Royal Victoria Hotel
Lungarno Pacinotti 12, Pisa, Tuscany, 56126, Italy
Historic (if faded) splendour
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
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.
Oldest Hotel in Pisa and It's Nice!
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.
What a Grand hotel
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
THE ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL. ...
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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Hotel is OK, think twice about staying overnight in Pisa
While the ratings vary, there is some truth in all of them. This is definitely the low end of three stars. The rooms are stark and not very attractive. Ours was clean and everything worked. I found it noisy - but all of Italy is noisy thanks to the motor scooters so get used to it (Venice had noisy barges instead). Compared to other hotels we stayed at the price was OK, breakfast is in a nice room and the hotel itself has wide stairways and high ceilings.
We stayed one night after arriving from the US via London. Seeing and climbing the tower is worth the visit. If you're going you might look at staying in Lucca - no personal experience however.
I thought I had arrived in Russia
We toured Italy for 14 days and this was the most depressing hotel we stayed in. The staff at the front desk was great and even drove with us to find the hard to find parking lot at the rear of the hotel. The front desk gave us a great recommendation for a small local place for dinner and although we did not speak Italian they tried their best to tell us what they had that evening. The food was great at this small local spot. The hotel was grand in the past but the room was dark, sparce, paint was peeling from the ceiling and it had almost no decorations and it badly needed some TLC. The bathroom worked and the shower at points had warm water. The location is great but stay somewhere else until they update this once grand hotel.
Interesting hotel for a night's stay
This is a quaint and ancient hotel near the Arno river. The leaning tower's a nice 10 minute walk through old streets with bustling shops and cafes filled mostly with students. The staff are very friendly and top-rate, which you appreciate even more if you're coming from the indifferent service found in most hotels in Rome or Milan. The problem is the rooms are ancient too, and need a desperate face-lift. Our room was nice, but very basic and there were cracks and water stains in the walls. The main and bathroom door handles were loose and almost broken. It looks like some renovation is going on, and the public areas seem to have been cleaned up. Hopefully they'll get around to the rooms soon. It's really nice to relax in the various lounges, and the breakfast's pretty good. If they clean up the rooms and step up the furnishings a notch, i'm sure it'll be a wonderful place even if they charge a little more. However, at their current prices, I think it's worth staying here for the experience, but not for more than one night.
The Royal Victoria's heyday was long ago, apparently. We were put into a "river view" room on the third floor. It was plain, stark- like an old hospital room. The river was right out the window, but so was a busy street. The noise was relentless and the leaky windows blocked none of it. A church bell across the Arno clanged each half hour, so we could keep track of the time as we lay awake. The bathroom had a small shallow tray for the shower stall, with a flimsy curtain on three sides. The drain ran slow, so water sloshed over the edges to the floor, where it ran down another drain in the center of the room. Pisa itself is not much- worth about two hours to see the Tower area. Train service to Pisa is good, so stay somewhere else (Lucca, Florence), and make this a day trip.
a sense of history
If you have a sense of history and/or if you do like the city life, stay in this hotel. You will feel history in every corner of this hotel and you are right in the middle of the vivid city center. And what a sight, the Arno river in the evening mist, illuminated on both side by numerous lights...
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Royal Victoria Hotel
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Royal Victoria Pisa
- Hotel Royal Victoria
Address: Lungarno Pacinotti 12, Pisa, Tuscany, 56126, Italy