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“Well actually this is just for the restaurant” 4 of 5 stars
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Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Largo P. Shelley 18, 56017 San Giuliano Terme, Italy   |  
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“Well actually this is just for the restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

First of all: Excellent Maitre D'

The food, while better than average, and pretty excellent by comparison to 'the world', this is Tuscany: And this is where excellence is easily obtainable.

The Duck was pretty good, and well worth a try. Definatly worth a visit. But if I had to choose just one place in this area, it wouldnt be Bagni di Pisa. It would be Locanda Sant Agata (3km away), or just acorss the road 'Pasta e Vino. Both are just 'better' in every way (OK, Pasta e Vino doesnt have the 5 star service), but for food. Its definatly a Diamond, but it just doesnt out shine the Diamonds that Glint nearby.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

My husband and I went here for a week at the end of September, we had the most enjoyable
holiday. The hotel and staff were wonderful, we had a junior suite which was perfect.
We went half board food was good but we had the same choice everyday, which did become boring, saying that it was excellent quality.
There is a restaurant in the village that serves beautiful food at a reasonable price.
all in all holiday was so good.

Room Tip: We had a junior suite which was perfect
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights in July 2012 to celebrate our wedding anniversary and were delighted with our choice of hotel. Bagni di Pisa is set in a small genuinely rustic Tuscan village between Lucca and Pisa. Both towns are accessible by car, train from San Giuliano or bus, once you have explored the small village (Dont forget trying Pasta e Vino for dinner for pleasant rustic Tuscan cooking at affordable prices - helps if you speak Italian, but fractured English and French will work!) and pretty surrounding countryside.
The Hotel itself is a stunning building; dominating the small village and is combined with a large and reputable spa. The bedrooms are well appointed, clean and comfortable with good air conditioning, marble bathrooms and a mini bar. On arrival you are given a robe and white slippers for usage in your room or when using the spa facilities. As a hotel guest you are given access to some of the spa facilities including both the internal and external thermae pools. The external pool is rather small, but a pleasant sun trap in which to squander an afternoon reading and bathing, and is naturally heated by spa waters. Dont expect to be able to dive in or swim laps! The hotel grounds are partially terraced and there's a very pleasant 5 minute walk you can enjoy under the shade of the olive trees to the top terrace where you are rewarded with a lovely view and can even spot the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in the distance.
The staff are a real pleasure and all seem to speak a variety of lanuages fluently. Dont expect classic chain hotel '5 star' impersonal and robotic 'Yes, Sir' 'No, sir' responses. The staff we encountered were all very professional, personable, charming and motivated but dont seem too 'corporate; and seem happy to go the extra mile.
The breakfasts are very pleasant, but we were very impressed with the lunch and enjoyed an excellent risotto and ragu in the restaurant. The Shelley Bar is a work of beauty with lovely furniture and frescoed ceilings, as were some of the communal areas and suites, but was sadly empty most evenings. The cocktails are a little on the pricey side, but are well mixed and came with amuse bouche or a generous portion of snacks on which to graze.
It is true that the maintenance of the hotel is not absolutely tip top; the building requires a little extra mainenance here and there and their free bicycles to hire were in grave need of some maintenance.
All in all, I would certainly recommend this hotel to someone looking for a few days of rural peace and quiet with good food and appreciation of architecture and aesthetic style.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Bagni di Pisa is perfectly situated for sightseeing in the Tuscan citiies of Pisa, Lucca and Florance, Calm and serene it is the former Summer retreat of the Lorenzo family who succeeded the Medici's. Palacial and set in the Tuscan hills in a small village with a charming little square Bagni di Pisa is the main attraction here with thermal spa waters which feed into an outside and inside pool which is always warm and welcoming after a long day trotting around the local attractions. A favourite place for well to do Italians it is great to be surrounded by these beautiful people as you relax and soak up the sunshine by the pool with a glass of Prosecco! Rooms are lovely, beds comfy and service great. A must visit in Italy.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We spent 2 weeks travelling through Tuscany for our honeymoon and finished off with 2 nights here. We'd hoped to finish off somewhere really special but ended up being disappointed with Bagni Di Pisa. It was by far the most expensive place we stayed in Tuscany and we'd previously stayed in some really beautiful places. As a 5 star hotel the public areas were all really lovely and well maintained in an Italian palazzo style. We were pleased to be able to check in when we arrived early and the check in staff were very efficient. Our main concern was with the quality of the room. This was only a standard room rather than a suite and people staying in suites may have a different experience (for an even more inflated price). Our room was very small and plain with 2 singles pushed together rather than a true double. The bathroom was dingy and had a persistent and unpleasant smell to it. We thought it may have been related to the thermal waters but this smell wasn't present in any of the spa areas. There was a small shower cubicle and the water pressure was awful. Barely a trickle. The room was also opposite a service elevator and this was noisy throughout the night. Absolutely not what we've experienced even in standard rooms in other 5 star hotels around Italy and the world.
The outdoor swimming pool area was very nice (beware the water is hot, which was lovely when we were there as the weather was cool but wouldn't be as appealing on a hot day) Access to the spa is included in the room price. The pool area and steam room etc are simple but pleasant enough. We had an expensive massage which was very good (note: I had a male therapist which didn't concern me - he was professional and excellent, however if you're shy the paper thongs don't leave much to the imagination!)
The restaurant area was very formal in style ( in keeping with the style of the rest of the hotel) and the food and wine were very expensive, however the staff were very relaxed and friendly and the food was really excellent. As a vegetarian I was delighted to have a designated menu and my meat eating husband was equally pleased with his steak. I'd certainly recommend an evening in the restaurant.
Breakfast is served in the main restaurant area and is also really good. The hotel bar is quite impressive to look at but it's large and we were the only people having a drink there so atmosphere was very lacking. There's an extensive cocktail menu but the drinks are very much 5 star prices.
San Giuliano Terme itself is a very tiny village and the hotel dominates the main square. However there's a nice bar/gelateria to have a drink or ice cream at and we had a cheap and tasty pizza at a local restaurant. There's also a train station very close to the hotel with cheap and easy access to Pisa and the airport (2€ versus the 45€ the hotel wanted for an airport transfer....) and also onward to Lucca.
If we were to visit the area again we would not stay at this hotel or in San GiulianoTerme. Lucca is extremely easy to get to from Pisa airport and is a much nicer town with a large variety of excellent hotels and restaurants. ( Pisa itself does not seem like a nice place at all. The piazza miracole is busy and touristy and the rest of the town seems depressed and run down.)

