Hotel Alessandro della Spina
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Alessandro della Spina Pisa
My mum and I only stayed one night but were very impressed with our stay. The room itself was beautifully furnished and had everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. It was very convenient to the main railway station though perhaps a slightly longer walk to the Leaning Tower than I had anticipated (still very manageable).
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Alessandro della Spina Pisa
Great night at this hotel
Having decided to travel and plan our holiday to Tuscany, we opted to fly from Liverpool to Pisa, then travel to Florence by train on the same day. On the return journey spending a day in Pisa with an early morning flight back to Liverpool.
We found the della Spina on Tripadvisor and decided with all the good ratings to book this hotel. We booked over the internet at the della Spina web site, and contacted Rita to confirm the booking (I'm not keen on credit card information over the internet).
My wife and myself kept watching a webcam of Pisa for the 2-3 months after booking until we flew - www.comune.pisa.it/doc/webcam.htm (worth watching as its always sunny - Piazza Garibaldi).
The hotel is based very close to the train station (5 minutes walk) - directions - right out of the station around the entrance semi circle, then take the first road on the left (Cafe on the corner used by the locals), then first right. The hotel is then 1st left - tucked away on right hand side of road (can walk along main road, but pavement was a bit scarce at the time we went). The hotel area was very quiet when we were staying, with the surrounding area occupied by local apartments and houses with allotments.
The reception area of the hotel is manned all day and night, and the reception staff are very friendly (finally met Rita). There is a living room area off the reception and a dining room for breakfast. The hotel is very intimate and friendly being small and family run. The rooms are very clean, spacious and similar to the 4-5 star hotel we stayed in Florence!!!
The bathroom is very clean and the standard soaps etc are provided.
All windows are fitted with roller blinds which I prefer as these are more secure than standard shutters.
The staff speak very good English, but do appreciate a try at Italian. They are very helpful and will advise places to go.
Pisa historical monuments area all situated together in Pisa and about 15-20 minute walk. The walk from the hotel is along the main shopping road (Corsa Italia) with designer clothes shops etc, with the Piazza Cavalieri en route (rare for old buidlings in Pisa).
It seems to be the place to be for the young adults at the Piazza Garibaldi late in the evenings - not UK style - eating ice cream and meeting (friendly environment). There is a very good and cheap ice cream shop in this piazza (nothing better than a huge ice cream at midnight)
We have put a few pics of the room and other bits of Pisa mentioned in the text on this site.
Great hotel - will definately be returning.
What a find!
I stayed here with my husband and two teenagers on the last night of our holiday before flying home. The hotel is a gem. It's small but it's very clean and well cared for. I read previous reviews of this hotel and hoped that people weren't exaggerating. I needn't have worried. We had a double and a twin room which they located close to each other for us and the rooms were very well furnished. The beds were the most comfortable of our entire trip and the rooms had air conditioning, minibar and satellite tv (with BBC World - our first english telly of the holiday!). The bathrooms were spotless and of a good size with a great shower and lovely tiling. The hotel has its own small car park around the back, which is watched from Reception via CCTV. The staff were really helpful. They told us how to get from the hotel to centre of Pisa, although we got a little lost trying to follow the map the hotel provided (this is my only moan). They also recommended a great little restaurant,(Pizzeria Galileo), for an evening meal which they then booked for us because they only serve breakfast. We needed a 24 hour chemist and they told us of one close by. The hotel is about 15 minutes walk from centre of Pisa and is only about 5-10 minutes drive from the airport which made the morning departure really simple.
It was a great end to our holiday.
Super hotel lovely staff
Just returned from a flying visit to Tuscany staying at the Bella Spina. All reviews were spot on lovely hotel very clean and the staff just perfect would definately recommend
Great Place to Stay
This is a lovely small hotel in a quiet area. The room was modern, nicely furnished and spotless. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful.
Get the train from the airport to Pisa Central it only takes 5 minutes and costs 1.20 euros. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the station. A leisurely stroll to the leaning tower takes around 20/30 minutes.
Take the train to Florence for a day out. We went on a Saturday it was very busy, hot and long queues for the attractions, but it was still worth the visit.
The hotel suggested we eat at Gallileos restaurant and it took us a while to find it, but it was worth 'finding' the food was excellent, prices were reasonable and would certainly recommend this place to eat.
Overall a great weekend and we would definitely go back to this hotel and Gallileos Restaurant.
Would highly recommend the Allesandra Della Spina
We found the hotel to be in a good location, off the main road and so quiet at night. The hotel is very tastefully furnished and comfortable. We found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. We asked for recommendations for somewhere to eat and they booked us into Gallileos which we would never have found where we had a lovely meal which didn't cost the earth. We would happily recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Pisa.
Couldn't stay anywhere better
Superb location [five minutes by taxi from airport], close enough [though south of the river] to stroll to all attractions, shops, restaurants. Beautifully decorated, rooms are REALLY large for three stars, spotlessly clean, lovely shower room, telly, great breakfast, v. helpful staff. They have parking too, so if like us you would like to tour round Tuscany in the future using Pisa as a base it would be great.
Need I say anymore ?? Room was only 110 euros. Bargain.
Paul and Sarah-Jane Venables
Welcome To Pisa!
Just back from Pisa. First time in Italy. I wasn't sure what to expect. We booked the Alessandro Della Spina for it's central location. Glad we did. Short walk to Train Station for trips to Florence and Lucca, Turin and Milan etc. Central to Main Piazza and 5 minutes from Airport on No.3 bus. Staff were wonderful and spoke very good English. Instantly we were given direction on how best to see Pisa and find our way around. Beds and Bathroom cleaned everyday including Sunday. Clean, cheap, friendly hotel, well worth visiting and revisiting. BBC World only English speaking tv channel but hey we didn't visit to watch television. Well worth it's 3 star superior rating.
3 star plus!!
Pleasantly surprised. The hotel is nicely renovated and the bedroom is a good size. Staff are friendly and informative. The location is excellent, close enough to the train station but not on top of it. All other sights are within walking distance.
Breakfast is very basic but sufficiant. All rooms have free broadband internet connection for laptops.
BBC world is the only english speaking channel available on tv.
Hotel was central location. Breakfast was good. Staff great. Room very clean and spacious. mini bar in room cheap. would recommend this hotel. great for a three star hotel.
Great Value for money
I was a little bit worried when I booked this hotel for a cheap weekend away in Pisa for my fiance birthday as it was so cheap, but I shouldn't have worried just renovated, larger than average rooms nicely decorated with a large bathroom and great shower. We will be staying there again on our next visit.