Thinking about Florence? With all that art, fashion and ice-cream, we wouldn’t blame you. Let’s make your planning easier and introduce you to the 3 best hostels in Florence, hand-picked by Hostelgeeks.
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The 3 best Florence hostels are perfect for female travellers, couples and those in search of a great party hostel in Florence.
This guide is perfect for YOU, when you…
are tired of crappy hostels!
want a social Hostel to actually meet people
are happy to spend $1 to $2 more for a much better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Florence.
Important to know: Florence introduced a €2 city tax (that was already back in January 2018). Guests are required to pay (cash) per person per night in all of the mentioned hostels. It is common for hotels and hostels alike to not have this fee included in their nightly rate. Just keep this in mind as an unfortunate extra fee.
Two charismatic, multi-lingual brothers run the reception of this modern, centrally located hostel.
We rate this one of the 3 Best Hostels in Florence because it is suited for:
There are dorm and private rooms available. Each with linen included. Dorm rooms also have a personal reading light and charging socket.
Let’s take a look at the freebies:
WiFi (of course)
Hot/cold water dispenser
After check-out shower
Good to know: a €2 per person per night city tax is not included in the booking price.
After exploring all of the nearby attractions, head to the wellness centre. That’s right! You’ll have access to your very own hot tub and sauna. Massages are also available.
Archi Rossi Hostel Florencealso has a beautiful garden, common room and terrace space.
Perhaps the best part?
Certainly, the location is top-notch. In the heart of historic Florence, this hostel is within walking distance of all the main sights, including Florence Cathedral.
There is a 24-hour reception and no curfew, so explore to your heart’s content!
The rooms are kept simple, and unfortunately the dorms are also equipped with these old-fashion bunk-beds. That’s really a pity. You can choose anything between single-room, double room up to 4 and 6 Bed Dorms.
The staff here believe in supporting local musicians, poets, artists and the like. Mixed with a cosy social space, this is the best hostel for wanderers of every kind.
Rooms include 1, 2 and 3-bed options, plus a ‘marital’ suite for cuddly couples. For those of you seeking new pals, book a bed in the 6-bed dorm.
All rooms in Ostello Tasso Hostel Florence come with linen, towel, reading light, hair-dryers and air-con. You’re welcome.
We must mention the hostel design. Expect typical Italian decor, vintage furniture and quirky additions in all the social spaces.
Free all-you-can-eat Italian breakfast
Access to modern kitchen
If you’re feeling lazy on your holiday, forget about cooking and enjoy the on-site cafe.
There’s a bar, too!
In the lounge area, there is an actual mini theatre.
Every weekend an event is held here. Anything from live music, poetry, movie nights and parties. Ask the staff as well for their Pub Crawl, and other events outside the hostel.
At least two things are certain; there will be new friends and laughter to be had!
What about the location?
Ostello Tasso Hostel is a few minute’s walk from the centre of Florence, located in a creative oasis.
When looking on our Florence map, you might guess the location isn’t as good. In fact, this is a more artsy area, much better for going out at night, without bumping into a tourist every 2 meters (like the bridge!)
Explore the Oltrano area with its many restaurants, wine bars and electric nightlife. It is a really cool area!
Our favorite pizza place “Gustapizza” is not fair away either. We included it in the map below too.
There are a lot of things to do indoors if you are having a lazy day and just want to stay in the hostel like board games, Playstation or you can just watch TV.
Facilities for disabled guests
24-hour front desk
They have laundry facilities for your dirty clothes. A good hostel to stay in and explore Florence from. The room was clean and tidy and the staffs are awesome!
Location: WoW Florence Hostel is 200 m from Florence University, and a 15-minute walk from the Fortezza da Basso Exhibition Centre and from Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral is 1 km away.
Update: This hostel is now closed. We keep this content here for your information.
Feel cozy in this hostel. Academy Hostel Florence is one of the good Florence Italy hostels. It is comfortable and relaxing. A quiet place to have a good night sleep for your Florence adventure!
They offer free breakfast, free internet access and they have luggage storage.
Facilities for disabled guests
24-hour front desk
Staffs are helpful and very accommodating.
This is good for solo travellers and couples since they have private rooms and dorm rooms. Not all have en-suite bathroom though.
Location: Academy Hostel Florence Italy is less than 100 m from Florence Cathedral. Located literally two steps from the magnificent Duomo practically the symbol of Florence and four steps from the Galleria dell’ Accademia which houses the David of Michelangelo, landmark of the Florentine renaissance.
Backpackers Florence Central
Backpackers Florence Central is one of the hostels in Italy Florence that has more private rooms and only one dorm room. So, this one is really for families and couples. The bathrooms are all en-suite that makes it great.
This is indeed the best area to stay in Florence if you are looking for someplace quiet and private.
24 Hour Reception
24 Hour Security
Location: Backpackers Florence Central is located in one of the best squares in Florence, Piazza Santa Croce. Piazza Santa Croce is in the minutes of walking distance of main sights (Uffizzi, Bargelo, Old Bridge, Duomo, Piazza Signoria).
A map is always handy. We put all the coolest hostels in Florence on a map. It will help you to get a better understanding of the locations.
Florence center is fairly small. You can walk everywhere, and can also take the bike. In high season I would skip the bike, the city center is usually super busy – not really appealing for riding a bike.
My best recommendation? Join a walking tour in the early morning on your first day. That gives you the best introduction to the city.
Well, Florence has so much to offer! Your eyes will surely feast.
- Florence Cathedral
- Giotto’s Campanile
- Palazzo Vecchio
- Ponte Vecchio
- Basilica of Santa Croce
- Baptistery of St. John
- Uffizi Palace and Gallery
- Basilica di San Lorenzo
- Piazza della Signoria
- Galleria dell’Accademia
Flying into Florence is easy, but here’s a better trick. Have a look if you can fly into Bologna and take a train from Bologna to Florence.
There’s usually super cheap flights to Bologna, and a train is around 15€.
We enjoy Skyscanner, Omio.com and Kiwi.com to find cheap flights all over Europe including Florence. This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Now, regarding Florence, I would recommend to fly to Bologna or Milan.
Bologna itself is really well connected inside Europe and you can find super cheap flights here. The train from Bologna is quite cheap and takes less than 45 minutes.
So there you have it. We’ve provided you with all you need to know in order to choose your favourite best hostel in Florence.
However, did we miss anything?
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