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“THIS IS NOT A FOUR STAR HOTEL – DO NOT BE FOOLED!” 1 of 5 stars
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Grand Hotel Continental
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Largo Belvedere, 26 | Tirrenia, 56128 Tirrenia, Pisa, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 hotels in Tirrenia
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“THIS IS NOT A FOUR STAR HOTEL – DO NOT BE FOOLED!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My partner and I (both 35) recently spent a week with Thompsons at this hotel. If you are looking for a great hotel with ambience, good food, lovely surroundings and a relaxed bedroom then STAY AWAY.

This hotel is a 2 star – it’s not had a refurb since 1970 – everything is rusting and there is NO green grass/a palm tree anywhere – only concrete (even by the pool). This is a small list of issues:

1. Bedroom – basic, basic, basic – no luxury whatsoever. A bed, TV, chair and a curtain. That’s it. Think Travelodge – find for one night but not longer. And a great view of a crumbling concrete building opposite (which should have been knocked down 20 years ago)
2. Pool – good size –however, surrounded by concrete and no trees, grass, shade
3. Beach – only has chairs, no sun loungers. You need to pay an additional 8 euros per person PER DAY to have a sun lounger on the beach
4. Food – breakfast – dreadful – terrible coffee (hard to do in Italy!), no fresh orange juice, no fresh fruit, no pastries, no choice
5. Dinner – basic buffet of salad and choice of 5 main courses all covered with the same tasting sauce
6. Entertainment – none – not even some background music after dinner outside for three of the evenings – totally dull, nothing to do, no atmosphere at all
7. No wifi - except for a charge
8. Area – awful – like an old British seaside resort desperately needing to be rejuvenated. You fill find lots of concrete parks, concrete paths and that’s it

For the £900 we each paid, it was terrible value for money – even £350 per person would be a lot.

Stay away unless you are using it as a base only – however, given the location it’s not a great place.

I have never written a review, but I didn’t want anyone else to have the same experience as we did – we are not snobby, just normal English people who wanted to have a nice holiday in a nice hotel as a treat.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Just returned from a lovely week in Tuscany - booked through Thomsons. Had half board option - good variety of food each night - excellent value. Olympic size pool was fantastic. Initial issue with room - we booked partial sea view and was allocated room with tiny window overlooking dustbins - sea on other side of building. This was changed after one night. Word of warning - I booked hotel on strength of gym- big mistake! It's 3 sides glass. - spectacular view of sea. However it has NO air conditioning and doesn't open until 9 - we worked out one evening - it was close to 50 degrees - sauna conditions and dangerous. Next time, we might book but won't bother with the workout!

Room Tip: Press for the room you were allocated - desk staff are skilled at fobbing off!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Stayed here 1 night in July. Got in late and found some kind of carnival finsihing up in front of the hotel with trash and drunken people everywhere. Check-in employee was very pleasant. One of our two rooms did not have the 3 beds like we reserved and the manager had no clue what rooms had what and sent us back 3 more times to check out other rooms and none of them had the proper bedding. He did give us a thrid single room to fit us in. The rooms were as clean as they could get them, but the furnishing were from the 1940's, bedspreads, carpets, furniture. Overall the hotel had a creapy feeling like something from a Freddy Kruegar film.... I can't remember the last time I slept with the lights on, I had the extra single room! We did not use the pool as we were anxious to just through this. Overall, we found Pisa failry run down I would not recommend the hotel.

