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“Lovely small apartment complex, don't forget to bring a car” 5 of 5 stars
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Torre di Catilina
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Forra Sanguinaria, 81 | Loc. Piana dei Vaioni, 51100 Pistoia, Italy   |  
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Ranked #12 of 18 hotels in Pistoia
Zeist, The Netherlands
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“Lovely small apartment complex, don't forget to bring a car”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2008

Torre di Catilina is located a few kilometres north of Pistoia on the road to Bologna, uphill. From the swimming pool area you have lovely views over a side valley. Easy to find, although the roadsign is a bit small.
I had a studio apartment, which was spacious and equipped with a kitchen, refrigerator, bathroom with shower, small tv and an airconditioning unit, although unfortunately the air flow was directed at the bed so if you turned it on at night you woke up with a stiff neck. Another small disadvantage was the bed, which was a foldout couch which was turned into a double bed, slightly leaning towards the middle.
The swimming pool is beautiful and there are plenty of sunbeds and parasols available.
In the immediate surrounding area there are no shops or restaurants to be found, so you need to go either a few kilometres uphill (nice restaurant in La Cugna) or downhill (big supermarkets in Pistoia). The road downhill brings you directly to the ring road of Pistoia, which has a very good and quick connection to the Pisa/Florence motorway. From the apartments you can be on the motorway within 5 to 10 minutes, which is very convenient because it's no fun to drive through the city of Pistoia.
With this connection you can be in Lucca in 30 minutes, Pisa in 45 minutes and Florence in 30 minutes (depending on traffic). I also tried if I could park my car at the train station in Pistoia and take the train to Florence, but there's no cheap parking lot there so you might as well drive on and find a parking garage in Florence (I parked at the Piazza Beccaria for EUR 1.50 per hour).
The owner of Torre di Catilina is a Mel Brooks lookalike, a nice and funny guy who speaks Italian and French, however no English (only a few words). There's a very pleasant atmosphere, it's small scale and very nice for families. Plenty parking space.
I can well recommend Torre di Catilina for people who want a comfortable and quiet accommodation within reach of the big tourist attractions of Northern Tuscany.

  • Liked — The swimming pool
  • Disliked — The air flow of the airconditioning
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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  • French first
  • German first
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2008

I booked this accommodation last minute on the web. Got it including flights from Ireland for €580 per person and that included car hire (which I think is essential!). I was nervous about staying here at first because the only trace of it that I could find on the internet was its own website. I like to read about places before booking and this is the first time I took a chance. We flew into Pisa, collected our hire car and got to the residence with the help of Sat Nav shortly after 7. There are 24 apartments, run by one man who spoke at least 3 languages fluently, Italian, German and French. Didn't have much English but tried his best. Our apartment was on one level, some have an upstairs. The room was clean, basic but still had all the neccessities. The bed was a fold out couch which wasn't very comfy but we got by. The pool area was beautiful and there were always sun loungers available.

On the website it mentions that there's a bar and restaurant. In the week I never saw anyone get food there and the bar was fairly basic too. A few beers, wine and maybe a few spirits. Very very quiet at night. Its about 3 kilometres outside the town of Pistoia, 30 mins from Florence and approx 50 mins from Pisa.

I'd recommend this as a base for exploring the beautiful Tuscany. It's in no way luxury but is clean and has free airconditioning. There is a small TV in the room with one English news channel and the rest Italian.

I definately recommend a trip to Lucca, Florence and Pisa while there, Lucca's really pretty but be careful of the pedestrianised area in the middle. Sat Nav is very handy and as I said I definately advise people to hire a car while here.

  • Liked — Pool area was quiet, always had sun loungers. Beautiful scenery. Plenty of Parking.
  • Disliked — Was very very quiet, car needed.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Via Forra Sanguinaria, 81 | Loc. Piana dei Vaioni, 51100 Pistoia, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pistoia > Pistoia
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 18 hotels in Pistoia
Hotel Class:4 star — Torre di Catilina 4*

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