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“A beautiful and charming historic building in need of some tender loving care” 3 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 #21 of 80 Hotels in Pisa
Coleshill, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A beautiful and charming historic building in need of some tender loving care”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We stayed here for one night after a two night stay in a fabulous four star hotel in Florence. The hotel is very charming, steeped in history with many old photographs charting it's life. Like other visitors to this hotel, we liked the antique furniture and the internal architecture, but the hotel does need some tender loving care. Our air conditioning unit broke three times in one night, but the hotel staff were excellent, came to our aide within 5 minutes each time, and eventually when we asked to be moved to another room, they obliged our request without hesitation. This hotel could be amazing, more could be made of the beautiful roof terrace, a little music, a bar up there (although drinks can be ordered from reception to be taken up for you)? If we were going to stay again we would request a room at the back of the hotel (the first room that we had at the front was so noisy - people socialising on the wall of the river bank outside your windows), with a bathroom and air conditioning. I'd love to see this hotel updated with a lick of paint etc here and there, but for it to keep the beautiful furniture and historic photographs.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Fresno, California
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3 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We got the name for this hotel from Rick Steve’s Italy book. We loved the room, it was full of character and the furniture wasn’t the prefab furniture of a chain hotel it was classic 1940 or 1950’s. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. The window looked out on the river, and we arrived the day after a festival had started so we were able to enjoy a traditional boat race form our balcony. The staff was helpful and kind and wonderful ambassadors for Pisa and Italy.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Washington, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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!

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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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San Diego, California
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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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Sarasota, Florida
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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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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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Address: Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 12, 56126 Pisa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Romantic Hotel in Pisa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Victoria Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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