This was our second trip to this wonderfully atmospheric hotel and we were housed in the same room (family room 102 overlooking the Arno), which had been decorated since our last visit about 7 years ago. The decor was brighter and fresher and the beds were much more comfortable than previously - very good quality and very comfortable. For a family of four, this is large and airy, with some very ancient stonework revealed which adds atmosphere. Despite this, the room was very warm throughout our stay which was appreciated. There is a kingsize bed (two beds together) and a single sofa bed and a single day bed. Lots of towels and a good size bathroom with basic shower bath and good bidet etc. Nice basic toiletries. The welcome is very warm on arrival, with reception staff very friendly and helpful with a great attention to detail. Ours recalled that we had mentioned an early start when we booked the room. The hotel is so historic, with a stunning little writing room overlooking the Arno, complete with writing desks each suitable for two writers and split by a screen so that the correspondents of a byegone age were afforded privacy. It brings to mind the film version of EM Forster's Room with a View. Throughout the hotel, you will spot old bakelite phones, wonderful antiques, gorgeous prints, sketches and paintings, little sitting rooms or music rooms which tell more about the history of this wonderful spot. The little roof top garden terrace with a view of the rooftops around must be a great spot in high summer to take an apperitif. There are appertifs served in the reception area in the evening. Staff were very helpful in suggesting a local spot to eat as we just fancied a pizza, being the last night of a week long trip. Their suggested pizzeria Tana 3 minutes walk away hit the spot and was good quality and extremely reasonable. Breakfast is very good with all the usual fare including little tomatoes, mozarella and prosciutto for those who can't do without even at an early hour on a trip to Italy. The only criticism is the coffee was a bit rough. The only negative throughout our stay was that staying on a friday night, straight after a bank holiday in Italy, we were disturbed during the night by noise from the street below. It was very disruptive. Having stayed in the same room before, we did not recall the same problem, so presume it was just because it was a particularly lively weekend. The plus side of the river view is obvious and we caught a wonderful sunrise over the city due to our early morning start. This is a gem of a location, 10 minutes walk to the Leaning Tower, right on the river, with a wealth of history and atmosphere. I would be hard pressed to even consider staying elsewhere in Pisa. I have given it 4 stars but for a property of its ranking it's unique and would be impossible to beat. Sleep quality in terms of beds was excellent, in terms of noise from outdoors, i think we were unlucky!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Royal Victoria Pisa
- Hotel Royal Victoria