The location could not be much closer to the famous leaning tower. If you have a room at the front of the hotel, you can lean out of the little balcony window and see the tower. On the other hand, that side of the hotel is a bit noisy with street activities. You may prefer the rear of the hotel to have a dark quiet room and get caught up on sleep.
As other reviews say, the hotel has the feel of faded splendor. The lobby, the staircase, the chandeliers are all reminiscent of former times. However the rooms are OK ... I had a spacious bathroom with a nice shower, a WC and a bidet. The 'double bed' was the usual two single beds pushed together as is common in Italy. The TV was an up-to-date LCD screen model, but it didn't receive much in the way of English-language programming.
Breakfast was a bit of a disappointment. It never seems to be a strong point of Italian hotels, but one usually gets a great cup of coffee made by a person using an espresso machine. Here there was a particularly awful pushbutton machine which dispensed a coffee-like liquid which the average Italian would refuse to drink. The hotel restaurant had a nice looking menu for lunch and dinner but I didn't eat there because of the fantastic variety of good restaurants all around in the city.
The hotel provides wi-fi coverage but the signal was so weak in my 4th floor room that I had to walk down to the 2nd floor to be able to do my e-mail. Even then, it was a restricted service which did not allow all my programs/apps to work. (The free wifi at a restaurant almost next door was perfect, and all one had to do was order a cup of coffee.)
As other reviews said, the staff at the front counter were always helpful, the hotel is clean, and the room rates are fine. It's a perfectly OK place to stay, especially if you don't plan to spend too much time in your room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Contemporary 4-story Hotel situated in tourist center of town, near Leaning Tower. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Pisa