The Best Hostels in Florence (2019 • Insider Guide!)

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The most populous city of Tuscany, Florence is a dream European destination for a lot of travelers.

But with high demand comes high cost – and Florence isn’t cheap! Staying in this Italian gem can really add up, which is exactly why we made this list of the 20 best hostels in Florence.

We’ve gone through and done the research so you don’t have to. We’ve taken the highest reviewed youth hostels Florence has to offer and delivered them into one tasty package for you.

And to take it a step further – we’ve organized the hostels by YOUR needs. So whatever it is you are looking to do in Florence, be it party, make friends, get some work done or just save some money on a cheap bed, our list has got you covered.

With the help of this list of the best hostels in Florence, you’ll be able to pick out exactly where you want to stay so you can book your hostel quickly, and enjoy this majestic European city.

 

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in FlorenceBest Hostel for Solo Travelers in FlorenceArchi Rossi Hostel

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tbb2-table__image Best Cheap Hostel in FlorenceBest Cheap Hostel in FlorenceYouth Hostel Villa Camerata

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Couples in FlorenceBest Hostel for Couples in FlorenceWoW Florence Hostel

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in FlorenceBest Hostel for Digital Nomads in FlorenceHostel 7 Santi

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tbb2-table__image Best Hostel with a Private Room in FlorenceBest Hostel with a Private Room in FlorenceLeonardo House

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What is the Best Hostel in Florence?

The highest reviewed youth hostels Florence are all well located, and many of Florence’s best hostels are located in the city center, helping you to save money on transportation costs. Even the pricier pads are within walking distance of most major attractions, though, naturally, the best cheap hostels in Florence will help you cut costs further.

Conveniently split into different categories, you can find the best hostels for couples in Florence, the ideal place for a night of partying, the best Florence youth hostel for solo travelers, and more.

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Overall Best Hostel in Florence and Best Party Hostel in Florence

Plus Florence

Plus Florence best hostels in Florence

One of the best youth hostels Florence – Plus Florence has got it all covered

– $$
– Restaurant-Bar
– Swimming Pool
– Laundry Facilities

Loaded with cool facilities, including an onsite restaurant/bar, a swimming pool, a gym, and heaps of places to mingle and chill, Plus Florence is our choice for the overall best hostel in Florence in 2019, and the best party hostel in Florence. Located close to Santa Maria Novella train station, the friendly hostel is within walking distance of the center of Florence. Prices are low and the hostel has free Wi-Fi, a pool table, and a Wii. In addition to dorms (mixed and ladies only) the hostel has a selection of private rooms too. With laundry facilities, luggage storage, round-the-clock security, an ATM, and a tour desk, what more could you wish for?!

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Best Hostel for Solo Travelers in Florence – Archi Rossi Hostel

Archi Rossi Hostel best hostels in Florence

One of the best youth hostels Florence has, Archi Rossi is great for solo travelers

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Laundry Facilities
– Tour Desk

The best hostel for solo travellers in Florence, Archi Rossi Hostel is an arty hostel in the centre of Florence. Meet new pals, see the sights, and learn more about Florence on the daily free walking tours, and bond with others in the garden. Don’t forget to fill your water bottle for free before heading out exploring. Breakfast is free and dinners are cheap. Laundry facilities help you to stay looking your best. Wi-Fi is free too, and there are dorms and private rooms to suit most preferences at this Florence backpackers hostel.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Florence #1 – Youth Hostel Villa Camerata

Youth Hostel Villa Camerata best hostels in Florence

Youth Hostel Villa Camerata is a great budget/cheap hostel in Florence Italy

– $
– Free Breakfast
– Restaurant-Bar
– Bike Parking

The best cheap hostel in Florence, Youth Hostel Villa Camerata has a range of single-sex dorms and private rooms. Wake up to a free breakfast each morning, grab a free city map, and head out to explore the best of Florence. Close to public transportation connections, the hostel is housed within a grand historic villa that sits in a lovely botanic garden. A tour desk, laundry facilities, a book exchange, and a common room, are among the hostel’s convenient facilities. Do note that rooms are closed during the day and that the cheapest rates are only available for HI members; other guests can still enjoy budget prices, but must pay a small extra amount per day.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Florence #2 – Emerald Palace

Emerald Palace best hostels in Florence

Emerald Palace is another cool cheap hostel in Florence.

