Located just minutes from Fortezza da Basso in the bustling city of Florence resides a one-of-a-kind hotel experience unlike anything seen before. The Student Hotel, housed inside the 19th-century guesthouse for the Kingdom di Sardegna, is a place where any type of traveler can feel at home. Geared towards those seeking inspiration, the hotel caters to vacationers, business travelers, and students. Guests are welcome to stay for a night or even a year.
“[We are] a four-star structure with a hybrid and multifunctional nature, aiming at a mix of different people, to offer a wide range of services,” said manager Salvatore Marmolaro in a recent interview.
Opened in 2018, The Student Hotel has a brightly colored interior decorated with inspirational sayings or popular phrases in every room. There are about 390 rooms in total with 200 dedicated to university student usage. Starting rates are $69 a night for hotel guests and $694 a month for students. Parents of student boarders can also get a night free.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted with a giant sign saying, ‘Everybody should like Everybody.’ Inside, they’ll head to the reception area to check-in or play on the indoor swings available. The hotel also has a game room with ping pong tables for tournaments, a kitchen/cafeteria, restaurant, and bar. They also have meeting rooms, office spaces, auditorium, gym, and a rooftop pool embellished with the words, ‘The Beach is Boring.’
Marmolaro said, “Our target guest is anyone with a curious and open spirit.”
Recently, plans for a second Student Hotel were announced. This 550-room building will be located in a former Fiat factory in the Palazzo Belfiore close to the heart of Florence. This new hotel will have 32,000 square feet of office space, a 16,000 square foot market, 600 parking spots, and 14,00 square feet for third-party retailers. This new hotel is scheduled to open sometime in 2021.
On top of these two locations, the company has plans for a third location in Florence.
TSH founder and CEO, Charlie MacGregor, said, “The stunningly beautiful city of Florence is a magnet for TSH’s core community of international students.”
- The Student Hotel’s Business Plan [Il Sole 24 Ore]
- Book a Room [The Student Hotel]
- Belfiore Student Hotel [Hospitality Net]
- Feature Picture [Instagram]