Stayed at Riva Lofts in room 6 for three nights, having booked the trip for my partner's Birthday.
We landed at Pisa Airport and caught a train from Pisa to Florence. This took about 50mins and cost 32Euros for an open return for both of us, regular trains. Pleasant welcome when we arrived, very helpful member of staff who gave the following recommendations for places to eat, which were fab:
-Coquinarius: cosy restaurant, great atmosphere and staff, amazing food, reasonable price - our favourite!!
-Obika: modern, trendy, great food.
(There was a third restaurant, but unfortunately I don't recall the name)!
Back to the hotel, we absolutely loved the use of their bicycles and used them for two of the days we were there. It took about ten minutes to ride in to the centre of the Florence and we cycled all round the city. During the evenings, we walked to and from the centre, which takes about 25 minutes. The only time that we caught the tram was on the way to Florence Train Station to return to Pisa. The tram is very cheap, one Euro twenty and the tickets can be bought from Riva Lofts. The nearest stop is only three stops away from the train station.
Although we enjoyed staying at Riva Lofts, a few things let it down. I had booked a superior deluxe studio loft, but I don't think the extra cost was worth it at all and I felt a bit disappointed by the room.There was also maintenance work in the room next to us on two days, which was noisy. Breakfast was ok, but certainly not great. The heated pool was empty due to maintenance work, but in fairness, we probably would not have used it anyway.
Overall, a pleasant place to stay, but I didn't find it amazing (and to be fair, I'm not one for complaining). Having read the other reviews, I think a lot of it depends on the room you are allocated.
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- A beautifully renovated 19th-century factory on the southern bank of the Arno River, the Riva Lofts provides a modern oasis in easy reach of the rich historical attractions of Florence. ... more less
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