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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 …
12 August 2014
Started slowly this morning – it was quite foggy outside with a little bit of rain. I did washing etc, Di wanted to take it a bit easy because she didn't sleep well. Craig and Phil have gone for a big long walk in the local hills. It was great to take it easy. We eventually did go into Pistoia for another look around at things we hadn’t seen – ...
... on the road to Pisa, fine with us. Then she got a call that there was another accident on the road to Florence. So, she drove through back roads until we got past the big accident. I LOVE her! It was funny, because every few minutes one of her two daughters would call her. We knew it was them because she would answer the phone with, "Pronto." ( pronto means: quick, in Spanish). We all got a kick out of that. Don't be surprised if I start answering the phone with, "Pronto." ...
... a lot of paintings with babies in them in the churches....
Since Lucca is known for its Towers we needed to climb one. We climbed up a tower that someone had placed a little tiny tree garden on the top of. You can see a view in the blog from that Tower.
There wasn't a whole lot of stories to retell that went along with this trip, but it was a wonderful town. The exciting story happened after we left. Lucca is approximately 2 hours or so from Genova. It ...
... people coming from the opposite direction. They asked if there was a gate ahead and we told them yes, but you could easily climb through it. When we questioned about the way that they had just come, the woman lowered her voice and gave us instructions. “It’s a private path. When you see the first house, turn right. It’s private property but just keep going until you run into the main ...
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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.