This definately isn’t a GQ, so let’s land this one here.
I was just looking for any input from experienced travelers (or heck even any Italian SDMBers). My gf and I are just looking for cheap places to stay overnight in Florence and Rome for a week in the middle of October. Any good advice/web sites to help save some money for a couple broke dopers?
(PS: we’re trying to stay under $100 a night as best we can… I guess that’s seventy to eighty euros)
I’ve had great experiences with using hostelworld.com (not for Italy, but for Germany and Hong Kong)–they often have private double rooms available; not all of the hostel beds out there are rickety cots in dormitories, contrary to popular belief.
It has great search options (hotels, hostels, private apts) by area and price. Don’t be afraid of the private apts - we booked a few that worked out well. They are usually the equivalent of a duplex here in the US, where the rented living area is reserved strictly for guests (although you may share a kitchen or bathroom with 1 - 3 other people…its the European model). Everywhere we were, you had you own room (with locks…I’m sure the owner had a spare), but they were all very friendly and trustworthy.
Venere has ratings for anyone listed, and does some diligence on their listors…
We just stayed at Hotel Alba. It was cheap, nice, secure, convenient to the train, close to the Uffizi, and had an excellent buffet breakfast. I highly recommend it. A friend just stayed at Dei Mori and also thought it was terrific.