Royal Victoria Hotel
Travel Blogs from Pisa
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 …
... 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 ...
... north and get out of Italy, I don't want to see Tuscany, I hate italy and will never travel there again.
So now we are not speaking and it's very thick the air, and so we just drive until it's dark and we pull into a carpark in some small town and park for the night.
In the morning I find a river just 6km's from us and so we move there and park up and get a coffee.
We are now just past Ferrara on the River Po.
... our bags at the hotel (since it was somewhat close to the train station), we set out to explore Pisa.
First, we walked through the downtown area and over the Ponte I Mezzo bridge. Nextwe walked through a long line of souvenir shops and a lot of restaurant areas. Finally, we found ourselves at the Piazza del Duomo. This is where the leaning tower is. We took our "tourist" leaning tower pictures and kept ...
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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...