just back from a four night stay at Hotel Leonardo. Check in was very quick. Staff were very helpful and spoke excellent English. One girl in particular was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Her name was Annalisa. She couldn't do enough for you.
The room was large, with tv and minifridge which was empty but was great to keep beer cold etc. Rooms made up and towels changed every day. No problems there. While taking showers the water now and then went from hot to cold. Some people might find this annoying.
We didn't have a balcony and no great views on a narrow street. But that didn't bother us as we were out all day.
Breakfast was included in the price and it was perfect. Everything you would want. Cereals, juices, yougurt. Brown and white bread. Toasted breads in packages and crackers. Plenty cheeses and meats. A large selection of different teas and if you have a sweet tooth plenty of buns. You just couldn't fault it in any way. Only thing it finished at 9,30 sharp which in my opinion was too early. Also checkout is at 10.30. Never before had a check out that early anywhere. I did ask Annalisa if we could extend but the hotel was busy but she very kindly let us stay until 11.30 which we did appreciate. There is a luggage room.
Because Pisa is on the River Arno the mosquitos were awful. We got bitten alive. There was an airfresher type thing in the room to kill them off but we didn't plug it in when we arrived as we didn't know that it was to prevent mosquitos!!! Can't blame anyone for the mosquitos but best to be aware and buy the sprays in time.
Pisa is a lovely friendly city but you need to shop around for eats and drinks, as if you are not careful you will get ripped off. On the way to hotel we stopped off at an ordinary bar/cafe (nothing special at all about it). We got a small glass of wine and a medium beer and were charged €12 euro for that. That was Caffetteria Danitesca, Piazza Dante. Needless to say we didn't go back. We discoved bars that sold large glasses of wine and a bottle of beer from between €4.50 to €5.50, a massive difference. Many places do a tourist menu which included a drink. So if you are on a budget watch out. There is no bar in the hotel but you can get beers for €2 and small bottle of water for €1 and soft drinks from a fridge at reception.
Travelled to Florence on the train, €7.80 each, each way and only took one hour. Also went to Lucca which is beautiful also travelled to Laverno. Lucca was the best of our trips. A. Farrell
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