Overlooking the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, Hotel Universo is set in a quiet square in central Florence. It offers colourful design rooms with air conditioning and a buffet breakfast. The Universo is just 300 metres from Santa Maria Novella Train Station and 5 minutes’ walk from Florence Cathedral. The surrounding area is full of interesting monuments, shops and restaurants. Rooms come with a TV and private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Some have a view of the square. Reception is open 24-hours a day and staff provide useful local knowledge.