Hotel Santa Croce in Fossabanda
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12 August 2014
Started slowly this morning – it was quite foggy outside with a little bit of rain. I did washing etc, Di wanted to take it a bit easy because she didn't sleep well. Craig and Phil have gone for a big long walk in the local hills. It was great to take it easy. We eventually did go into Pistoia for another look around at things we hadn’t seen – ...
... and a tour of the Camposanto Monumentale, a cemetry like no other. The Camposanto Monumentale appears to be a massive elegant warehouse from the outside, the sculptures above the main door (Pisano) and the blind arches the only clues that it is not just that. Within, a visual delight. The open internal columns form a wide porch, lush green grass and roses in the central garden give the sense of a cloister, especially with the statues ...
... the meat itself kind of took on the rest of the dish, but hey, now I can say I have tried octopus.
We didn’t order a secondi (main meal) because we just couldn’t do it. Italians eat many courses and the secondi is usually a meat dish of some sort. The plate of risotto was huge and that combined with the bruschetta was just more than enough food.
For dolci (dessert) we both ordered the tiramisu. It was better than any ...
... it was started, they completed it.
Despite the banana design, it carried on sinking and an SOS was put out to the international community. From 1990 to 2001, it underwent proper re-strengthening by injecting concrete into the foundations. One of the prerequisites....to keep the tilt, such was the touristic attraction of its lean! The tilt therefore was reduced from 5.5 to 5 degrees, but it is stable now for another 200 years. ...
... off the coach we could already see some gypsies heading over to us, a bunch of them. It was quite.. "scary" is not the word, but.. "new"?
I can now say I have almost pushed over the Leaning Tower of Pisa with my bare hands. Impressive?!
I thought ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Santa Croce in Fossabanda Pisa
My daughters and I stayed for two nights in Feb 06. The staff are very good: helpful and welcoming. The hotel has lots of charm and character, the rooms were warm, clean and comfortable. The position of the hotel makes it ideal for getting into the centre of the city and is also well placed for the railway station and bus stops. I have no hesitation in recom mending this hotel: I shall certainly be back. Scotland 06
Great hotel with lots of character
We stayed in the hotel santa croce in March 2006, the hotel was fantastic and the staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean and tidy, and we had our own ensuite shower/bathroom. The hotels' grounds were lovely, and the place was so peaceful. It even has its own resident rabbit :-). The breakfast was really good, you have so much choice. The hotel is about a 25 min walk to Pisa's main attractions. The area where the hotel is situated is safe and it's a pleasant walk to the leaning tower and shops. Also from the airport the hotel is only a 10 minute drive away, we paid for a taxi around 9 euros. Which is good especially if you are getting an early morning flight. You can even get the number 9 bus around the corner from the hotel to the main train station which costs about 80 cent and takes 10 mins to get there, and if you were going to get the train to Florence a single ticket will cost you around 5 euros. Bus and train travel in Italy is very cheap.
we stayed at this hotel in March this year. We planned a two night weekend trip, We arrived in Pisa approx 10pm so we stayed at the Santa Croce over night, visited the Tower etc on Saturday morning and travelled on to Florence Saturday afternoon. stayed for one nightI loved it very minimalist, very clean, good continental style breakfast. My partner was less impressed He said he kept expecting the monks to step out of the wardrobe. The Santa Croce is a converted Monestry bare plastered walls and wood ceilings, but he agreed it was very clean. Only slight negative no bar- but we didn't intend to spend our time in the hotel bar.
Location was OK. About a twenty minute VERY SLOW STROLL to Tower, looking in shops and wandering about the market etc. also you approach the tower from the best direction to appreciate the extent of the lean.
We were glad we stayed in the Santa Croce even though the are other hotels closer to the tower,
A great find
My husband and I decided on a post Christmas break, and stayed at the Hotel Santa Croce for 4 nights from January 15th, 2006. It was absolutely charming. The rooms are indeed 'minimalist' but scrupulously clean and had everything we needed.
The first night we stayed in a room at the front of the hotel almost over the reception area and we did ask to be moved to a quieter part. Were we to go again we would automatically ask for a quiet part of the hotel. We were moved and it was blisfully quiet and peaceful and the whole hotel has an aura of peace and tranquility, despite the 7.30am bells and the 6.30pm bells. I have to say that the second morning I slept right through them and only briefly acknowledged them after that before falling straight back to sleep. The beds are wide and comfortable and the bathrooms compact and very clean. Also pop next door to the church which is 'joined' onto the hotel - it is lovely, and a great and peaceful place to ponder and collect your thoughts.
