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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 #4 of 9 hotels in Tirrenia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Stayed at this hotel for a week from 1/9/12. booked a room with balconey. The room given had no balconey was dingy very small with no view and overlooking a shopping mall. Was informed that we would be able to change on the Tuesday this did not happen and was offered a family room which was no differant. DO NOT believe the photo of the room in the brochure or on the site as there are only a few in the hotel. The hotel is built within a shopping complex and the area is very run down without any charm whatsoever. The pine woods are 2 small parks with benches? The food was very average and not up to 4 star standard. Very dissapointed with the standard of the hotel room and resort. It is ideal for getting to Pisa and Florence HOWEVER I WOULD NOT GO BACK OR RECOMEND THIS HOTEL OR RESORT!!!!!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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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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Boston
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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
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 hotels in Tirrenia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Continental 4*
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Also Known As:
Grand Hotel Tirrenia
Grand Hotel Continental Tirrenia, Italy - Pisa

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