"Extremely convenient" Hotel La Pace Tip by leics
Hotel La Pace, Pisa: 1,195 reviews and 12 photos
It's not a place with good views, but the Hotel La Pace couldn't be better in terms of location. It's just a minute's walk from the railway station (5 minutes by train to Pisa airport, an hour and a bit to Florence or La Spezia) and the same from the bus station.
The hotel entrance is in an arcade which, although somewhat grubby, is perfectly safe (there are CCTV cameras).
I booked a double room for one person, at the same price as a single. In fact it was four rooms: bedroom, bathroom with TV, 'sitting room' with chairs and TV and a built-in 'dressing-room', which was incredibly useful for storing suitcase/clothes and so on. The rooms were all extremely clean, and the towels (the Italian thin linen type) and bed linen were changed daily. The bed was comfortable enough, although it would have been a bit 'cosy' for two people, and there were extra pillows and blankets in the dressing-room.
The hotel has two computers for internet access and a wide-screen TV in the foyer. Breakfast was the usual continental type: meat, cheese, rolls, preserves and so on. Nothing spectacular, though the coffee was (usually) good and the croissants/cakes scrummy. The juice was actually what I'd call 'squash', made from concentrate and diluted with water: peach or grapefruit when I was there.
Staff were all pleasant and helpful, mostly with good English. They were happy to keep my valuables in the hotel safe, and have a lockable room for storing bags after check-out. The hotel runs a shuttle minibus to/from the airport, for 3 euros each way (October 2008).
Unique Qualities: It's the location which makes this a good choice, at a reasonable price. Other hotels similarly priced, which I saw on my Pisan walks, were substantially further out.
It's about a 20-minute walk from this hotel to the Campo dei Miracoli, but Pisa has much more to offer than that.......and the simplicity of the airport>hotel journey more than makes up for its distance from the main tourist sights.
Brasserie La Loggia, just over the road towards the city centre, is a pleasant and friendly place to have a coffee/wine/meal/snack.
Address: Via Gramsci 14, Pisa null
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: With the main entrance to the railway station behind you, cross the road directly in front, stay on the left-hand side and the entrance to the arcade (and the hotel entrance) is within a few metres.
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