for a double room.
Galileo HotelPhone: +39 055 496645Fax: +39 055 496447Via Nazionale, 22/a. An elegant 19th century building furnished with style in the best of Tuscan tradition, in the heart of Florence. Single rooms from 80, doubles 120, superiors 150.
Hotel CrociniPhone: +39 055 212905Fax: +39 055 210171Corso Italia 28. In the center of Florence. Average prices: twin (without private bathroom) 40, triple (without private bathroom) 50, single (with private bathroom) 40, twin (with private bathroom) 50, triple (with private bathroom) 60.
Hotel Il Guelfo BiancoPhone: +39 055 288330Fax: +39 055 295203Via Cavour 29. In the heart of the city, in 5-10 min by foot you can easily reach many of the city's prime attractions. Single 105, double 130, apartments 270
Hotel La GiocondaPhone: +39 055 211023Fax: +39 055 213136Via Panzani 2., This 3 star hotel is in the historic heart of Florence, a few steps from Santa Maria Novella. Doubles from 85
Hotel La ResidenzaPhone: +39 055 2340650Fax: +39 055 240863Via Tornabuoni, 8. High quality facilities. Roof garden with a charming view. Single from 78, double from 110, triple from 145.
Hotel La SelvaPhone: +39 055 8876824Fax: +39 055 8876806Via di Barberino, 221. Florence Calenzano. Located on the Tuscany hills. A 3 star hotel that has opted to incorporate the principles of bio-architecture during its remodelling. Average prices - single 40, double 55
Hotel MalaspinaPhone: +39 055 489869Fax: +39 055 474809Piazza Indipendenza, 24. Charming late 19th century residence, enriched with modern comforts. Close to Fortezza da Basso (5 min walk), the most important trade show center of the city, Palazzo dei Congressi and Palazzo degli Affari. Single 90, double 110.
Hotel MarignollePhone: +39 055 2286910Fax: +39 055 2047396Via di San Quirichino a Marignolle 16. The relais is surrounded by the typical scenery of the Florentine hills, with cypresses and cane-apple trees, broom bushes and pine trees, among the scents of lavender, rosemary, time and catmint. A pool with a large solarium, deck chairs and sunning beds, is at guests disposal from May to October. Double rooms from 165.
Hotel Mario'sPhone: +39 055 216801Fax: +39 055 212039Via Faenza 89. Near Santa Maria Novella. Single 67, double 82.
Hotel Mia CaraPhone: +39 055 216053Fax: +39 055 2302727Via Faenza, 90 (red). Small hotel a short walk from Santa Maria Novella. Friendly English-speaking staff. Continental breakfast included. Single from 35, double from 50, triple from 75, quadruple from 80.
Hotel Savonarola FlorenceViale Giacomo Matteotti, 27Phone: +39 055 587824Fax: +39 055 587824Price: Double and twin 80, triple 1123 star hotel located near the city centre, with one single and 15 twin, double, triple and quadruple rooms. All with private bath, wifi connection, telephone and breakfast included.
Florence Hotel Pitti Palace al Ponte VecchioVia Borgo San Jacopo, 3Phone: +39 055 2398711Fax: +39 055 2398867Price: Double and twin 90, triple 1007 m from Ponte Vecchio, in the Oltrarno district, and in front of the Corridoio Vasariano.
Kraft Hotel FlorenceVia Solferino, 2Phone: +39 055 284273Fax: +39 055 2398267Price: Double and twin 80-1504 star hotel located near centre, swimming-pool, restaurant and fifth floor terrace with bar. It is possible to have dinner on terrace in the warm season. All rooms have private bath, satellite and pay-per-view TV, wifi connection, telephone and breakfast included.
Novotel Firenze Nord AeroportoVia Tevere 23, OsmannoroPhone: +39 055 53821Price: Through the Accor website, you can get a family room (2 adults and 2 children) for 82 (as of August 2011)Very convenient hotel for visitors arriving by air or by car. Free shuttle to the city center.
Villa il Mosaico FlorencePhone: +39 055 7135481Fax: +39 055 71 30 898Via Monticelli, 9-15. . The Villa il Mosaico is hosted in an historic and elegant villa located 20 minutes away from the historic centre of Florence. Ten self-catering apartments with kitchen, living room, bathroom, internet connection and TV. Private parking and 100 square metre terrace with solarium. Suite deluxe 169.
