The facade dates back to 1912

The Royal Victoria Palace Hotel in Pisa overlooks the River Arne in the oldest part of the medieval settlement of Pisa. Formerly known as the ‘Grand Tour’ Hotel of Italy as it served as a great tourist spot for wealthy English speaking travellers during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Sadly this *hotel has the feel of a place that hasn’t been renovated in a long time. The bald guy on the desk in reception was a noticeable prick as I did two solo luggage runs up to the 3rd floor whilst the missus parked the car.


Dining area

The air-con consists of a large fan in the corner of the room. Which in fairness, didn’t bother me. What did bother me was the bed that may or may not have been the root cause as to why the missus and I were scratching ourselves like we’d been mysteriously savaged in the night by a scourge of mosquitos that had just finished their annual mosquito fasting holiday.


All the mod-cons

It has the feel of an old orphanage. Like something from Annie, but without the kids.


Hello? Useless prick at reception?

On the positive note the view was stunning. Ask for room 304 if it’s available.


Room with a view 

I’d like to say the discolour and decrepitude of the bath tub added to it’s charm, but that would be disingenuous. The shower had barely enough pressure to escape the head and I found pinning myself to the green mosaic tiled wall was the only way of meeting its pour.


I don’t even know what that is


Didn’t play it

The best thing about the Royal Victoria Hotel is that it’s cheap. (£76 a night). It comes with a free breakfast which is basically coffee and a croissant. The aforementioned view is incredible and from the hotel it’s a mere 15 minute walk to the Tower of Pisa.

Parking is £20 a night, but you’ll find that parking on the other side of the river is free after 8pm, so long as you’re gone without a trace by 8am the following morning.


Lobby area

I’m sorry to leave an excoriating review on a hotel that is steeped in history. It’s family run and the Piegaja family has run the hotel since 1837. For the money it’s good value in such a touristic city. However, it’s a missed opportunity. With a lick of paint and a change of concierge, this place could charge double for the location alone.


More action in the lobby

You can make a booking at the Royal Victoria hotel online. If you don’t speak Italian you can find out more about the hotel’s history on Wikipedia. Have you stayed anywhere else in Pisa and what did you think? Maybe you’ve also stayed in the Royal Victoria, did you agree with my review or have some additional thoughts of your own? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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