Royal Victoria Hotel Pisa
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Royal Victoria Hotel Dec 29, 2011
7 January 1609 Galileo Galilei observes three small stars (moons) circling around Jupiter
Fact about Galileo “He was born in Pisa and in 1616 Galileo went to Rome trying to persuade the pope not to outlaw the Copernican system placing the sun in the centre of the universe with the earth circling around the sun. He failed in this attempt and was forbidden to promote these ideas in the future. He didn't. And in 1632 he had to face an inquisition and was found guilty in heresy. He was convicted to house arrest for the rest of his life and his works were banned."
The Royal Victoria Hotel is very centrally located in the middle of Pisa right down at the river running through the middle of the old town. The hotel is about equal distance from the train station and the Piazza del Miracolli with the Leaning Tower. It is only a short walk to either of the two places. The hotel is the oldest hotel in the city and the building is a historic building of which the oldest parts date back to the 10th century in the next couple of centuries other parts of the hotel were built.
You can see the hotel is pretty old but unless you are actually told just how old the hotel are you probably wouldn’t be able to guess part of it is more than a thousand years old. It isn’t originally built like a hotel but was converted into a hotel in 1837. This makes it the oldest hotel I Pisa which has remained continuously operating. Back in the early parts of the nineteenth century the standard for luxury hotels were quite different from today’s standards - for instance you usually wouldn’t have running water or a bathroom in your room. The hotel has been modernized several times since the nineteenth century but the hotel still seems a bit dated and for instance the cheaper rooms (like mine) hasn’t got a private toilet and shower - but for some strange reason they did manage to squeeze in a bidet in the room.
The breakfast in the morning is better than what I would have expected from a cheap Italian hotel - it was quite generous indeed. The breakfast is served in a big dining area in one of the nice big rooms in the hotel. In a backrooms to there are a small exhibition of the works of one of the local artist in Pisa - I have never heard of him before and I doubt anybody not from Pisa has. If you are at the hotel in the evening you can have drinks on the roof terrace - unfortunately it was closed when I got to the hotel - and it would have been a bit cold anyways so I never had the pleasure of using the roof terrace.
In general the hotel seems to be very proud of their long history and if you ask they will give you a bit of information about the history of the hotel. The original name of the hotel was Hotel Royal de la Victoire but due to a large influx of British tourist during the later stages of the nineteenth century the name was changed to the Royal Victoria Hotel - since this sounded more British and it was during the reign of Queen Victoria.
They also give you a list of names which I assume is the notabilities who have stayed at the hotel during its long time of operation. There are many notable international names including several royalties - there are also a very long list of Italians names of which I unfortunately are only able to recognize a few like Dario Fo and Felice Gimondi. The foreign notabilities include Karen Blixen, Virginia Woolf, Roald Amundsen, Theodore Roosevelt, Charles Dickens and Charles Lindbergh plus a long list of royalties. But in general the names seem to be somewhat old and it doesn't look like the hotel has had many notabilities staying there for the last 50 years.
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Faded Grand Dame is an affordable home in the city Aug 23, 2008
This really is like a faded old dame, apparently managed by the same family since 1837 and had many famous guests during the 'Grand Tour' era. It has many areas with antiques which help it to retain this charm.
The location is great: right on the Arno River in the city centre - 10 minutes from the tower and in the old town, but a 15 min walk from the station and a 10 minute cab ride from the airport. Easy.
The rooms themselves feel quite institutional: cold granite floors, slightly spartan interiors probably renovated in the 70's. In the 70's though it would have been quite lavish and being quite classical it hasn't dated quite as badly as it could have.
The breakfast was quite good with adequate service. Good coffee and a nice continental breakfast buffet in a sunny breakfast room.
The staff were friendly and helpful enough and liked to share information about the history of the hotel.
I think the rooms were about 70€ which was quite reasonable for the location.
Royal Victoria Hotel Pisa Overview
The Royal Victoria Hotel Pisa overlooks the River Arno in the old historic center of the city. This hotel is at the heart of the university area and also offers many local shopping and dining options. Guests can enjoy proximity to the Leaning Tower. The Royal Victoria Hotel Pisa is less than 2 km away from the Pisa International Airport. Guests are also just 1 km away from the Central train station. The hotel offers a secure parking garage as well.
The Royal Victoria Hotel Pisa offers 48 guestrooms decorated in Tuscan fashion. Antique furniture is available in each room, but more modern conveniences such as Internet access and satellite TV are also present. Some guestrooms have shared bathrooms on each floor.
The Royal Victoria Hotel Pisa offers 24 hour front desk service to all of its guests. There is also a bar service and a Continental breakfast that’s served every morning. This hotel also offers an art exhibition area for guests’ viewing pleasure. Sunbathing is available on the terrace. Library and babysitting services are also available.
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