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“Excellent location! Decent place to stay”
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Helvetia
Ranked #10 of 68 Hotels in Pisa
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Excellent location! Decent place to stay”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Stayed here for one night after we flew into Pisa, before moving on elsewhere. The best thing about this guesthouse is its excellent location, less than 5 minutes from the main square with the leaning tower and pretty easy to find.
The room was ok, pretty average. We had to climb the stairs two floors with our bags as there was no lift. There was free wifi and a free desktop computer with Internet.
The staff were friendly and let us store our bags in a storage room after checkout time so we could explore Pisa and let us come back to use the Internet too.
This hotel would be most suited to young people who are on a budget. Overall great value and a great start to the trip!

  • Stayed May 2013
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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

My friends and I needed a hotel for one night in Pisa, so we can see the tower and then head on to Cinque Terre. This hotel fit the bill. Their shuttle service, that serves a few other hotels in the area, picked us up after our late night flight and brought us right to the door. We were met by a staff member for our late night check in, and we were settle quickly. The room was clean, the bathroom large, and comfortable. We received a coupon for a 3 euro breakfast at a near by cafe. It was very good. We were able to walk, with our luggage to the Leaning Tower -- great location.
Also the view was nice, especially because we arrived in the dark, it was nice to wake up to some Italian mountains.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2013

Stayed for a couple of nights this past weekend. Lovely budget hotel in fantastic location. Just a stones throw away from the tower. Would definitely recommend staying in this hotel. Owners very accomodating and we were able to leave our luggage safely with them after checking out before collecting later.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Katherine B
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

We arrived late at night (after midnight) and the owners waited up for us and were friendly and helpful. The room is small but neat and clean which is all we need for 1 night. Great location, close to the tower with a bus stop a block away to get to the train in the morning. More than we were expecting!

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
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Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Set just moments from the tower makes this hotel such a great location. The hotel is 2 star and I will review it as such. I found the shower to be clean, powerful and hot. The bed was comfortable and the staff were very informative and friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again if travelling to Pisa.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Regina, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2012

It is a very small hotel, we stayed in July. A bit old fashioned, with still room keys, small hotel.
No view, we spend one night and therefore good enough for the purpose.
Close to the attractions and the bus stop to go to the station.
Small room, very simple, clean.
Recommended if you are staying for a short vacation period.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Fort Worth, Texas
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83 reviews
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

This best thing about this hotel is the location and price. We stayed one night, getting in pretty early, but the room was ready for us right away. The staff was great, even the 2 kitties were fun to have around for our daughter. The room was large enough for the 3 of us. The bathroom could use some updating. The shower is small with a very slow drain and the pressure was not very good from the shower head. The towels were very thin, like a table cloth, but they actually absorbed quite well. The heat was not on and as it was pretty cool in November, so we had to use the extra wool blankets that were available in the closet. The bus stop is just around the corner for those needing to get to the train station (bus fare 1,10 euro and kids free, purchase from Tabacco shops). I would stay here again and recommend this place to others.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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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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