Golden Tulip Galilei - Pisa
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... and so gorgeous. It blows my mind to be somewhere you've known about for a lot of your life, and to be standing in front of it is truly incredible. It's just as gorgeous as you think it would be. We took it all in and than headed back to our hostel! It was about 40 minutes each way! We had a beer at our hostel bar area and called it a night! Melissa and I do not function well off no sleep so we were both ready to crash. The next day our friends ...
... beauty for this prairie girl to handle! After we made our way back to the hostel, we took a little "nap" and accidentally woke up around ten that night, with just enough time and energy to slip into our pajamas and go back to bed for the rest of the night! The next morning we woke up bright and early on a mission! Hiking Cinque Terre, which is a string of five little towns that are built along the Italian Riviera! After waiting a little while in the train station for the first train ...
... the inevitable touristy pictures by the leaning tower. It's quite a bit shorter than you'd expect, in real life. As it turns out, the tower wasn't an originally-straight building that later tipped farther and farther over--it was like that from the start. A lot of the earth in Pisa is made of silt that overflowed the banks of the Arno way way back, so parts of it are kind of unstable and prone to sinking. During the construction of the tower, the base ...
... a bottle of wine it came to 71 euros. I just couldn't stop looking at the cathedral as it got darker. The photos aren't brilliant, but i will definitely get more.
We watched some of the street entertainers in the square (free hugs Tegz??) and wandered back to the hotel before sitting outside on our tiny balcony overlooking Florence rooftops. Lyn was landed to find beer for 1.5 euros a bottle as opposed to the 5 euros for a small ...
... Florence to Pisa was about an hour and a half so we just had a nap until we basically got there.
When we arrived at Pisa we had a local guild who spoke English. She was really nice and explained the history of Pisa in great detail. We had the chance of going up the tower but if we had done that we would of been stuck of time to look around everything else. So we decided against it.
Our guild took us into Pisa's cathedral and explained when it ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Golden Tulip Galilei - Pisa
We stayed here for one night after arriving on a Ryanair flight from Dublin as we were picking up a rental car the next morning to drive around Tuscany. As others mentioned, no shuttle was available (but if you have a large group, seemingly they will wait for you at arrivals as the shuttle driver was there with the hotel sign at 11:30pm waiting for a group). We were fortunate in that we had no checked luggage and did not have to wait long for a taxi to the hotel (which miraculously was €10 even though it is like 1km in the car).
My wife and I have just been to Tuscany during which time we stayed 2 nights in hotel Galilei. It is described as convenient for the airport as it is only .8 kms away and has a shuttle service. Although the hotel itself is as described with good rooms and a modern facilities I fear that the service leaves a lot to be desired.
Good efficient welcome before the authorised time. Rooms good, modern and very clean. BUT ! The shuttle bus only runs 0900- 1200 and 1500- 1800 (confirm). Taxis to airport can be difficult to obtain especially very early (for Ryanair flight) according to Concierge. We were lucky and caught a 'shuttle' taxi at 0500 which had been booked by other travellers for 0430. Route to airport to return a hire car is difficult, worse if it is dark. The Concierge is the only person on duty, front of house, at night and in the early hours and is not allowed to leave reception so don't ask or expect help with luggage whatever your need! The restaurant was providing dinner for a conference of about 100 people so it suspended the normal menu and only provided the same fixed menu as it was providing for the conference guests. Shuttle bus needs to operate, if booked, early and late and continuously to meet the requirements of air travellers whether arriving or departing, if the Galilei is to sell itself as an airport hotel. The present arrangements are not sufficiently foolproof to give passengers any confidence of arriving at the airport on time and as this is the only reason for staying at the Galilei, this shortcoming is fundamental.
NOT near the hotel
only to say this hotel is NOT really near the airport...
you need a taxi (about 15euro) to reach the hotel from the city centre, you need a taxi to reach the airport, you need a taxi to go out for lunch / dinner ...
it is on a noisy street OUT of the city, no restaurants or shops near it. it's OUT of everything.
the street at night is full of "happy girls"...
don't stay here if you want to visit Pisa !
We were sent to Hotel Gallilei because the hotel we had reserved was overbooked. It seems that hotel Gallilei always has spare rooms because our original hotel seems to make a practice of overbooking and using Gallilei. It is nothing more than a night stop for the airport. Glass and concrete, it has no character although the room was modern, clean and convenient. The hotel is located alongside a major and busy road junction near the airport and is not at all convenient for getting to town on foot; the distance and the areas to go through are against it.
Stayed for two nights and loved it! Great new room (6th floor), staff are helpful and very friendly (especially the barkeeper named Elia), breakfast buffet with all the works and free shuttle service into town and airport were really appreciated. Great value for money !!! :-) Will stay again!!!
Stayed here for one night as we had an early flight from Pisa airport. It was quite tricky to find on foot and not very suitable for walking to due to busy intersection. Room was very lush and had a tv (our first in Italy!). We did walk into the centre of Pisa from the hotel (about 30mins). Problems - no breakfast if you are departing very early and shuttle bus starts at 8am, which was too late for us too. Very close to airport by taxi - about 5mins but it would seem that the minimum fare is 10 euros anyway! As the airport is so close to the centre of Pisa, my advice would be to stay in a hotel in the centre of Pisa itself as a taxi to the airport wouldn't cost any more and you'd have better views and be closer to things happening!
We booked a one night stay at My Hotels Galilei since our flight arrived late into Pisa and we were continuing on a motorhome holiday next day.
Stay away from this hotel
They makes promisses they don't intend to keep, and they are telling you lies. At check out, they didn't gave us our passports. When I called them the next morning from Asti, they promissed to send them to me using a next day service. Well, they didn't arrive the next day. When I once again called they startet do tell lies. When I asked to talk to the hotel manager, I got the same lies. The result: I had to drive back to Pisa to cellect the passports, spending EUR 120 on autostrada toll and gasoline, and we had to reschedule our holiday.