The lobby area and reception desk are fairly small. The reception area is tastefully decorated with flowers, ornate lampshades and original tapestries depicting Florentine scenes from the Renaissance period. The area is softly lit offering a warm and relaxing atmosphere.
The hotel is a traditional Italian palace which was built in the mid sixteenth century. The hotel is entered via a dark stained glass automatic door. Beyond the entrance lies the reception desk which is immediately to the left. In 1700, a small nuns' convent - which is now the Machiavelli Palace Hotel - was added onto the side of San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini church (which was founded in 1206 and has belonged to the Knight Templars since 1256). Two noble Florentine families, the Bartolinis and the Salimbellis, bought the convent and transformed it into a gentleman's residence, as shown by the family coat of arms on the hotel's facade. The hotel was completely renovated in 1999, however it has retained the typical atmosphere of old Florence as its lines and finishing in the Florentine style of the period – such as frescoes, panelled ceilings and pietra serena ornaments etc. - have been left unchanged.
The Machiavelli Palace Hotel offers guests 90 comfortable, elegant rooms furnished in Florentine style, all with bath, shower and hairdryer, mini-bar, direct dial telephone, satellite TV, air conditioning and safe. In addition there is a unrivalled view over the roofs of Florence from the first floor terrace, where you can relax with a drink or sunbathe in the summer.
The breakfast room is situated on the ground floor and has terracotta flooring and tapestries on the walls as have the rooms. There are many nearby typical restaurants.