Grand Hotel Duomo
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Today we start at 8.20 to stash luggage and tie on bikes to Marc's very impressive trailer, then a train ride to Lucca...ah I feel quite nostalgic returning to my old haunt. A bike ride around the city and we finish in Piazza Teafeattro which has the dimensions of the old amphitheatre which was once there. A coffee and then we climb the Torre …
... as the first storey was completed, and now leans at around 10 degrees. We don't make the 297 step climb to the top, and walk all around the Piazza before having dinner close by the tower. Before heading back to the hotel, we take the photos most often seen of this landmark, trying to hold up the tower and trying to push it over. A remarkable day, as we witness the sun going down and the tower disappearing into the night from our hotel ...
... the air to take silly pictures. Of course, we did the exact same thing. After about 30 minutes of trying to get the perfect shot it was starting to drizzle so we looked at the other two buildings in the piazza which had entrance fees so we didn't do in. One was the Pisa Cathedral and the other was St. John's Baptistry. We were glad we went back for the once in a lifetime ...
... s 4km length in the late afternoon sun. I have decided to provide myself with some anchors on my journey. I have one for Ravello from my visit there in June. Sitting down in a restaurant for lunch, overlooking a breathtaking mountain view, Vivaldi's "Spring" began playing from a stereo somewhere. It now takes me back there every time I hear it. So, Lucca is now to be anchored to the sopranos' aria from the Marriage of Figaro. I lay beneath the shade of a ...
... him. When we got to the front of the line, we had to go sign an “affidavidt” saying he really was 9 years old. The lady at the counter didn’t ask him his age – but he blurted out – in a rehearsed sort of way “I am 9 years old”. Little obvious! After successfully teaching our children to lie…we did get to go up to the top of the tower and it was awesome…and really leaning by the way.
Wade and I had been to Pisa two years ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Duomo Pisa
I was slightly disappointed with this hotel compared to previous hotels I had stayed in Italy(Rome and Florence) that were a three and two star respecitively.
My impression of the hotel is that it had seen better days!! Perhaps once it was Grand but now a rather drab hotel in need of decoration.
However it was clean and reasonably priced and the breakfast was adequate.
Location is good for the leaning Tower of Pisa. Only stayed for one night and that is all you need in Pisa unless you are using it as a base to explore other areas.
Good for an airport stop but that's all, lacks character of other hotels.
We stayed here for two nights on our honeymoon. What a dissapointment- it was classed as a 4 star hotel and was easily the worst quality room we had the entire trip, even though many of our hotels were classed as being lower. The room reminded me of a bad student dorm.
The lobby is lovely however and the location is very convenient, but have stayed in other 2 star hotels in pisa (Di Stefano for example) which were far nicer.
We stayed at this hotel for one night in February 2004. The rooms were medium size but very clean. The location is superb and we were given a room with a view to the Leaning Tower. The breakfast was served in a banquet hall and was of very poor quality. The bread rolls were stale.
Great location shame about the food.
I've just got back from a stay in this hotel (Jan 2004). If you're in Pisa just to sightsee, then this hotel is perfectly located - only a minute walk to the Leaning Tower, cathedral etc. The hotel itself isn't what I would class as 4 star, but having stayed in Italy several times before in '4 star hotels' I wasn't expecting anything better. On a down side, I did find my room very noisy and struggled to sleep. The staff were friendly and helpful and, if I were going for a short stay again, I would stay at this hotel again... but would definitely request a room further away from the road!
Clean and friendly
A little tired and past its best but good value with helpful staff.
Perfect location for tower and quality shopping. Excellant fish restaurant nearby was recommended by reception desk
I got exactly what I paid for!
Not the most modern of hotels, past its prime but clean and tidy.
Whilst there I didn't see another hotel that I would have preferred to stay in - they all seemed to a bit past it. Continental breakfast was fine and the staff were very helpful and recommended a good fish restaurant (Nando's - a 5 minute walk away - v.good). They even telephoned to check availibility of a table without being asked. As I said, not the best hotel I have stayed in even though it was rated as a 4 star but perhaps its different over there. I think I paid £61 for a double room for two with breakfast - you would expect to pay near that for a B&B in a tourist area. It wasn't priced as a 4 star in my opinion so what do you expect? Well located with a good view of the tower from the roof terrace.
Answer to american critics
grand hotel duomo :i staid twice in this hoteland it is maybe the most comfortable hotel of Pisagood situationand generous breakfast buffetwe europeans and certainly southern europeanswe don't need breakfasta cup of coffee and a small piece of bread or sweet is sufficientfor americans maybe the only pisan hotel servinga complete breakfastbut look to Europeans and look to Americans, the latter fat and the Europeans slimas i could read different appreciations on this hoteli can tell that it is the only hotel in Pisa offering a ^pleasant bar, and an american breakfastand comfortable beds and spacious rooms
I read your reviews of the HotelGrand Duomo with some anxiety, since I had already booked three nights there this August. However, we found it to be a clean, well-ordered hotel, in a superb location yards away from the Leaning Tower etc. Sure, it's past its prime, and in need of some refurbishment, but the staff were civil, the restaurant served delicious food and the bar and waiting staff were lovely. Don't be put off!
Fortunately we only had to spend one night here on a stopover to get to the airport. The decor was hideously seventies style. The room was poor - no actual curtains just plastic blinds which retracted to reveal a view of a brick wall! The room looked generally shabby with a pokey, grubby looking bathroom. It was supposed to be four stars so I would hate to think what the other hotels were like. Far too expensive for what it is, the only good thing being its proximity to the tower.
4 Star Hotel???
I stayed at this hotel for one night about 2 weeks ago. All information told me this was a 4-star hotel - NOT EVEN CLOSE!! I work at a 4-star hotel and this hotel should not even rank 1-star. NONE of the staff spoke English and I can the best words I can use to describe them would be: rude, surley, totally unwilling to assist. Further, DON'T park a car there! They moved my rental car during the night and created a long (2 foot) scratch along the side and claimed absolutely no responsibility.
The breakfast was served in a banquet hall and was unappetizing.
The rooms were less than you would expect from Motel 6! They were clean, however very old and tired.
My suggestion: stay at this hotel only as a last resort.