Machiavelli Palace is a very pleasant, perfectly acceptable small hotel very close to Santa Maria Novella station in Florence - (no, we didn't see any pimps and prostitutes!) The location and price were both excellent, the room very, very clean with sheets changed every day. The fridge was welcome, even in January, to chill your white wine. The concierge was a charming mine of information on local restaurants and local transport. The Lampara restaurant, much recommended in the guide books, is about ten doors down towards the station. Breakfast was adequate; cereals, yoghurt, meat and cheese, rolls and croissants, coffee. Look for the terrace on the third floor of the hotel.
Pisa Airport now has a very efficient shuttle-bus service into Florence's main station - the Terevision bus, (no, not Television, that's what I thought!) Get a return ticket - even the railway ticket booth encourages you to use the bus. We did all the tourist things, but at the suggestion of the hotel concierge, we took the No. 7 bus out to Fiesole from the bus station, (it's part of the train station). Get your bus tickets from the tabacchi next to the hotel, it's very cheap. Lots of great Roman ruins and an amphitheatre in Fiesole - a very easy trip out. We visited Florence in January, and the restaurants were happy for my husband and myself to split a lunchtime 'tourist' menu between two of us - perfectly adequate at lunchtime and cheap. Overall, eating in Italy is expensive!
I would definately use the Machiavelli Palace again - big signs against smoking everywhere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of Florence and built on a Templar church, just a few hundred metres from Santa Maria Novella train station and the Fortezza da Basso, the Hotel Machiavelli Palace is the ideal location from which to explore the city's secrets and reach all the major museums and monuments on foot in only a few minutes.Multilingual staff 24h.Rich buffet breakfast.Air conditioned.Exchang service.Wi-fi service and internet point. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Jet2Holidays , LoveHolidays, Splitty, Booking.com, Travel Republic (UK), Expedia, Hotels.com, Evoline ltd, Ebookers, HotelsClick, Cancelon, HotelQuickly and 5viajes2012 S.L. so you can book your Hotel Machiavelli Palace reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Machiavelli Palace Florence
- Machiavelli Palace Hotel Florence