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“Atmospheric, historic and delightfully eccentric.” 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 #24 of 73 Hotels in Pisa
carradale, scotland
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Atmospheric, historic and delightfully eccentric.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

If you are a Hilton/Holiday Inn/Marriott kind of person, do not visit here !
If however, you like old historic buildings, splendidly located and run with charming, dedicated staff, this could be for you.
Sit in the reading room and imagine Charles Dickens scribing there. Imagine Theodore Roosevelt and his entourage bustling about noisily.
The old visitor's books are a revelation.
Accept the hotel for what it is, and one day you might just realise you were visiting Europe's historical past in a most astonishing way.
Think Raffles hotel in Singapore before they tarted it up, think Gabriel Garcia Marques and 'Love in a time of cholera', and you might begin to understand the experience.
We will go back again God willing, to that room with balcony overlooking the river Arno, and hope it doesn't change too much.
 

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We stayed here for one evening on the start of our travels through Italy. This is hotel is in a lovely old building right in the heart of Pisa. We where able to walk from the airport to the hotel which took approximately 40 minutes. The rooms where adequate with comfy beds but the bathrooms where not the cleanest and although there is a toilet on each floor the shower was a few floors up. Reasonable for a one night stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Surrey England
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160 reviews 160 reviews
50 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

The hotel is a wonderful old building in the heart of Pisa and has been a hotel for centuries. In the past this was a grand hotel which would have been lavishly furnished. Previous guest include the likes of Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill and various royalty.
The hotel has fallen on difficult times and the décor is not what it once was. The furnishings are, unfortunately, more Argos than baroque. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful opportunity to stay in this old hotel for very reasonable rates.
The room was large and the bed comfortable and everything was clean.
Breakfast was an extensive continental affair with lots of choice.
All the sights of Pisa and the rail station are within ten minutes walk.
I would recommend the hotel.

A couple of doors down from the hotel there is a very nice little pizza/pasta restaurant and a gelateria, used almost entirely by locals. Very nice, cheap food and wine.

Room Tip: Rooms at the top rear are quietest
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greenlawn, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We have now stayed here together three times; my husband for a total of five times. He loves it! It is in a wonderful location; right on the River Arno, directly across the river from the post poffice and within very close proximity to the central shopping areas, the Tower, Cathedral and Baptistry.
The hotel does have self-serve "breakfast"; the usual European meats, cheeses, yogurts & other items which I could not make out. And, of course, the bread.
Upon our arrival, the bathroom light was not working, but by mid-afternoon & a second request to the front desk, the light bulb was replaced. The staff are extremely courteous and friendly. But, the hotel is dated and is badly in need of updates. Do not get me wrong, the place is very clean but very old looking.

Room Tip: Rooms on the river side tend to be a bit noisier than those in the back of the hotel.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Opelika, Al
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55 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We stayed here only one night before flying out of the Pisa airport the next morning. This is a very old hotel. The room was large. The bed was comfortable. Getting on Internet service was somewhat difficult and there was a charge - the first time I have had this in a month of travels through Italy. Some of the tiles were loose in the floor. But the window opened with a great view of the Arno River. Breakfast was ok - not anything really good, some bread and cereal, fruit - and the breakfast room was cold - not temperature wise, but the atmosphere. The reception staff was friendly and helpful

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the river.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

The staff in this hotel are an asset - helpful and charming. The hotel itself is very pleasant witha lovely roof terrace. Our room was basic, my matrice had seen better days. But the room was clean. I would return to this hotel, but probably would ask for a better room. But to be honest for what we paid it was very good indeed.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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nottinghamshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Excellent location, easy to find as long as you head straight ahead out of the train station and head towards the river.
The rooms are huge, to match the beautiful old Italian furniture.
The desk staff were very helpful, and the breakfasts were plentiful. The roof top terrace is a beautiful place to top up your fluid levels in the heat.
The only downside is the noise at night. I requested a room over the courtyard, but was allocated a room with a view over the river as I asked for a room with a bath (302). Although this was lovely to look out over, it's really too noisy to hope to get any sleep. If you are happy to just have as shower, you can have a quoted room. The desk staff did offer to change our room, and much to my husband's dismay, I decided to sit it out due to it being the weekend of the regatta.
I would definitely stay here again, without doubt, but would request a courtyard room.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
Business Center with Internet Access Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 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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