Got caught on a late flight into Pisa that was delayed and had to scrounge for a local hotel on arrival. The first hotel with en-suite facilities available from the airport self-help map interfaced-thing was Hotel Cecile, in the “Old Part” of Pisa.
This facility is located on the corner of Via Roma and Via Alesandro Volta (43°43'6.46"N; 10°23'43.60"E) and not as wrongly indicated on Googlemaps/Earth.
Not much to say about this ‘joint’. It is truly in the old part of town, about two blocks south of The Tower. It is also located on a very, very noisy road - Via Roma - that just does not go to sleep on a Friday night. It seemed as if all the clubbers parked their cars just below my room window.
The hotel is probably as old as the Old Part of Town itself. A wide steep staircase takes you up to a seedy passage from where you enter your room – most of them onto Via Roma.
The rooms are small. A small ceiling fan just-just get some air to circulate in the stifling heat of an Italian Summer. Not much of an audio-difference between an open or closed single pane glass window – except that the smells also get to you, with the noise, when open.
No water in the room, no mini-bar. There is a TV but no remote and no way of switching it on without a remote.
The two single beds with lumpy mattresses and really worn-out pillows have clean sheets and threadbare covers. I managed to find an old blanket in a cupboard drawer. This helped later at night when it eventually cooled down a bit.
The bathroom with a shower, a basin, toilet and bidet is small but functional. The amenities in little plastic sachets served its purpose.
The staff was helpful. Breakfast was not included but with so many options just around the corner it didn’t bother.
This is probably a good choice as a quick stay-over for a person traveling on a budget. Or as a backpacker’s camping site. The fee I had to fork out however made for a grudge payment.
It is really well located and if you know what you are in for, not expecting too much, have a sense of humour and love to stay up really late this can just work.
Will I stay there again – not if I can help it.
- Also Known As:
- Cecile Hotel Pisa
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