On a quiet street, in an area replete with university students, this former convent from the 1500s has been operating as a hotel since the beginning of the 20th Century. Today, this budget-friendly spot is great for tourists who don’t care as much about the hotel’s trappings as they do about exploring the city. Although it’s situated on the northeast side of the city center, it’s still close enough to walk to major attractions and experience all the city has to offer.
Ask the hotel about tickets to the nearby Pergola Theater. They often have freebees if you want to partake in the Florentine arts.
Hardwood floors give way to dusty sofas, and original high ceilings. Rooms come with safes for valuables, small flat screen TVs, year-round air conditioning, and old vintage portraits on the walls. The best rooms have private terraces that are worth requesting upon booking.
Small bathrooms feature even smaller showers with green tiled floors, bidets, shaving mirrors, and towel heaters. It’s a really tight squeeze in here.
You can really survey the building’s history in the lobby as ancient pillars hold up arched-brick doorways. The floors are of the terra cotta variety and there are area rugs and comfy couches for guests to relax on. Each floor has its own living room-like area that is great for reading or lounging after long days.
There’s no formal restaurant here but there is a robust breakfast in a small dining room that features fresh pastries, endless coffee, fruit, yogurt, and more. On warm days, you can take your meal to an outdoor garden just beyond the dining area.
Most places in Florence are easy to walk to and this hotel is no exception. Within 10-15 minutes away are the best museums, churches, restaurants, and shopping in the city. Right by the hotel is also a main bus terminal if you want to get further afield without spending a lot of money.
If you want something cheap and easy, head over to Pizzeria Itaco (4-minute walk) which serves pizza by the slice. For a wide range of options, check out Mercato Centrale (11-minute walk) where there are a dozen restaurants and bars serving all types of Florentine foods.
Stick around Mercato Centrale (11-minute walk) as they have a few solid wine and cocktail spots inside the bustling food hall. For an even better cocktail and wine selection, head over to La Ménagère (10-minute walk) which is a hip local spot that also has live music.
WHY WE LIKE IT
This cheap no frills spot has a long history and is great for visiting students looking to study abroad or budget-minded parents who want to visit their kids at university. You won’t find a lot of great amenities, but the breakfast is surprisingly elaborate and the location is close enough to walk to the best that Florence has to offer. If you’re looking for a less expensive option that will encourage you to explore the city more than staying inside, Morandi alla Crocetta will fit your needs.