Royal Victoria Hotel

, Pisa, Italy
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Royal Victoria Hotel

, Pisa
3 star

Rooms: 67

12 Via Lung. Pacinotti - Pisa - 56126 - Italy Hotel Website | | 050.940.111
530 Traveller

Reviews - Royal Victoria Hotel

Time for renovation...
Submitted by: Caterina G. in 05/10/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: Italy
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
The hotel needs a face lift...
Unique City Hotel
Submitted by: Maurice in 10/04/06
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
Grandly combining the traditions of old world charm and modern service this hotel was an ideal city centre site for a short stay. Rooms were simple but clean and comfortable but the biggest draw is the public areas - cool, lofty marbled spaces full of original fixtures, ornaments and furniture. Breakfast is better than many places with the normal choices being offered along with fresh fruit, better than average fruit juice and excellent coffee. It is well positioned, close to everything and provides and charming and convenient place to stay.
Royal Victoria
Submitted by: Phil Letford in 05/09/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Weekend Breaker
A well established "old world hotel" of excellent character if a little "eccentric" still has the charm of the old days with the modern up to date knowledgeable and obliging young staff at the front desk who are very helpful and accomodating. Good sized room with river view,excellent Breakfast. Not the major chains!! a true hotel!! offering the service for the client.
Do not be put off, experience it like thousands of well known people from all around the world have done so, Prince's King's and Queen's as well as world leaders and celebrities, just ask the hotel staff will show you the records. Ideal centrally located hotel in Pisa with the caring and service side of the business very much to the fore.

Historical Traveller Reviews of Royal Victoria Hotel

Full of old-world style

from swaters37
I've just returned from a whirlwind tour of Italy. (Four cities in six days---whew!) The Royal Victoria was certainly not the most luxurious hotel I visited, but it was by far the most charming. The staff is amazing and all who work there seem to be multi-lingual. As for the hotel itself, the high ceilings and original marble tile work are fantastic. The views overlooking the Arno and from the top floor terrace are spectacular. The furnishings and fixtures seem to be original; hence, after 150 odd years some are in need of repair. The bathroom, although not modern, was 100% functional (with the exception of the hot and cold water being reversed). One should understand that the hotel is old and quirky, but isn't that half the joy of historical buildings? I would absolutely recommend this hotel.

A dump.

from laughd
First, the good: the common spaces of this hotel are superb, harkening back to what I imagine was the hotel's heydey of high-society visits.

With that aside, the bad: our room was a tiny, loud hovel. It was dirty grey, with one small wall hanging to spruce it up. I doubt it had been repainted in the last 10 years, and the dingy tile floor didn't help matters. The shower drain didn't work fast enough for the water flow, so the shower overflowed into the bathroom. In our month-long tour of Italian hotels, this was by *far* the loudest. I might as well have been sleeping in the street outside. (And our room didn't even face the front street.)

In short: Yuck. Stay away. Better yet, stay away from Pisa. If you want to visit the tower, do it on a day trip (try to get there early, though) -- Pisa is a junky town whose main attractions are the tower and the young, student culture.

Atmosphere, charm and understated elegance

from A TripAdvisor Member
I couldn't believe a fellow reviewer's complaint that the hotel was 'without carpets or wallpaper'! We're talking here about beautiful, original Tuscan tiled floors and plain white walls, plentifully hung with old prints, photos and portraits. It is true that the Royal Victoria lacks the florid, over-blown decor of many 'historic' hotels. Instead it is full of atmosphere, charm and understated elegance. It has an imposing entrance hall, numerous airy, elegantly furnished salons in the 'austere Tuscan style' and a lovely roof terrace. Wonderful! It was, apparently the first tourist hotel in Pisa and its fascinating visitors' books (ask to see them!), dating back to the 1850s, include entries from the Duke & Duchess of Wellington and Charles Dickens!
I must admit that, after the 'wow' factor of the public areas, we were rather disappointed with our room itself. Though large, high-ceilinged and clean, it was meanly furnished for the price (125 euros) and, though impeccably cleaned every day, there was a distinct smell of drains in the bathroom.
Having said that, the 'pro's more than outweighed the 'con's and we would certainly stay at the hotel again. It is superbly situated - in the old town, overlooking the Arno - and the staff are absolutely charming.

