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.
At the moment there is no 5 Star Hostel in Florence.
But, believe us when we say; you’ll not be disappointed.
Here’s your shortcut:
- Archi Rossi Hostel – all types of travelers
- Tasso Hostel – solo-traveller
- PLUS Hostel – young backpacker and party
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 …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
We condensed it all to the 3 coolest hostels in Florence.
Important to know: Florence introduced a €2 city tax in January 2018. Guests are required to pay (cash) per person per night in all of the mentioned hostels.
If you’re planning an extended trip, be sure to check out all of our 5 Star Hostels in Europe.
In this guide we cover only Florence. Yet, we also collected the
Here you find all the best hostels in Italy summarized on a map.
Quick introduction to the 3 Best Hostels in Florence
Prepare to be dazzled with art, music and superb design. And of course the Florence Hostels!
It’s time to reveal our chosen hostels…
- Archi Rossi Hostel – all types of travelers
- Tasso Hostel – solo-traveller
- PLUS Hostel – young backpacker and party
Super important to know: For sure you want to visit the David Status. You have to book your ticket BEFORE! Get a timed entrance ticket to Michelangelo’s David BEFORE you get to Florence.
(otherwise you most likely cannot enter – it happened to us unfortunately)
1. Archi Rossi Hostel (all-type traveller accommodation)
If you’re looking for a warm welcome, Archi Rossi Hostel is your place.
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)
- Breakfast buffet
- 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 also 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.
2. Tasso Hostel (Artistic design)
Tasso Hostel is built around an artistic atmosphere in the heart of Florence.
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 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
- 24-hour reception
- Access to modern kitchen
- Bicycle hire
- Book exchange
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?
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.
Tasso Hostel is the coolest place for:
Compare prices and read reviews at: Hostelworld
3. PLUS Hostel (female traveller heaven)
PLUS Hostel has style, fun vibes, comfort and savvy staff all rolled in to one.
Oh, and a swimming pool!
It’s time to wind down and relax at this backpacker friendly accommodation in the centre of Florence.
Dorm rooms sleep 4-8 people. There are also twin/double/triple rooms. All of which come with lockers, linen and personal reading lamps.
Are you a female travelling alone or with a friend?
We’ve got you covered.
Female only dorms are designed with extra comfort in mind. Little home comforts include a vanity mirror, large en-suite bathrooms and big fluffy pillows.
PLUS: Hair dryers and a complimentary welcome cosmetic pack.
There’s so much to mention, so here is a handy list:
- On-site bar, cafe and restaurant
- Tour travel desk
- Panoramic terrace
- Indoor AND outdoor pool
- Turkish bath + sauna
- TV in every room
- Common room w/ table tennis
PLUS! There is an all you can eat buffet breakfast for a small fee.
I’m sure you’re starting to understand the hostel name by now, right?
This Florence hostel is located just a 10-minute walk from the main train station. That is especially handy for travelling to your next destination like Rome, Milan or Bologna.
If you can find a reason to leave this awesome hostel, the city centre is a few minutes’ walk.
PLUS Hostel Florence is perfect for:
- Female Solo-Traveller
- Groups of Friends
- Party Traveler
Best Party Hostel in Florence
OK OK so we’ve already talked about this hostel before, but great hostels are worth mentioning twice.
That’s right; the Best Party Hostel in Florence award goes to: PLUS Hostel!
Well, aside from the aforementioned swimming pool, large social spaces and on-site bar to kick-start the party mood, there’s something else we forgot to mention.
PLUS Hostel also host DJ nights on the premises.
Drinks, yummy food like Pizza, new friends and music – what more do you need to get the party started?
Read: Aside from Party Hostels, what are the other 6 types of Hostels?
Fun and Non-Touristy Things To Do in Florence
Florence is marvelous with so many things to see.
But, as you already know, Florence is a popular tourist destination.
We love to share with you always authentic travel tips. And so we share with you our non touristy things to do in Florence.
You won’t find the David statue on our guide or the Ponte Vecchio, obviously.
Thanks to a local friend (living there since 2009), we discovered the non-touristy part. This includes small cafés to chill, local pizza places, and ice cream. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it?
Here are the top five fun things to do in a nutshell:
- Who wants a local pizza? Cheap and super delicious!
- Get a café/ smoothie here and enjoy a different view to Ponte Vecchio
- Vegan gelateria, lounge to chill, and even small events
- An unusual (and unexpected) thing to do in Florence
- Artsy café with great coffee and Panini
Want to know more? Download the full guide to non-touristy things in Florence straight to your inbox.
Any Discounts or Promo Codes?
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts or Promo Codes for hostels in Florence.
We are always working on getting promotional codes for our readers and fellow travelers. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Here we share our newest promo codes for hostels and hotels in Florence first.
Yet, you can always get the 35€ discount for Airbnb here.
Handy map of Hostel Locations and Cool Sights
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.
The main sights in Florence are:
- Piazza del Duomo
- Statue of David of Michelangelo
- Leonardo da Vinci Museum
- Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
- Oltrarno area
- Ponte Vecchio
- Uffizi Gallery
- Santa Croce, Florence
- Piazzale Michelangelo
Important to know: Get a timed entrance ticket to Michelangelo’s David BEFORE you get to Florence.
Queuing up takes a long time and getting your ticket ahead of time allows you to enjoy priority entrance to the Accademia Gallery and admire Michelangelo’s David – without losing 1-2 hours in queue.
Flights to Florence?
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 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.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
More Hostels in Italy
Alright, since you already made your way to the North of Italy, we encourage you to go ahead and explore more. Italy changes so much; from region to region; from North to South.
Therefore, check out all the best hostels in Italy.
Here are all our hostel guides in detail:
- best hostels in Venice
- best hostels in Bologna
- our collection of best hostels in Rome
- best hostels in Milan
- The Hostello in Verona – 5 star hostel
And here are our travel guides. Seriously, get these guides, you will LOVE our secrets:
- Where to eat in Venice – on a budget
- Hidden Gems in Bologna
- 5 Secrets tips for Rome – the guide
- 5 non-touristy things to do in Florence
Find all our guides to the best hostels in Europe here.
Over to you
By now we have given you three super cool places to stay on a budget in Florence. And we gave you a solid introduction to sights and what to explore.
Do you have any questions? Anything not clear?
Please please bother us with your question(s) and leave a comment below.
We want to make this guide to hostels in Florence, Italy as useful and detailed as possible. Your question(s) actually help us to improve and helps you to get your travels sorted out.
Summary of the 3 Best Hostels in Florence
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?
As always we’d love to hear your thoughts, questions and ideas about where to stay in Florence.
Perhaps you’ve stayed in one of our 3 Best Hostels? Let us know!
Drop a comment below and we’ll get back to you personally.
Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries