Hotel Santa Croce in Fossabanda

Piazza Santa Croce, 5, Pisa, Tuscany, 56125, Italy
(3 star hotel)
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Excellent (4.5 out of 5.0) 3 reviews
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Breathtaking Ambiance - Great Breakfast!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on May 11, 2011

You know when you pass a Lotus in the parking lot that your stay is going to be above-average! My husband and I ran into train strikes on our honeymoon and unexpectedly needed to stay the night in Pisa on our way to Assisi. His father found us this ex-monastery Hotel Santa Croce in Fossabanda online and reserved our rooms a matter of hours before we arrived.

If you have ever dreamed of visting a picture-perfect monastery with beautiful courtyard cloisters and frescos, this is it! You are literally staying in the midst of this. The advantage to being within the cloister walls is that it is very quiet inside, very peaceful.

The complimentary breakfast was the best I have EVER had in Italy, spanning all of my trips over the years. Usually Italian breakfasts are disappointing, but this was perfect: attendants making sure food was hot/cold and plentiful, lots of choices for juice, fruit, cereal, pastries, yogurt, etc. The ambiance of breakfast was my favorite part of our whole trip in Pisa. I could have sat looking out at the cloister courtyard for the rest of my life. If you want an old, historic Italy sensory experience, choose this hotel!

The rooms were adequate. It seemed no matter how hard we tried in Italy we just could not get one large bed....we always had two single beds. The rooms were very clean with an adorable view.

To put a cherry on top, there is an active church still on the grounds of the hotel! Right next door to the entrance, you'll find a beautiful, elaborate church with statues and the Blessed Sacrament reserved. If you are a religious person, this would make the hotel the "complete package" - you can get up in the morning and pray or go to Mass in the beautiful, peaceful church!

I would recommend this hotel to ANYONE visiting Pisa. I would LOVE to stay again!!

Unique Quality: This hotel is a former Dominican monastery (meaning nuns used to live here :) It still has historic frescos in this and that corner or wall.

I was very impressed by the complimentary breakfast. Usually in Italy, "breakfast" is coffee and a pre-packaged pastry... prosciutto and toast if you are lucky. This hotel provides their guests with a wide array of breakfast foods, fruits, drinks, yogurt, cereal, etc. I was very pleased! And the coffee was great too. The BEST part about breakfast is the ambiance. You can sit inside or out in the cloister courtyard's hallway. I cannot describe this experience adequately: tranquil, historic, like paradise!

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A night in the convent

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 9, 2007

Santa Croce in Fossabanda once used to be a convent of Dominican nuns, later it was given to the to the Franciscans. The convent had been closed then in 19th century and became a quarantine hospital before serving various purposes of public interest. Now Santa Croce in Fossabanda is a hotel with 67 rooms. I found the quiet ambiance there very nice, it is indeed a relaxing place! The double rooms are quite big, with high ceilings, and are simply furnished, but very clean. They have a phone, aircon and a television. There are nice marble bathrooms. They also have single rooms in the former cells of the Novices, those have shared bathrooms for a truly authentic convent experience :). Breakfast is served under the archways in the garden - breakfast is very good! A double room costs about EUR 80. It is an about 15 minutes walk from Pisa centre in a nice area with lots of old villas.

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ex-convent

by written on May 25, 2003

An old convent converted into a hotel.
VERY BEAUTIFUL and original.
10-15 min. on foot from the downtown, just a couple of minutes to the Arno river.

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