My 17 year old son and I have just come back from a 4 night stay at the Hotel Bristol. After researching hotels and areas to stay we chose the Hotel Bristol based on reviews and we were not disappointed!
The hotel is in a great location just 15 minutes drive from Pisa airport. We chose a superior room which is in a separate block near the swimming pool. The room was perfect, very spacious and with plenty of wardrobe space, drawers, a large bathroom with walk-in shower, complimentary toiletries, complimentary slippers, a safe and a fridge with 2 bottles of water in (which we really appreciated coming straight from the airport!) The wifi in the room was also really fast and reliable (there is also separate wifi around the pool which was also good)
I took my own teabags and coffee and asked Enrico if he could supply a kettle. He immediately came back with one and 2 mugs. He also told us there was a supermarket nearby and we could put food in the fridge which was very convenient.
The room was spotlessly clean and each day when we returned had been cleaned to a very high standard with fresh towels each day.
We loved the pool area. It was generally very quiet as most people were out sightseeing. We would spend an hour or 2 round the pool at the end of each day but it was never crowded and although there is only 12 sunbeds there were always some free. There was also an honesty bar near the pool which looked well stocked although we didn't actually use this. The pool was nice to swim in, big enough to do lengths and also had a jacuzzi section next to it. Next to the pool there is a tennis court and also free bike hire although again we didn't use these.
Breakfasts were fantastic! So much choice! Fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, cakes, nuts, biscuits, cakes, fruit juice. yoghurts, hot drinks, various teabag flavours, a toaster for toasting bread, ham and cheese. We really ate like kings each morning and Enrico and his team were always on hand to see if you wanted a hot drink or were buzzing about cleaning things up or restocking the breakfast area.
We found the location perfect for sightseeing. We caught the no 10 bus to Pisa the first day (bought tickets from the tabacconist shop round the corner which Enrico told us about) The bus stop is a short walk away and it's a 25 min trip. The 2nd day we asked to book a taxi to the train station in Pisa and Enrico called the firm he uses so we wouldn't be overcharged on the fare. The driver was lovely, very friendly and the car was immaculate. He also told us to text him the time we would be back at Pisa train station and he would come and collect us (which he did, he was there waving when we emerged from the train station) That day we caught the train to Florence (about an hours journey) The last day we again caught the bus to the train station in Pisa and caught the train to Lucca. Again another fabulous day out!
The location of the hotel itself in Tirrenia is perfect. It is a lovely quiet resort on the beach and feels very Italian. We found plenty of restaurants in the town to eat at and everyone was very welcoming.
On our last day Enrico had again booked a driver to take us to the airport and we were extremely sad to leave. I would not hesitate to stay again at Hotel Bristol. Enrico is such a natural hotelier, he is born to do it! He is on hand constantly, genuinely cares about his guests and cares that they have a good stay.
As a woman travelling with her son I felt very safe and felt that if we'd have experience any problems he would have been there to assist us.
Thanks Enrico and your team for a wonderful holiday and I hope one day to visit again!