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– Café
– Laundry Facilities
– Bike Parking

A recommended hostel in Florence, close to the train station, Emerald Palace has an onsite café where you can re-energise and chat with new friends, as well as a sunny outside terrace and an indoor common room. As with many youth hostels in Florence, there is a lockout period from 11am until 2pm for cleaning. Lockers are provided for your safety, a tour desk helps you make the most of your stay in Tuscany, and there’s free Wi-Fi.

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Best Cheap Hostel in Florence #3 – Noble Art Hostel

Noble Art Hostel best hostels in Florence

Noble Art Hostel tops off our list of the best cheap hostels in Florence!

– $
– Luggage Storage
– 24-Hour Security
– Tour Desk

A peaceful pad in the heart of Florence, and just a short walk from the main train station, Noble Art Hostel is an attractive central base with private rooms for three or four. Some rooms are en-suite while others share bathrooms. You can easily book a range of Tuscany tours onsite. Round-the-clock security adds to your peace of mind and there are luggage storage facilities.

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Best Hostel for Couples in Florence – WoW Florence Hostel

WoW Florence Hostel best hostels in Florence

A solid hostel for all types of travelers, WoW Florence Hostel is a top hostel for couples looking for decent private rooms

– $$$
– Laundry Facilities
– Tour Desk
– PlayStation

A top hostel for couples in Florence, WoW Florence Hostel has some of the best double rooms and terrific facilities where you can meet other travellers or chill out as a double act. The vibrant lounge has comfy seats, a TV, board games, and a PlayStation, and there’s also a lovely terrace if you prefer to relax outdoors. There are self-catering and laundry facilities for complete convenience. Housekeeping services keep the hostel clean and looking neat and tidy.

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Best Hostel for Digital Nomads in Florence – Hostel 7 Santi

Hostel 7 Santi best hostels in Florence

Great for all travelers, but Digital Nomads in particular will like Hostel 7’s free wifi and work space

– $$
– Restaurant-Bar
– Laundry Facilities
– Elevator

A huge hostel with heaps of facilities, Hostel 7 Santi is our winner when it comes to the best hostel for digital nomads in Florence. As well as free Wi-Fi and plenty of quiet spots to get your head down and concentrate, the hostel has several computers that guests can use. There are also meeting rooms, ideal if you’re planning to combine networking and sightseeing. Located a little outside of the centre of Florence, the city is easy to reach by a ten-minute bus ride. An onsite restaurant-bar is perfect for mingling, and other features include a common room, terrace, and laundry facilities. Once you’ve booked your stay, plan the rest of your trip using our Florence travel guide!

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Best Hostel with a Private Room in Florence – Leonardo House

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Want a nice room all to yourself? Leonardo House is the best hostel with a private room in Florence.

– $$
– Café
– Tour Desk
– Bike Parking

A warm and welcoming youth hostel in Florence, Leonardo House is close to the main train station and just a hop skip and a jump from famous sights such as the Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery. Although the hostel only has private rooms it’s a great central base for couples and friends who are down to book a few rooms between the group. Wi-Fi is free and there’s space to park bikes.

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More of the Best Hostels in Florence

Here are 14 more of the best hostels in Florence, including a couple that are close to hand but in the beautiful Tuscan countryside.

 

Youth Meeting Home

Youth Meeting Home best hostels in Florence

 

– $$$
– Lockers
– Bike Parking
– 24-Hour Security

The best party hostel in Florence, Youth Meeting Home is a lively backpackers’ hostel for travellers aged from 18 to 35. There’s a free sangria party every Friday and Saturday evening and the hostel is close to the hottest clubs and bars in Florence. Don’t worry about navigating ladders when tipsy—there are no bunk beds here! There’s a full kitchen where you can cook your hangover cure, though do note that you need to be out of the hostel each day between 10am and 4pm for cleaning.

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Hostel Gallo d’Oro

Hostel Gallo d'Oro in Florence

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Laundry Facilities
– Tour Desk

A recommended hostel in Florence, the award-winning Hostel Gallo d’Oro is within walking distance of Florence’s major attractions. The vibe is peaceful and relaxed and the friendly members of staff are always ready to offer tips and tricks to help you have the best time discovering Florence. A filling breakfast and Wi-Fi are free and you can stay fresh with the laundry facilities.

