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.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Victoria Pisa
- Hotel Royal Victoria