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“Close your eyes and try not to expect too much” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Francesco
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Santa Maria, 129, 56126 Pisa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #36 of 82 Hotels in Pisa
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24 hotel reviews
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122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
“Close your eyes and try not to expect too much”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

Its true, having just spent three nights in the hotel Francesco, my only real comment is that it was cheap and cheerful, not cheap as in grotty, but simply reasonable, based upon two things location and location, otherwise, to give a recital on the merits of the actual accommodation would be unkind, but if you want to know, the entrance is not inviting, other than its on the main street afew minutes walk from the tower, and good restaurants, enter and you will be met with a smile, by a very attentive receptionist, cramped and a little uncomfortable if others are waiting to be checked in. So the room, travel lodge size, basic with a not so comfortable bed, two beds actually joined together to make a double, great for perfecting the sleep on your back straight method, this bed does not allow much flexibility or rolling around restlessly, the view is the street, and that is not so pretty, the shower well it sprayed, the terrace limited and the facilities again limited. All in all for 80 euros a night what could one expect, so my advice, get up early, get out and enjoy the sites, get in late and drink enough to soften the impact of a rather cramped bed, the sleep and he drink anaesthetises the body to a degree of acceptability, would I return no, I will next time make my booking in advance, and choose more selectively, this was to be a starting point to see Andrea Bocelli in Lajatico, and to be honest that is all it is there are much better hotels this town. Sorry, across the road 15 yards away the hotel duomo is a good example. Enjoy

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is all about the location.
It is literally a couple of hundred yards from the Leaning Tower!
As a hotel, it is quite basic. There is a lift as well as the stairs, a little roof terrace, a vending machine and free wifi (if you can get a signal).
The rooms are clean, functional, beds are reasonably comfortable and there's a big screen tv showing about 100 Italian channels (no other languages).
But then there's the noise. If your room is at the front of the hotel, don't expect to get any sleep before 1am. Even with the double glazing, the noise of scooters and drunken tourists is very loud.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pisa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Hotel was great. You can see the tower from the balcony on the 1st floor. The common room on the first floor is great. You can't bet the price or location. The beds are a little hard and the towels are pretty rough. But you cant bet the location and price.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We stayed one night here and thought it was great. paid just over 50 pounds for a saturday night .it is 100 meters from the tower and about 250 meteres from the small but lively bar and restaurant area. our room was on the street side and with the double glazing windows shut were not disturb at all .small shower but clean and funtioning .nice comfy bed .big tv with loads of channels ,all in italian but hey Pisa is in italy after all.The Ritz it aint but Cheap clean modern and tidy it is. Would stay again

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights, as a base for exploring Pisa and Florence. The hotel itself is located less than 3 minutes walk from the leaning tower, and there is a view of the tower from the terrace on the 1st floor. The room was basic, average size with ensuite bathroom. No frills whatsoever so if you're looking for luxury or plan on spending time in the hotel, this probably isn't the place for you! They don't serve breakfast, which didn't bother us as we'd prefer eat in one of the local cafes or restaurants anyway. The room had a flat screen TV with about 50 channels including some English language ones. There was also free wifi, which was useful for checking train times, restaurant reviews etc.
It suited us because it was cheap (we paid €90 each for the four nights) and we literally just slept there, as we were out exploring and sightseeing all day everyday. Train to Florence takes less than an hour from Pisa and costs about €10 rtn. Reception staff were lovely, and all spoke fluent english. We had an early morning flight home and the receptionist organised a car to collect us and bring us to the airport.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Krakow, Poland
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43 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

The hotel is very well located near Piazza del Duomo and Torre di Pisa. You can get there in 5 minutes walking. Room was quite small, bathroom was even smaller, and what is important it needed renovation. Also smell in the room was not so pleasant.
There was no breakfast at the hotel you got room only.
Staff was friendly tried to be helpful but not always was.

  • Stayed July 2011, 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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NY
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

Small, intimate hotel - very short walk to Tower, stall markets, etc., and short ride from airport. Computer in lobby, but also wireless in the rooms if you have your own ipad or notebook. Windows opened to overlook the street (with screen!). Great, inexpensive restaurants also steps away. Desk personnel very helpful and kind. Room very clean (with fridge), but do not expect lots of space in the room. Since it was off season already, the balcony in the photos was closed...but that didn't detract from our stay. Day we were to leave, there was a taxi & bus strike, and they arranged a car service (same price as taxi) to the airport. Good value for the cost - would return in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Santa Maria, 129, 56126 Pisa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 82 Hotels in Pisa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Francesco 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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