Hotels in Florence ★★★

Florence Hotels, Florence, Italy (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
, Hotel Soggiorno Bavaria, Florence

The classic Florence lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

The city of the Medici, cradle of the Renaissance, and capital of Tuscany has the potential to suck your wallet dry.

That plethora of great museums? Each will cost you a cool €12 ($14). Heck, even most of the churches charge admission now.

That's why it's important to find excellent yet inexpensive accommodation.

Finding a reasonably priced place to stay in the throbbing, living heart of it all takes a bit of work.

Florence has hundreds of hotels; half of them are overpriced, another third of them are slung into the streets around the train station—nothing wrong with the area, but if I had a choice, I'd stay bang in the bustling heart of the historic center. Here's where:

 
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Residenza Castiglioni
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Inexpensive frescoed rooms in the heart of Florence

 
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De' Lanzi
Florence: Centro Storico

A moderately-priced hotel with a primo location and with peek-a-boo views of the Duomo

 
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Torre Guelfa
Florence: Centro Storico

A chichi hotel in the tallest tower in Florence

 
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Morandi alla Crocetta
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Your own frescoed room with a private home feel in Florence

 
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A superior double room (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Loggiato dei Serviti
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Stay in a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture

 
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Palazzo Guadagni
Florence: Oltrarno

Stunning views and palatial rooms overlooking Piazza Santo Spirito

 
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Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo
Florence: Centro Storico

Your very own frescoed Florentine palazzo on the Duomo square

 
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Burchianti
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Fantasic little hotel with rooms slathered in 17th century frescoes

 
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Pensione Benescistà
Florence: Fiesole

This countryside hotel above Florence at Fiesole has the same views as chic hotel Villa San Michele for a fraction of the price

 
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Grand Hotel Cavour
Florence: Centro Storico

Contemporary comfort in a great location between the Duomo and Uffizi

 
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Monna Lisa
Florence: Centro Storico

Part refined inn, part Old Master art gallery, the Monna Lisa is one of the most truly elegant hotels in Florence

 
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A room with a Duomo view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
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Helvetia and Bristol
Florence: Centro Storico

An art-filled luxary hotel in the center of Florence

 
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Brunelleschi
Florence: Centro Storico

A luxury hotel at the very heart of Florence

 
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Savoy
Florence: Centro Storico

Luxury rooms in the shopping and sightseeing heart of Florence

 
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Regency
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

This hotel borrows an Old English style giving the hotel a comfortable feel

 
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Torre di Bellosguardo
Florence: Oltrarno

Your own castle in the hills above Florence

 
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Villa San Michele
Florence: Fiesole

This used-to-be monastery has made a turn into an luxurious hotel teeming with elegance

 
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Casci
Florence: Centro Storico

An inexpensive, family-run hotel worthy of an overture

 
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Abaco
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

An inexpensive hotel of arty kitsch halfway to the Duomo

 
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Mario's
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

A stylishly cheap hotel near the train station

 
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Nuova Italia
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

The most helpful hotel in Florence

 
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Albergo Merlini
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Top notch view of Duomo and Medici Chapels at a decent price

 
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Duomo views from some rooms (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Bigallo
Florence: Centro Storico

Oustanding views of the Duomo and Giotto's belltower right outside your window

 
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Silla
Florence: Oltrarno

Great views over the Arno River from this Oltrarno hotel

 
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Pensione Pendini
Florence: Centro Storico

A grande dame hotel of yesteryear on cafe-lined Piazza della Republica near the shopping streets of Florence

 
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La Scaletta
Florence: Oltrarno

The panoramic rooftop views and homey feel means return guests book well ahead

 
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Alessandra
Florence

Standard and simple rooms near the Uffizi

 
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Hermitage
Florence: Centro Storico

An outstanding rooftop garden only outshined by the services of the staff at this Florence hotel by the Ponte Vecchio

 
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Calzaiuoli
Florence: Centro Storico

A cozy, moderate hotel bang in the middle of Florence, on the main street between the Duomo and the Uffizi

 
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Grand Hotel Minerva
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Fairly pricey high-class hotel overlooking Piazza Santa Maria Novella

 
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Westin Excelsior
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

Defining class in Florence, this hotel is exquisite from top to bottom

 
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Several rooms share a terrace with killer Duomo views (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Medici
Florence: Centro Storico

Duomo views on the cheap in the shopping district

 
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Albergo Azzi
Florence: Santa Maria Novella

An inexpensive bohemian hotel near the station

 
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Soggiorno Bavaria
Florence: Centro Storico

An amazingly cheap, achingly basic hotel with a great location—and even some frescoes

 
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Some rooms have lovely garden views (Photo courtesy of the hotel)

Good deeds and a cheap room at this hotel-hostel hybrid in the Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence

 
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Academy Hostel
Florence: Centro Storico

A hostel in an historic palazzo just a block from the Duomo

 
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Le Due Fontane
Florence: San Lorenzo / San Marco

Run out of a palace from the 1600s, this hotel offers a fatasic view of the piazza

 
 
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About the lodging star ratings (☆☆☆ to ★★★)

You will notice that all hotels, B&Bs, and other lodgingds (as well as sights and restaurants) on this site have a ReidsItaly.com star designation from ☆☆☆ to ★★★.

