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“Friendly welcome, great character” 4 of 5 stars
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Royal Victoria Hotel
Ranked #20 of 68 Hotels in Pisa
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“Friendly welcome, great character”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

It's been said by others, but the Royal Victoria is a wonderfully characterful large, old building, in a brilliant location right in the middle of where you need to be in Pisa. We were welcomed by a young, elegant member of staff who directed us to the (tricky to find) hotel car park in the ridiculously narrow streets behind the hotel. Our room was a huge first floor 'junior suite' with solid stone columns and a balcony onto the river. No a/c since, as the receptionist explained the following day, planning regs don't allow installation of a/c into the older rooms. It's worth having a look around the corridors since several of the ante-rooms are used as exhibition spaces for photographs and displays about Pisa, and about this historic hotel. There was the possibility of a subsidised pre-dinner drink, or of paid-for wifi, both of which we declined.

If we go back to Pisa, we'll definitely stay at the Royal Victoria. The staff could not have been more welcoming. Breakfast was OK (not brilliant). There's a lovely terrace on the upper floor and if we'd had more time we would have enjoyed sitting out there. Next time we'll go for a room with a/c since it did get hot, even with the room fan. Rooms on the front are bound to be noisy with the traffic just below. Oh, and if you prefer pristine modern fittings to slightly tatty charm, avoid this place. We loved it.

Room Tip: Quieter at the back. If you need a/c, ask for it when booking. Not all rooms have it.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

"faded grandeur" - which we like. We had a junior suite (same price as a standard room if booked directly with hotel, rather than an internet broker) which was a huge old room overlooking the river with a balcony. It is old, the furniture is old, the fan kept us cool on a hot evening, and the bathroom is rather dated, but this all adds to the charm of the place. Breakfast buffet was good. Staff were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Warrenpoint, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We flew into Pisa for one nights stay before going to Rome and the service in this hotel was second to none. We originally booked a shared bathroom room, but were bumped up to a private twin room and were also allowed to check-in a little earlier than usually. The hotel is quite grand with beautiful old style décor and large open spaces and the room was very large too, with apt bathroom. They provided some aperitivos in the evening for a small fee, and it is great opportunity to meet other travellers. The breakfast buffet in the morning offers a wide spread.

The location is perfect, walking distance everywhere, in fact we were glad we didn't stay anywhere closer to the leaning tower as it is full of street sellers that will constantly hassle you.

Highly recommend this hotel for a short stay in Pisa. Every single member of staff was very pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We made a reservation in royal victoria hotel in order to get a charming room in a nice place as it was adviced in our guide.
We were so desappointed by the first room (awful bathroom, floor and furnitures) that we ask for changing.
Unfortunately, we were as dispointed as the 1st day, but bathroom was not out of order in this room!!
Breakfast is only made of industrial products!
This hotel does not deserve we pay 80 eur a night (more 20eur for parking, more 5eur for breakfast per person)
Definitly, we wont advice this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Attention: We didn't go air-condition in our room, so it was very, very hot and difficult to sleep. It didn't say it has one, but since now, every room we had had one, so I didn't think there are rooms without AC at a 3-Star hotel. Also we had a shared bathroom (of course the price is much lower then), but for a ***-Star Hotel…I would say our room was only 1 or 2 Stars, although pretty spacious. Really good is the location and the breakfast buffet – by far the best in any hotel in Italy we had! The hotel itself is very nice decorated, has a nice terrace…
I don't know how the other, more expensive rooms are, but I would never book the room without AC again - at least not in summer.

Room Tip: No A/C, some rooms have shared bathrooms
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Columbia, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This really is 10 minutes from the Tower and about a 15 minute walk from the train station. Breakfast was reasonable, too. The room itself seemed tired and while they touted the antique furnishings, in some cases the furniture seemed just old, not antique. Also, we arrived during the hot midday but the room we had reserved for three did not have the bed in it for my granddaughter. So we had to take our afternoon rest sharing the one double bed. They said they did not bring the bed because they did not want to disturb us, which was kind, but since we had reserved the room for three, the bed should have been there when we arrived. On the other hand, they did let us check in at noon, so I guess the service was mixed.

We did enjoy the air conditioning.

Unfortunately, the weather was so hot we only walked to the tower and back. That said, Pisa looked like a nice town which could be enjoyed with little trouble on foot.

Room Tip: We had a room that faced the river, and it was a nice view.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Staying at this grand, spacious hotel is like living in one of those photos of the beautiful old buildings you see all around Italy--places that are crumbling but all the more gorgeous and elegant for it. But I assure you, this place is not crumbling. There might be a crack or two in the walls, but it carries on. And the price reflects fantastic value. We stayed with our two young kids in a quad room. The beds were great, pillows too, and we had a nice view of the Arno. With kids, it's a bit of a walk to the Leaning Tower, but not bad. The highlight, for us, was shopping around at nearby markets and grocers and picnicking on the hotel's rooftop terrace. For a family traveling on a tight budget, we could not have asked or hoped for anything better.

Room Tip: If you're noise sensitive, you might ask for a room off the street. You'd lose the river vie...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Royal Victoria Hotel
Address: Lungarno Antonio Pacinotti 12, 56126, Pisa, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pisa > Pisa
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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#7 Romantic Hotel in Pisa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Victoria Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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