Breakfast is more than ample for a hotel of this size and with my husband being Italian (raised in South Africa though and now based in Scotland) he was in heaven with the choice of parma ham, prosciutto, salami, cheese and coffee. I do not have those breakfast tastes and there was ample for me too, even as a vegetarian!
The hotel staff were lovely and always obliging and willing to help. It is in a great location and we just caught the buses into the centre and the railway station,the bus stops being only a five minute walk away. There are some lovely walks down the river to a lot of the piazzes (squares) where you could always gratefully sit and have coffee, hot chocolate and pastries. An absolute must is a restaurant called Bella Napoli which is only a couple of minutes from the hotel and is filled with locals eating there which shows you how authentic the food is. Great food, great helpings, great ambience and great prices, what more could you ask for? Do not miss out on a visit to the local supermarket, a Co-op, which is about 5 to 10 minutes from the hotel at a stroll, where you will be very tempted to buy presents of food, including cheese and booze - really cheap - make room in your suitcase!
We would definitely stay at the Santa Croce again and thoroughly recommend it to any other Trip Advisor members considering it, who are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, a quiet respite, and a different experience from the average hotel.
Nice place to stay as expectd
Lucky to get a good rate through an internet agent and this hotel is great value for money.
Basic but clean, modern and shower was good.
Our second visit to Pisa and the last time we did not stay in Pisa.
Dirty, chaotic town, still better than most towns/cities in Italy, we think.
Found food and drink inexpensive and very tasty.
Supermarket was a bliss except Fruits and Veg corner, where local Mammas fighting each other to pick the freshest. We don't encounter such a scene in Britain.
Hotel breakfast was simple but good. May not be huge like hot buffet at American style hotels but the quality of ham, salami and cheese and of course cappucino was brilliant.
Will stay there again as long as the charge is reasonable.
Lovely clean hotel with bags of character
although the rooms were basic, they were exceptionally clean and charming. The character of the convent has been retained and is very quiet, except for the occasional plane flying over and the 7.30a.m alarm call from the church bells next door. We thought the service was excellent and would definately recommend this hotel. The receptionist was very helpful, and gave us info on the trains, and also recommended a local restaurant, which was excellent.
Lovely hotel, not so lovely city
The hotel is lovely and is very quiet, peaceful and relaxing. As stated by others the rooms are quite sparce but contain everything you need. Breakfast is also very good. It takes about 10-15 mins to walk to the centre of Pisa and about 30-40 mins to the tower.
As for Pisa itself we were so disappointed as during the three days we spent there we could not find any shops open or any decent restaurants to dine in. Overall the hotel is very good, the tower and duomo are well worth a visit but don't expect too much from Pisa itself.
A great place to unwind
We spent a couple of nights in Pisa after a busy week in Florence, and Santa Croce was ideal.
It's a converted convent, and the owners have decided to keep the minimalist air.
+ Comfortable air conditioned rooms.
+ Large courtyard to relax day or night.
+ Helpful and friendly staff
+ Good Buffet-style breakfast (you can eat in the courtyard)
+ It may be 20 minutes walk to the Leaning Tower and 15 minutes to the station, but it's a level walk, and its 2 minutes to the nearest bus stop.
+ You can get cold and hot drinks at reasonable prices (from vending machines in reception)
- There is some noise from the road outside at night, and as Pisa Airport is on the edge of the city, you do get occasional plane flying over (but this would be true for most hotels.
- The church bells do wake you at 7.30am - but you will love the Santa Croce for it's character.
We would go back again.
Excellent position for pisa and the airport
Have just come back from Italy having stayed in Santa Croce on our first and last night. The hotel was ideal for our family. We had two spacious interconnecting rooms which were clean, cool and peaceful. Breakfast was a good selection of cereals, breads, fruits, yogurts, meats and cheeses and as much as you wanted. The staff were friendly and helpful and there is a resident white rabbit in the central courtyard to the children's amusement. The centre of Pisa is easily within walking distance and there is an excellent organic restaurant just around the corner (La taverna di Pillo, Via del Borghetto 39). The hotel parking is secure and was uncrowded during our visit. The hotel is about 5-10 minutes drive from the airport which made it an ideal place to stay the night before an early flight.
Quiet, clean but very spartan
I stayed 4 nights here in a large clean but very plain room overlooking the gardens. It is a converted monastery and feels like it! When I stayed it was quiet but it is also a conference centre so could be busy at times I suppose. The staff were polite, the breakfast was simple international buffet style but good quality. It takes about 20 minutes to walk into the centre of Pisa and about 30 minutes to the leaning tower. It has its own car park.