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Good For Couples
Clean ensuite twin room on a budget.
At €28 per person per night for a private twin room with ensuite shower, I couldnt complain about the noise of mopeds and drunk American exchange students from the street below. (Luckily i brought earplugs!) Having said that, i would advise anyone else to ask for a quieter back room when booking, as it would have made our stay perfect.
We were pretty much left to our own devices for the whole 4 nights of our stay, which suited us fine. There were hardly any other guests and no curfew, so we came and went unnoticed.
A service of breakfast lunch and dinner is only available to groups of over 24 people with advance notice, and housekeeping is not guaranteed every day. There is a stock cupboard with a sign for guests to help themselves to toilet rolls and anything else they might need during their stay, but this was locked. However, the room was well stocked for our stay so we didnt need anything. (We were just being nosey).
There are vending machines for hot and cold drinks, and just up the street is a 24hr vending service with hot and cold snacks and drinks.
Unique Quality: The hostel is located in a palazzo constructed in the mid 1600’s, and has a quiet, cool courtyard at the entrance. It is a 15 minute walk from the main tourist area of Florence, just across the river.
The profits from the hostel go towards various social programmes for the elderly, children and others in need.
Directions: straight over Ponte alla Carraia to the south side of the river, and keep going. Number 49 is on the left hand side of the street.
Florentinian neighborhood feeling
The rooms in the Gould Insitute are neither spacious nor luxurious, but the place is clean, and staff is friendly. Rooms have private bath. Unfortunately the big patio always seems to be locked, it might be otherwise a good place to meet other travellers. As the facilities are a bit austere, no one hangs around a lot in the common rooms, so itýs more difficult than in other guesthouses to meet new people.
Unique Quality: The location is great - on the left bank of the Arno river and thus not in the main touristy area, yet close to all attractions - itýs just about a 20 minute walk to the Duomo. At the same time just strolling through the streets of the neighborhood you can watch restoration of old furniture, see the local housewifes on their shopping trip and chat (as best as you can) with the local merchants. There are lots of little trattorias and ristorantes, the prices are much more convenient than in the old town, and squares to sit on the steps in front of a church and just relax. Several internet cafes are just a short walk away, lots of coffee bars as well as one of the best gelaterias I know are located in the Via dei Seragli, not far from the Institute
Great hostel not far from city center! You have the option to share a room with up to 3 other people (a quad) in order to save money (about L33,000). Although you can get a room with less people for more money. If you are not travelling with others, you still have this option - people may be placed with you. The rooms are clean and pretty roomy, and each has its own bathroom, which is very nice! I stayed in a quad and only had one other person in the room. The room had 2 beds downstairs and 2 upstairs in a loft like area. There is only one large window downstairs, so upstairs can get really hot and stuffy (especially if you get the bed against the back wall). I took a portable hand fan with me, which helped a lot! There is also a sitting area where you can hang out or read a book, and also a balcony.
Unique Quality: One of the greatest things about this hostel is the fact that there is no lockout or curfew. So, if you like to stay out late and hang out with the locals, this is a great choice for you. Just note the limited office hours and the fact that they are not open at all on Sundays.
9am-1pm/3-7pm Mon-Fri ---
close at 1pm Sat.-- closed Sundays
** Although I did not make a reservation and I was fine, I would suggest calling ahead if at all possible. They do fill up.
This is one of the best lodgings in Florence, with a welcoming staff and sunny spotless rooms. The palazzo itself is cool and cavernous, has a large court yard and plants growing from enormous wine urns. The profits fund social services for local children. No lock out or no curfew, but you can't check in or out on Saturday afternoons or Sunday
Unique Quality: .Reception M-F 9am-1pm and 3-7pm,
Sunday check-out only.
No lockout or curfew. 88 beds. All rooms with multiple beds may be rented out dorm-style. Singles €30,
with bath €35; doubles €44/€50; triples €56/€63; quads €72/€80. MC/V.
Directions: Take bus #36 or 37 from station to the 2nd stop across the river.
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