After trying to decide between three hotels that were around the same price of EURO90/night (Hotel Francesco, Hotel Verdi, and Hotel Capitol), we decided to book our two-night stay at Hotel Capitol because it had a courtyard parking (not on the street and no permit needed since it is right outside the restricted parking zone). We were somewhat pleased with our decision, but if we were not driving, we would not have chosen this hotel.
The room was quite plain, but for a triple room (double bed with a single) it was roomy. The bathroom was clean, but extremely small. The room also has a large closet with a removable key if you wanted a safe (it isn't a safe, but could do the job). The hotel is supposed to have Wifi, but it is an extremely weak signal and we were never able to connect (even in the lobby). The hotel offers breakfast and it was good--non-Italians need to remember that Italian breakfasts are never very extensive. It consists of bread, rolls, yogurt, cereal, pies, apples, juice, water, and a coffee/espresso/cappuccino machine. The gentleman at the front desk was very nice and helpful--upon arrival we were given a map and some advice.
The "parking lot" was more of a very small paved backyard. It fit maybe five cars comfortably, and once those spots were filled people parked along the driveway which made getting in/out a hassle. Everyone needed someone to spot the car as it backed along the drive. I would not bring a large car to this hotel. The standard European-size car can do okay, but anything bigger than a mid-size car will have a terrible time.
The location is very good--about a ten-minute walk to the Tower/Church/Baptistry, and it is also close to the piazze and nearby shops. It is in an ideal location for those driving to Pisa because it is just before the restricted car zone where it seems almost impossible to find street parking.
The only truly bad thing about this hotel is the noise. The elevator, busy staff, noisy neighbors, and barking dogs outside made sleep very difficult--at all hours. Both nights (until 11:00 pm) and mornings (6:00 am) there was tremendous amounts of noise. If the hotel addresses this issue, I would probably stay at this hotel again.
Altogether, our stay was good since we simply wanted a hotel to sleep at--no frills. I would suggest to look at other hotels that are just as reasonably priced if you are not driving. If you are driving, I would suggest getting a hotel with parking because it seemed as though the hotels closer to the tower (such as Hotel Francesco) had extremely limited parking which could be solved by a ten-minute walk instead of frantically trying to find a space.
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