Room Tip: None of the countless rooms we tried had any updated features....
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

We are on a family holiday for 7 nights half board here at the Grand Continental booked through Thomsons. Everything is going very well. Good sized family room, food and service are very good and the massive pool and private beach are superb. My kids love the mini club and animation. The girls who run it are genuinely interested in the kids and make sure everyone has a lot of fun. The weather is hot and sunny all the way, just right.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

My family and I would like to say thank you to Ludmila at the informaion desk. She speaks english, russian and italian perfectly.So it was easy to understand her. She was very helpful with informing us what the cities to visit. Ludmila gave us citymaps and booklets. She was always very responsive and ready to help.
Grateful family from Moscow.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Lovely hotel in good location to combine a beach and site seeing holiday. Right on the beach with huge pool. First impressions were good in that our room was not ready and we had to wait for over 2 hours. Hotel laid on complimentory drink and snacks and luggage was locked away, giving us time to explore the hotel facilities. Use of beach was very confusing as you were not permitted to use any bed, but had to use designated deck chairs (2 per room) away from the beach front. Not good if you have young kids that you want to keep an eye on. Sea looked a bit suspect, so we stayed by the hotel pool for rest of the stay. Our room was brilliant, as we were a family of 4 adults. We had interconnecting room with twin beds in one and twin together for a king size in the other, but only one bathroom. This was a bit of a challange in the mornings an getting ready for the evening. Both had air con and thank god for that, as it was very hot.
We were half board. Breakfast was lovely, as there is a roof terrace, as well as inside tables. Very varied menu serves from 7am to 10:15am, catering for all tastes. Evening meal in restaurant was very special with linen table clothes and waiter service. Buffet to start and 3 further courses.
Tirrenia itself a bit boring, A few bars and restaurants and smattering of shops, but nothing to do really in the evenings. Opposite hotel was little stalls selling a wide range of stuff and enjoyed the dealing to get price down. The only downside was there were also 'looki looki' trying to sell illegal fake goods. Be aware not to buy from them!! Police kept moving them on, but they kept coming back. No promenade to walk along the beach and all locked off at sundown, Water park located 15mins walk from hotel, as is the nearest supermarket. it cost us 20 Euros each to getinto the water park and another 10 each for sunbeds. Lovely kept pools and gardens and the flumes were fun, but all very expensive. Took bus to nearby Pisa, which is a must. Also did Thomson trip to San Gimiano and Sienna. That was a very expensive trip and car hire would have been much better and would have been able to spend more time there. No doubt though this is a beautiful part of Italy and the hotel was oneof the best that we have stayed in. My only complaint is that the main bar tender was a little rude and one of the reception staff was definately rude!! The rest of the staff were brilliant,particularly our 2 waiters.

Room Tip: Rooms over looking the pool would be quieter as our room overlooked a bar and could be noisy well in...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

In the US, you just don't see any hotels with an Olympic-sized pool, and the one here was lovely. Our sons, ages 9, 12, and 15 loved it, even with the required swim cap. Plenty of beach chairs and pool loungers, even in June, and these were included in the cost of the room.

We had a family room on the first floor. The location would have been poor if our children were younger, as the lounge singer could be heard until 11:00 from the room, but it didn't impact us very negatively. The room was nice, and was a connector, which was an unexpected bonus.... We didn't stay in many hotels where, as a parent, you could close an interior door:).

There is not much public beach area; each hotel seems to maintain a stretch of its "own" beach, and you are encouraged to stay in this area. The water in June was marvelous; gentle tide and sand bottom. Also fairly shallow, which would make it great for even younger kids. Lots of merchants wandering the beach offering goods for sale, but they were polite. We ate on the beach at a a little open air restaurant, the Mary, and the service was very friendly. The woman at the counter told us weekends were kind of crazy, so I'm glad we we there on a Thursday, when the atmosphere was laid back. This hotel is a great spot to unwind right on the beach if you are sightseeing in Pisa and looking for an overnight on the water, which we were.

The number one rated restaurant in town is about 200 yards from the front of the hotel; we ate here and it was probably the best pizza I have ever eaten. Highly recommend.

Room Tip: If you don't want to hear evening music, ask for a room on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Largo Belvedere, 26 | Tirrenia, 56128 Tirrenia, Pisa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa > Tirrenia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 10 hotels in Tirrenia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Continental 4*
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Grand Hotel Tirrenia
Grand Hotel Continental Tirrenia, Italy - Pisa

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