Room Tip: Avoid the standard rooms, especially 124, if at all possible!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

My husband and I went to San Guliano for our honeymoon, and the hotel gave us an amazing experience. We were picked up promptly and had a lovely drive from the airport (private transfer recommended!), everyone was very helpful and luckily for us spoke excellent English. Our (extremely large) deluxe double suite featured period furniture with views over the town, mountains and beyond to Pisa. The cleaning service did a great and discreet job every day. The location was fantastic (as it's near the train station we found it very easy to explore Tuscany- although you need to buy train tickets from the hotel reception and be very careful to check Italian train times as they are at best erratic!) Breakfast was great, featuring a selection of cheeses, Tuscan meats, hot selection, pastries, cakes, bread, yoghurt, fresh fruit and bread (to name just a few!) Dinner was expensive but wonderful quality, however the prices meant we spent most evenings eating at near-by restaurant Salustri. It is located just on the river and offers great quality food with huge portions for very little money- we had starter, drinks and a main every time and the bill was never over 35 euros. If you want wine, the vina de casa is cheaper and still excellent quality- a real Tuscan experience! The spa and pool facilities were also great. Overall a wonderful stay and highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Stayed one night here which was fine. Our major problem was finding the place. Travelling in our own car and using our sat nav which is usually very reliable we found ourselves in the middle of the Tuscan countryside and nowhere near the hotel. There are no sign posts to the hotel, the directions given are non existent and when we did finally (after 1.5 hrs of trying) find the hotel we were met with a shrug and told the post code covered several miles (great)! The hotel itself is fine, rooms clean and spacious, we had room service, not the best and very expensive for what we got. Breakfast ok. Make sure of your directions if you travel yourselves.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Largo P. Shelley 18, 56017 San Giuliano Terme, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > San Giuliano Terme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 6 hotels in San Giuliano Terme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bagni di Pisa Palace & Spa 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An elegant 5-star resort affiliated with "The Leading Small Hotels of the World," prestigious brand of the luxury hotellerie, completed by a large thermal Spa, with the brand "Leading Spa." Set amid the gentle hills of Tuscany and kissed by the scented winds of the Mediterranean sea, Bagni di Pisa Palace is a magnificent and sumptuous building of great historical value. Now lovingly restored to its original splendor, it was once owned by the Grand Duke of Tuscany and chosen by the European aristocracy as a place to spend their summer holidays. Dating back to the 18th century, the building is set in a beautiful park of olive trees and combines classical architecture with modern facilities. Accommodation ranges from well-designed comfort to elegant and spacious suites, which have separate living rooms, marble baths and original 18th-century frescoes. Groups visiting this luxurious hotel have access to modern meeting facilities, to a refined spa and thermal centre, as well as plenty of outdoor leisure activities in the natural surroundings. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Bagni Di Pisa Palace And Spa
Bagni Di Pisa Palace Hotel San Giuliano Terme
Bagni Di Pisa Natural Hotel
Bagni Di Pisa Natural Resort
Bagni Di Pisa Palace & Spa Province Of Pisa/San Giuliano Terme, Italy

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