Looking for a "budget" hotel in Florence for a family. We can walk quite a bit. Are there good city bus connections to downtown Florence in exchange for a cheaper, yet still clean and comfortable hotel for a family of 3. We are not picky people. Just a clean, comfortable room with easy walking or easy bus connections to downtown Florence. Our Budget: $150 - $215 a night (total including tax and bed for third person).
We have stayed at the Olimpia Hotel several times. It is on the Piazza della Republica and is within your price range, clean, and comfortable. email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Barb, We were in Florence in May. We stayed in an apartment (http://www.glamapartments.com/#!melarancio-suite/c21jj) for 3 nights. It is located in the same square as the Medici Chapels. Very comfortable. The owner was delightful. The apartment was affordable and there is room for six. She had smaller apartments in the same building, but we are a family of 5, and this apartment fit us perfectly. Clean and close to everything. A bit on the noisy side at night, but only on the weekend. Oh, no lift, if that's a issue. We walked everywhere and didn't feel the need for a bus to anything. The furthest we explored, though, was over the river to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Close to the train station. Close to the historic center. Good luck!
Your budget is not that low for Florence. Any 2 star hotels and many 3 star hotels in the city center will be within your budget. 2 and 3 star accommodations are very adequate. Therefore no need to search for distant accommodations. Look into Booking.com or Venere.com or Airbnb.com. Bed and Breakfast are generally cheaper. Look into BBitalia.it or Bedandbreakfast.com. You can also find apartments if you want. Look into Homeaway.com or homelidays.it for apartments.
Try to find a location in the cheaper and quieter Oltrarno (beyond the river Arno, I.e. south of the river). San Frediano, Santo Spirito, San Niccolo are the Oltrarno districts.
You might include the B&B Casa dei Tintori in your consideration, specifically the Green Room: http://www.casadeitintori.it/en/ check the reviews on Tripadvisor. We stayed there with our two daughters and found it very comfortable. The room is very large and affords some privacy for parents and children, although it is not divided by a wall. The room is beautifully restored and decorated, and bathroom is very modern. the location, a block from the Arno, one bridge up from the Ponte Vecchio, maks for very easy walking to all the major sights. The Green Room is toward the back so gets no street noise. There is a very good and inexpensive restaurant just half a block away, Del Fagioli. Italian menu only.
Thanks everyone! I went to booking.com and Venere.com. There were a couple on Venere and many more on booking.com. Many options seem to be about a 10 minute walk from train station. I will be checking out the options you have shared. Are there any neighborhoods that are particularly "seedy" or noisy at night that I should avoid?
We recently spent 5 days in this apartment on the Oltrano.
http://www.vrbo.com/287291 It was very clean and comfortable with two bedrooms a bathroom kitchen and living room and small balcony. The price for 3 adults was 125 euros per night. It was well connected by bus, though we preferred walking.