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“Atmospheric....but in need of some maintenance....” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Victoria Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 12, 56126 Pisa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #22 of 83 hotels in Pisa
Washington, United Kingdom
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“Atmospheric....but in need of some maintenance....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Not much more to be added to recent reviews....lovely old hotel....friendly and helpful staff....nice breakfast....great location......BUT.....bathroom in particular was badly in need of some TLC...don't get me wrong, everything was clean and everything worked, it just didn't look nice...'archaic' comes to mind!
We had a room facing the river, with a balcony, and it was noisy, but hey you're in a city what do you expect, definitely worth it for the view!...and no upvc windows here, just ancient old wooden shutters and doors...the lovely roof terrace seemed greatly underused, we used it a couple of times and were undisturbed, shame, as it is a great space.
All in all a really old, atmospheric, hotel....we would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: riverside rooms are noisy but give a great view of the Arno.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Great location right on the Arno River
Hundreds of years old, it's charming and a relative value in terms of the common areas and the breakfast is quite nice.

HOWEVER, the bathroom situation is borderline horrifying. There are at least a dozen rooms per floor, but only 1 tiny basic toilet per floor. No mirror, no soap, one roll of TP, and it's not easy to find either. I was grateful that the other people on my floor either didn't use the bathroom or left it relatively clean. I was also grateful that I only stayed here one night.

My single room was small and spartan, with no view. I could hear interesting conversations in Italian from the alleyway outside. My neighbors in the next room were so close, and left their door open so often (no A/C), that I thought they wanted me to have a menage a' trois.

Also, there is apparently only one shower area for the ENTIRE hotel, which is maybe 10 floors. I chose not to check this out for myself.

Otherwise, very nice.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Gourock, United Kingdom
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26 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

I've had two good stays on my own in this hotel so when planning our family holiday to Tuscany I thought this would be ideal for us. For two adults and one 10 year old I booked a triple room for 77 euros. It had en-suite facilities and air-con included which in my opinion was great value. Breakfast the next morning was again plentiful, though the hot chocolate they served was a bit like a jug of custard. Must take note to just have coffee next time ! Daughter loved the big staircases and husband liked all the memorabilia in the public rooms , though he would prefer something a bit more luxurious for a longer stay.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

This hotel mantains the originality of its origins circa 1800, with a few amenities adaptions from the 1960's. it has its charm and it has picturesque location overlooking the Arno River. the Arno riverside is a lively active place at night. If not knowing the details one could be disappointed for the luck of up to date amenities.the concierge (family owned and run) were very truthfull and open about their establishmnet, and offered a sincere hospitality.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stayed 4 nights in this delightful hotel. If you love slick looking hotels with all mod cons then this is not the place for you. The Royal Victoria has been owned by the same family since about 1840 and retains that wonderful authentic Italian charm I remember from childhood visits to Italy. It features the most amazing staircase and antiques with a beautiful roof top garden. We were upgraded on arrival to a room with a view of the tower. To me the decor fitted the style of the hotel. Wonderfully spacious bedroom with small on suite bathroom. The staff are very friendly and efficient. Situated on the river Arno their are nearby cafes and shops. The market square transforms at night to a meeting place to eat, drink and of course treat yourself to ice cream! The tower is about a 10 min walk from the hotel.
I would definitely recommend this charming hotel - we booked direct with them and there was no problem. Don't forget you will pay room tax.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Stayed here on two occasions as we were flying into and out of Pisa airport. We got a very good rate by booking directly with the hotel and agree that the hotel in places is a little tired and jaded. However it has great character and all of the staff we encountered were helpful and friendly. Our first room was a small double and we did get the noise from the nearby bar. The second room was higher up, larger and very comfortable.Breakfast was very good. We got what we had paid for and would return here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

We stayed one night at this hotel before flying out of Italy the next morning. The hotel is perfectly situated right by the river and only 10 mins walk from the Leaning Tower. The Royal Victoria has a lot of history behind it and it shows...both in good and bad ways. First the positives: there is a unique charm to this place with beautiful antiques around every corner, which is what made us choose this hotel in the first place! However it is clear that the hotel has seen better days...things like cracks on the walls and outdated plumbing for example could easily be fixed and would do wonders to spruce up the place! The room itself was very comfortable - we had one of the more expensive rooms with a private bathroom, high ceilings and wonderful views of the Arno river...just gorgeous! Staff were very friendly and helpful and the breakfast was lovely. I would definitely recommend this place for a one or two nights stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 12, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa
Amenities:
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Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pisa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Victoria Hotel 3*
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