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Hostel Santa Monaca
Ranked #213 of 301 Specialty Lodging in Florence
Koblenz, Germany
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30 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent hostel”
Reviewed September 3, 2009

I had a great time here. The receptionist was lovely, there is a large kitchen with all cooking appliances, free high speed internet. The 8 bed women dormitory was very clean and you can ask for a locker (5€ deposit).
Note there is no breakfast\lunch or dinner available in August.
The only downside is that there is no air conditioning and at night in summer it can get very hot, there was only 1 fan in the dormitory.

Stayed August 2009, traveled solo
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Merida, Mexico
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79 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed January 31, 2009

Good deal for the price payed. Very basic but has all the necessary stuff. Clean rooms with a personal locker (take your own padlock!) Confortable and quiet matress. Clean bathrooms although the showers have kind of see-through curtains (they're not co-ed though). Small and not very well equipped kitchen. There is a fridge though (at least there was when I went there); it's in the dining/common room next to the vending machines and you can store anything you want in there for free. WIFI in common room also free! Very well located, only a few minutes from the main sites.

  • Liked — Price and location.
  • Disliked — See-through shower curtains.
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled solo
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quebec
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2008

We stayed four nights, in a mixed dorm. The hostel is well run and clean. The staff friendly and helpful. The doors to the dorm don't lock, but there are lockers for each bed. The location is great -right down the street from the Piazza des spiritu sanctu where we found great restaurants every night. The piazza also featured a large Sunday market and there were a few market stalls everyday with interest things to look at. Down the street is a very helpful green grocer, a good bakery and a good cheese and cold cuts shop. We walked everywhere and went back to the hostel at the end of the afternoon before going out in the evening.

  • Liked — clean convenient and inexpensive
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with friends
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Atlanta
1 review
Reviewed June 12, 2008

worst experience i've ever had at a hostel backpacking europe for 3 months!! if you like book camps w/ yelling nazis this is the place for you. they wake you up at 9:30AM, lock you out at 10:00AM and if you're still in bed they'll literally pull/throw you out (i made it 1/2 way across the room) and then kick you out w/o a refund. in addition they lock you out at 1:58AM, not the 2AM they advertise and then you have to sleep in the streets until they open up at 7 in the morn.

avoid this place at all costs!!!

Stayed May 2008
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed August 8, 2007

Cheap, easy access to florence town centre, just a 10 minute walk. Lovely friendly environment. Good facilities.

  • Liked — friendly atmosphere
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with friends
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Brisbane, Australia
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2007

Stayed here for a few nights in Dec 2006. Was happy with my stay here - i met new friends, and have no significant complaints. I recommend this hostel!

Positives:
Clean rooms with comfortable beds
Efficient, english speaking staff
Large common room conducive to mingling with fellow travellers
Kitchen facilities (stove, sink, NO fridge as mentioned before... borrow utensils from front reception)
Washing facilities (although 6.50euro for wash + dry)

Negatives:
Can be a bit of a trek from the train station if you have heavy bags
Showers - water pressure is not that high when the temperature is set to warm/hot

Notes:
Lock out btwn 10am and 2pm
BYO towel
To take the bus - you need to go to the Piazza di santa Maria Novella (far end of the piazza)
From the front of the exit (ie. turn left when you get off the train), turn right, cross the road (there is a round about here), walk to the left of Santa Maria Novella.
Cross the piazza to the other side, where there will be a bus stop.
Bus 36, 37 or 11 - 2nd stop after the bridge.

Stayed December 2006
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Nr windsor, England
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2006

I stayed here for 3 nights as a base for my visit to Florence. The location is central, close to the Arno in Oltrarno, so saved on transport.
The good points are the hostel is very clean, with excellent showers, (for a hostel).
There is a kitchen and equipment can be hired for free which keeps the budget down and there are cheap shops very near. However there is no fridge.
The dorms are closed from 10 -2 but you can hang out in the living room, which by the way really needs a makeover.

The negatives are, the dorm was rather cold, so a sleeping bag is recommended outside of Summer. The dorm I stayed in was large - 18 beds, so bring ear plugs and a sleeping mask to get a good night's sleep.

I would definitely stay here again. What made it so good was the other backpackers were very friendly and I made some good friends while there. Hostelling is not about luxury, it is about the people you meet.

  • Liked — Friendliness
  • Disliked — Cold!
  • Tips/Secrets — Small lockers, so travel light
  • Stayed October 2006, traveled solo
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Property: Hostel Santa Monaca
Address: Via Santa Monaca 6, 50124, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence > Santo Spirito / San Frediano
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #213 of 301 Specialty Lodging in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 112
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