The best hostels in Florence

Kate Bolton

An expert guide to the best hostels in Florence, featuring the top places to stay for comfortable rooms, lively bars and concert venues, good restaurants and city centre locations close to Il Duomo, the Ponte Vecchio, Via Tornabuoni, the Uffizi Gallery and the Galleria dell'Accademia.

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Academy Hostel Florence

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

Wedged between Florence’s two most iconic monuments – David and the Duomo – the Academy Hostel’s location could hardly be better. Sunny rooms with pretty period features and a plant-filled terrace make it a most inviting place to stay, for teen- and golden-age backpackers alike. The Academy is unusual among Florentine hostels in retaining some pretty period features: stucco cornices and mouldings decorate lofty ceilings; vaults and arches add a touch of style. In the lovely reception area you’ll find cubic black sofas, potted plants, and shelves of guide books and brochures. The shady terrace is a delightful place to relax or socialise. Read expert review From £25per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Tasso Hostel Florence

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

The post-war building was once a primary school run by nuns. Today, it houses this bright hostel, one of Florence’s best, with a stylish, retro vibe. The pièce de resistance is the bar and sitting room in the aforementioned ex-assembly hall filled with a homely mix of vintage sofas, armchairs, old cinema seats and school chairs and retro knick-knacks; along with the adjacent courtyard garden it is a brilliantly convivial space. Facilities are a cut above the hostel norm, with bikes for hire, a full kitchen, coin-operated laundry, lovely courtyard garden and the huge bar/sitting room/performance space complete with stage and a regular programme of live music, DJ sets and other events. Read expert review From £15per night

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BBH Firenze

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

8Telegraph expert rating

Bohemian garret style, affable staff and a convenient location make this four-room ‘bed without breakfast’ one of the best budget options in central Florence. It’s popular with young travellers but older slack-packers might also like its hip and laid-back style. Walls are lined with contemporary woven-textile art and colourful notecards from satisfied guests; furnishings are a creative mix of vintage and artsy loft décor. The four rooms are individually styled with their own colour scheme and distressed-effect walls: the Blue and Green rooms have great, comfy king-sized beds; Orange and Yellow have snug French doubles. Read expert review From £54per night

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Foresteria Valdese di Firenze, Florence

Foresteria Valdese di Firenze

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

7Telegraph expert rating

The Foresteria is housed in a splendid 16th-century Palazzo Salviati and an adjacent building, both of which come complete with lofty vaulted ceilings, grand staircases, fresco fragments and an inner courtyard (not accessible to guests, but pretty took at). It’s a real shame that the courtyard garden is off-limits, but there are various communal sitting areas in the building, including a television room and a library. There’s also a restaurant where lunch and dinner are on offer for groups of 10 or more. Guests are given a tour and potted history of these ancient buildings and the kind staff are at pains to show this area of the city at its best. Read expert review From £42per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Wow Florence Hostel

Wow Florence Hostel

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

7Telegraph expert rating

Michelangelo’s David is not the only superhero you’ll encounter during a sojourn at WoW, as Spiderman, Hulk, the Mighty Thor, Batman and Superman line the hostel walls. Its loud, comic-inspired décor and quiet yet central location make this Florence hostel an appealing choice for young (and not-so-young) travellers on a shoestring budget. In the lounge, you can watch Italian TV chat-shows, strum guitars or play board games. There’s a laundry room (with washer, dryer, iron and board), a well-equipped kitchen where you can cook your own meals, and, best of all, the vast roof terrace with superb views across to the Duomo and the Tuscan hills. Read expert review From £17per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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PLUS Florence, Italy

PLUS Florence

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

7Telegraph expert rating

Travellers with champagne tastes and beer pockets will enjoy the many luxuries of this hostel-with-aspirations: indoor and outdoor pools, a Turkish bath and sauna, roof-terrace, and contemporary art works by young Italian artists. Inside, you’ll find a split personality: one moment garish and extrovert, the next sleek and subdued. Acid-edged colours and lino-tiled floors give a distinctly Sixties look to the hostelry, its walls decked with youthful and exuberant contemporary art. By contrast, some areas are newly styled, with clean and minimalist furnishings in muted, earth tones. There's a retro-style bar and restaurant for socialising, music and parties. Read expert review From £15per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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Ostello Gallo d'Oro, Florence

Ostello Gallo d'Oro

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

7Telegraph expert rating

With its ‘casa familiare’ ethos, the Gallo d’Oro has created more of a home than a hostel. It has been done up in a funky Seventies style - all bold colours and big floral prints. The cheery reception and kitchen/breakfast rooms are painted in hot pinks and cool blues, with whimsical posters and tubular metal furnishings. The 13 multi-bedded rooms, split into two apartments (one for women only), sleep four or six on closely-packed letti a castello (‘castle beds’ - the romantic Italian term for bunks). They’re more like cosy bedrooms than dorms, with parquet floors, retro-floral prints and an earthy, vintage colour palette of rusty reds, avocado and orange. Read expert review From £24per night Check availability Rates provided by Booking.com

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