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“The little touches made it wonderful!”

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Royal Victoria Hotel
Ranked #22 of 68 Hotels in Pisa
Reviewed October 29, 2012

Yes, we'd expected 'faded grandeur', which is what we got, but it's not in any way a sad hotel! So, we didn't get a shower - who needs one, when you've got a gorgeous deep bath and 15 foot ceilings? It still has marble floors and big open spaces, and you must check out the traditional telephone in the booth opposite the lift! It's all beautiful. But that isn't what makes this hotel so special - it's all the unexpected personal touches that elevate it.... It's next to the river, so the plug-in mosquito killer was handy, the waiter service for the roof terrace, the extremely friendly, helpful staff, and the general overall charm. It's been in the family for generations, and it shows - wonderful, and we'd recommend it without hesitation!

Room Tip: Get a river view - but expect a bit of noise from the street cleaners in the very early hours.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is a beautiful old hotel, have to agree with that. We were given a very large room with a balcony that overlooked the river and it was a truly wonderful experience to sit out there and watch the world go by. I know that it is part of the hotel's charm that it is so old, but that is no excuse for not updating the rooms for the guest's comfort. By all means keep the feel of the place, but replace some of the furniture with drawers that work and cupboards that close. We stayed for four nights and so needed to unpack our bags.

We had two rooms (one double and one triple) and they were both very large by European standards. The bathrooms needed updating but not a major problem. The location of the hotel was out of the action of the Leaning Tower area and about a 15 min walk to the train station. Breakfast was pretty basic, but so were most of the breakfasts we had in other Italian cities.

Pisa is good to use as a base to travel to Lucca or Cinque Terra for day trips but there is not a lot to do in the city itself once you have seen the Tower etc. It is a university town so there are a lot of young people around and lots of bars.

Overall I enjoyed my stay here.

Room Tip: The rooms on the riverside were huge and the balcony was wonderful to go out on but it was quite noi...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

One night stay before our drive to Radda in Chianti. Its what you hope to find, great hotel,location,nice owner and workers.We loved the fact that you could hear the town from our window, people enjoying then self and life, room was huge and bathroom was small and clean.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Stopped here for one night, when visited Pisa. Travelled up from Rome and was flying out the next day from Pisa, so only a flying visit.
Hotel was great, really great looking, nice features, excellent location, good people. Room was huge and bathroom was nice.
Drinks and nibbles on roof terrace for €3 was a nice touch. Breakfast was everything you wanted out of a continental.
Would def visit again and would def stay here, top notch hotel indeed.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

Before booking this hotel I read some positive reviews and I thought that I should give it a go. The hotel is located by the river and it is close to almost everything so it was really easy to find. When we entered we were really impressed by the decor. You could sense that it used to be a great hotel. The reception area was beautiful and full of antiques. We were given room 308 and that was when all the above positive aspects were forgotten at once.
The room was small, the furniture was tired, very old fashioned and just ugly. The walls had never been cleaned. You could see shoe prints and all sort of marks. Under the bed there was dust and fluff from at least a couple of years and you could barely see through the dirty windows.
But the worst was the bed. This was probably the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in. I woke up the next day with pains in my neck and back. It was dreadful.
Yes you can see that the hotel used to be great and grand but at the end of the day you spend your night in a room and if this experience is just terrible then I'm sorry but I cannot give a good review.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Wery interesting place to stay. Good lacation, good breakfest. Standard of rooms strongly depend on price, but even for 16euros/person you can have decent (clean) room with toilet outsite but next to the door. Breakfest is a big advantage.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

Unfortunately my stay at this hotel was on a very noisy Friday night and I managed to get little sleep and had to get up at 4am for an early flight! The Hotel itself was nice and full of character but my room disappointing and unfortunately not very clean...I had to pull out my bed to find a socket to charge my phone and it seemed the bed had not been pulled out for some time! Will not be going back!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti 12, 56126, Pisa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Romantic Hotel in Pisa
Price Range: $64 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Victoria Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 3 star in the city centre, the Royal Victoria Hotel is the only accommodation overlooking the Arno River, at only 950 meters both from the Leaning Tower and the Central Train Station. It is the oldest hotel in Italy, dating from the 11th century (,) and is owned by the same family since 1837. The hotel has a 19th century style, with different types of rooms, each with private bathroom, heating, direct-dial telephone, free wi-fi and multilingual sat-TV. All rooms have hypo-allergenic fixtures, suitable for non-smokers (,) and 85% of them has independent air-conditioning. The building – which also has a lift – has a parking within premises, available only with reservation, at a fee. A rich Continental Buffet Breakfast is included in the price of the room. Bar service is provided both in our Reading Room and up on the Roof-Garden. Public areas and business meeting rooms are available. ... more   less 
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