Via Faenza 56, Florence50123Italy
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About Paola

Paola provides air-conditioned rooms for travellers on a budget. The hostel is centrally located just a few blocks from Santa Maria Novella Train Station, and a five-minute walk from San Lorenzo Market.

The hostel features female-only and mixed-sex dorms furnished with single or bunk beds, nightstand and storage space. Private rooms come with an en-suite shower and sink, and have access to shared toilets.

Wi-Fi is complimentary and accessible in all parts of the hotel. Pet-friendly accommodations are available upon request.

Vending machines with drinks, snacks and hot beverages are found on site. La Sosta della Contesse, located across the street, offers a casual venue to sample various Italian dishes.

Paola is only a five-minute walk from the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, which dates back to the 15th century. The hostel is convenient for visitors who are attending an expo or trade show at Spadolini Pavilion, as it is just half-a-kilometre away.


Via Faenza 56, , Florence, 50123, Italy
Telephone: +390(55)289999 | Fax: +390(55)289999 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • 24-hour reception
  • Computer with internet
  • Concierge
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel safe
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Parking garage
  • Pets allowed
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Bathroom with shower
  • Central heating
  • Desk
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet
  • Room safe
  • WiFi in rooms

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 14:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Central and convenient location

Guests consider this hostel's location ideal for exploring the city and having great access to public transportation. Visitors report that the historical centre is very easy to reach on foot, and all the major sights can be accessed without the need for public transport. Those arriving at the main railway station appreciate how easy it is to get to the hostel from here.

Negative Reviews

No facilities

Travellers find this hostel very basic and dislike that the property offers no common areas or facilities. According to reviews, there is no common kitchen and no shared lounge area, only a sofa in the corridor. This is very inconvenient for guests. The only amenity provided is vending machines, all of which of course cost money. Many guests ask at least the availability of a hot water boiler.

Poor bathroom to guest ratio

According to reviews, there are a very limited number of bathrooms in the hostel, and the number of people that share them is far too high. Guests suggest at least reducing the number of beds per room, as they are far too close together for comfort anyway.

No lift

Guests warn that one should be prepared to carry their own suitcases up three floors. Unfortunately, there is no lift inside the building.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 353 reviews across the web
7.1 /10
  • hostelbookers
    7.9 /10
    6.2 /10
  • Expedia
    6.0 /10
  • Other Sources
    7.4 /10
7.1 out of 10 based on 353 reviews