Cheap Hotels in Florence of Good Quality
Hotel Bavaria Florence
What is the reason why this hotel is worth mentioning?
Hotel Bavaria Florence is an awesome-value budget hotel in a truly prime location between the Uffizi Gallery and the Cathedral, or Duomo, 4-6 minutes’ walk from both and from Piazza della Signoria, the Basilica of Santa Croce, the river Arno, Ponte Vecchio, Michelangelo’s House-Museum (Casa Buonarroti, where the great artist and his descendants occasionally lived), Palazzo Medici Riccardi, and 2 minutes’ walk from Bargello National Museum and Dante’s House.
What is the kind of building of Hotel Bavaria?
The hotel itself is in a beautiful historical palazzo from the 1500s, a genuine Renaissance building, giving its guests the opportunity to stay in a very special ambience indeed.
If you like modernity this may not be your cup of tea, but if you love the feeling that you have stepped back in a period of art and beauty, in an atmosphere of history out of the ordinary daily life, this is the place for you.
The Palazzo Ramirez de Montalvo, the palace housing the Hotel Bavaria, was built in 1568, by order of Antonio Ramirez di Montalvo, the Spanish first valet of the court of the ruler of Tuscany Grand Duke Cosimo I de’ Medici, by the Medici family’s architect and sculptor Bartolomeo Ammannati.
The magnificent frescoes that still adorn the palazzo’s façade and cover its surface with drawings in monochrome were the project of another court artist, the great Giorgio Vasari. Unlike in other buildings, they have not undergone recent repainting.
The centre of the façade is dominated by the Medici coat of arms, the owner’s expression of gratitude for the source of his good fortune.
I’d like to know about the hotel’s interior and facilities.
Hotel Bavaria Florence is in a pleasant area. The hotel has a courtyard and grand common rooms with beautiful high ceilings and frescoes.
Bavaria Hotel’s facilities include tour desk, ticket service, luggage storage, fax/photocopying.
The staff speak English.
Is there parking?
Yes, payable public parking is possible near the hotel, and doesn’t require reservation.
What can you tell me about the guest rooms?
The guest rooms are something you don’t see often, if ever. They are spacious, and sometimes huge, not just by European but also by North American standards. Rooms can sleep up to 4 people.
They are attractively designed in classic style and comfortable simplicity, with antique furnishings, and maintain their original Florentine atmosphere.
Some rooms have walls still decorated with terrific frescoes, and offer views of Florence Cathedral.
When you book you can choose rooms with en-suite private bathroom or with shared bathroom.
All rooms have tea/coffee maker, free WiFi, desk, cooling fan, free toiletries, a hairdryer, ironing facilities.
General price: from 40 euros
Hotel Montreal Florence
Is this a good hotel if you are on a budget?
Hotel Montreal Florence is a remarkably good value hotel for budget travellers in the historic centre, 2 blocks (3 minutes’ walk) from the main train station Santa Maria Novella, 10-15 minutes’ walk to all major sights, romantic and tourist spots, museums, shops and markets, including Florence Cathedral, the Arno river, Old Bridge, the Uffizi Gallery.
Montreal is a pleasant hotel with a friendly atmosphere, and very easy to find from the railway station.
What is the area around the hotel like?
Just around the corner from Hotel Montreal is the beautiful Basilica of Santa Maria Novella with its cloister, one of Florence’s most important churches, containing a trove of art treasures and frescoes by Gothic and early Renaissance masters, and even historic scientific instruments. An original Gothic building, it was later enriched by the great architect Leon Battista Alberti.
Via della Scala, the hotel’s street, has an Irish pub, the Joshua Tree, and lots of reasonably priced restaurants with terrace are nearby. There’s also a very good pasticceria where if you like, although Hotel Montreal serves breakfast (momentarily suspended due to Covid), you can do as Italians do and have breakfast there, picking what you fancy from a wide selection of sweet and savoury goodies.
Can I park there?
Yes, payable private parking is possible near Hotel Montreal, without the need for reservation.
What services does the hotel provide?
Hotel Montreal’s staff speak English and are helpful about attractions, local information, and organising trips in Florence and the surrounding area, which saves you much time and effort.
The hotel has a bar serving fresh Italian coffee. Room service is available, reception is open 24 hours a day.
Is there a good choice of rooms? For several people, for example?
Yes, in addition to other rooms there are family rooms, accommodating up to 4 adults + 1 child, as well as suites for up to 3 adults + 1 child.
All rooms and suites have free WiFi, air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, private bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries, safety deposit box.
Some rooms, which you can choose when you book, in addition have an electric kettle, a selection of tea and coffee, soft bathrobes and slippers.
General price: from 40 euros
Plus Florence Hostel
Wait a minute, is this a hotel or a hostel?
Plus Florence Hostel is actually both, providing both beds in dormitories like a hostel as well as private rooms like a hotel.
Where is it located?
Plus Florence, very popular and ultra-modern, is in very the heart of Florence, 10 minutes’ walk from the central train station Santa Maria Novella, easy to find from the hostel following a straight line, past the garden square Piazza Indipendenza, at the end of Via Nazionale.
