Royal Victoria Hotel

Lungarno Pacinotti 12, Pisa, Tuscany, 56126, Italy
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Historic (if faded) splendour

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 16, 2009

This hotel was recommended by VT member sue_stone, and it didn’t disappoint. It’s in an excellent location on the banks of the River Arno, almost equidistant from the station and the Leaning Tower. As soon as you enter the lobby you are surrounded by history. This hotel dates back to 1837, and has been managed continuously by the same family since then. The website claims too that there has been an inn on this site for far longer – since the 10th century in fact! The walls of the public rooms are filled with photos of famous guests who have stayed here (who include Dickens, Ruskin and Dumas) , early tourist literature and many other mementoes of the hotel’s past.

Unique Quality: We had chosen a so-called Traditional Room on the riverside, which cost €110.50 including breakfast. There are also cheaper Standard Rooms (without a river view and presumably more conventional in their décor), and dearer Best Rooms and Suites. Our room (photo 2) was very grand in its scale and had a captivating atmosphere of faded grandeur. The furniture was mostly old, huge and with large clawed feet – watch out for these as in our one night stay I managed twice to stub my toe on the bed’s toe! We had the promised view of the river, which struck me as very quiet (I had expected lots of boats and activity) but looked beautiful at night. Our bathroom was on an equally grand scale, and was equally old-fashioned, with a rather stained bath but thankfully modern plumbing and an effective shower. Another modern concession was the large TV in the bedroom, but when this was hidden behind its cabinet doors, and the door to the bathroom shut, it was easy to imagine ourselves in the world of the Victorian traveller doing the Grand Tour of Europe.

Breakfast is served in one of many lovely public rooms (photos 3 and 4) on the first floor, and consists of a buffet with juices, rolls, croissants, pastries, ham, cheeses, jams, fresh fruit, muesli etc. Coffee is ordered from the friendly waiting staff and the choice includes espresso and cappuccino as well as regular filter coffee. Take some time to wander through the other public rooms on this floor, which like those on the ground floor are filled with history.

Directions: We caught a taxi from the station (€5) to save carrying luggage on the bus, but plenty of buses stop opposite, including the airport bus, or it’s about 15 minutes walk. If you’re driving the hotel has its own garage – check the website for details

The perfect location in Pisa

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 12, 2009

We stayed at the Royal Victoria hotel in Pisa for one night in August 2009. The room was clean, the staff was friendly and the breakfast was so good that my husband went down for it twice. It is quite easy to find by using the map that their website provides. We found it to be well priced at 80 euros for the night, which we booked from their website. I don't know that Pisa deserves an entire night though. In all honesty, if all you want to see is the leaning tower, I'd only give it a day from another location - the shore or Florence.

Unique Quality: The rooms are quite large with very high ceilings. The layout of the building is unique with its common areas and rooms circling each area.

Directions: 12 lungarno Pacinotti
56126 - Pisa

Right between the train station and Leaning Tower.

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Oldest Hotel in Pisa and It's Nice!

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 17, 2008

The Royal Victoria Hotel boasts being the oldest running hotel in Pisa. (See their website for more info.) The hotel was absolutely beautiful! Very grand, large hallways, beautiful old staircase. The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. I really wanted to stay at this hotel after seeing pictures of it on the web, but could not afford their regular double room rates. Fortunately, they do offer some twin rooms with a shared bathroom for an excellent price (about 80 Euros). The room itself was quite large, clean, and simply furnished. It had a sink and a bidet which--and as gross as it sounds--eliminates the need for a middle of the night run to the restroom down the hall, while in your jammies. The breakfast, which was included in the price, was really nice. One of the better continental buffets we had. The breakfast room was really beautiful as was the rest of the hotel. It is actually kind of fun wandering the halls of this enormous old hotel, seeing all the antique furniture and knickknacks they have. The hotel does have a lift--thankfully. I would certainly stay here again.

Directions: Located on the North side of the Arno River. Easy walking distance to Piazza del Miracoli and Pisa Centrale.

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What a Grand hotel

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 16, 2004

This is a large Grand hotel on the river in Pisa, where we have stayed twice.

It has large clean rooms and is in a good location for access to the Train Station and to the main attractions.

There is a small terrace where you can enjoy a drink in the evenings.

The staff are very friendly and helpful.

There is a good buffet breakfast included in the very reasonable room price.

Unique Quality: Have been there twice and would stay there again.

It is in a fabulous location - a short walk from everything, and in such a grand building. I think it is reall good value - ok, it is not luxury, but grand and gives you a taste of how the beautiful people use to holiday in the past.

Directions: 10 minutes walk from the train station, across the road from the river, just near Piazza Garibaldi

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THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL. ...

by written on August 24, 2002

THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL. This small, traditional hotel runned by the Piegaja family is centrally located in the city center and faces the Arno River. If you enjoy staying at small traditional/ historical-type of hotels, I can't think of a better hotel than this. Besides, the price is very reasonable too.
Depending on which season you'd be in Pisa, expect to pay between US$50 to US$100. Try and ask for a weekend rate from the hotel IN ADVANCE to enjoy the BEST rates.

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Address: Lungarno Pacinotti 12, Pisa, Tuscany, 56126, Italy

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