Royal Victoria Hotel
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In addition to a great location, the hotel where we stayed was built in the 16th century and like a museum. Each floor had a huge lobby area filled with antiques. So fun to see the Leaning Tower in person! The other nice thing is that all the major attractions in Pisa are in one plaza area centered around the tower. The town had a medieval feel …
After trying to visit Pisa a few days ago, we wanted to return with more time. With a map this time, we headed to Piazza del Duomo. We had to carry all of our stuff so that was interesting but we found somewhere to eat on the way for a rest. We got pizza in Pisa! :) Once we got to the piazza, we were laughing to ourselves because so many tourists (probably American) had their ...
... However Greg and the girls, along with many others, sat there and enjoyed their pizza in the sunshine.
The cemetery burial ground supposedly has earth reputedly brought back during the Crusades from the hill where Jesus was crucified, so that noble Pisans could rest in holy ground.
Again we were surrounded by street sellers pushing their wares. Not quite as pushy as those in Bali but frustrating nonetheless.
On to Florence where we celebrated my birthday.
... much calmer and the cars actually stopped for you...though the bicycles did not! (Despite the streets being virtually empty, the bicyclists seemed to have great difficulty avoiding pedestrians - one actually bumped into C as he stopped his bike). Pisa is clearly a University town as we meandered into Piazza dei Cavalieri and took note of the many students relaxing in the piazza as well as the faded frescoes on the ...
... food poisoning most went out for some karaoke. With happy hour in full swing when we arrived we all ordered 1L long island cocktails, we had every intention of heading home on the 10pm pick up bus but after a hour of so we were having so much fun we didn't want to leave! With the 'Godfather' revealing themselves to me we plotted other peoples deaths as 2 boys killed themselves on stage together. The man organising the karaoke looked very concerned/scared and confused ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Royal Victoria Hotel Pisa
We stayed at the Royal Victoria in early July and were truly disappointed. We spent two weeks in Italy and had wonderful accomodations and hospitality everywhere we visited until out last stop in Pisa. The room was far from "charming", and in fact, looked like an antiseptic hospital room of 50 years ago. The bathroom shower leaked out into the floor (which is perhaps why they were tile throughout), the upholstery, furnishings and walls were anything but classy and the mattresses were the worst I've experienced in all of our travels!
Additionally, we found the owner to be quite unfriendly and unhelpful.
We stayed at the Royal Victoria for one night because we were flying out of Pisa the next morning. The staff was far from warm: they were downright rude. They made us fill out a form (which was a little confusing), and then scolded us because we filled out some areas incorrectly. All the other hotels during our two week Italian vacation filled out the forms for us. Then the staff gave us our key and told us our room was on the fourth floor: they didn't offer to tell us where the elevators were, let alone take us to the room. In addition, we were leaving at 4 o'clock the next morning; I had reserved our room without the added breakfast. The reservationist informed us that this would be alright and they would discount our bill because we wouldn't be using that service. When we checked in, the front desk staff told us that they could not waive the breakfast charge and there would be no discount. They also informed us that if we could not physically eat breakfast in the hotel (because we were leaving before they served), then there was a "breakfast in a bag" that we could take with us: juice, a stale pastry, and a cookie. The hotel itself is pretty shabby, but had a *tiny* bit of charm (stress on tiny). Furniture was old, definitely not "antique." Sheets actually had holes in them. I agree with other reviewers that the hotel's charm is the little hidden terraces and balconies. Our room was not any better than other hotels that we stayed in for less money. I would recommend another hotel in Pisa: this one is not worth the price.
This classic hotel is perfectly located in the very center of Pisa right between the train station and the famous tower. 20 meters from the main shopping street and right facing the river (though very few rooms have this nice riverview). Old building, well-kept, clean and classy. Spacious rooms with high ceilings... This hotel has the most fiendly staff I have ever seen. It looks like they consider you a member of the family. Also, their advises about local restaurants were always great. I'd surely be happy to stay there again. Avise: pack your slippers. The floor in my room was tiles, not your usual carpet. Surely help to be clean, but...