Landmarks, monuments, buildings, palaces, churches, galleries and museums, in short every major site in Florence historic centre, is a brief walk from Plus Florence Hostel, which is 15 minutes’ walk from Florence Cathedral, 2 minutes’ walk from Basilica of San Lorenzo and general market, and 650 yards from Fortezza da Basso exhibition centre.
If I stayed there which amenities would I find?
Plus Florence has an outdoor swimming pool, a heated indoor pool, terrace, garden, sun terrace and a rooftop bar with 360-degree views across Florence.
It has a café providing snacks, drinks and ice creams, and a restaurant serving Italian cuisine at dinner.
Hostel Plus Florence has vending machines for drinks and snacks, 24-hour front desk, tour desk where English-speaking staff can sell museum tickets and city tours, payable luggage storage lockers at reception, ATM/cash machine, token-operated washing machines and dryers, and other facilities.
Guests have free use of WiFi in public areas, and of the fitness area, sauna and Turkish bath.
What’s the accommodation arrangement?
Plus Florence has both rooms and dormitories. Dormitories are with 4, 6 or 8 beds; mixed or female-only.
Rooms are single, double, twin, triple and quadruple.
Each room and dormitory has air conditioning, a satellite flat-screen TV, a desk and a private bathroom.
Some rooms and dormitories, which you can choose when you book, have free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, free toiletries.
General price range: from 20 euros
Hotel Orcagna Florence
Nice outdoor space in the photo. Other than that, what’s interesting about this hotel?
Hotel Orcagna Florence is a lovely, little, great value, good quality budget hotel in a central location, in a quiet area 3 blocks from the Arno river, 15 minutes’ walk from Piazza Santa Croce with its beautiful basilica, rich in Giotto’s frescos and Donatello’s sculptures, where are the marble tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo and many other great Tuscan men. The church has a splendid cloister designed by Brunelleschi.
The historic centre is only a short walk from Hotel Orcagna, and you can get a bicycle at the hotel enabling you to visit the whole of Florence.
The English-speaking staff at Orcagna go out of their way to help you with tourist sites, getting around, good restaurants and shopping.
Is the hotel in a good location?
Orcagna Hotel’s location is ideal in that it is in one of the quietest areas in the centre of Florence, it is not too touristy an area, and has some great local restaurants. It is also one block away from the city bus, which is inexpensive and easy to use.
Are there parking facilities?
Yes. Payable private on-site parking is possible.
What are other Hotel Orcagna facilities?
Hotel facilities include a great little inner garden, a terrace, bar, 24-hour front desk, free luggage storage, breakfast over which to plan your day and for fuelling up before starting your non-stop touring, and more services.
What choice of accommodation is provided?
Hotel Orcagna Florence has both rooms, including family rooms accommodating up to 4 people, and suites for 5 people.
All rooms and suites have terrace or balcony or both, en-suite bathroom with free toiletries and hairdryer, flat-screen TV with satellite and cable channels, free WiFi, tea/coffee maker, air conditioning, minibar, laptop safe.
All suites and and some rooms, which you can choose when booking, also have a spa bath and a sofa.
All suites have views.
General price range, including breakfast: from 50 euros
Florence Old Bridge B&B
Is this hotel near the Old Bridge?
Yes. Florence Old Bridge B&B takes its name from one of the most famous and beautiful bridges in the world, Ponte Vecchio, which is 100 yards (2 minutes’ walk) from the hotel.
This area, one of the most lovely and charming of Florence historic centre, is teeming with ancient craftsman studios and shops, good restaurants and bars.
What are Italian bed and breakfasts like?
Often in Italy the English term Bed&Breakfast has assumed the meaning of the informal, homely character of this kind of establishment rather than the strict meaning of providing both bed and breakfast.
Florence Old Bridge is a small and quite elegant Bed&Breakfast (you can opt for having breakfast included in the price of the room or not, which is often the Italian way) just on the other side of the Arno river (“Oltrarno”), 5 minutes’ walk from the Arno and the Uffizi Gallery, 6 minutes’ walk from Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio, 3-4 minutes’ from Palazzo Pitti and Boboli Gardens.
Staying at the Florence Old Bridge is quite an experience, as the place with its homelike atmosphere makes you feel you are actually living in Florence as a resident instead of a visitor.
Breakfast is served on the rooftop terrace, with views.
Everything in Florence historic centre is a short walk from Florence Old Bridge B&B.
Is it possible to park the car there?
Payable private parking is possible near the hotel, and there is no need for reservation.
What can you tell me about the rooms?
Rooms are individually decorated in a traditional Tuscan style. They overlook inner courts or tiny streets without traffic and are very quiet and peaceful, even though you are in the very heart of the city.
All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, seating area, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, desk, safety deposit box, en-suite bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries.
When booking, you can choose rooms with extra facilities, like spa bath and bathrobe.
General price range, with or without breakfast included: from 90 euros