We only booked here as it was one of 2 hotels in the Pisa area available through Avios (we left it quite late to book) and the other one had awful reviews.
Looks nice on arrival, grounds well kept etc.
Hardly anyone about ... Including staff! We were told they had an 'american bar' that was open until
11pm ... But we could rarely find anyone to serve us drinks. We were also told the adjoining hotel pizzeria opened until 11pm, this is our 5th night here a it's not opened once at any time of the day or night! There is nice restaurant near by but a bit on the expensive side & not an every night kind of place.
The only thing that is most definitely open is the 'black line' bar across the road ... And given the track record, it will continue to be open until at least 2am (4am in a Friday). We think this is a pre-bar for the night club situated right outside the hotel gates.
The pool area is nice, loungers etc and a pool side drink service (just missing the waiter) and the continental breakfast is acceptable - lots of staff on for those couple of hours bizarrely!!
Rooms are OK - our double is 2 singles pushed together with an obvious & uncomfortable join in the middle. Decent size though. Mini bar is fully stocked with a decent selection - we resorted to the half bottle of red on the second night after failed attempts in the 'American bar' but it hasn't been replaced as yet.
Bath water came out as a disgusting muddy brown - sadly not a quirk of the area as you find with some places, but just a vile surprise when I went to check it. Ok the other 2 times of running it.
Rooms themselves could be classed as dated, but it depends what your expectations are. For about of town hotel in Italy, decor is no big surprise.
As is the nature of italian property (so I'm lead to believe) the walls are thin, as are the floors - and the 'helpful' feature of doorbells on each room are most unwelcome when mrs drunken stompy lady upstairs is ringing the bell to let herself into her own room for 20 minutes. Probably because her room key doesn't work - as ours has not for the main gates or the room for the duration of the stay,despite being reset.
Overall a disappointing hotel result - would not recommend and will not be coming back.
Oh ... On the positive side, you do get free wifi, hence my ability to review as I lie in bed ... At 37 mins past midnight waiting for the black line bar to close so I can get some sleep!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Calamidoro Hotel featuring 46 rooms composed of Superior rooms, Loft Suites, our Sweet Suite and the Imperial Suite. After walking through the gate you will be enchanted by a magical atmosphere, taking you from a small lake and a golf practice yard on one side to a private and relaxing pool in the green meadows on the other, until you reach the ancient Villa. As a Tuscan postcard, you will see the Pisan mountains on the background, with the medieval castle on the peak of the Verruca mountain. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Calamidoro Hotel Pisa
- Calamidoro Hotel Calcinaia, Province Of Pisa, Italy