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Dany House Hostel

Dany House Hostel in Florence

– $$$
– PlayStation
– Book Exchange
– Tour Desk

The colourful dorms and friendly members of staff members at Dany House Hostel are sure to make you smile. The centrally located Florence backpackers youth hostel is within an easy walking distance of major sights and the train station. The common room is the ideal place to kick back and chill at the end of each day, challenging pals old and new to a PlayStation duel, relaxing in front of the TV, or trading travelling tales.

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Academy Hostel

Academy Hostel best backpackers in Florence

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Luggage Storage
– Book Exchange

A laid-back top hostel in Florence, Academy Hostel is a great place for travellers to meet and share stories, be inspired, and plan adventures. It’s all about the chill factor here—it’s definitely not a place for party animals. The common room has cable TV and a PlayStation, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. There’s a free-to-use computer too if you don’t have your own mobile devices. Guests are required to be out and about during the day while the hostel is cleaned. The free breakfast helps you get geared up for the day ahead.

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Tourist House Santa Croce

Tourist House Santa Croce Florence

– $$$
– Café
– Laundry Facilities
– Bike Hire

A recommended youth hostel in Florence for solo travellers and groups, Tourist House Santa Croce has mixed and female-only dorms for four as well as varied private rooms. In a lively location right next to a bar, there are plenty of places to have fun with your new buds. Rent bicycles or book tours to explore Florence and its surroundings with ease. There are self catering facilities to help keep costs down, and the common room is a great place to mingle and chill.

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Backpackers Florence Central

Backpackers Florence Central

– $$$
– Tour Desk
– 24-Hour Security
– Luggage Storage

As the name suggests, Backpackers Florence Central is a centrally located Florence backpackers hostel, close to key attractions and activities and within easy reach of public transportation. There are mixed dorms for five as well as private rooms to accommodate between one and five. All rooms have their own bathroom. Bursts of colour help to create a cheerful vibe. Wi-Fi is free and you can enjoy discount in several nearby eateries.

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Tasso Hostel

Tasso Hostel best backpackers in Florence

– $$$
– Free Breakfast
– Café-Bar
– Laundry Facilities

A top hostel in Florence for creative and artistic travellers, Tasso Hostel is situated in a buzzing little area of traditional eateries, bars, and artisan workshops. The large lounge is a top place to socialise with others and relax after a busy day of sightseeing, and the garden lets you soak up the rays and chill outdoors. The weekend parties are pumping and the youth hostel sometimes arranges diverse events. A kitchen, laundry facilities, lockers, and free Wi-Fi add to the great experience.

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David Inn

David Inn in Florence

– $$$
– Café
– Lockers
– Laundry Facilities

An intimate youth hostel in Florence with friendly and knowledgeable members of staff, David Inn has mixed dorms for four and six. Lockers and 24-hour security add to your peace of mind. There are free-to-use computers, free Wi-Fi, and faxing services, and other handy features include laundry facilities, luggage storage, and bike hire. Book hassle-free tours of Florence, cook up a storm with the self-catering facilities, and unwind in front of the TV in the common room. Towels are available to rent if you do not have your own.

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Emerald Fields

Emerald Fields

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– Café
– Tour Desk
– Lockers

A comfortable, clean, and sociable place to stay, Emerald Fields is one of the best youth hostels in Florence for 2019. Backpackers can mingle and chillax in the common room and garden, and the tour desk makes planning your adventures in Florence a piece of cake. Give yourself a pick-me-up each morning with free tea and coffee and grab a bite to eat from the onsite café. You can rent a towel if you travel light and didn’t take your own.

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New Hostel Florence

New Hostel Florence

– $$
– Tour Desk
– Laundry Facilities
– Luggage Storage

Located close to Santa Maria Novella train station, New Hostel Florence has mixed dorms for four and eight, female-only dorms for four, and private double rooms. Common areas include a lounge, with comfy sofas and a TV, and a sunny terrace, complete with outdoor furniture. Warm a snack in the microwave and make use of the free tea and coffee in the kitchenette, and get all your clothes clean with the laundry facilities. Do note that you will need to rent a towel if you don’t have your own. This Florence backpackers youth hostel is better suited to introverted travellers who appreciate their own space or groups of travelling friends who just want a base to sleep.

