Reid's recommended hotels in Florence

A room at the Hotel Residenzza Castiglioni, Florence
A room at the Hotel Residenza Castiglioni in a 17th century palazzo in Florence, where rates start at €65 (well, €95 for a frescod room like this one).

Some of the best cheap hotels, moderate hotels, and splurge hotels in Florence, Italy

A room at the Hotel Burchianti, Florence
A room at the moderate Hotel Burchianti, Florence; rates start at €82.

Fifteen years ago, I set out to write my first guidebook, a Frommer's guide to Florence, Tuscany & Umbria, and the very first thing I did on my very first day on the job was start taking furtive notes on the hotel where I was staying those first two nights (for the record: Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci).

(Aside: guidebook writers—the good ones—change hotels every night or two so they can sample all the wares, because simply touring a hotel won't let you know that perhaps the hot water works but the cold does not—believe it or not, this has happened to me; twice—or the that market carts starting grumbling past the windows at 5:30am.)

Below are the 44 Florence hotels that make my personal short list of Florence's best lodgings in every price category. They offer excellent value for the money, and most have the more elusive qualities of having a great, memorable character or offering service that goes above and beyond.

Inexpensive Hotels & Hostels in Florence: Under €100

Hostels & campgrounds in Florence

Moderate Hotels in Florence (€100–€200)

Expensive Hotels in Florence (€200+)

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Where to find cheap hotels in Florence
Hotels on Via Faenza in Florence

As in most cities, there are loads of inexpensive hotels near the train station. The good news is that, in tiny Florence, this is not really such a hardship, since you're still close to the central sights—within ten minutes's stroll of the Duomo, 15 of the Uffizi.

The best street to troll for a cheap room is Via Faenza, which stretches north from the San Lorenzo outdoor market just east of the station (you can see five hotel signs just in the half-block pictured below). Some buildings on the street are crammed with four to six little hotels, one on each floor.

Try to avoid Via Nazionale, a heavily trafficked street heading east from the train station.

Useful Italian for lodging
English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
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