Hotel Villa Kinzica
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Villa Kinzica Pisa
Not that flash.....
We ended up in this hotel after the original one we booked - Hotel Francesco - overbooked and sent us here. It was average to say the least. Was close to the tower and the front desk staff were pleasant enough - but that is about where the good stuff ends. Room was adequate if somewhat basic. Breakfast was rubbish and the woman serving it down right rude - my italian is not flash, but I try - however this woman would not acknowledge you unless you spoke in Italian - maybe she doesn't quite realise that she is in the tourism trade and not everyone can speak her language.
1/2 a day in Pisa is enough, if it wasn't for the tower and accompanying buildings, there would be nothing to see there.
A room with a view
WOW! What a view from the room. Upon arrival in Pisa we took a taxi from the airport straight to the hotel. We stepped from the taxi and were looking straight at the leaning tower. The guy on reception was incredibly friendly as we checked in. We got to the room and the first thing we did was open the shutters on the window and gasp at the amazing view. The tower was a stones throw from our bedroom. I couldnt imagine a better view in Pisa.
The hotel itself was clean and despite other reviews I have read the decor in our room was as you would imagine of an Italian hotel. Ok breakfast was disappointing, as it contained a basket of croissant,roll and toast with a couple of plastic jam pots but who wants to eat big at breakfast when you will have such a vast array of choice for lunch and dinner in the restaurants out and about. There was a restaurant immediately outside of the hotel should you not want to venture far, but it was only a short stroll to some wonderful local restaurants. We found the guide books to be wrong where eating was concerned. They advised that restaurants with a view of the tower were expensive, but if you can eat 4 courses with wine for under £40 at home, then well done. The train to Florence is reliable and fast. In just over an hour for 5 Euros each you find yourself in such a beautiful city. Just a word of warning for Pisa itself, taxis are hard to come by so booking from the hotel may be easier if a little more expensive, but again they are still cheap in comparison to uk cabs. 5 euros from the station to the Tower. Just remember you could be waking up and going to bed with just about the best view in Pisa.
A Fading Star
Superb location. Spent 2 nights here over an Italian National holiday weekend and found the historic area around the Piazza del Duomo particularily busy but the Villa Kinzica coped very well. The hotel itself is a little tired and in need of a spot of tender loving care. Now that non-smoking is mandatory in all indoor food service areas the whole ambiance is improved. My wife and I enjoyed the more than adequate continental breakfasts and the food in the adjoining restaurant acceptable if one was too tired to look further afield after travelling/sightseeing. The room was clean if a little musty but the water hot and bed comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful.
This hotel is very basic, although clean.
The rooms are basic, but most rooms have views of the tower, and if you are lucky enough to get one of those, it makes everything else worth it.
The location is superb, about a 30second walk to the 'Field of Miracles', that is worth the basic surrounding alone.
The breakfast again is very continential, croissants and coffee but ok.
I would tell anyone to stop at this hotel though, the staff are very friendly and there is a very good restaurant attached to the hotel itself. Although there is an excellent restaurant just around the corner that is also very cheap.
Ok, but definitely not great
My fiancee and I just returned from Italy and we spent four nights at Hotel Villa Kinzica. I was in Pisa for a conference and the hotel was arranged through the organizers so I should point out that I did not select this hotel on my own. Overall, the hotel was adequate, but our stay was less than exceptional. We were supposed to have a great view of the tower out our window but there was a heavy storm shutter that was stuck in the closed position so you could only see out the bottom 10 inches or so of the window. Despite repeated requests and promises of maintenance, it had not been fixed by the time we left. The staff couldn't move us to a different room, which I understand since the hotel was full, but they also didn't seem very apologetic that we weren't satisfied. In fact, although certain members of the staff were quite helpful and friendly, one of the desk workers got upset with my fiancee when she asked again about the window (since it wasn't fixed the first day).
I believe that the cleaning staff must use the same bucket of water for all the rooms, because after cleaning, our bathroom always had a foul odor of used cleaning water. One of the rooms that my colleagues stayed in had a very powerful odor that was bad enough for them to sleep with the windows open despite a bit of a chill.
I really think that a price of 108 Euros for this hotel is outrageous and I don't have any plans to stay there again. The location is outstanding but the hotel itself is quite lacking in many areas.
Great location for Tower
Super stay, staff friendly. Breakfast average. Rooms clean, wish there were tea and coffee facilities though-although the attached restaurant offered coffee, teas etc and great pizza! We would go back as the location next to leaning tower etc was ideal,- get the no.3 bus from airport, its only 0.8 Euro!
Great location; hotel a little old..
Villa Kinzica is brilliantly located right by the Leaning Tower and cathedral. It also has a great restaurant out front where we had a very pleasant meal the evening we were there. The hotel itself was old and a little musty; dark furniture and heavy curtains etc throughout. The bathroom was tiny but the room was big with a view of the tower. All in all, for a one night stay in Pisa, it was ideal as it was perfectly situated and allowed us to explore all the things we wanted to at great convenience. The one off-putting thing was the elderly man / concierge at reception puffing away in a haze of smoke when we walked in. Not a great (or particularly hygienic!) first impression!
This was a wounderfull hotel. I got to see the leaning tower from teh window. Got a balcong, and one extra window. Private bathroom, tv and aircondition. All the furniture was in old Italian style even the bed was. it was an amazing to just be there.
The staff was helpfull and straight outside the entrance you have a resturant/ cafe. They serve wounderfull food and copuciono, with great staffthere also. Everyone are really helpfull.
This hotel i would recomend everyone to stay in. its wounderfull. and perfect spot.
In need of redecoration
I stayed for 2 nights in October 2003 - this is the closest hotel to the Leaning Tower I could see, just a 1 minute walk. But the hotel is in dire need of redecoration - worn and torn carpets on the staircase from Reception. No offer of help carrying luggage to my room - reception staff were OK, but not very forthcoming with information/help. Breakfast OK - just. Not very clean - my room had cigarette ash on the floor for the whole time I was there - I don't smoke.... Bed was comfortable. Don't think I would stay there again.
What a view!!
The view was astounding. Throw open the windows and gaze upon the Leaning Tower of Pisa straight in front of you.
A really cheap hotel, basic but comfortable, with friendly staff.
The building is quite large and airy, with a few restaurants around it.