I'm going to be in Florence for a few nights in June and wondered if anyone had any good cheap accommodation suggestions. There appear to be some interesting Hostels in & around the city, including a few run by nuns (I understand that these only let married couples stay, so as long as my girlfriend doesnt mind being my wife for the weekend...)
What about cheapish hotels - everything I've found on the internet seems to be really expensive?
Accomodation in Florence is expensive throughout most of the year. There are a lot of places run by religious orders, mainly student houses, I think. Most of these have a curfew but on the upside they wont break the bank! If you arrive at the train station there is a tourist info point there that will charge a small fee for helping you to find a room. This can often be quite good. I have done this in Venice and ended up in some very reasonable, clean accomodation. The only problem is arriving and trying to find something on spec in June! Mightnt be so easy but this is always a last minute option to bear in mind.
I would actually recommend staying in one of the little towns on the edge of Florence for a night or two to keep the cost down. Fiesole is only about a half an hour outside the city.
Alternatively, in Florence itself here are one or two inexpensive options:
Suore Oblate dell Assunzione (hope i spelt that right )
Via Borgo Pinti, 15.
This is run by NUNS *queue the evil music*. Its about 50 euro for a double room and, as far as I know this one accepts couples. No brekkie though.
Via dei Serragli, 49
About 30 euro a night for a double room. You can get a bus from the train station to Serragli. This is situated in an old palazzo and is clean and well-run.
On the other hand if you can stretch your budget a bit, here are some basic hotels in the centre of town.
Borgo degli Albizi (phone: 055 248 0346).Basic rooms, shared bathrooms. Owners speak English! Approx euro 80 for a double.
Via dell' Oriulo. This is near the Duomo - so pretty central. Again, basic accomodation with some rooms ensuite. It has a little courtyard.
Some places include breakfast in the cost, some dont. Most hotels in Italy which arent including breakfast in the cost will give you breakfast for an extra charge about between 5-10 euro. Depending on the hotel, this may or may not be worth it. In one or two places, Ive paid money for breakfast and ended up with some dry bread and watery coffee some fruit. Often, it can be better to have breakfast out somewhere and get value for money.
Anyway, if you need any more help let me know...
Thanks E - you're a star!
I think I'll book something in advance, I've heard Florence can be extremely busy this time of year.
I'm only going for a few days having found some ridiculously cheap flights out of Manchester. Going to spend a couple of nights in Florence and a few days exploring Tuscany by car.
Can't wait, always wanted to see Florence but never quite got around to it in my 'Interail days'.
I have been to Suore Oblate dell Assunzione and it's good place and the price was around 50 euro as wrote samsara2
If you're renting a car in Tuscany, try to get to Volterra and San Gimignano
I'm so jealous. Need a navigator?