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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.
The room and bathroom were alright, nothing exciting and exceptional. The walls were a little thin, so we could hear what was happening next door :-)
Although, I have to say that the double thick glazing were amazing!!! Awesome! Our room was straight facing the station and road, but we could not hear any noise at all. So well done on that!
The buffet breakfast was continental (we only had sausage,egg,bacons as hot items) with a great selection...nice!
Hotel Staff (few men at the reception) don't always give you a smile, not very friendly. Ask for a map at the reception....The hotel is located 15min from the main historical attractions! Its easily walkable distance! So take a walk!
A part from the Duomo and Leaning Tower, there is not much to see in Pisa. So 1 day is far more than enough.
There is a little pizzeria few steps left from the hotel which is called "Filippo" (if I rembember!)..The pizza was different and tasty, and price very reasonable too! So give it a try. The hotel's restaurant hasn't got many choice in their menu really and was very expensive.
Souvenir shops in the Duomo are very cheap, comparing to all the other shops we found in Italy!
And few restaurant next to a medical university, just few steps away from the Duomo are also very reasonable in price!
Have a good trip!
Definitively, it is not a 4 star Hotel!
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.
I have recently spent three nights at the Jolly Hotel. The breakfast and the meals served at the Hotel were all right, average food by Italian standards. However, I agree completely with several other previous reviews on the level of the Hotel which is not a four star. The room I have got was dingy and depressing. The furniture was of a kind generally used in a lower class hotel. The bathroom was small and uncomfortable. I was charged € 145 (£ 100) per night (only myself) including the breakfast. Really an outrageous rate for that kind of hotel. Therefore I would not recommend the Jolly Hotel to anybody.
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.
Fine for a base to see Tuscany.
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.
The common areas of the hotel are not very charming. The Jolly line tends to be business traveler oriented. The location in Pisa is excellent for traveling around other areas of Tuscany. It is directly across the street (walking distance for sure) from the train station.
It is also located right on the Autostrada if you are renting a car and driving around Tuscany. We stayed at another hotel in Lucca and were unsatisifed. We wish we'd stayed at the Pisa Jolly all of the nights in Tuscany and just used it as our base of travel from there. We got very good service from the staff.
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.
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