Hotel Repubblica Marinara
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... and the Bapistry. The Bapistry created amazing echoes in its dome-shaped ceiling. We arrived back to port and quickly boarded another bus headed for the Tuscan countryside towards Florence( Firenze). We passed Carrara (the border of the Tuscan region, Toscana ) which is world famous for its marble quarries (the Rialto Bridge in Venice is constructed of it). We viewed the lush and picturesque Tuscan countryside rich in olive groves and vineyards! ...
... 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 ...
... like we should be wearing spacesuits here. All the light switches were cylindrical buttons you had to push down to work. The corridors of the rooms were all one large cityscape depicting various European cities - cool images, but your door blend into the walls and it was hard to find your room. So you would push the walls until you found your door. To enter your room there's a digital keypad and you wave your key card over the door to open it. ...
... the Bell towers builder was anonymous because of the failure. Also the top three sections were added to correct the lean, and so it actually has a curve to it! We even climbed all the stairs to the top to get an amazing view of the city.
After a horrible sleep we got up a little tired in the morning. The first half of the night was swelteringly hot and so we had to keep the windows open but this just let the mosquitoes in so I (Jackie) woke up with a ton of bites, although once again James woke with not a single bite on him....I must have sweet blood or something. Luckily it did eventually cool off though so we were able to sleep a bit ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Repubblica Marinara Pisa
Indifferent staff, incredibly noisy
My fiance and I stayed in Pisa on our last night before flying home, in part because of the promised free airport shuttle. We'd read the reviews that warned that you had to reserve the shuttle 24 hours in advance, and did so upon check in. Our room was nice and spacious for the price, but the surprise was the mechanical sounds that started up at about 11 pm (we were nowhere near the elevator) that sounded like someone operating a conveyor belt. This went on all night long, intermittently (we were told there were no other rooms). When we came downstairs 30 minutes early for our free shuttle, we were informed that the shuttle driver was sick and that we were on our own for a ride, not so much as an apology offered. Pisa is a small town with many hotels nearby, and almost all are within five minutes of the airport--if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't have stayed here just for the shuttle service.
Not even a three star, let alone four
The hotel itself is fairly clean, but in need of maintenance. The style and amenities are OK, but the appointments definitely do not rate four stars (think of your average Holiday Inn Express or Comfort Inn). The bathroom only has a [mildewy] shower, and the water tap runs the gamut from an unappetizing lukewarm to hot (if you let it run a while - no cold water anywhere). The "double bed" is two singles pushed together, making it uncomfortable to sleep in the middle which kinda defeats the purpose of having a larger bed. The breakfast buffet was well stocked, although if you are looking for any thing warm, you will have to pay the 8 Euros for in room service. The eggs and bacon were ice cold. The hotel lists for 179 Euros [about US$215] a night, but we paid around US$100, which is closer to the actual value of the room, ie: If you pay much more than this, you will be sorely disappointed. There are strip malls and restaurants close by (and that's it), although if you stay over a Sunday, plan on almost everything (including the hotel restaurant) being closed. The staff however is very friendly, if not all that proficient, and the rooms have FREE internet access which is ten shades of fantastic when you consider what most hotels charge for in-room service. The hotel is 4 star...on an 8 star scale. If you are traveling on business or are looking for a good place to hold a small convention, this is a merely adequate hotel. Otherwise, you may wish to look elsewhere, as the hotel is not in a location which lends itself to tourists. The area is mostly high density residential (apartments), with a few strip malls and the odd restaurant. All local attractions are a LONG walk from the hotel, and Pisa being so old, it is extremely easy to get lost. All in all, if you are looking for a 4 star or luxury hotel, you will be disapointed if you stay here.
Loved the restaurant
We stayed on our first two nights in Italy and really enjoyed ourselves. The walk is lovely over the river and only around 20 mins. The bus was handy right next to the hotel, we got tickets for it but never used them and got a full refund from the staff when we left. The restaurant was very nice and the waiters very accomadating, even teaching us some handy Italian phrases on our first night, along with recommending a fine wine for dinner. The room was nice and big and it was quiet.
A good choice
I stayed in this hotel with my boyfriend during the peak tourism season in Pisa. We found it to be clean, comfortable and good value. Our £60/night room was fully air-conditioned, and the inclusive breakfast had much choice, even a variant on Harvest Crunch. The hotel's worst point is its location -25 minutes from the old city, further from the best shops and the Tower- but a bus stops adjacent to the hotel, and tickets were only around 65p. There were also bikes available from the hotel for E10/day. Staff were helpful when approached, and free speedy Internet access was much appreciated. In contrast to other reviews, we booked and used the free airport shuttle without a problem, but it was not advertised, so do ask. On the whole, this hotel was a good choice.
