This is a VERY special hotel for my husband and I. We first stayed here in the fall of 2006 after seeing their website photos. We flew into Pisa and arrived at the Royal Victoria after taking a bus and then walking across the Arno River (on a bridge not on water). Unless you really like walking and pulling along all your luggage, take a taxi. Once we crossed the threshold of the hotel, it was love at first sight! We LOVE the old world ambiance that exudes from every wall, floor and ceiling. If you are looking for a modern, state-of-the art hotel, look somewhere else. BUT...if you want to be immersed in the culture, charm and beauty of an old historic hotel, this is a MUST stay. The hotel staff have accommodated every request we have made and greet us as old friends. The breakfast in the hotel dining room is complimentary and very substantial as they cater to travelers the world over. Our favorite spot is the fourth floor terrazzo where we have a tea tray or wine while enjoying the sunshine amidst ivy-covered walls, hidden away from everyone.
We have stayed here at the start and end of four trips to Italy as Pisa is an easy airport to fly into, and out of, and it is easy to rent a car and drive to Tuscany or Umbria or take a train to the Cinque Terre (we stay in Vernazza) which we have also done each time. The second time we visited the hotel it was our honeymoon and the staff was incredible to us! It isn't the Leaning Tower of Pisa that draws us back to Pisa, it is the Royal Victoria, some excellent restaurants within walking distance and the charm of a walkable small city.
Maybe we'll see you there when we return...
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Victoria Pisa
- Hotel Royal Victoria