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Royal Victoria Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti, 12, 56126 Pisa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #25 of 68 Hotels in Pisa
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“No sleep. ”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just left after staying for the night. Our room was small which was fine but the bed was uncomfortable and old. Neither of us slept a wink due to a combination of the noise from the street outside, people in the hotel and the bad air-con. Can't recommend it I'm afraid though it is in a good location. Just bring earplugs, a sleeping bag and a few bags of ice! :)

Stayed June 2015, traveled as a couple
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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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our fourth stay here. The bedroom and the bathroom were large and while period furniture would have been to much to expect, overall the ambiance suited the rooms. The staff are very good indeed, and try to overcome problems. But problems exist:the air conditioning in the room would quit after an hour or so, making it necessary to get up and restart the unit five times in the night. Not only could the window not be opened, street noise made that option undesirable The breakfast was mediocre. The location in Pisa is excellent.

  • Stayed June 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oslo, Norway
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61 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed four nights in this hotel, if I would have stayed longer I would have looked for one with better beds. The beds in our room were ok, but probably had old and cheap mattresses in two single beds. The room was big and charming, it had old furniture, but not really antiques, more like 1950-1970 plywood covered furniture looking like 19th century style. Some of the furniture are also a bit broken, but what the hotel lack of being a 5 star or a luxury hotel it wins a lot on charm. The room itself however gives the impression of being older with beautiful cement tiles, high ceilings and an old styled French door and balcony with views to the river and houses. There is a small, but trafficked road right beneath the balcony, the noise did not bother us much as it was not so noisy at night time when we were in the room, but if you want to sleep longer in the mornings and are sensitive I recommend using ear plugs or asking for a room not facing the facade. The hotel breakfast was quite ok, I have had a lot worse breakfasts in Italy in hotels with higher standards. The hotel has a great location, it’s close to many things Pisa has to offer, walking distance to the cathedral and Leaning Tower, great plazas, narrow streets and cafés and restaurants. If you are into renaissance art from this region I would recommend The National Museum (San Mateo) which is just 200-300 meters down the road from the hotel, beautiful collection, but not a single other person visiting the museum when we were there in the beginning of May. In the other direction just a few meters down the hotel street is a famous ice cream shop which is very recommendable. We needed to take a bus to the University of Pisa, the hotel front desk can sell you the bus tickets as they become more expensive when buying them on the bus. There are a lot of buses stopping on the other side of the road from the hotel taking you to different areas. The people in the lobby were very helpful.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel has presumably not changed in 70 years or so and has a unique old fashioned ambiance. The hotel is clean and friendly and the breakfast was good.
Great views over the river but quite noisy at night time though that is probably unavoidable.
I do think the beds should be replaced at the very least as they are old and creaky and not very comfortable.
A lovely feature is the beautiful roof garden where we sat out in the sun and read books for a couple of hours before going out to a restaurant recommended by the hotel. We were brought beer Prosecco and pistachio nuts.

Stayed June 2015, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love staying here and have stayed a number of times over the last 5 years and it's my kind of place. It warms my heart to know I'm going to stay and I love it when I arrive. It is beautiful in a vintage way. If you love modern, minimalist, perfect paintwork, piped music, large lifts or electronic locks then this is probably NOT for you.

I arrived late Saturday evening and my room was on the 4th, top, floor right next to the terrace. This is a particularly good location for a quiet stay as the window isn't on the side of the terrace (not that I've known it noisy buy 'just in case') and the room faces the back. Some of the rooms can be noisy from echoes of the nearby town squares late in the evening so if you are a light sleeper you need to know this. This room was quiet enough to leave the windows full open and let in the fresh evening air and watch the stars.

As usual the room had character (you need to see the photos) and was spacious . There are usually a few cracks and glitches in the decor but nothing important to me.

I stayed 3 nights and enjoyed my breakfasts from the cold buffet in the lovely quiet breakfast room. No TV or music in there which is a plus to me. They don't serve other meals but there are plenty of places nearby. You can take coffee or a drink on the roof terrace, or enjoy an aperitivo in the ground floor lounge.

It is a very beautiful building with lots of interesting rooms, photos, tile floors. Worth spending time just wandering around. There is a lift which is quite small but sufficient however if you can take the stairs you do see quite a lot more stuff.

I came back for a night before flying home and my room was on the first floor next to the meeting / writing room. This was a little smaller but still pleasant. I'd cheekily asked if there might be a room with a view of the Arno available ( it wasn't what I booked but I thought I'd just ask) and although none was I did have a sideways view to the main road & river which was nice. A noisier room as it was over the side alley but with the shutters closed it was pretty quiet.

Breakfast is from 7am so I had that before getting the bus from outside across the road to the airport - cost was 2€ and it took about 15 mins.

Stayed June 2015, traveled solo
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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Royal Victoria is very well located overlooking the Arno and at the very center of Pisa: just a 1 km stroll from the train station and more or less at the same distance from the Campo dei Miracoli, with the famous tower and all. It is also in the neighbourhood of Piazza Garibaldi and Borgo Stretto, where most of the Pisan nightlife happens. The hotel itself is more than 150 years old, and the building and rooms make you almost relive elegance of the Grand Tour. Most of the furniture looks stylishly old, but some of it is modern and anachronic. For example, it is a real pity that the bathroom looks more shabby-1970`s style than fin-de-siècle. Breakfast was common Italian fare, but I was expecting more variety and maybe some hot dishes. All in all, the experience was not unpleasant, but I was a little frustrated that the feeling of travelling in time was lost with such small details.

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  • Stayed June 2015, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

The Royal Victoria is well located for sight seeing, 10 min. walk to Tower. There are lots of bars and restaurants close by.The rooms are clean and comfortable, the décor is a bit tired could do with updating. We found all staff to be friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent. Value for money

Room Tip: We were on the second floor at the back of the hotel and it was quiet no problem at all with noise.
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  • Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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:
#7 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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