My 14 year old son and I stayed in this hotel for a week at the beginning of June. The staff were both friendly and helpful. The hotel itself was modern and clean and the rooms were spacious. Breakfast was excellent. We were a little worried about staying in the hotel after reading some of the reviews posted here. However, we would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to stay out of the centre of Pisa, which can be quite noisy. It is true that it is approx a 25min walk to the centre but we found it a pleasant walk allowing you to really get the feel of the city. My son and I do plan to travel to Pisa again and will certainly be booking into the Hotel Repubblica Marinara.
Very clean modern hotel
We were worried about this hotel after reading the reviews - however we found this hotel modern, spacious and very clean. We had a kingsize bed on the first floor (top floor) a large window overlooking the main road (noisy if you open the window) bedroom and shower room were spacious and clean with marble flooring. Breakfast was excellant. There was a small bar (very quiet) but not expensive - coffee was only 1 euro. The No 9 bus stop at the back of the hotel took you to the train/bus station within five minutes the stop before this was ideal for the start of the historic centre. The bus did a circular route therefore you returned to the same bus stop for the return journey. Bus tickets could be bought (80 cents) at the reception desk of the hotel or from any tobacconists. There were no late buses and it was a 25 minutes walk - the reception desk gave us a great local map of the historic area and the shortcut for walking back to the hotel.
Your bus tickets can be used as often as you wish for one hour - to get to the airport use your ticket on the No 9 (five minutes journey) into the station then hop on the No 3 bus (five minute journey) - absolutely no problem
Best of a Bad Lot?
Just back from a combined Florence/Pisa week-end. For just slightly more than a superior room in this hotel, we stayed in a suite at the 4* San Gallo Palace in Florence which was far better value.
The superior room at the Repubblica Marinara was reasonably spacious, and the facilities fine - good sized, comfortable double bed, reasonable shower, good breakfast. The location is not ideal, as it is a good 25 minute walk to the Leaning Tower, situated in no-mans' land.
We had however done quite a lot of research on Pisa hotels, and could not find any that looked in any way attractive. Why do all hotel designers in Italy think a modern day traveller wants to stay in drab overdecorated surroundings? Relative to the other accommodation available therefore, you could do worse than to stay here.
Don't Stay Here!
We stayed here just a few days ago as we just got back from our vacation. I picked this hotel specifically because it had a shuttle to take you to the airport and I figured it was modern which may be a treat after staying two weeks out of the comforts of home. Thank goodness we weren't interested in the sites in Pisa as they were a good 25 minute walk from where we were at plus the area didn't seem very nice. The room was clean and neat and they had a restaraunt but it was a high end menu for this place. We ended up walking down the street to a local pizza place which was good. Since the shuttle is rarely available, pick another hotel in Pisa that at least you can walk out your front door to see the sites if you like. You'll need to take a taxi to the airport anyways and that only cost us 10 euros. The other reviews are all true. There are plenty of hotels in Pisa, so pick another one, don't waste your money on this "not so 4 star hotel".
4 Star Hotel - Not Even Close. Stay away
Recently stayed at this hotel on my honeymoon as we were taking an early flight out of the Pisa Aeropuerto. First off, the location is terrible, about a 25 minute brisk walk to the center of town. The front desk staff are incredibly rude and dismissive. They obviously feel that their customers are transient with little return potential and their attitude reflects this. The rooms are tiny, sparsely decorated and uncomfortable to move around in for 2 people. The hotel sits adjacent to a military depot and is quite noisy at night with large military trucks moving in and out of the compound. The advertised shuttles are no where to be seen so expect to hire a taxi to get to the airport or train station. Stay ANYWHERE else in Pisa but at this hotel!
All-in-all the Hotel Repubblica Marinara was a decent hotel within a good 20 minute walk of the Pisan city center. It was a new facility with nice accommodations but there were several problems with this "4 star" facility. First of all, my idea of a 4 star queen size bed is not 2 single beds pushed together. Second of all, when convenient shuttle service to the airport is advertised and specifically requested during the advance reservation process, it is pretty inconvenient to find out on the Saturday night of your stay that this service is not available on Sundays. It is also a little frustrating to be told to just take the bus ( with 6 pieces of luggage?) or get yourself a taxi. While these complaints might sound a bit frivolous, they add unneeded hassle and expense to your vacation. So, from my personal experience, I do not believe that this hotel is of 4 star caliber. Nor would I book another stay due to the poor quality of service.