Hotel Machiavelli Palace
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How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Machiavelli Palace Florence
This a nice hotel, in a great location, with a helpful staff e a very good breakfast. The shower is strong and hot, the room is clean and you can spent here your vacation in peace.
We stayed at the Machiavelli in early October. As you might already know, the Machiavelli is a former convent. The room we were assigned was very small, the bed not very comfortable, and in the bathroom, the curtain in the shower did not hold in the water, as a result the bathroom got flooded. I went to the desk and very nicely asked if we could possibly move to a larger room with a shower that doesn't flood, they very willingly accommodated us. The breakfast at the hotel was good, but not as good as Rome. The location of the hotel is great...walking distance from the train station and around the corner from the straw market. Not once were we afraid. Cafes, trattorias, pizzerias, and restaurants are abundant as are bakeries. Fresh bread across the street. Plenty of ATMS nearby also, although they were not working one day. We also asked the front desk about hiring a driver to take us through Tuscany. Their recommendation was fantastic. The van was extremely comfortable, the driver did not speak English but was absolutely fantastic. He took us (2 couples) and another couple from another hotel to Pisa, Volterra, San Gimignano, and Sienna. Left hotel at 9:00 a.m and returned at 8:45 p.m. What a day and the cost was only 100 Euro per couple (plus tip of course!). He waited for us as we toured these fantastic towns and the view of Tuscany was incredible. All in all I would recommend the Machiavelli for a short stay (3-5 nights), but for a longer stay I would want something a little bigger.
Location, Location, Location! this is one of the best hotels to stay at while visiting the beautiful city of Florence! The staff is friendly and helpful and they even arranged for us to have a car service while we went outlet shopping! Rooms are huge clean and the bathrooms are immaculate!!! It's near the train station and the market place- so any last minute shopping you need done- you can do here! It is is near the duomo and a bank if you are short on cash! have fun!
A fine 3 star hotel
We stayed at the Hotel Machiavelli at the end of July, 2004. For a 3 star hotel, it was nice and clean. The main train station is about 2 blocks away and the main sightseeing locations are within walking distance. We walked everywhere. We stayed on the 3rd floor where there is an outdoor patio. We found the breakfast to be sufficent and the rooms good. Bed was a little hard. Staff spoke perfect english. We used a coin laundry about 2 blocks away and an internet cafe was across from that. All in all.... good and would recommend for value.
Good location - near train station and market!
When we first arrived, the neighborhood did make us a bit worried. The hotel was across the street from a rundown empty warehouse giving us the impression that we were in a bad part of town, possibly prone to pick-pocketers and gangsters. However, after staying there for 2 days, we grew to feel a bit safer and like the location much more. Just minutes from the train station, open market, restaurants, shops, and a short walk to other major Florence attractions, our hotel was close to everything, including a travel agency that arranged tours of the city and Siena/San Giminiano (a must!). The room was average. Clean and quiet. The breakfast buffet provided enough rolls, bread, processed pate/cheese, cold cuts, fruits, cereal, & coffee/tea to get us through at least 'til lunch time!
Stayed with a friend for a week at the machiavelli Palace. Situated near the main station, about 5 mins walk away one you find the right turning. Don't be put off by the street it's in - just turn the corner past the hotel and enter a lovely Florentine area, near the San Lorenzo market, an excellent Deli about 1 minute away, a realyy good value Trattoria, and a cafe selling a good cuppa over the road. Rooms were nice, ours was quiet, overlooking small courtyard, nice and clean and airy. Very good breakfast included, good slection of cheeses, meat, cereals, juices, croissants etc, each as much as you want. very small bar in hotel, which didn't appear to open after 10pm.. Service from staff was variable - weren't made to feel too welcome when we arrived, but other staff were helpful and informative e.g finding out bus times to Sienna (the main bus station is baout 8 min walk away opposite Santa Maria Novella Church). Hotel has nice sun terrace on 3rd floor, it isn't advertised in the reception, we only knew cos found it mentioned on the 'net. Good sun trap, views of Duoma. Hotel is OK about you taking your own food in to eat, it doesn't have a restaruant, but there's plenty nearby.
We'd certainly recommend it for anyone wanting good value, good breakfast and excellent location - less than 5 mins to main Duomo piazza.
Loved the drapes
the hotel was really nice....clean bathroom, with everything needed, clean room, nice drapes, which gave the room the look of a castle camera...really cool
Give this place a whirl in Florence
Stayed there in March 2003Rooms are a good size, but we did flood our bathroom almost after every shower. The hotel staff speaks english and they are very nice and accomodating. Its in a great location, walking distance from the train station and the tourist sites. Breakfast is good and included in the room price.