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“Fabulous location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Helvetia

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Helvetia
Ranked #10 of 68 Hotels in Pisa
Podgorica, Montenegro
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33 reviews
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“Fabulous location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2012

Check in is in hotel San Francesco 5 minutes from Helvetia hotel. Rooms were very good. Lack of air condition is replaced with sealing ventilators. There are automate coffee and snack machine. Bathroom amenities- there are none.Quadruple room got two towels.
There is no parking space, but there is secured public parking (Via Cammeo Carlo Salomone, 55).
Check out is interesting- you need to put keys straight into lion's jaw. It's truth!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2012

It was a nice hotel in an awesome location, Just down the street for the tower of Pisa! The front dest was in a different buidling so that was sort of confusing. The room was nice and clean but very hot though as the hotel does not have air conditioning. Thank goodness the windows opened up and there was a ceiling fan in the rooms. No breakfast included.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Plymouth
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2012

I booked this through a hostel website and the accommodation exceeded my expectations. The rooms were clean and well maintained, although they were a little small. The hotel didn't have any twin rooms, just something to be aware of, as I was traveling with my 13 year old son and had to share a double bed! Not really an issue. The hotel does not have a reception, you need to check in at the hotel across the road. We caught the bus from the airport to the hotel and it was a few minutes walk from the bus stop to the hotel.. easy enough to do and far cheaper than a taxi!! The hotel staff are friendly enough, but we didn't have much interaction with them. We didn't experience any problems with water pressure or traffic noise. We were woken one night due to noise from other guests, but lack of consideration from others is no reflection on the hotel. We stayed on the third floor and would of appreciated a lift, but this didn't bother us. The only criticism of the hotel was that out TV didn't work and although we reported this it was not resolved, although we didn't travel to Pisa to watch TV!!! The hotel has wifi which was free, the signal was a little weak at times but was perfectly serviceable for surfing the net on our phones. The hotel doesn't have any aircon, but once again this wasn't a problem despite the 30c heat.

We traveled to Pisa to see the Tower and the hotel is perfectly positioned for this... the entrance to the hotel is on a back street, once you walk to the front of the building you can see the cathedral from the street.. it is less than a minutes walk to the tower.

We enjoyed our stay at the Helvetia, it is a no frills hotel- great for a short stay but you might be better to spend a little more if you are looking to stay in Pisa for longer.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

Location is allright. Its located in a special traffic zone, so if you arrive by car let the hotel people register your plates or you will get fined. If you plan on staying longer get a different hotel, its just the tower here. And dont expect to get any sleep, its crazy noisy.

  • Stayed June 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Nice place to stay only steps from the leaning tower and many shops and restaurants. Tv is there but all Italian channels. WiFi was excellent. Was only there one night so can't offer as to noise or breakfast. Extremely low water pressure in the shower but functional. I'd stay there again.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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Bilbao, Spain
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2012

Very good situation and very clean the tower is very near and the city center too. I Pisa is small . I stayed there only one night and I enjoy a lot the city is fantastic and the people too

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2012

I stayed here for one night arriving quite late at night, upon arriving to Pisa train station from pisa airport. We found the bus stop to near the hotel just outside but as it being late i guess, it didnt turn up. So we decided to walk it, It seemed quite a safe area, and was literally a straight road up, and a few turnings, very scenic!

Took about twenty minutes.

Upon finding the hotel, you discover you have to walk to this little hotel two minutes away to be checked in, which wasnt hjard to find Hotel Franchesco i think it was called, we were checked in efficently and easy by this nice lady who also gave us a map of the area.

There is no lift and there was quite a few stairs but we didnt mind so much, theres a little caffateria down stairs, def a hotel for young people or people on a short cheap stay. There was vending machines reasonbly prices and a smoking area which closes at 12.

We booked a double room shared bathroom, the room was clean, basic but nice, fresh towels and shampoo and shwoer gels. Wifi was brilliant, even on one of the top floors!

The shower facility shared was clean and hot even at night. The hotel is abit echoy so you can here quite a bit through the walls but it was nice enough and i would stay again!

AMAZING LOCATION

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Helvetia
Address: Via Don Gaetano Boschi 31, 56126, Pisa, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Pisa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Helvetia 1*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel stands few meters from the Leaning Tower, close to piazza dei Cavalieri, in the middle of down town. 23 rooms, mostly with bath, and all with TV, telephone (incoming calls) and fan on the ceiling. Totally refurnished offers also a nice garden full of cactus and cosy breakfast rooms.Only telephone booking: we speak English, France and Spanish. ... more   less 
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