I have stayed dozens of times at the Royal Victoria as a work project kept me coming back to Pisa many times over the course of the past year and a half. I have also stayed there with my family. Some locals dismiss the big old place as a "hotel for little old English ladies," but I find it charming and genuine. If you do not need to stay at a place in Pisa with the Leaning Tower hovering over your head, the location is superb. Right on the Arno River, the hotel is surrounded by the best (non-touristy) restaurants in the city and provides a welcome relief from the insanity that envelopes the Tower. Still, it is only a fifteen-minute walk from all of that. The hotel has been managed by the same family for many generations, and its staff is made up of loyal, long-time employees. They are uniformly cheerful and helpful. I love waking up to the view of the river through its soaring double windows, the spacious old bathrooms, and the charming common rooms. In the summer I open the windows. In the winter there is plenty of central heating. If you are sensitive to street noise, ask for a room on a higher floor. I cannot recommend the Royal Victoria Hotel too highly and cannot wait to return.
- 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