Great location, just a 10 min walk from the main train station. Staff were helpful and friendly and it was relatively cheap. Rooms themselves were quite good, each bed had a PowerPoint and light, towel and little soap; they were clean and the air con and wifi worked. I will say that there were no lockers, which I think is important in a hostel, so I couldn't lock up my valuables. Each floor has its own communal kitchen and two showers/ toilets, which get quite grubby with som many people sharing them (which is to be expected).
The hostel has no common area, so really the only people you meet are the ones in your room, unless you run into others while cooking (which I didn't really) and this makes it hard to meet other travelers.
So overall my stay was fine but if you are hoping to meet other travelers I wouldn't recommend staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Ciao Hostel Florence was recently refurbished upgrading the entire hostel to a very impressive and competitive standard. Guests are ensured clean cheap backpacker hostel accommodation in the centre of Florence as well as a wealth of services that would befit many hotels. Guests arriving at the Ciao Hostel Florence will be impressed by its reception and meeting area. The hostel strives to maintain a high level of service and sustain its favorable image. The hostel also boasts its own garden area. There is plenty of storage space, fridge and a gas cooker. La posizione centrale di Ciao Hostel Florence assicura che molti servizi della città si trovano a portata di mano. Firenze è una città moderna e il capoluogo della Toscana che significa che non sarà necessario andare lontano per il miglior espresso della regione, croissant appena sfornati, aperitivo o cibo da leccarsi i baffi. ... more less
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