Hotel PrivilegeLungarno della Zecca Vecchia, 26Phone: +39 055-2478220Located on the bank of the Arno river (the "Lungarni") Hotel Privilege is a 3-star hotel de charme in the centre of Florence. It features single, double, triple and "Family" rooms, either for tourists and businessmen and women. Breakfast buffet, hotel bar and garage available.
Splurge
Grand Hotel CavourPhone: +39 055 266271Fax: +39 055 218955Via del Proconsolo, 3. Occupies the medieval 13th century residence of the noble Strozzi-Ridolfi families - powerful Florentine families whose history is intertwined with that of the legendary Medici dynasty as well as the Republic of Florence itself. 150-300.
Hotel MiragePhone: +39 055 352011Fax: +39 055 374096Via Francesco Baracca, 231 (interno 18). An elegant, exclusive and comfortable 4 star hotel 5.6 km from Piazza Duomo and less than 500 m from the Florence airport (FLR). Single from 110, doubles from 140, triples from 160, apartments from 300 per week.
Hotel Monna Lisa FlorenceBorgo Pinti, 27. A hotel in a restored 14th century Florentine noble palace. Gym facilities, sun terrace and meeting rooms. 200-550.
Palazzo Magnani FeroniPhone: +39 055 23 99 544Fax: +39 055 26 08 908Borgo San Frediano, 5. Luxury accommodation located in a 16th century historical building belonged to Marquis Feroni. It has twelve comfortable and exclusive suites with classic furniture and original frescoes. From 300.
Residence La Repubblica FlorencePhone: +39 055 214496Piazza della Repubblica, 4., (afx +39 055 214496). 21 self-catering apartments for a maximum of six people. All with kitchenette, private bath, internet connection, satellite TV and cooking facilities. One person apartment 160 three/two bedroom apartment 170.
The J and J Historic House Hotel FlorencePhone: +39 055 26312Fax: +39 055 240282Via di Mezzo, 20. 4 star hotel with double, twin, junior suite, suite, and double rooms for single use. The twin and double rooms are also available as classic and deluxe. All come with en-suite services. Breakfast is included. Single 195, double 225.
Villa la Vedetta Relais & ChateauPhone: +39 055 681631Fax: +39 055 6582544Viale Michelangiolo 78. 5 star luxury hotel features a view of Florence's skyline. Rooms from 299.
Villa Poggio ai MerliPhone: +39 055 250257Fax: +39 055 250718Via di Giogoli 5. A fashionable historic Florence residence located between Florence and the Tuscan countryside. Completely renovated in 2003. Suite rooms from 230.
NH Porta RossaVia Porta Rossa,19Phone: +39 055 2710911Price: From 150Built in the 12th century, this gorgeous historic hotel offers luxurious and modern rooms. The city centre is within walking distance.
Florence Hotel Unicornovia dei Fossi, 27Phone: +39 055 287313Fax: +39 055 268332Small 3 star hotel in the historic centre near Santa Maria Novella railway station. Renovated in 2011, double rooms from 80.
Hotel LaurusVia dei Cerretani 54/r.Phone: +39 055 2381752Fax: +39 055 268308Price: Suite rooms with view from 120A fashionable historic 4 star hotel, close to the Cathedral and the train station SMN.
Florence Hotel Select ExecutiveVia G. Galliano 13/aPhone: +39 055 330342Fax: +39 055 3515064 star hotel near the historic centre. Double rooms from 100.
Albergo FirenzeP.za Donati, 4 (Via del Corso)Phone: +39 055 268301Fax: +39 055 212370Price: Double room from 1002 star hotel.
Windows on Tuscany - Tuscany VillasVia dei Serragli 6/RPhone: +39 055 26851Windows on Tuscany was born in 1986 thanks to the love of Leonardo and Beatrice Ferragamo for this breathtaking region, they decide to offer their accomodation of 200 luxury and ancient properties in Tuscany with renaissance-style, Villas with outdoor pools and outstanding views over the Chianti vineyards, Florence, Lucca, Siena, Arezzo, Grosseto. From 1320 to 5200/week with many bedrooms, garden, gazebo, jacuzzi, wifi, air conditioning, etc.

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