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“Classic Italian 4* with fantastic pool” 4 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 #4 of 9 Hotels in Tirrenia
Dorset, UK
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“Classic Italian 4* with fantastic pool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

A very good 4-star typical Italian resort hotel distinguished by a superb Olympic-sized pool and the usual private beach.

Excellent weather mid-September though most beach amenities closed for the season overnight on middle Sunday!

Had one of the best rooms, pool side with balcony and sea/hill views, comfy but a little limited on storage space. Housekeeping minimal until penultimate day.

Breakfast typical continental, fine but boring after a few days. Staff mixed, some aloof and unfriendly, others cheery and helpful. Restaurant looked too fancy and expensive so used plentiful local eateries.

Tirennia ok as a base - 30 mins from Pisa, then 1 hour to Florence.

Best bits: days by the pool or trips out, followed by sunset on a deck chair with a beer at Bagno Roma next door. Worst bits: beggars, roads!

Happy to answer any questions.

Room Tip: Rooms with balcony facing pool and sea/hills are the best
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We were told when booking this holiday that all rooms have a balcony......well they don't. if fact no Thompson room has a balcony...bad start to holiday. Hotel has seen better days..Rooms have a bit travel lodge feel to them...ours was OK.... large enough but some people complaint about the size, must have been smaller ones. Food was OK..nothing too special. Pool was BIG and COLD, hats make you look a pratt...beach clean but deserted with sun loungers extra. Watch out for the mozzies...First 4 nights no problem, then one night they are all out in force and people to bit to pieces...unless you sprayed....

Tiirrenia is a small resort with a few restuarants..OK for a stroll in the evening. Super market around 1KM away down the main road. Pisa and Florence are easy to get to by Bus and train and the San Gemiani/Seina trip was good.

Would I go back...not unless we got a balcony.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Hi travellers, Me and my husband recently stayed here for 8 nights as part of our honeymoon we got back yesterday and i must say i couldn't fault it one bit!
It was amazing, friendly staff, always said good morning to us.
The rooms were lovely bathroom, bed and a safe which to be honest is all you need if your visiting Pisa and Florence because you wont be in the room at all!!! Pretty quiet outside at night, but it got busy at the weekends we stayed in 109. They have free Wifi too just ask at reception for the password.
Breakfast was brilliant, tons of choice yoguts, cereals, toast, eggs, Tea, coffee, juice, fruit and it was always replenished when stuff ran out and you could eat outside for breakfast which is a treat.
The beach was fab and empty most days! so definatly go off peak, you didnt get none of that people getting up early and saving thier beds and chairs it was just stroll down and no one was there! It was so peaceful, even by the pool! You do ahve to wear swimming hats which reception supply just for hygiene reasons which was no bother at all as everyone was wearing them.
You could have dinner at the hotel but we chose not too, we had dinner at a different restaurant every night, Toscana and ChiChiBoi are fabulous and inexpensive aroud Tirrenna even the pizzera right opposite the hotel was lovely. we also went into Pisa for dinner too. The most we paid for dinner was 50 euroes ( it was my husbands birthday though)
The bus station was directly by the hotel, 3 euroes each to get into Pisa and sometimes we didnt even pay because the bus driver ran out of tickets.
Take some insect repellent with you though, as it was at least 30 everyday and they like to come out at night!
Any thing you needed at the hotel they got for you, they had maps and bus timetabels, a nice bar, which was cheap enough 2.50 for pot of tea.
Its great that you can just hop on a bus to Pisa or go out to dinner, there is a marina which is about an hours walk. Really beautiful, we walked up there saw the Sunset had a nice dinner and strolled back, if your not a walker you can hop on the bus too as it stops there on the way to Pisa.
All in all a really great faimly, couples or even solo and friends holiday bit of beach and major sightseeing too! Absolutley fantastic would recommened to any one who wants to see the sights and relax too. Florence was only an hour away by train and cost us 7.00 euroes each, its more expensive to get into london these days so take advantage of it.
Also take a pack of cards or some crosswords for the evening and spend some quality time with whoever your going with.
Im sending my mum and dad there to experiance it and i me and my husband said we will go back for out 1 year anniversary.
Please dont listen to bad reviews, people can be fussy these days, if you just want to see and experiance italy and have some FUN this hotel is for you.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Stayed here for a week from 1st September 2012 with my 2 daughters age 16 and 21. Nothing to do in the evenings at all zilch! Local restuarants but no pubs/music anywhere. Great location for visiting Pisa but that is about it. Pool was freezing not heated at all - and you have to wear silly swimming hats which is a pain in the backside. It was a nice break but certainly wouldn't be returning. Apartment was spacious but dated.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

A very nice hotel in a lovely Italian resort. The beach was beautiful, the swimming pool is amazing!! The entertainment staff were extremely friendly and helpful. We had a fantastic holiday! The resort is small with a limited number of restaurants but the food was excellent in all of them.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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!!!!!

Room Tip: Make sure that you have a room on the 2/3 floor with a balconey
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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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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.

Room Tip: Ask for one opposite the pool
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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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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 ( Wi-Fi ) 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 #4 of 9 Hotels in Tirrenia
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Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Continental 4*
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Grand Hotel Continental Tirrenia, Italy - Pisa

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