Emerald Palace Florence Hostel Review and Information

Beds Starting At $20.43

What sets them apart?

This hostel's central location walking distance to the Duomo, it's affordable prices, and the large rooms make it a pretty good option in Florence.

Who's staying here?

This hostel is convenient for budget travellers who want to be centrally located near everything that historical Florence has to offer.
  • Solo Travelers
  • Couples
  • Small Groups (<8)
  • Young Professionals

Insider Tip

This hostel actually has a free breakfast that isn't advertised on many websites.

Emerald Palace

This locally run hostel is in a great location walking distance to the Duomo. It is housed in a historic building that has a quintessential Florence personality. The rooms are surprisingly large given the hostel's central location and the beds are comfortable. The staff speaks mostly Italian, but will work with you to answer any questions you may have.

The Facilities

Dorm Bed $20.43
This hostel has four and six bed dorm options. The beds are singles, not bunk beds, which is a nice change. The rooms are surprisingly large given the hostel's central location and there are security lockers available, but do note that there's no external lock on the door. It's convenient to store all of your belongings safely in the security locker though.
Private Rooms
Private Room $35.83
The hostel also has double and triple private rooms available. The double rooms have a queen bed and the triple rooms have three twin beds. There's also a split level apartment unity that has three twin beds and a pullout sofa bed.
Some rooms here have private attached bathrooms while others use shared bathrooms. The bathrooms have walk-in showers and are cleaned regularly.
Common Areas
There isn't a ton of common space in this hostel, but there is a small outdoor terrace with a table and chairs. There's also a shared lounge area where guests can hang out, a small shared kitchen, and some tables and chairs inside where you can enjoy a snack or drink. Most guests keep to themselves, so the common areas aren't that crowded, but they do offer a nice place to unwind or plan your next day's travels.

The Location

San Lorenzo
What's Nearby?
This hostel is located in central Florence in the beautiful neighborhood of San Lorenzo. It's very close to Chapel of Medici and is a third of a mile from Accademia Gallery. The Uffizi Gallery is about half a mile away and the Duomo can easily be reached in about a five minute walk.

Do note that this hostel is located on the second floor of its building, and there is no elevator. This isn't uncommon in central Florence.
Nearby Transportation
This hostel is about a third of a mile from Santa Maria Novella Train Station. This is likely how you'll be arriving in Florence.


This hostel has an impressive Italian breakfast available in the morning. It includes hot drinks, croissants, and pastries. There's also a shared kitchen facility with a microwave and refrigerator that guests can use. Other amenities available at the hostel include luggage storage, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, and travel information.
  • Wi-Fi
  • Breakfast (Paid)
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Bike Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Reading Light
  • Microwave
  • Bed Linens
  • Security Lockers
  • Tour & Travel Desk
  • Hair Dryers
  • City Maps


The staff here speak mostly Italian, but will work with you to understand any questions you may have. Some guests felt the staff weren't particularly personable, while others really enjoyed the interactions. It really seems to depend on who's working when you arrive.

Heads Up

This hostel seems to have a lot of rules (cleaning hours when the rooms are closed, no outside alcohol, etc). The rooms feel a bit older as well, but for some that adds to the character.

Emerald Palace

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