We spent one night (October 2011) in Pisa before we flew home and booked Hotel Bologna through Lastminute.com's secret hotels deal.
For the price it was an absolute gem! Hidden down a quiet back street about 10 minutes walk from the station, it is modern and nicely decorated inside, with friendly reception staff to greet you on arrival. We stayed in room 220 which I think was a smoking room unfortunately so it did have a smell of stale cigarettes hanging around. I also think the people next door were smoking non-stop during their stay and it was coming under our adjoining door.
However, the room was lovely, (despite a rubbish view of a building and a yard) with a safe, multinational TV and possibly the cheapest mini-bar I have ever come across!
The bathroom was spotlessly clean and had all the necessary complementary toiletries.
The hotel runs a free shuttle to the airport twice an hour (it said 'during season' - not sure when that ends!) which was fab and saved us trekking it back to the train station with our bags. However, having asked about it at the desk that morning, the one we planned to get left without us (even though we were sat in the lobby!) as apparently we had to 'book' ourselves onto it. We felt the receptionist should naturally have offered this when we had a conversation about it earlier. Luckily, we had left enough time that we could catch the next one and still make the plan so we made use of the free internet in the lobby.
Overall a fantastic hotel and especially great for £40 a night!
Make sure you try the restaurant almost directly opposite - Ristorante Il Nuraghe - best meal we had it Italy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Staying at Hotel Bologna puts you right in the heart of a city that combines the natural beauty of its setting with an atmosphere that remains highly evocative of its medieval heritage. In every room: sat-tv in 4 languages, WiFi internet connection (1 hour free), safety deposit box, mini-bar with free water, hair-drier, adjustable heating, 24/7 room service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pisa Bologna Hotel
- Hotel Bologna Pisa