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“Funky design with a gastronomic twist in the tale” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel San Ranieri
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Filippo Mazzei, 2 | Cisanello, 56124 Pisa, Italy   |  
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North Queensferry, United Kingdom
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“Funky design with a gastronomic twist in the tale”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This hootel does take its cue from some of the more funky designs of European hotels. The corridors leading to the rooms left me feeling like I was walking through the route of a ghost train. Some will like it, others may think, whats the point. I personally liked it a great deal.

I was however disappointed with the restaurant. Arriving with my colleagues the first thing we asked for was a beer. We asked for something local and the maitre'd (a very pleasant Irish chap)offered us each a large bottle of something akin to Hooegaarden. We accepted gratefully. Jolly good stuff.

We next ordered a seafood main course at E16. This took about 30 seconds to eat and left us feeling still hungry. We then enquired about the price of the beer as we enjoyed it and fancied another. E15!!! For a bottle of beer. As we were still hungry we were offered a sweet. We ordered an eton mess and what appeared was a selection of ice creams. No meringue, no eton and a bit of a mess.

Breakfast was what you might have expected and was plesant enough.

In summary, a very nice hotel let down by its restaurant. My suggestion - eat out.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We chose this hotel based on the reviews from Tripadvisor and mainly due to the fact that a garage was available, as finding a parking place can be difficult in Pisa. We stayed for 3 days and had opted for an interconnecting room.
The hotel was easy to find, close to one of the exits from the highway. The rooms and toilets were clean and well maintained. Covered parking can be reserved for a cost of 5€/day.
While the website states shuttle service, it's only for picking up from the airport/railway station - they do not offer it as a 'regular' service incase you want to hop on it for a ride to the station. Public transport is very close by and tickets can be purchased at a book-shop near the bus-stop- it costs around 1.10€ and is valid for 70mins from the time of stamping the ticket. Other possibilities are also available (day ticket, two-way, etc). The shop closes early, so incase a late evening trip is planned the ticket needs to be purchased earlier.
There is also a restaurant near the bus-stop, which seems to be run by the same hotel.

Negatives:
- Sound from the neighbouring room.
- Food was a let down. We ordered the same dish on two occassions and both preparations were different.
- Breakfast selection was limited and quantity wasn't planned in advance, especially on crowded weekends. They started preparing scrambled eggs only after bringing it to the notice of the hotel staff that it was over. So, if in a rush go early for breakfast.
- For a four start hotel, a heating kettle with selection of coffee/tea in the room could have been provided
- No possibility to to connect my iPad or portable dvd system to the TV (helpful while travelling with kids, especially if we plan to relax for a day at the hotel)
- The reception area and passage surrounding the elevator and smelled of fish (maybe due to the kitchen close by). But the corridors near the location of the rooms were fine.

Overall it's still a good hotel and would easily fit into a 3-star category, however in comparision to some of the 4-star hotels, more facilities could've been included.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We have just returned from a 7 night stay at this lovely very modern hotel as a base to visit the many beautiful Tuscan cities and towns within daily train distance of Pisa.
We used the hotel courtesy transfer 15 minutes from the international airport and arrived at the hotel and were greeted with a friendly smile and service by the reception staff, they were great throughout our stay, very helpful and courteous. We were allocated a lovely room on the 1st floor; the room was very spacious which came with a room safe, modern television along with a king size bed with decent pillows to choose from and a grand bathroom with walk in shower, we were also very impressed with the housekeeping staff who went the extra mile to ensure we enjoyed our stay.

On our first night we dined in the hotel restaurant and tried out the taster menu which was just an amazing fine dining experience, the food was superb well presented, the chef, restaurant manager and staff were simple outstanding. Although the hotel has a Pizza Restaurant a short walk from the hotel which we tried out on the second night which was also very good, however the convenience to have the hotel restaurant on the door step after a days sight seeing was the one for us with it’s varied Italian menus and fine wine selection, all reasonable priced. The daily continental buffet breakfast is also served in this restaurant with a great choice of both warm and cold dishes to choose from.

