I am bringing my 16-year-old granddaughter with me for a week on the Cinque Terre, but flying into Florence for a couple of nights pre-and-post hiking. This will be her first exposure to Europe, and I would love to find a place for our first night that is not hugely expensive - I would hope for $150 range?? - but more importantly really is a place with the flavor and charm of Italy. Not interested in glitz and amenities, just style and charm. - and maybe small views?? (Can walk up stairs!) Thanks for any suggestions!
We loved the Hotel Alessandra in 2014 - not sure if it's in your budget though.
I have friends who highly recommend the Hotel Monna Lisa.
You probably will get better response if you post your question in the Destination Q & A section under Italy. This section is for giving review of properties in Italy. Not everyone will see it.
Hotel J & J Historic House is a restored monastery, lots of charm and atmosphere.
I would recommend the family-run B and B Casa dei Tintori, in the “dyers district” near the river, just a bit upriver from the Ponte Vecchio. It is an easy walk to the Duomo area on mostly pedestrianized streets.
The Indigo room can be set up as a twin=bedded room, and at 120 euros a night is within your budget. For a bit more (150 euros), the Green Room will offer you more space and a bit of privacy for each. We had this room with our daughters and it was very comfortable. The bathroom is quite large.
The historic building has been nicely renovated and has lots of charm but is not fancy.
There is an excellent local restaurant (menu only in Italian) just up the street. The owners and waitstaff were very friendly. I will try to remember the name . . . Something like Fagioli (beans) although they specialize in meatballs.
it is “Del Fagioli”, a Tuscan trattoria. They have no website; we reserved by stopping by the day before to ask for a reservation. Here is a review:
A few years ago I stayed at Hotel Torre Guelfa near the Ponte Vecchio with my daughter in a twin bedded room. It is a little more than your $150 range, but it has such charm and character. Our favorite part was the small seating area at the top of the tower where you could have a drink brought to you while you had a 360 degree view of Florence.
We enjoyed staying at the Casa per Ferie Suore Oblate dell’Assunzione Borgo Pinti - a nun operated guest house. Our cab driver said it was the best location in Florence. Very near the Duomo. Nice room, good price, twin beds.
No need to be Roman Catholic or even Christian. I can’t imagine that I would ever stay elsewhere. Info and booking at www.monasterystays.com
I liked the Hotel Silla on the south bank of the Arno, a short walk across the bridge to Santa Croce. It's next to a park, has a nice terrace, and close to various eating options. The breakfasts were excellent. It's up a flight of stairs, but there's an elevator too.