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Reviews of Academy Hostel

Hostel | Ricasoli, 9, Stairs B, First Floor Florence, Tuscany, Italy 50122

94.4% Overall Rating

580 out of 589 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (05/09/2014)

"I like the location... Right at the center of everything, very convenient and easy access. I also love the cleanliness and all the very nice music that the staff played... Really very relaxing and wonderful;))"

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Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Secure lockers
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • 24 hour reception
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines
  • Wheelchair accessible

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Breakfast
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

*** According to the City Council resolution n. 230/33 of 06/20/2011, from July 1st the City of Florence will introduce the tourism tax, applied to non-residents overnight staying, for a maximum of 10 consecutive nights. The tourism tax rate is Euro 1,00 per person per night, and it is not applied to: • children (up to 10 years old); • people, who provide assistance to patients in hospital, max one each patient • people/family, who provide assistance to underage patients in hospital, max two each patient

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94.4%

Overall Rating

580 out of 589 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend 'Academy Hostel'

Atmosphere
88.0%
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98.4%
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96.0%
Cleanliness
99.2%
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92.0%
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Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

05 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: I like the location... Right at the center of everything, very convenient and easy access. I also love the cleanliness and all the very nice music that the staff played... Really very relaxing and wonderful;))

Disliked: The only things that I dislike is the internet connection in the room which is unreliable and also the amount of mosquito in the room and at the reception and kitchen... In fact, everywhere in the hostel... Though they did put up the mosquito repellant but it doesn't seem to help;((( so if you are going to stay here, please bring some mosquito spray/patch... For a more comfortable stay...

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

04 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: The staff was really friendly and helpful, the free aperitivo (wine and snack) that they organised every night brought guests to the terrace and it was easy to get to know other people. The hostel was really clean, everyone got their own flashlight, there was free luggage storage, felt really safe and nice. Location is absolutely the best in Florence and breakfast was pretty good as well, especially liked the fruit salad. Definitely the best hostel I've been to, felt like home and I would like to go back :) Thanks for an awesome stay!

Disliked: No sunlight in the rooms as the windows are covered with blinds (probably it is possible to open them, but I did not try). There could also be a power outlet next to each bed to make it perfect.

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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

01 September 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Clean, breakfast and especially the evening wine.

Disliked: The 3 hour lock out between 11 and 3pm for cleaning.

88.6%
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Rebecca Casey

Alone

Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

06 August 2014 Rebecca would recommend this property

Liked: I liked the location, cleanliness and security at this hostel. A buzzer entry system is great. The location was perfect and i could walk everywhere easily. Beds were clean and comfortable with clean linen and towels provided for free. There were computers provided for guests which was really good too. They also had insect spray and ear plugs free at reception too which was great.

Disliked: I had cold showers for my whole stay. Not sure if my timing was just off with the hot water or it just didnt exist. The wifi was a bit sketchy in the rooms but there are computers for internet if you need it. The layout of the rooms for me personally was a bit odd because you had privacy but it didnt really invoke much socialising within the hostel. Also the breakfast provided wasnt amazing either.

94.3%
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Michelle Hill

With my spouse / partner

Family Holiday

22 May 2014 Michelle would recommend this property

Liked: The position of the hostel is great. It is near the railway station and all the major sights.

Disliked: The poor quality of the wifi and it is noisy.

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Nicola Cockroft

With friends / other travellers

City break
Sightseeing & culture

22 April 2014 Nicola would recommend this property

Liked: The facilities here are fantastic - they provide free towels, a free evening drink with nibbles and secure lockers etc and the bathrooms and areas are very clean ad fresh looking. the location is also brilliant.

Disliked: Unfortunately for all the great facilities here it is very noisy. The walls are very thin and everything creaks and bangs - I could hear the people above and in the next room which made for difficult sleeping! The church bells at 7.30am didn't help!

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Customer review

Alone

City break
Relaxation/spa

02 April 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Location was great and staffs were really nice.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

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Marc Reimers

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

18 February 2014 Marc would recommend this property

Liked: Everything was perfect about my stay

Disliked: The people were a bit to shy and maybe too many asians (I like asians, not doubt, but they don't like to talk at all)

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Yilu Zhou

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

26 January 2014 Yilu would recommend this property

Liked: Clean and lovely place, nice people. And wine and appetizer in the evening for free!

Disliked: Sometimes one has to wait for the bathrooms, especially in the morning, and the hot water in the shower is not always stable.

97.1%
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Emily McLauchlan

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Sightseeing & culture

23 January 2014 Emily would recommend this property

Liked: the semi-privacy of each bed in the dorm rooms was nice, and the helpfulness of the staff. also fruit. location was ridiculous.

Disliked: Emily left no negative feedback.

