We stayed at the grand hotel continental for 2 weeks in June, the decor of the hotel was ok nothing too grand but nice always clean and the rooms tho basic where very clean (cleaned on a daily basis if you wanted ) shower was fabulous , large beds. The one thing they only had 2 English chanels on the telly (news + music chanel with song from the 60's to late 80's.)
It does how ever only have 2 small lifts which you have to get in sharpish as they do not have sencors on them and they will close on you!!!! (dont press the floor you want till your inside).
The pool was absolutely freezing and took your breath when you got in it, but as the days warmed up abit so did the pool, very large very clean! plenty of sunbeds so no rushing down early in the morning to grab one.Life guard always there and it is conpulsory to wear a swimming cap (the hotel do supply these with a bag too bonus) and the life guard will tell you to wear it, to be honest i wasn't bothered i thought it's more hygienic.
They do have a small gym if your abit of a fitness fan im not so i didnt use it !!
We stayed half board and well worth the money, plenty to choose from at breakfast they would alternate sausage/bacon but always scrambled egg hard boiled egg -cereal-toast-continental-fruit-yoghurt as much as you like. At tea time which was served from 7.30pm i just couldn't fault it always very hot, upto 6 courses i was stuffed loved it and i'd try food i'd never eaten before, ( be aware that if you have bottled water on your table they charge 3.50 euro a bottle they do ask you first tho )
The bar staff where very nice but if you didnt have the right money they would moan, they never had enough change in the till, which got on my nervse as it made me feel as i didn't want to go get a drink, they would rather charge it to your room. (which we where told quite oftern).
There are plenty of restaurants close by to hotel, and few shops but once you'd seen them! There is a local shop only a 15min stroll away, Conads go there if you need anything. it cheap turn right at end of road from hotel!! ( not the COOP which Thomsons info told us to go it's miles away )
There are plenty of little stalls just outside hotel to buy prezzies from and they pretty much the same price every where. on a Tuesday they have another market just by the bus stop.
There is just one thing there where a lot of looki looki men tryin to sell you sunglasses /watches etc but this was mainly in the main towns DONOT buy anything as it's NOT illegal for them to sell it but it IS illegal to buy it so don't be tempted.
We went into Pisa few times very nice town (make sure you get your bus tickets BEFORE you get on the bus) these can be got from the paper shop just around the corner from hotel 2.30 euro each way, it takes about 20/25 mins get to Pisa and you have just got to go up the tower 15 euro
there are a lot of steps but worth it fantastic views from the top.
We went to Lucca its a must to hire a bike and ride around the wall, trust me i'm not very good on a bike but i really enjoyed it. Everyone rides around on a bicycle from 5 to 95 they are everywhere!! thats how the Italians keep thin!!!
Florence is beautiful and a shoppers paradise, easily got to by train from Pisa 7.10 euro each way some trains go straight thru, some stop at every station which puts an extra 40mins on the journey and when it's hot phew!!!! Also the buses dont count how many people they let on them and at busy times they can be rammed with far too many peolpe and again when it's hot it's Not pleasant at all.
It so easy to get around on public transport and lot cheaper just do a bit of research before you go .
Over all we did have fab holiday GO I THINK YOU'D LIKE IT, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!
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- Grand Hotel Tirrenia
- Grand Hotel Continental Tirrenia, Italy - Pisa