I stayed 1 night here in order to catch an early flight home from Pisa, but would recommend it for longer, as a great base for exploring the town and surroundings.
Hotel is located in a back street behind the Via Santa Maria, and this makes it quieter, but still within easy reach of Tower (5 mins away) and very interesting Old Town.
I stayed in a double room with shared bathroom, but in fact think I had all the facilities to myself.
Room was spacious, well ventilated, clean, comfortable and quiet. Faced out onto a courtyard/garden. There's no lift and 4 floors, so bear this in mind when requesting rooms. Hotel has left-luggage facility.
Coffee/cold drinks available from downstairs lounge. Hotel doesn't do breakfast, but directs guests to small friendly place just around the corner, open from 7.30 am and very reasonably priced.
Reception staff friendly and helpful. You pay in full at check-in, which makes things simpler as front desk isn't staffed between about 8pm and 8 am.
Brochure in room has useful information and details of restaurants "where the owners eat", with different recommendations for fish restaurant, pasta restaurant, local tuscan cooking, ice cream etc. The pasta place was delicous and authentic and a very good price. In quest of a nice meal I found myself in the charming older pedestrianised part of Pisa, completely different in atmosphere to the more touristy leaning tower/cathedral area.
Hotel was also only a few minutes away from the stop for the Lam Rossa bus, which takes you to the airport in 20 mins for just 1.50 Euros.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel stands few meters from the Leaning Tower, close to piazza dei Cavalieri, in the middle of down town. 23 rooms, mostly with bath, and all with TV, telephone (incoming calls) and fan on the ceiling. Totally refurnished offers also a nice garden full of cactus and cosy breakfast rooms.Only telephone booking: we speak English, France and Spanish. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Helvetia Hotel Pisa