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.
- 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