Accommodations and Lodging in Florence, Italy:
When traveling to Florence, Italy, you will have plenty of options when it comes to accommodations and lodging. There are hotels throughout the quaint city as well as apartment rentals and bed and breakfasts. Most tourist choose to stay in a hotel in Florence because they are only there for a few days, but we do suggest you look into apartment or house rentals if you plan on staying longer than 7 days. In terms of where to stay in Florence, most anywhere will do just fine since the majority of hotels are all situated within walking distance of the main sites like the Duomo, Piazza Della Signoria, the Uffizi, Boboli Gardens and Accademia museum. Prices usually start around $150 for a decent hotel and work their way up to $450 or more for the best spot in town. Some will offer car parking, but because Florence is short on space, many hotels will have offsite car parking which can become a hassle. We suggest venturing to Florence without a car and walking throughout the city to work up an appetite for all that delicious food.
To give yourself some perspective on the size of Florence, Italy, go HERE
to see a large map of the city. Many of the top destinations and tourist sites are listed on the map so you can get a feel for how far things are. The Arno river cuts the city into two distinct sections with the majority of sites north of the Arno. The main train station is called Santa Maria Novella and there are many hotels within walking distance of the rail station. If you are lugging heavy bags around, take a taxi from the train station to your hotel or apartment and save your energy for all the walking ahead of you. We prefer staying near the Duomo or Piazza Della Signoria so we have quick access to all the sites and shopping. One of the best hidden gems in Florence, Italy is the Hermitage Hotel located just across the Ponte Vecchio bridge and practically next to the Uffizi art museum. Luxury hotels in Florence do exist with places like Savoy Hotel that offer rooms with views and great overall lcoation. The Grand Hotel in Florence is another very expensive lodging option that will pamper any guest and make you feel right at home with views of the Arno. Budget accommodations abound in Florence if you are willing to give up views, location, and extravagent bedrooms. Book hotel rooms early since the high season makes for crowded sidewalks and busy museums. The majority of travel sites recommend booking at least 4 to 5 months in advance when looking to go during the busiest months. Also, many hotels will include a daily breakfast in your rates, but you can negotiate in many instances. There are countless places to get a good breakfast throughout Florence and many are much cheaper than what your hotel will charge you. Look for hotels with elevators (some don't have them), air conditioning (summer months can get warm), and rooftop terraces that will give you the best views of the city and Duomo.
Best Hotel in Florence under $250:
Hotels are expensive in Italy and Florence is no exception. Finding a quality hotel in a good location is not always easy, but Hermitage Hotel
comes highly recommended by saavy travelers who know a good deal when they find one. The terrace lets you eat breakfast overlooking the Arno River and the Ponte Vecchio bridge. We were able to score a 160 Euro/night rate in March (about $220) and the hotel staff was kind enough to help us with museum reservations as well. The Euro continues to climb against the US dollar, but there are still bargain hotels like this one. The website for the hotel is at Hermitagehotel.com
and there you can find all the details of rates, rooms, and the exact location (on a map). The hotel has 28 nicely appointed rooms with some overlooking the Arno River.
Luxury Florence Hotel:
The Westin Excelsior
is considered one of the best high end hotels in all of historic Florence, Italy. You can find the official website HERE
. The hotel was completely renovated in 1997 and many rooms have views of Florence or the Arno River. There are 168 rooms with Deluxe and Junior Suites available. There is a restaurant on site and a workout room if you need the exercise. High Speed internet access is available and there is also 24-hour room service. In those hot summer months the air conditioning will be a good change from the outdoors. Rates in March were well over $450 US and you could be looking at over $500 in the crowded summer months. The Westin Excelsior, Florence is part of the Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
Best Budget Hotel in Florence:
Residenza dei Pucci
is located just minutes from the Duomo and the Accademia. High ceiling bedrooms are the signature of this hotel with rates starting at around 100 Euros. Again, cheap hotel rooms in Florence are not readily available, but the rooms in Residenza dei Pucci are more than sufficient. There are marble bathrooms, 4 poster beds, and beautiful decorations. The main website is Residenzadeipucci.com
and you can check their latest rates, room offers, and email them for more information.
Apartment Rentals in Florence, Italy:
The Florence and Tuscany region has so much to offer that many people choose to spend their entire vacation right in that area never seeing Rome or Venice. Hotels are nice, but having your own Florence apartment to come home to for the week or renting a house really lets you become more than just a tourist. There are villas in the Tuscany countryside that are spectacular, but we prefer the apartment rentals in Florence for convenience. Apartments-florence-italy.com
has mostly 1 and 2 bedroom apartments located throughout the city from around 110 Euros/day. Many are located near the Duomo or Piazza della Signoria in Florence centre. Often going with a weekly rate will save you a little money. When we visited the site, we found several last minute offers so check it out if you can't find a hotel during the peak season.
Florence Bed and Breakfast:
If you want more of a "home" feel to your accommodations, then consider getting a room in a bed and breakfast. Bedandbreakfastflorence.com
has some great listings in and around the city center. With their easy to use location map you can quickly choose a bed and breakfast that works for you. Keep in mind that no matter where you stay, you are always only about 10-15 minutes walk from the main attractions.