This merely indicates that I feel these accommodations offer a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special, etc.).

These star ratings are entirely based on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with the official Italian hotel ratings—which have more to do with quantifiable amenities such as minibars, and not the intangibles that make a hotel truly stand out, like a combination of great location, friendly owners, nice style, and low prices.

In general, a pricier place to stay has to impress me that it is worth the added expense.

This is why I give ★★★ to some (official) "two-star" hotels or B&Bs that happen to provide amazing value for the money—and similarly have ranked a few (official) "four-star" properties just (★★☆).

About the lodging price brackets (€–€€€)

Accommodations rates vary wildly—even at the same hotel or B&B—depending on type of room, number of people in it, and the season.

That's why here at ReidsItaly.com we simply provde a general price range indicating the rough rate you should expect to pay for a standard double room in mid-season.

There are three price ranges, giving you a sense of which lodgings are budget, which are moderate, and which are splurges:

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€€ €100–€200
€€€ over €200
Useful Italian phrases

Useful Italian for lodging

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
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
...an 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


 

Basic phrases in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
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
How much is it? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
     
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
Excuse me (to get past someone) Permesso pair-MEH-so
     
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...the bathroom il bagno eel BHAN-yoh
...train station la ferroviaria lah fair-o-vee-YAR-ree-yah
to the right à destra ah DEH-strah
to the left à sinistra ah see-NEEST-trah
straight ahead avanti [or] diritto ah-VAHN-tee [or] dee-REE-toh
information informazione in-for-ma-tzee-OH-nay

Days, months, and other calendar items in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quando é aperto? KWAN-doh ay ah-PAIR-toh
When does it close? Quando si chiude? KWAN-doh see key-YOU-day
At what time... a che ora a kay O-rah
     
Yesterday ieri ee-YAIR-ee
Today oggi OH-jee
Tomorrow domani doh-MAHN-nee
Day after tomorrow dopo domani DOH-poh doh-MAHN-nee
     
a day un giorno oon je-YOR-no
Monday Lunedí loo-nay-DEE
Tuesday Martedí mar-tay-DEE
Wednesday Mercoledí mair-coh-lay-DEE
Thursday Giovedí jo-vay-DEE
Friday Venerdí ven-nair-DEE
Saturday Sabato SAH-baa-toh
Sunday Domenica doh-MEN-nee-ka
     
Mon-Sat Feriali fair-ee-YAHL-ee
Sun & holidays Festivi feh-STEE-vee
Daily Giornaliere joor-nahl-ee-YAIR-eh
     
a month una mese oon-ah MAY-zay
January gennaio jen-NAI-yo
February febbraio feh-BRI-yo
March marzo MAR-tzoh
April aprile ah-PREEL-ay
May maggio MAH-jee-oh
June giugno JEW-nyoh
July luglio LOO-lyoh
August agosto ah-GO-sto
September settembre set-TEM-bray
October ottobre oh-TOE-bray
November novembre no-VEM-bray
December dicembre de-CHEM-bray

Numbers in Italian

English (inglese) Italian (italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 uno OO-no
2 due DOO-way
3 tre tray
4 quattro KWAH-troh
5 cinque CHEEN-kway
6 sei say
7 sette SET-tay
8 otto OH-toh
9 nove NO-vay
10 dieci dee-YAY-chee
11 undici OON-dee-chee
12 dodici DOH-dee-chee
13 tredici TRAY-dee-chee
14 quattordici kwa-TOR-dee-chee
15 quindici KWEEN-dee-chee
16 sedici SAY-dee-chee
17 diciasette dee-chee-ya-SET-tay
18 diciotto dee-CHO-toh
19 diciannove dee-chee-ya-NO-vay
20 venti VENT-tee
21* vent'uno* vent-OO-no
22* venti due* VENT-tee DOO-way
23* venti tre* VENT-tee TRAY
30 trenta TRAYN-tah
40 quaranta kwa-RAHN-tah
50 cinquanta cheen-KWAN-tah
60 sessanta say-SAHN-tah
70 settanta seh-TAHN-tah
80 ottanta oh-TAHN-tah
90 novanta no-VAHN-tah
100 cento CHEN-toh
1,000 mille MEEL-lay
5,000 cinque milla CHEEN-kway MEEL-lah
10,000 dieci milla dee-YAY-chee MEEL-lah


* You can use this formula for all Italian ten-place numbers—so 31 is trent'uno, 32 is trenta due, 33 is trenta tre, etc. Note that—like uno (one), otto (eight) also starts with a vowel—all "-8" numbers are also abbreviated (vent'otto, trent'otto, etc.).

 
 

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