Taking my first trip to Italy this September. I am traveling alone and am looking for suggestions on good safe places to stay in Florence and Rome. Hopefully for around $150/per night
Connie, I'm not sure if you find availability for September at this point, but I would recommend trying Hotel Italia in Rome and Hotel Il Bargellino in Florence. Both are within walking distance from the train station. The single rooms are small, but given your $150/nt budget, you could spring for a double room to give you more space.
We stayed at Residenze Il Villino which was NOT close to the train station but rather in the student/university area...just around the corner from the Accademia.
It's a wonderful Mom and Pop B&B. I wouldn't stay anywhere else. They get rave reviews on TripAdvisor
On my RS Venice, Florence and Rome trip last summer, we stayed at the Hotel Accademia in Florence and the Aberdeen hotel in Rome - both in very safe areas and economical as well. If I was traveling solo, I would stay at both of these places again.
Hope you have a great time - Buon viaggio (sp?) !
Pitti Palace in Florence was great. I also travel alone and felt quite safe. It's at the end of the Ponte Vecchio on the Palace side. It has a roof top terrace which looks across to the Duomo. Great way to start the day. Also very clean and comfortable. I don't remeber exactly the price but I think it would probably fit into your budget. I use trip advisor and venere to book all my hotels and find the sites great.
Adler Hotel in Rome & Adler Cavalieri in Florence.
My son & I stayed at both in March 2006 and they were very nice, safe, good locations,and no issues. Found them with RS & Trip Advisor. They are also both close to train stations.
They both include breakfast, with the Adler Cavalieri being Excellent.
We stayed at Gullivers Place Bed and Breakfast while were were in Rome in May of 2007. We loved it and everyone we were travelling with were jealous or our map that they give to you upon check in. It was very safe and the near to Termni Station (took about 5-10 mins to walk there). We did not have any problems and would stay there again. Not sure if they would have room or not. Great breakfast in the morning as well was included in our room price (2 pieces of toast, juice, pastry, coffee, espresso or Cappuccino or tea made fresh, fruit salad, yogurt, and cold cereal). The people that own it also own a hostel called Gullivers House near the Colloseum(not sure what it is like as we never went).
Soggiorno Battistero is my recommendation for Florence. We stayed there last month. If you can get a room with a view--it will be an amazing one of the Baptistery and Duomo. There is a single (Room3) with this view. The location is central to everything, the owners (American & Italian) are very helpful, and the price is right--well in your range. See Rick Steves' Florence & Tuscany 2007 for more info.
I was in Florence and Rome last Sept. & Oct., and also travelled "solo".
In Florence I stayed at Hotel Aldobrandini, and would highly recommend it! Ignazio, the Owner was fantastic. IF you can get a reservation this late, it will probably be well under your $150 budget. It's within easy walking distance from Firenze SMN (it took me some time to find it, but once you know the location it's easy).
In Rome I stayed at Hostel Allessandro Palace (4-bed co-ed Dorm). Not sure if you want to stay in Hostels, but it's within about a 7 minute walk from Roma Termini, and I would also recommend it. Again, it will be WELL under your budget amount!
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In Florence, my favorite place for the entire 3-wk trip around Italy was Tourist House Ghiberti.
In Rome, we stayed at Albergo Romano, which is 2 blocks from the Colosseum, making it easy to walk to most places and it's a very safe area. We were (two women) taking pictures at 10:30pm with fairly expensive cameras, for about half an hour, just sitting around opposite the Colosseum and were never bothered. Loved walking around there at night.
Both hotels are within your price range and are very comfortable, though Tourist House Ghiberti was quite a standout. It's only 2 blocks from the Duomo too and walking distance to the museums.
In Florence, definitely check out:
The Hotel Cestelli @thehotelcestelli.com,
a wonderful place near the river and very reasonable for a single traveller.
In May I paid E55.
casa olmata, in rick's book...a hostel, stairs, but very nice..i believe it was 30+ or -..
i missed my flight out of rome, and they [mira]..let me stay for 20euro, as i had already cashed out my euro stash..
very nice , clean, and the boys work VERY hard, carrying your luggage, constantly cleaning the stairs.
it felt safe, secure[they have an outside camera]..
very centrally located as well.
Florence--we stayed at the Hotel Silla. It is very nice, quiet, clean, great breakfasts, friendly staff.
Rome--we stayed at the Hotel Lancelot. Fantastic, family-run place, nice, friendly staff, quiet, clean, great breakfasts and suppers. It's about a 5-min. walk from the Colosseum.
I think both places would be fine for a solo traveler.
I honestly don't know the prices because our trip was a gift.
Oh--both hotels have elevators! :)