We just returned from a 2 night stay here. Sadly, the experience wasn't a happy one and we were relieved to be leaving after 2 nights.
The good: The room rate was very cheap and included a buffet breakfast. Free WiFi in lobby area. Situated next to a shopping mall and supermarket with everything you would need (particularly cheap drinking water - just 25 Cents per bottle.)
The not so good: The bathroom had a broken shower and rust stains (which my son found hilariously identical to huge poop stains.) You really need to be comfortable with your fellow guests as a Reviewer mentioned prior...the bathroom only has a glass, non-fully closing panel and therefore your every 'movement' is clearly heard! Great! The room wasn't large or particularly clean, had only CNN News as an English speaking TV channel, expensive Wifi in the room (which we didn't use) and laminate flooring, which carries noise from all surrounding rooms. Lucky us, we were in the room underneath the guy with the clicky shoes, who paced up and down on his phone proclaiming to his significant other "I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you"!! OMG, we get it, now shut up and go to SLEEP!!! We were also unlucky enough to be placed next to the lifts, which obviously led to further noise most of the night and early in the morning. Special thanks must go to the drunk Japanese(?) girls, who returned at 2am each night....
There was a lack of staff, which meant that the Reception staff were too busy to answer any queries or give information/help for our stay. Check-in took a glacial 25 minutes and as not everyone understands that to queue is a fairer method of being served, it became stressful as others pushed in and were helped first! I soon learned that you have to be more aggressive in Italy than at home, as manners don't seem to count for much :-(
The breakfast buffet was on a first come, first served basis, meaning that if you arrived early, you had a choice of food items. Some food items were replaced, but nothing was replaced after 9/9.30am. I would not recommend any hot food, as it looked grim.
The hotel location would have been fine for business travellers, but was far away from the city centre and from the airport. You can walk as we did into the city (this took just under 1 hour), or take a bus, which took about 20/30 minutes. Public transport is incredibly cheap - 2 Euro's per person, for a 70 minutes bus pass and free travel for children.
In summary, it was cheap and you got what you paid for. I dearly wish we had gone for the Hotel San Ranieri for the extra £40 it would have cost. We popped in there whilst lost and looking for the Marriott on the first day. That hotel looked clean and inviting and the staff seemed friendly and attentive. Oh well, you live and learn.
Pisa itself is lovely by the way. Beautiful monuments, great restaurants and food and although touristy, great for "people watching". If you can find time, look out for the Palazzo Blu (Blue Palace), which is a wonderful free of charge museum along the river in Pisa. It houses a collection of Roman coins and fantastic art dating from 16th Century. An absolute gem to look round!
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