The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Florence

See the splendours of the Tuscan Renaissance on a budget at the one of the best cheap hotels in Florence
See the splendours of the Tuscan Renaissance on a budget at the one of the best cheap hotels in Florence | © M@rcel / Alamy Stock Photo
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Freelance Writer19 November 2020
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Although not as pricey as Rome or Venice, Florence can still be an expensive Italian city to visit. Prices rise for hotels in the city centre, especially in the busy summer months, as visitors descend to see Palazzo Vecchio and Michelangelo’s David in the Galleria dell’Accademia. But it’s still possible to find cheap hotels in Florence – follow our insider guide to discover stylish, well-located hotels in Florence that won’t break the bank, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Palazzo Galletti

Palatial bedroom with high ceilings, trompe l'oeil wall paintings, antique furnishings and chandelier at Palazzo Galletti, Florence
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Situated on a modest side street in the historic city centre, Palazzo Galletti offers a taste of 19th-century opulence without the hefty price tag of a luxury hotel, making it one of the best hotel deals in Florence. Dating back to the 1830s, the hotel’s neoclassical interiors have been updated with colourful soft furnishings while still allowing the building’s original charm to shine through. The 11 rooms are individually decorated with antique furnishings and raw silk curtains, with small balconies overlooking the courtyard.

Hotel Loggiato Dei Serviti

On the picturesque Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Loggiato Dei Serviti occupies a former monastery dating back to the early 16th century. Inside, stone staircases, pietra serena (sandstone) columns and cross-vaulted ceilings preserve the old-world atmosphere, while various antiques and family photos create a comfortable, lived-in feel. Its 35 bedrooms vary in size with original parquet flooring, oriental rugs and tasteful four-poster beds. The welcoming bar area, with its arched ceilings, is the perfect place to relax or plan out your day.

Hotel Alessandra

Traditional Florentine bedroom with antique furnishings, parquet floors and high ceilings at Hotel Alessandra, Florence
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Set inside a Florentine-style building dating back to 1507, Alessandra is a quaint, family-owned hotel in the heart of the historic city centre. The 27 spacious guest rooms are classically styled, with herringbone wood flooring and an assortment of comfortable retro furniture contributing to the relaxed, homely environment. The hotel has a fully stocked honesty bar – help yourself and pay upon check-out – and a rooftop patio. Just a few minutes’ walk to famous attractions including Ponte Vecchio, this simple accommodation is a perfect base from which to enjoy Florence without the hefty price tag.

CoDe Rooms

Tropical-themed room with jungle wall mural, green accent wall, leaf-patterned curtains and floral art piece at Code Rooms, Florence
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Within walking distance of the Uffizi Gallery, CoDe Rooms is a modern hotel with a youthful spirit. Trendy contemporary furnishings, clean hardwood flooring and colourful accents create an energetic atmosphere. Utilising a special app and keyless entry, the fully automated hosting makes check-in and check-out effortless. The friendly staff are easily contacted via smartphone and are always on hand to help. The interior decoration is cool and fun, with dark wooden floors, white walls and brightly coloured furnishings alongside personal touches such as unique ornaments, plants and unusual artwork.

Drom Florence

Bedroom with red wall, curtains and bedspread, blue velvet chair, terracotta floors and sloped ceilings at Drom Florence
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In the vibrant Oltrarno quarter, a quirky collection of bungalows centre around a sun-bathed courtyard at Drom Florence. The serene grounds house four one-bedroom units, each with a different interior theme. A-frame ceilings and terracotta flooring complement colourful artistic flourishes such as red-and-white-striped accent walls. Just a few minutes’ walk from the Piazza Santo Spirito, Drom Florence is in an ideal location to stroll to the picturesque Boboli Gardens or duck into one of the many nearby artisan studios – which include violin makers, ironworkers and sculptors.

Hotel Bella Firenze

Queen room with white headboard, tile floors, peach accent wall and floral photography on wall at Hotel Bella Firenze, Florence
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Just across from the train station, Hotel Bella Firenze is an ideally situated budget hotel in Florence, a short walk away from many popular attractions – including the world-famous Duomo. Twelve rooms are spread over the 19th-century building, with tiled floors, colourful accent walls and stylish modern furniture. Varying in size and shape, the well-priced lodgings can accommodate two to four people. Complimentary breakfast consisting of fresh fruit, pastries and juice or coffee is served every morning in the modern dining room.

Antica Dimora Johlea

Antica Dimora Johlea is a peaceful townhouse in a quiet neighbourhood a short walk from the San Marco Museum. Filled with antique knick-knacks and colourful rugs, the atmosphere is akin to a comfortable private residence. The delightful hotel’s six guest rooms boast four-poster beds with fine silk curtains, tiled flooring and a vibrant colour scheme. Complimentary breakfast is served daily, alongside endless coffee and cakes all day. For a relaxing evening, pour a glass of wine from the honesty bar and head to the rooftop terrace for 360-degree city views.

Casa Schlatter

Double-height lobby space with tall windows, tile floors, comfy seating and paintings at Casa Schlatter, Florence
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A 10-minute bus ride from Florence’s city centre, Casa Schlatter is housed inside an elegant villa built in the 1890s. The former family home of Swiss painter Carlo Adolfo Schlatter, this urban oasis retains much of its authentic appeal with polished wood flooring and portraits hung on the walls. The three pristine guest rooms each have a unique theme – the Carlo Adolfo room has a mosaic-tiled private bathroom, while the pink-coloured Emma room boasts direct access to the backyard. After a long day of sightseeing, the private garden is the ideal place to relax.

Hotel Annalena

Traditional Florentine triple bedroom with gilded headboard, red accents, antique furnishings and tile floors at Hotel Annalena, Florence
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In the hip Oltrarno District, Hotel Annalena resides on the first floor of an elegant 14th-century palazzo. Inside, coffered ceilings and original cotto flooring mingle with antique furniture to create a sophisticated, comfortable place to stay. The hotel’s 20 charming guest rooms are old-fashioned and cosy, and some have balconies overlooking the gardens for an additional cost. A buffet breakfast is served in the salon every morning, and a bar is open for service all day – otherwise it’s just a short walk to the lively nightlife of Piazza Santo Spirito.

If these hotels don’t quite float your boat, check out our guide to where to stay in Florence, the best hotels with pools in Florence. Why not extend your Italian holiday and visit Venice? Give your wallet a break and book one of the best cheap hotels in Venice, bookable on Culture Trip.

These recommendations were updated on November 19, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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