To find a hostel that is as centrally located and has a fantastic staff with large spacious rooms with soaring ceilings and kept brilliantly clean is a rarity. It's a jewel of a place located just a block east of the Duomo and the main thoroughfares filled with shops, restaurants, gelato parlours, and attractions. Safety is always on the forefront of my mind when I travel and this place went above-and-beyond to ensure everyone is safe with round-the-clock supervision (right by the doorway, complete with secured gates down below (this place is on the 2nd floor of a historic building -- think Sound of Music & the abbey) and security cameras. And a locked door up above that has to be buzzed to get in after hours.
Breakfast is generous and the proprietor, Primo, and his managers (Marco, Salvatore, Arabella) are the friendliest, most responsive, and helpful people I've ever run across in all of my travels around the globe. This is a place for all ages -- I made lots of lasting friends and met so many interesting people including an recently retired couple who was traveling for 6 months around the world. 3 computers are available and free to use, and there's a flatscreen plasma TV and cozy lounge area with leather couches to mingle and relax. Laundry room is available as well.
Hands down - stay here. Do it. You'll change your perception of hostels if you've never stayed in one before.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This discreet, smart new hostel is at the most central location in Florence, beside the Duomo on the start of the street that leads to the Museum dell'Accademia (Academy Gallery where Michelangelo's David is housed). The hostel is an early 17th Century Palace, a gem of sober architecture and refined atmosphere.Academy Hostel Florence are the ideal venue for a vacation in Florence. The rooms feature elegant and welcoming interiors, wenge essential-design furniture, and the best amenities offered by Hostel Florence Academy. he entrance lounge room of Hostel are a combination of elegance and style where art and design contribute to the guests tailor-made experience of good taste. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Academy Hotel Florence