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Ostello del Chianti

Ostello del Chianti

– $
– Bike Hire
– BBQ
– Luggage Storage

Located 23 kilometres outside of Florence, in the gorgeous Chianti region, Ostello del Chianti is a brilliant youth hostel in Florence for people who prefer to be in the heart of nature rather than in a city. A peaceful place from where you can truly appreciate the beauty of Tuscany, the hostel is also just a bus ride from Florence. There’s a wide choice of dorms and private rooms. Hire a bike to explore the surroundings, relax on the sunny terrace, or play ping pong in the lounge. Do note that small additional charges apply for people who are not already members of HI.

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Ostello del Bigallo – Bigallo Hostel

Ostello del Bigallo – Bigallo Hostel

– $
– Free Breakfast
– Bar
– Luggage Storage

One of the most atmospheric youth hostels in Florence’s surroundings, Ostello del Bigallo – Bigallo Hostel is housed within an old monastery that can trace its history back to the 1400s. Renovated to provide mod-cons like free Wi-Fi and modern bathrooms, there are diverse sleeping options too. The double rooms are perfect for couples, while the five- and eight-bed dormitories are great for groups of mates and solo explorers. The most enchanting accommodations are however the wooden alcoves in the 20-bed dorm. Inspired by monks’ lives, the basic units provide complete privacy, with walls and curtains. The common areas are filled with rustic charms. All this could make it the coolest hostel in Florence.

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What are Some Interesting Things to Do in Florence BTW?

Florence’s attractions are amazing and make the city a great place to explore! Between the many cozy cafes, the plethora of gastronomias, the piazzas, and, of course, that enormous dome, there’s hardly ever a dull moment in this city.

To get you started, here is a brief list of some of the top things to do in Florence. If you’d like to know about some more activities, stayed tuned as we’ll be releasing an in-depth guide very soon.

 

1. Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

best attractions in florenceThe city duomo that hosts the iconic Dome of Brunelleschi, which can be seen from almost part of the central city. It is one of the most impressive architectural pieces from the Renessaince and was, at the time, the largest dome in the world.

Entry into the cathedral is free everywhere requires a ticket. If you buy a ticket, be sure to climb to the top of Giotto’s Tower to gain awesome views of the city.

Tickets cost 18 euro.

 

2. Piazzale Michelangelo 

Duomo, Florence

For a more expansive view of Florence and Santa Maria del Fiore, head to Piazzale Michelangelo on the other side of the river.

This piazza is very popular with locals and tourists alike, as everyone comes here for sunset. Lots of people sit on the steps and drink beer or wine on the steps. Conveniently, there are street vendors nearby.

If you want to avoid the crowds, head to this Florence point of interest at sunrise.

 

3. The Statue of David

statue of david florenceYes, the world-famous Statue of David can be seen when visiting Florence. It’s kept at the Galleria dell’Accademia and tickets cost a whopping 20 euros but I guess that’s what you pay to see one of the most beautiful statues in the world.

We just hope the original model feels flattered regardless of the artist’s depiction of his nethers.

Be sure to check out the replica of David, among others, at the Palazzo Vecchio.

 

4. Earn some good luck with the Porcellino

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The Porcellino is another famous attraction in Florence though it’s slightly less sexy than David. This bronze bust of a boar (cingihale), located in the Mercato Nuovo, is believed to bring good luck to those who make an offering. Tourists place a coin in its mouth and then rub its snout to acquire extra fortune.

To avoid the crowds, visit the Porcellino at night when people are at dinner or sleeping.

 

5. Have a night out in Santo Spirito

San Spirito San Frediano, FlorenceWhile there is certainly plenty of nightlife in Florence, the best has to be at Santo Spirito. The main piazza here, crowned by the Chiesa Santa Spirito, is absolutely jam-packed with young people at night. Many sit on the church steps and just talk shop while others are visibly stumbling through the street.

If you want to grab a seat at a bar table, get here before midnight. After that, there are no guarantees.

 

Why you should travel to Florence

There you have it – the top hostels in Florence, Italy!

We know that with the help of this stress free guide, booking your hostel will be a piece of cake, so you can focus on what matters – exploring Florence.

And remember, if you can’t choose one , go with Plus Florence, which is one of the best hostels in Florence, hands-down.

Plus Florence best backpackers in Florence

 

Travel Safety Tips for Florence

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Hopefully by now you’ve found the perfect hostel for your upcoming trip to Florence.

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Over to you

By now I hope our epic guide to the best hostels in Florence has helped you choose the perfect hostel for your adventure!

If you think we’ve missed anything or have any further thoughts, hit us up in the comments!

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