We spent four nights at the Royal Victoria in October. Provided you have done your research and understand that you are not booking into the Marriot, the Royal Victoria is a real find. It is a relic from the nineteenth century, full of the most fascinating furniture, pictures and artifacts. Take the time to explore the hotel - it is a treasure trove of Italian history. Our courtyard room (which I suspect was the cheapest category) was large and spartan but with a comfortable bed. Even allowing for European bathrooms being small, ours was the smallest I have ever seen. We had to shower with hands almost by our sides as otherwise our elbows hit the wall. It is possible that higher grade rooms had larger showers. The hotel's location was first class: on the river, a short walk to the shopping area and a few minutes further on to the railway station, and about ten minutes' walk to the tower. Apart from arrival and departure taxis, we covered everything by foot. As the hotel is located next door to the university, there are plenty of reasonably-priced places to eat. One real find, with possibly the best food of the trip, was Turiddo which was only a street or so from the hotel and is situated across the road from the university's law faculty. On coming out of the hotel, turn right and then right again at the first cross street. The restaurant is about a block down on the right. I would recommend the Royal Victoria, but given the bathrooms, perhaps for something less than four nights.
- 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