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Hostel 7 Santi is a good budget option for anyone prepared to stay in a large, facility-lacking hostel on the outskirts of Florence.
The hostel is located in a converted convent right behind a church in a residential area outside of the city centre. It is about a five-minute walk to Firenze Campo di Marte Train Station or a two-minute walk to a bus stop that will take you into the Florence city center. If you enjoy walking, it is an easy, thirty-minute walk into the city. There are only minimal food options around the hostel but a supermarket is located just in front of the hostel for ready-to-eat options. This is not a hostel to stay at if you want to find clubs and bars nearby.
Rooms and Bathrooms
A variety of different-sized private and dormitory rooms are available throughout the hostel. Dorm rooms range in size from three to eight beds; some have en suite bathrooms.The dorm rooms all have large lockers that are big enough to fit larger suitcases and backpacks. A lack of reading lights in the dorms means you can often be disturbed by the main light whilst sleeping. The beds are a little uncomfortable and are very squeaky with their metal bed frames. Sheets are provided free, but you need to make the beds yourself. Private rooms are available in twin, double, triple, and family rooms, and are considered by the hostel as more of a hotel-style room.
Shared bathrooms are available on each floor for the rooms that don't have en suite bathrooms. En suite bathrooms here are more of a negative, as the smell of sewage is constantly wafting into the bedroom. The en suite bathrooms are also quite narrow and small but not very modern or clean, despite being cleaned everyday.
This hostel really is lacking in comfortable common areas, despite the size. The largest indoor common area is where the buffet breakfast and dinner are provided for a charge, so it restricts who can use this area. Otherwise, there is a small TV lounge on one of the floors that's big enough for a handful of people. In warmer weather, the outside patio area is the place to meet people. Lots of power points are also provided in the outdoor area, which is a handy touch. The hostel has a basic bar, but drinks are substantially cheaper from the adjacent supermarket when it's open. A fridge and microwave are provided if you look hard enough. Free Wi-Fi is available but it doesn't work very well in the rooms. The vibe of the hostel is fairly tame and quiet, but you can meet some friendly guests here if you try hard enough.
Overall, this is a good option if you are willing to sacrifice a central location and decent facilities for a budget price. It is a fairly basic and sterile-looking hostel that could use an overhaul.
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Published on May 16, 2018
7 Santi Hostel is an antique convent built at the end of year ‘800, now completly renewed. The tranquility of the convent has been preserved and offers a nice place to rest while traveling and visiting the many museums and historic sites of Florence.
It has 32 rooms with private bathroom, 10 with sink and shower and 19 with shared bath on the same floor, with a total of 160 beds.
It is situed in the area of "Campo di Marte" next to the church of the Sette Santi (Seven Saints) and is very close to the Stadium.
The bus line n° 17 which stops at a few steps from our entrance, passes by frequently and takes you to the city center in 10 minutes.
The short distance from the train station Campo di Marte, makes it easy to reach the most important places in the Tuscany region.
Location and Contact
At the train station buy a bus ticket at the tobacco counter and exit the station and go around to the right side and take bus 17. Get off at the Sette Santi stop (about 15 minutes) and head back the direction from which the bus came and take the first left (Viale dei Mille) and the hostel is across the street. By the way, don't ask the bus driver for the ostello or you'll probably end up at the big HI hostel farther down on the same bus route.