The location of this hotel was ideal for us with a frequent bus service from the hotel to Pisa Central Station was just convenient, bus tickets can be purchased from the machine at the main bus stop or from the tobacco kiosk. Once at the station go to the train information office with your list of places to visit and they will give you the train times and prices for your journeys, at the ticket office ask for an open return ticket and before you board the train make sure you VALIDAT your ticket at one of the station/platform ticket machines other wise you will have to pay a fine on the train if you don’t do this.

Pisa with the leaning tower is a must see, which is easily reached on foot from the station just walk along the Corso Italia across the Ponte di Mezzo and head along the Borgo Stretto to the Piazz Dei Miracoli, these streets also have some nice shops, restaurants and coffee bars. We also visited Lucca which along with San Gimignano were our favourite destinations not forgetting Siena and Florence which were all easily reached by train for a day trip. TIP, when visiting Florence take the No 12 bus just outside the station and stay
on the bus to San Miniato al Monte, the views from this church are amazing, then walk down to the two coffee bars and take in the views from there before walking down to the Ponte Vesshio (20 minute down hill walk) across this famous icon you are near to the Galleria deci Uffizi, pre book your tickets in advance and then head off to Piazza della Signoria. We then walked to the Piazza del Duomo and purchased tickets to walk up the Campanile, 414 steps later, the views from the top are breathtaking. We then continued to the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella before heading back to board our return train to Pisa.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

My husband booked this hotel for the last night of our 30th Wedding Anniversary trip to Italy. Having spent a glorious week in Ameglia, this was a dreadful disappointment. The Executive Suite was down a dark corridor reminiscent of a sleazy night club. The rooms were black with incredibly uncomfortable furniture. There were two appalling fake flower arrangements, no tea or coffee, the satellite tv did not have the range of stations promised and the double glazing was ineffectual against the noise from outside.
During the night, staff walked to and fro on the other side of the wall behind the bed head. They might as well have been in the room. Doors slammed, glasses rattled and they were clearly having a great time.
The staff at breakfast failed to acknowledge our presence and to respond to my husband, who being half Italian, speaks the language fluently.
In summary, this was a dreadful ending to a special week. Do not waste your time or money on this place.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We booked Hotel San Ranieri for 1 night as we arrived in Pisa very late in the evening and did not want to spent to much time on the road after landing. Our primary criteria to select our hotel was therefore the location (airport proximity).
When we got there (after approx. 15 min drive), we were positively impressed by the hotel: it is rather smart and offers a great service, considering the price. Plenty of choice for breakfast (even I found something I fancied eating, that's saying something ;) Clean and comfortable room, larger than the average european hotel room. Restaurant menu was appetising and moderately priced, though we did not get a chance to give it a try. The next morning, we walked at a leisurely pace from the hotel to the centre of Pisa (about 40min), so not long at all if you go by car.
For stopovers in Pisa, I would definitely recommend Hotel San Ranieri. If you are looking for a room with a view, then this won't be it!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Nice clean special design
Very nice design like Star Trek ...
Place far from center but close to bus stop you can get direct to center city
Nice restaurant
Service good especially the reception
Good breakfast

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is a very modern hotel 10 minutes from the airport by taxi (c20Euros) although the hotel runs a free shuttle bus on the hour (let them know your flight no). The room was very modern with a very firm, very large bed. There is plenty of lighting choice in the room although it's a little complex to work at first. I didn't like the motion sensor light in the lovely bathroom as I don't like to be woken fully in the night. To go to Pisa train station by bus, turn left out of the hotel, left along S. Biagio and walk to the newspaper kiosk (you can buy tickets here) on the corner. Cross over and take the LAN BLUE. Cost 1.10 direct to the station. Bus drivers will take fares on the bus but only if you have the right money. If you're late back from town, the No 22 from the station is a night bus. It takes a little longer but stops outside the hotel. The other buses seem to stop running about 8.30pm. To get to the Tower, go to the station, cross over to the bus stop outside the hotel and take the LAN RED. BTW The pizzeria just along from the hotel is owned by the same people as own the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Ranieri Hotel
San Ranieri Pisa
Address: Via Filippo Mazzei, 2 | Cisanello, 56124 Pisa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
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#1 Business Hotel in Pisa
#1 Luxury Hotel in Pisa
#2 Family Hotel in Pisa
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Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel San Ranieri 4*
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