91.4%
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Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Tomas Grois

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

09 January 2014 Tomas would recommend this property

Liked: The rooms were well distributed and have lot of space for each person

Disliked: you have to leave the hostel between 11.30 and 14.30 so they can clean it

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

Sightseeing & culture

06 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice staff, cool rooms and perfect location (I didn't use to public transport at all!)

Disliked: In winter the hall of the hostel smell not so good. They put the heating in the maximal!

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Boyoon Choi

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

02 January 2014 Boyoon would recommend this property

Liked: Very nice location and breakfast and cleaness

Disliked: A little expensivw

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Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Partying / nightlife
Romantic getaway
Shopping
Sightseeing & culture

02 January 2014 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Easy to find, clean, and safe.

Disliked: Nothing.

97.1%
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Chaim Ben-Zour

With friends / other travellers

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

30 December 2013 Chaim would recommend this property

Liked: What do you expect for less than 30$ per night? It's bloody perfect my friend. Comfi beds, VERY clean bathrooms and a nice fruit-punch breakfast. But obviously, this is a hostel for low budget youngsters. So if you actually define yourself as a 'traveller' that doesn't complaint, then you will fit perfectly in this place. Friendly staff, and without a doubt the very best location that a hostel can have in Firenze.

Disliked: I did not dislike anything about this hostel, but it was merely irritating that there were no electricity pluggs next to the beds. Not at all a disaster, but... WHY?!

82.9%
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Mark Kerollos

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

18 December 2013 Mark would recommend this property

Liked: Location was absolutely amazing, right on the main square of the Duom. Apertivo at 18:30 was a great way to meet people and have some free wine and food. Rooms were clean, with secure lockers. Wi-Fi reached my room (not all the rooms though) and was fast.

Disliked: Staff were completely uninterested in any of the people staying and were only as helpful as they needed to be when asked. No common area to stay in after 11pm.

88.6%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 80% Facilities - 100% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Sean Waite

Alone

Backpacking / gap year
Partying / nightlife
Sightseeing & culture

02 December 2013 Sean would recommend this property

Liked: Good fun hostel, good people, cheap beer, close to everything. Nice place to stay

Disliked: They have a lockout from 1100 to 1430. I don't like that.

91.4%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

22 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: It was a safe environment, good breakfast, friendly staff and good facilities!

Disliked: It was positioned amongst other homes so was not allowed to make any noise whatsoever after 10:30pm.

94.3%
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Customer review

Alone

Backpacking / gap year

14 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Great staff.. great location (very close to main attractions)...big lockers.. clean rooms and toilets.. breakfast provided (simple one)... 6 euros for laundry (wash + dry, detergent provided)

Disliked: the kitchen doesn't have a stove to cook our own food.. only provided a microwave...lot of mosquitoes in room and in the common area.. they have insect repellent but it stinks the whole room during the night.. if rooms can have more power point on walls will be great.... a big snorer in room (not great but it's not the hostel fault!!)

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Customer review

With friends / other travellers

City break

14 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, good location, clean.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

80.0%
Atmosphere - 80% Staff - 100% Facilities - 40% Safety - 60%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

With my spouse / partner

Sightseeing & culture

05 November 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Fantastic location right in the centre. Really big rooms so lots of space between you and your neighbours. Bathroom was big and well equipped. Free padlocks and bedside lights included.

Disliked: ZERO powerpoints in the four-bed dorm for charging. There are only two sockets - one is for the room lamp, the other for the mosquito repellent with a big sign telling you not to remove it. You have to use their 'charging cupboard' at the reception. The lockout for cleaning is very long and not necessary. The WiFi is very patchy even sitting next to the router - tested with two phones and a laptop. No security on doors to the rooms or the hostel - they will let in anyone who presses the buzzer. Not what I expected from a hostel that advertises itself as one of the best in the world.

The property's response is...

97.1%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture

30 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Very perfect! I recommend this hostel.

Disliked: Customer left no negative feedback.

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 80% Safety - 100%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Customer review

Alone

Sightseeing & culture
Visiting friends or family

28 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: Friendly staff, drinks and snacks every evening

Disliked: nothing

94.3%
Atmosphere - 100% Staff - 100% Facilities - 100% Safety - 80%
Location - 100% Cleanliness - 100% Value - 80%

Katsiaryna Bulyha

Alone

City break
Sightseeing & culture

18 October 2013 Katsiaryna would recommend this property

Liked: Отличное расположение хостела, приветливый персонал. Есть все что может потребоваться - стиральная машина, утюг, кухонные принадлежности.

Disliked: Комната откровенно мала для комфортного проживания 4х человек - узкий проход до кровати и все. Окно не открывалось и внешние жалюзи всегда закрыты -постоянное ощущение подвала. Впервые сталкиваюсь с тем, что на 3,5 часа уборки хостел полностью закрыт для постояльцев - не самая удобная особенность.

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Customer review

Alone

City break

09 October 2013 Customer would recommend this property

Liked: just great :)

Disliked: they seriously lock u out during the early afternoon.