One night in Pisa-
This hotel is gorgeous! So many of the public rooms look like something from a film set in the 1800's. This history here is quite rich. I expected an older hotel to look dated and not so retro chic as it was! This beautiful aesthetic was in the lobby and many other rooms that you were free to explore. Piano rooms, telephone rooms, etc. Balconies on every floor you can walk out and admire the Arno River just below.
The location is superb- being on the river is very romantic in the evenings--it looks like Venice or Florence but less crowded. There's a bustling piazza a few meters away which is great for drinking with locals at night. And in the day time you can easily walk to the main sighs in ten minutes.
However, the actual room we stayed in did not reflect this style. It was a very simple, basic room. Not particularly romantic as you would expect seeing the lobby, the public rooms, etc. However, it was quite comfortable and even had a little air conditioner wall unit which was a very happy surprise. There was a small tv. I had gotten a very good rate here on Venere of 60 Eur for a double with a shared bath. But we had our own bathroom in the room after all! Love it when that happens.
The breakfast was another big treat. The rooms used for breakfast are so charming and the Italian style buffet is quite good in my opinion. They made fresh cappucini to order (or whatever hot beverage you want) , delicious There was meat, cheese, cornetti, fruit, nutella, etc.
The staff was very helpful with maps, calling us taxis, etc. The front desk felt like 4 star treatment, especially when I compare to staying in an actual 4 star hotel in Rome and getting rather gruff service at that desk. I did, however, notice a couple was arguing with the staff about not liking the hotel and wanting to cancel their reservation without penalty because it was their honeymoon and they weren't happy here.I was very curious, I almost wanted to ask them why they didn't like it! Maybe they were expecting more luxury in their room for a honeymoon?
My mom recommeded this hotel to me, she stayed here by herself (she is a middle aged woman).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A 3 star in the city centre, the Royal Victoria Hotel is the only accommodation overlooking the Arno River, at only 950 meters both from the Leaning Tower and the Central Train Station. It is the oldest hotel in Italy, dating from the 11th century (,) and is owned by the same family since 1837. The hotel has a 19th century style, with different types of rooms, each with private bathroom, heating, direct-dial telephone, free wi-fi and multilingual sat-TV. All rooms have hypo-allergenic fixtures, suitable for non-smokers (,) and 85% of them has independent air-conditioning. The building – which also has a lift – has a parking within premises, available only with reservation, at a fee. A rich Continental Buffet Breakfast is included in the price of the room. Bar service is provided both in our Reading Room and up on the Roof-Garden. Public areas and business meeting rooms are available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Victoria Pisa
- Hotel Royal Victoria