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“More suited to business trips and not family stays” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Galilei
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Darsena 1, 56121 Pisa, Italy (Formerly Golden Tulip Galilei - Pisa)   |  
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Ranked #28 of 76 Hotels in Pisa
Leeds, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“More suited to business trips and not family stays”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We stayed at this hotel the night before flying from Pisa. The first impression of the hotel was that it is very vast, cold (not welcoming) and contemporary looking. The receptionist could have been more welcoming, and came across as being fairly rude as in not wanting to give us the time of day. Because of the sense of formality and the business-like interior/atmosphere, it is definitely suited to business people (the hotel accommodates several conferences). The food is arguably pretentious, with slightly pricier dishes as well, which would again, be more suited to serious business people as a family would not pay these prices per meal for the whole family. The taxi from the hotel was annoying as it was 14 euros for 4 of us, for an approximately 1 and a half minute drive from the airport (we planned on walking, but because of the ways the Italian road system works, we couldn't). When we went to the gym, there was a sign up saying it was indefinitely closed which was quite disappointing. The room was clean, and it contained a double bed, when we were booking our stay, there wasn't the option for the two twin beds we would have liked. There was also free open WIFI in the rooms. The 'premium' TV is all Italian, with the exception for MTV. In terms of dining, the restaurant is on the bottom floor, and as I said before, it is fairly pretentious in what is served and how it is priced. This restaurant does not cater for coeliacs (senza glutine), but the waiter was kind enough to try and accommodate our party any way. There is also a little bar next door to the main building which serves lots of drinks, cocktails which are anywhere between 6 to 8 euros and coffee, tea, etc. The breakfast buffet was very standard and offered the typical: juice, toast, pastries, coffee, eggs, ham, you know the drill. The shuttle bus to the airport is just as expensive as a taxi (16 euros for 4 of us, gets cheaper the more people travelling in it), but was very easy to arrange, a word with the receptionist was all it took, and we paid the driver when we reached the airport. This hotel is good for overnight/one night stays as it is incredibly convenient being so close to the airport. I personally would find somewhere slightly more homely if I was staying in Pisa for a week or more, and would consider looking closer to the city centre. This would have also saved us some money as I had heard from other travellers there was a fairly cheap supermarket about 10 mins away from this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    3.5 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
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12 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The rooms are large and spacious but the location is a good 20 minute walk from the central station out of town - and there is not a sidewalk all the way. Just next to the hotel is a highway exit that you must cross to get to the sidewalk.
It cost about €8 for a taxi from central station to the hotel. The same price applies from the Leaning Tower.
The hotel charges €15 for a shuttle bus to the airport but you will pass by the airport on the way from the central station to the hotel.

The staff helped upon request, but without smiles or great mood. You didn't really want to approach again.
I tried to order a Mojito at the bar but they did not have all the ingredients.

The breakfast is classic whitebread with jam, honney, ham or cheese. There was cereals but only normal milk - no soy/rice/almond options, that I would have expected for a four star hotel. Furthermore there was juice, tea, coffee, eggs and bacon.
I have had better breakfast buffets at hostels...

Room Tip: Uneven numbers faces a highway and an industrial area.
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are staying in Pisa for one night and want to be close to the airport, this hotel would be ok. Taxi to the hotel was €15 - same as the shuttle. The room is large but the bed is quite hard. Our request for extra pillows (only 2 small pillows supplied) was met with difficulty. The staff seemed to regard clients as a nuisance. They have work to do and we were obviously annoying them by wanting to check in! However, the lady who checked us out was pleasant.
My biggest complaint was breakfast. It had the potential to be quite good. But the bread was stale, toaster was well hidden, the yogurts were covered up by a cloth, hot food was cold. Bacon seemed to be cooked in lumps so that the outside was half cooked and the middle uncooked. Boiled eggs had obviously been boiled for hours as the yolks were grey making the eggs very unappetising. Just seemed sad that good food could be served so badly.
The trip to the main station was another €12 to €15 depending on traffic. From there most places are in walking distance.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice hotel. We had issues with air con in our room. And as could not be sorted get an upgrade to a suite.

Chap on desk with american accent was sound guy. Very helpful.

We could see the tower of pisa from our from at front of hotel.

Stayed September 2014, traveled on business
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Taunton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked in here as it was good value and close to the airport for our early departure next day. We found the reception most helpful and the room clean and comfortable. The free wifi worked well and the dinner we had was excellent, sliced beef filet for 16 € cooked to perfection. Our waiter was very attentive and most pleasant . The breakfast was good too.

Room Tip: Less traffic noise higher up, and ask reception if you want the aircon lowered.
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  • Stayed March 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This hotel is isolated by an industrial area however it really is good value for money - it was clean, the service was excellent at reception, the bar and restaurant. The only reason why I've not given 5 stars is the location. The bus was only every 20 to 40 minutes and it was still a 10 to 15 minute walk away to the bus stop along a very busy road. We paid 10 - 13 euros each day to get from the hotel to the train station in Pisa. Food in the hotel was good but I felt it was slightly overpriced compared to other restaurants we ate in and the choice was limited. Breakfast was very good. Theres a great supermarket 10 minutes walk towards Pisa which we were really pleased to have found !!! we would stay there again.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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i really appreciate you enjoy your stay at Hotel Galilei! Waiting for welcome you next time!

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Pisa
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Room was clean and comfortable. Full complementary buffet breakfast was very good. But what I liked the most was that they offer early-bird breakfast for guests who leave the hotel early in the morning.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Additional Information about Hotel Galilei

Address: Via Darsena 1, 56121 Pisa, Italy (Formerly Golden Tulip Galilei - Pisa)
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Luxury Hotel in Pisa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Galilei 4*
Number of rooms: 153
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Galilei, modern 4* hotel with 153 rooms with all comforts within 2 Junior Suite. Strategic position to visit Pisa and surroundings. 6 Meeting rooms well equipped. Bar and Restaurant opened from the morning till late evening. Transfer service fro/to Airport or city center, on payment, to booking in advance. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Golden Tulip Galilei - Pisa Hotel Pisa
My Onehotel Galilei Pisa
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