Where to Stay in Florence: Hostel Gallo d’Oro

Clean, colorful, close enough to the center, buffet breakfast plus free snacks practically 24/7, all for €22 a day. You can do much worse than Hostel Gallo d’Oro.

I’ll be honest and say outright that the deciding factor for my booking Hostel Gallo d’Oro was a comment I read somewhere — perhaps at Booking.com, where it has a 9.1 rating, or in TripAdvisor, where it’s 4.5 out of 5 — that said the hostel also offered free snacks till around 5 PM, in addition to a generous breakfast. Free food is always the way to my cheap, little heart 😀 and Hostel Gallo d’Oro did not disappoint.

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Hostel Gallo d'Oro (Florence, Italy)

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The girl who checked me in could have been a bit more hospitable — she gave off the air that she was only working there so she could stay there for free…which was actually probably the case, but still — and it would have been nice to have curtains around the beds for a bit of privacy. Otherwise, I can’t really think of anything bad to say about the hostel. (The rest of the staff were nice, by the way.)

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Hostel Gallo d'Oro (Florence, Italy)

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I stayed in a 4-bed female dorm room, which was still empty when I checked in so I got to choose the lower bunk of the bed near the window. In any case, I was the only one in the room the first night I was there. Afterwards, there was a whole cycle of people coming and going: an Iranian, a Mexican, three Koreans, and a girl who more or less made it clear she wasn’t interested in even the most minimum of pleasantries. There were 4 lockers (you have to bring your own lock), pegs for hanging coats, the table you see in the photo, a luggage rack that I didn’t use, and a small bedside table by the window that I happily claimed for my entire 5-night stay.

Hostel Gallo d’Oro actually has two wings, both located on the first — that is to say, second 🙂 — floor of a building in Via Cavour. One wing housed reception, the kitchen and dining area, luggage storage, and a bunch of rooms. My room was in the other wing. Although the food was always served in the main wing, ours also had a mini-kitchen with a microwave, an electric kettle, and other essentials, plus a single table and chair which I never saw anyone using. The bathroom was clean and colorful and large: there were 3 toilets and 4 shower stalls (if I remember correctly) plus large mirrors, hair dryers, and eternally refilled soap. (Our room also had eternally refilled lotion — it’s these little things that mean a lot.)

And of course food means a lot!

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Hostel Gallo d'Oro (Florence, Italy)

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Hostel Gallo d'Oro (Florence, Italy)

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Hostel Gallo d’ Oro

  • Book HERE.
  • Address: Via Cavour 104, San Marco – Santissima Annunziata, 50129 Florence, Italy
  • From the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station: Take Bus 17 from the Stazione Valfonda bus stop and alight at the Venezia stop. The hostel is only 300 meters away.
  • To Firenze SMN: Take Bus 1 from the Sant’Anna stop right across the road from Hostel Gallo d’Oro.

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