We loved this hotel.The location could not be better, with the River Arno to the front and to the rear, streets,passage ways,restaurants,shops and a ten minute walk to the Leaning Tower. Perhaps visit this area later in the evening to miss the crowds. You can hire bikes from the hotel and whole area relatively car free. Once inside the hotel you are transported to another world.We both thought it very beautiful,with wonderful floors,lighting,leaded windows and elegant public spaces on each floor.We gave up using the lift so we could wander and enjoy and thus found the most exquisite ,wonderfully lit,writing room.We had just found out that amongst others,John Ruskin,Henry James,Virginia Wolfe,Emile Zola and Charles Dickens for gods sake had all stayed.This is a place to let your imagination run riot-ours did.
There were photographs of time passed, paintings and displays of original art work.When we visited also a quirky collection of bicycles though the ages.At every turn something to admire.
Our room ,which was an economy room with bathroom, had a high vaulted ceiling with fresco and was spacious,pristine and very comfortable. We looked out over roofs and alleys and slept well. Next time we will treat ourselves and go for a more expensive room overlooking the river.We will also stay two nights to really soak up the atmosphere.
Each member of staff was really helpful and friendly and we appreciated the bar service in both the foyer and roof terrace.The breakfast was fabulous.We recommend this wonderful place unreservedly. We did not want to leave.
- 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