My daughter and I spent 8 nights in this hostel in Florence making it a base for our daily trips around Tuscany. The hostel looked actually like a mini-hotel. There were no bunk beds - I liked that very much. "Traditional" beds make life easier and there was more space in rooms for their inhabitants. There was also a TV set in every room (though we didn't use one) and simple furniture like tables and chairs (not always seen in hostels). The kitchen was well-equipped though small. For a small hostel like that a small kitchen (and no common room) is not a problem I think - if your neighbours are great. In our case however there was a company of five or six young males and a female who left much dirt after them and didn't care about cleaning. Luckily, they came for a weekend only. It's nothing to blame the hostel for, of course. Two refrigerators worked perfectly but the kettle was leaking. There were also a toaster (we didn't use it) and a microwave owen (worked). No breakfast was included in price. Rooms were not en-suite, you have to use shared bathrooms (two on our floor - this was enough for a small number of guests so we didn't have to wait). No problems with hot water, toilet paper, anything like that. Most rooms faced the street (Guido Monaco) and it was quite noisy. We usually were so tired after our walking adventures that crawled into our beds and fell asleep immediately but if you wish to spend more time in the hostel you probably should ask for a room facing the yard. The yard was very green and cozy. Anyway, we had a balcony in our room, it was also a nice addition. I'd like to thank the staff for their assistance with booking and papers needed to get an Italian visas in Moscow. One of staff members even spoke fluent Russian! Moreover, we booked 2 beds in a 4-bed dorm but when we arrived we were offered a 2-bed room without any request and for no extra payment. It was very nice! Not only linen but also nice big towels were provided for free. Large wardrobe was useful and two electrical outlets were located right by our beds so it was easy to charge our gadgets (and we had many of them :) ). Wifi worked in our room and we didn't have to pay any extra fee for it. The signal was not always perfect but I would not complain about that. Ciao hostel is not in the very historical centre of the city. From my point of view it is very conveniently located. It took us about 10 mins to walk to the SMN train station and a little bit more to the heart of Florence. The nearest grocery is Conad (close to SMN and on the way to the hostel), open until 8:30pm, though there are other shops in the area (you have to ask locals if you need them). The nearest bus stop is located right across the street (Guido Monaco) from the entrance of the hostel, there are also useful stops nearby, in particular at Porta-al-Prato (near the huge arch) where you can e.g. take a minibus to all popular attractions of Florence from SMN monastery to Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. If you walk a little further you can get to Cascine city park - a nice piece of greenery stretching along Arno river. At whole, I would recommend Ciao Hostel as cheap accommodation in Florence, something between a hostel and a hotel.
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