Machiavelli Palace Hotel

, Florence, Italy
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Machiavelli Palace Hotel

, Florence
3 star

Rooms: 90

10 Via Nazionale - Florence - 50123 - Italy Hotel Website | | 055216622
370 Traveller

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6/10
Simple but elegant
Submitted by: Danielle Boily-Desovski in 14/06/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: Canada
  • Traveller type: Special Interest/Event
From the WEB site pictures I was expecting a more luxurious hotel -- simple but elegant. It was a bit too small and my first room the entire electricity broke down. After checking it through, I was moved to a surprisingly larger room with a large terrace - that was nice! But the bathroom was so small and the shower in the middle of it...I have lived in Europe and travelled alot - but that was the most disappointing. Anyways, I would probably not go back to this hotel -- I will choose one with an addional star...To me, comfort of a hotel room is very important -- I am a day sight seeker but at night I like to stay in my room and read...and have a nice quiet dinner. So the room surroundings, the view and the "atmosphere" are as important as the outside attractions! I am what you would consider a "bobo" -- french expression for a Bourgeois-Bohème !! A luxurious bohemian...Thank you for following-up. But I love the way I booked (on-line) and the honesty of the hotel and service!

Historical Traveller Reviews of Machiavelli Palace Hotel

Great Location

from sjf123
I stayed at the Machiavelli Palace for 3 nights. The hotel is located just around the corner from the train station and is also within walking distance of the Domo, Uffizzi and is about 20 minutes from the River Arno.
I was very impressed with this hotel. The front lobby and breakfast room were nicely decorated with lots of antiques and "frescos" on the walls. The front desk staff were very helpful.
The room was also nicely decorated and included an ensuite bathroom, mini fridge and flat screen tv.
The continential breakfast was great! I was impressed with the variety of breakfast items that included bread, cheese, meats, fruit, yogurt, orange juice, coffee, tea and sweets.
The only reason I would not rate this hotel higher is because of the noise from the street below. Out of 3 nights I only had one night of uninterupted sleep. I really hate to give this hotel such a bad rating because it was really good - if you decide to stay here, please ask for a room on the upper floor, and one that looks out over the court yard, not the street.

Three star but really OK

from Spriglet
We were pretty pleased wwith the location and the hotel. It is nothing fancy but it is close to everything. The room was clean and the bathroom was fine. Breakfast was great. The desk people weren't the friendliest but they weren't rude either. All and all we were quite pleased. Of course when we stay at three star hotels that is what we expect.

only lcation is good other then that 1 word awful everything

from A TripAdvisor Member
this hotel has terrible service no room service the shower stinks if you are a child you can not fit in the personel is nasty and i have been back 3 weeks and i still can not receive package by mail that was forgotten at my expense the only good thing was the location very close by foot to all the sights and 2 minute walk from the train station.

nice hotel

from ammbar
We spend nice days in this hotel.
the hotel location was very good, 3minutes walk from the central station & only 10 minutes walk from the Dumo.
Romms where so nice as a real palace,charming, but the bed was small & hard.
The bathroom very fresh.
Very clean
very good breakfast, very nice reception staff.

We really recomend this hotel in this beautifull city.

Fantastic long weekend in Florence

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed in Florence for a long weekend with my mum. It was a last minute deal through the internet. We arrived at the hotel two hours earlier than our check in time. Although we couldn't check into our room they immediatley put our luggage into safe keeping so that we could go off and start our holiday. The hotel is so close to the train and bus station which was great as you didn't have to carry luggage far and no need for taxis etc. It really is only two minutes away.

Once we checked into our room, we were really pleased. We had a nice sized twin room with a large window. Both the room and bathroom were spotless and were cleaned thoroughly each day, the bathroom was sparkling clean. We could not fault the staff, we found them absolutely lovely.

I do understand about previous comments about the smell from the bathroom. late at night there does appear to be a nasty smell from the drains. I have found that in other old cities this is often the case late at night because of very old drains and can affect many hotels when the toilets are not being flushed regularly at night. In the daytime, the smell seemed to disappear, just make sure you keep the bathroom door closed at night.

The famous sights really do start just around the corner. I can see why people find it a bit scary near the hotel at night. However, we live in London and it did remind me of Londons Soho but on a much smaller scale and once you get used to it you realise its just a busy area and people are just going about their business in a busy city.

For a three star hotel we were completely satissfied, the standard was much higher than a three star hotel in England which is why we have given the high rating. It was more than we hoped for. If you want better quality then I think you should go for a higher grade hotel and expect to pay more. To be honest if you are out looking at the sights all day then you are not going to spend much time in the hotel but its nice to have a nice base and a comfortable bed to go back to. We were more than happy.

We loved Florence although we didn't find the local people friendly at all, they can come across quite rude. We decided not to let this ruin our holiday as there is so much to see and do and we had a nice hotel to go back to. We would recommend a restaraunt just around the corner from the hotel next to the fish restaraunt. Its wooden on the outside and a very traditional small family run place. You might have to wait for a table. The food is great. Unfortunately we can't remember the name of it.