Good service; spartan rooms for the price

from Johnathon
My wife and I stayed here in November of 2003. We payed about $135 USD. Frankly, at that price point, the hotel is over priced. Pros: the staff was very nice and helpful, the location is excellent, and the hotel is somewhat interesting from a historical perspective. Cons: the rooms are in line with what one might find in a solid $60 USD per night hotel in other places in Italy -- clean, but spartan. I wouldn't necessarily recommend not staying here. However, people should be aware that they are getting a very basic room for $135 USD.


from Kakiebell
This is such a neat historical hotel. I felt like I was in a different era which is what makes visiting a city like Pisa such a memorable experience. We were only here one night but it was a decent hotel at a decent price in a good location. The only problem, do not attempt to drive or park a car in Pisa. Their garage is quite impossible to navigate. Other than that, stay here for an interesting experience.

a Merchant Ivory production

from Dawnzini
Florence, it's David, Palaces and art had always been a place I'd dreamed of visiting and to do so we flew into Pisa and stayed one night before taking the train to Florence the next afternoon. From the reviews in Tripadvisor I chose the Victoria and completely loved the place. As 30 something Interior andGraphic designers we look for hip hotels, uber moderne, but the stlye that ozed from this hotel captivated us. Glamour, style and reserve cool, calm and collected, balcony overlooking the Arno a step back in time and a totallly individual hotel

Wonderful and Charming!

from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed here for one night (March 2004) and found it and the staff very charming. The room was unique, not to mention huge! We had an entry the led one way to a very large bathroom with vaulted ceilings and the other way to our bedroom. The room was nicly furnished with "antiques" (real or not they were nice), two comfortable twin beds with a fireplace at the foot of them and a small table and chairs at the far end to accomodate in-room dining. We also had a huge window that opened to a spectacular view of the Arno. In the morning, we had a great breakfast and walked the 15 minutes down to the Leaning Tower. No complaints here!

A step back in time

from A TripAdvisor Member
I'm sorry my fellow traveller from San Fran has missed the point. Boy has he missed the point. The hotel is tremendous as it delivers what it purports to be, i.e. a historical hotel with all the period features.
Does the gentleman realise how difficult this is to achieve and maintain. The staff where simply delightful. For instance, they corrected my Italian with no hint of arrogance or patronism. My advice would be to have a room at the back of the hotel as the clock tower facing the frontage is quite noisy, on every hour, and is not baffled by the windows. I could not recommend this hotel highly enough as it is not made of stucco and painted white !! Enjoy.

Not really 3* class

from A TripAdvisor Member
After what I hasd read on the hotel's hompage I was quite disappointed when I entered our hotel room.If the hotel looked quite charming from inside the lobby and in the halls (all those little staircases leading to a confusing number of rooms and niches) we were immediately by the sight of our room. We had to find a 2.5 by 4 meter room about 4m high without any carpet or wallpaper, white and spartanly equipped with two beds, a small closet, a table with a small TV and a sink plus BD(!!).
Everything except for the furniture was plain white.We had booked a room w/o bathroom on the second floor and were told that the bathroom was on the hall and the showers on the 4th(!!!) floor.The bathroom was even worse. A small cold room w/o a sink and kind of dirty. I was happy to find a nice bathroom in a restaurant later on. This room was far from a 3star room, comparable to a 1star place we had in Bologna, and definitely not worth the 72 we had paid.Besides that the breakfast was really good (for us being from continental Europe) and the staff friendly. The hotel was also very conveniently located in the heart of Pisa and only five steps from the bus stop.

Faded glory

from DeeandDrew
The hotel is conveniently situated on the bank of the Arno and within easy walking distance of the rail station, Campo Miracole and S.Maria della Spina. The hotel itself seems to be maintained as something of a museum but with little help by way of information or explanation and has the appearance of a once-grand establishment that has seen better days. Our room was clean with a lovely view over the Arno, though the noise from the street outside continued until late at night and re-commenced early in the morning. The furnishings were adequate, though somewhat shabby and spartan. There is an excellent gelateria and an equally excellent and inexpensive restaurant, Il Vecchio Dado, within a few yards from the front door. The staff were polite and efficient and the hotel is pleasant enough for a couple of nights if you appreciate the ambiance, but may be disappointing if you value more modern creature comforts.

Top Local Tips for Pisa

Bus and train tickets All bus and train tickets in Italy must be time-stamped or validated before you ride. Bus tickets are stamped by a machine usually located just behind the driver in the bus. Train tickets are stamped by machines located along the train platforms. Failure to validate your ticket can result in a steep fine, so be sure to get your stamp!! Foreign travellers are not exempted unless you run into a really sympathetic conductor.

From the airport There is a local train (buy your ticket in the airport - turn right out of immigration, train is to the left, but tickets to the right). The train goes about 2km. Get off and walk into town. It is really close.

Up the tower We went on a monday. There were no queues. Remember to get a ticket at the ticket office and check in your bags there too (obligatory).


Other names for Royal Victoria Hotel

  • royal victoria pisa
  • hotel royal victoria
  • Address: 12 Via Lung. Pacinotti - Pisa - 56126 - Italy
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