Jolly Hotel Cavalieri
Travel Blogs from Pisa
So is a title even necessary for this post? Or did you miss it peeking out from behind the cathedral? The Leaning Tower of Pisa is certainly one of the most recognized monuments on the planet.
Travelers with a major ‘tude might write the tower off as the ultimate travel cliché. It’s not. The famous tower and the stunning cathedral …
... more comfortable driving here as there are no wrong turns. Yesterday we take a trip to San Gimignano, the most famous Medieval villages in Tuscany with its walled ancient city with over 20 towers and breath taking views of vineyards and the country side. I thought Siena was my favorite place in Tuscany, but I had not been to San Gimignano. Remember the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” with Diane Lane, well that is what it ...
... music performed by a professional orchestra. The performance was held in a a very old church, great acoustics but very hard benches, in the old walled city. Puccini wrote such things as Madame Butterfly and la Boheme among many others. Our performance was devoted to the music of Johann and Josef Strauss. It was an impressive experience finished with a drive home under a Tuscan ...
... surrounds us here. He was only visiting family, but it was kind of nice to see someone from back home, even if I haven't talked to him since high school. Well anyways, I went on my first API trip! It was only from Saturday to Sunday, so I spent Friday evening with a girl I have made friends with in my program and her friends from back home. Then Saturday all of the people in the API program met in Piazza ...
... I needed to eat there again so stopped by.
This time, I was put on the tourists with no reservation side. (There seem to be two sides, one for Italians and those with reservations and one for foreigners.) I was one of the first to arrive as Florentines tend to eat closer to 9 pm and it was only about 7 pm. Even so, I still tried to speak Italian, though the waiter still explained everything in English, not so much as he guessed that was my native tongue, ...
Historical Traveler Reviews Jolly Hotel Cavalieri Pisa
My partner and myself went to Pisa and stayed at the Jolly Cavalieri Pisa recently. The hotel was better than all the other hotels we stayed in Italy...All I can say is that we cannot compare a 4* hotel in Italy with a 4* in US, UK or even Asia.
I have found quite surprising to read in some previous review a totally groundless comment on the safety of the location. Pisa is indeed a very safe city, the railways station, located in front of the Jolly Hotel is within a nice area and walking from the Hotel to the Leaning Tower (15-20 minutes) is absolutely safe at any time during the night even for a lone young girl.
Much better than expected
After reading reviews I arrived with no little trepidation for a weekend break. I have to say we were pleasantly surprised. Despite arriving mid-morning we were allowed to check in early, leave our cases in our room and given a map of the town together with a suggested walk to take in the attractions of Pisa. We were in a room on a Upper floor which was triple glazed and hence was quiet. The proximity of the railway station was excellent as it facilitated a trip to Florence. Much of the hotel was non smoking and we found the food to be good enough for us to eat in each evening.
We left feeling positive and wondering why some of the previous reviews had been so negative. For a short break it is fine although the facilities would be insufficient for a longer stay.
Not so great or so bad
Any room in a storm is nice when you are tired. The train station across the street provided a steady stream of people making noise and the walls were so thin I could hear everything going on in the next room as I tried to dooz off. Sounded like two girls and one guy. Sounded like he was having more fun than me! O well, I finally got to sleep and was off to the next town on our trip..
This hotel was absolutely terrible. First of all, it is located close to the train station, so unless you are taking the train early next morning it's not worth staying there. The city didn't seem very friendly at night, so we didn't dare venture outside and explore, as we did in every other city we stayed in Italy. We wanted to see the Leaning Tower at night, but we got out of the hotel and didn't feel safe, so we decided to just stay at the hotel.
The rooms were dirty and smelled musty, plus they smelled like cigarette smoke.
The food at the hotel was terrible also. The worst pasta I tasted in my entire life...who would have thought it would be in Italy(!) at Jolly Hotel Pisa!!!
Don't stay there!
One night was enough!
One night and we checked out the next morning. The room was dark, smelt musty, dirty and the whole place was very depressing. Couldn't wait to leave. This is no way a 4* hotel and at the price of nearly £170 inc breakfast was an utter disgrace.
Well, I disagree with some of the reviewers, but I had a "superior" room on the top floor of the hotel. I thought it was pretty nice (and I've stayed a lot of Italian hotels including some of the top 10 in the country). The room was small but very functional. It had some charm.
Do Not Stay At This Hotel!
I was booked in this hotel through a tour group and it was the worst of the lot. As soon as you walk into the hotel you notice the reeking smell of cigarette smoke. It's everywhere. I know Europeans smoke a lot but most of the hotels I stayed in did not smell this bad as soon as you walked in. The room was dark, smoky, and had old decor. Even the bathroom tile was dingy. Dinner was provided there and it was the driest chicken breasts you could imagine. This "Jolly Hotel" is in desperate need of a gutting and renovation.
Not a Jolly Hotel!!
A four star this hotel maybe,but Jolly it is not. The furnishings are dismal,old & cheap. The reception staff are not jolly either but who could blame them working in this enviroment. The alleged rich breakfast is possibly the poorest in town. Unless you need to sleep for a few hours and nowhere else is available I would not recommend you stay here.