We hope you enjoy your trip as much as we did.

Very pleasant!!!

from Rubycairo
I was in this hotel last March from 7 to 11.This was the first time that I visit Florence, and now I can say what I knew, it´s beautiful and unforgettable and very easy to see.I was five days and I could see the city very good but I recommend four or five days minimum or a week if you can and if you like an arts city like this; in two days you can see Florence very fast what is strictly neccesary of course but you need more days to enjoy the city and "belong to it".I´d like staying for five days or more in every city I visit to see everything with calm that´s my opinion.Well, I stayed in The Machiavelly hotel (3 stars), in Via Nazionale 10, very near from Sta Maria novella station.It´s a good zone with many shops of everything you need and many shoe shops too.The hotel is at the begginning of the street because Via Nazionale is very long.The hotel is next to the corner of Via Faenza, a beautiful paved street to go for a slowly walk and at the end of Via Faenza you are in front of the capille Medicee.Ít´s about 3 minutes walking.The hotel is very near to San lorenzo market and the Duomo too, but everything in Florence is in a short walk.
The hotel was an old convent but it´s restored. It has a small hall with the reception, the lift, the stairs,and the access to the breakfast room.It´s a big hotel through it doesn´t seem, with long and labyrinthic corridors.Our room was in the first floor and was inner with views to a courtyard but it didn´t matter to me because the street is now under construction and noisy.The room was small but nice and cute, I could see another rooms and there were very big and beautiful rooms too.The room has a double bed with two little tables, a beauty wooden wardrobe, a beautiful golden mirror, a little desk, a chair , a tv and a little fridge.Everything little but very good and very clear, anything broken.You have your own heating too to up or down the temperature .The bathroom was little too but with everything you can need, a big mirror, shower , hair dryer, any problems with the hot/cold water or the pressure......and the most important thing, very clear too so in general we were very confortable.
The breakfast room has many tables, you have a buffet service and very complete, coffee, different teas, cereals, yoghourts, sweet stuff, jam cheese.....so the moment of the breakfast was a pleasure too.You can repeat what you want.
The stuff of the hotel were everybody very pleasant except for a red hair woman and a young boy at the reception but this wasn´t a problem.There is an old man which is very nice so....
Well in short, beautiful city , very good people, good food and very good and cheap hotel.I paid for flight and hotel 375 euros.We had a sunny weather so what can i say more?? I hope to visit Florence soon again , I can´t forget it now and of course I will stay in the Machiavelli hotel.Best wishes.

best breakfast in europe

from ard21
excellent location for all major tourist points in florence.

although the beds are on the minature side the breakfast is absolutely fantantastic! a real feast is offered each morning to put you on your way-the best breakfast is europe!

Nothing memorable but no complaints

from SBArules
Close to train station, basic room, nothing too fancy. Many hotels in the area. Lots of places to grab a bite, even a McDonalds for those wanting it. Easy to walk to most places in Florence from here. Also easy bus system - get a free map at tourist info across from the train station.

The place was clean & comfortable. Good reasonably priced place.

Not that impressed!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I stayed here from March 15-19, 2005. About the only thing we liked about the hotel was the breakfast and the fact that it was very close to the railway station and we did not have to drag luggage all over Florence. However, the hotel is not in the "prettiest" part of town. There are abandoned buildings just right down the street. The staff was not very personable and didn't seem to really want to help. The rooms were clean, but very, very small. The shower was horrible. It was so small. I am a petite person and I had trouble moving without hitting the water knob and getting blasted with cold water. We will never stay here again and would not recommend this hotel to any of our friends.

Great Experience

from A TripAdvisor Member
We had a great 3 night stay at this hotel. The location was perfect for us, just blocks from the train station and just a few more to the Duomo. The hosts were very polite and helpful. The rooms were clean. I would recommend this hotel.

Top Local Tips for Florence

Maggio Musicale Fiorentino This annual Music Festival is held annually from April through June and ranks among the oldest and most important European music festivals. After a long day of visiting churches and museums, with resultant visual overload (architecture, art, statues, frescoes, more art, more statues..), it's a nice contrast to experience the auditory delights of this Festival. You may hear world-famous conductors or classical musicians, or perhaps some up and coming local talent (as we did).

Don't stand in queues! Florence is not a city you need spend vast amounts of time in, iIf you time your sightseeing well. You can have lots of time to visit surrounding towns like the very beautiful and often overlooked Lucca, San Gimignano, Sienna and Pisa as well as shopping for leather goods provided you do not waste hours standing in queues to the Uffizzi Gallery and the Accademia. Make sure you book these on-line before you leave home. You will be allolcated pre-set entry times and you will simply walk through the front doors without waiting. It is an excellent system which works extremely well.

Osteria I'Brincello No need to go far from Palazzo Machiavelli to find a good restaurant. Try I'Brincello at number 110, Via Nazionale.

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  • Address: 10 Via Nazionale - Florence - 50123 - Italy
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