Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, Pisa is like an open-air museum in itself. Its iconic symbol, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, is an architectural marvel that is a testament to the ingenuity of medieval engineers and an emblem of the city’s rich heritage.
This lively metropolis is full to the brim with cultural events, and its historic charm is blended seamlessly with a youthful vibe. With its quaint, narrow streets, picturesque piazzas, soul-soothing river, and rich cuisine, Pisa is a city that ignites all the senses at once.
Pisa is also home to an eclectic hotel scene, and throughout the past ten years, I have stayed in accommodations ranging from cozy boutique villas to grand architectural wonders. Here are my favorite cool and trendy hotels in Pisa, Italy (in no particular order)…
Grand Hotel Duomo
Welcoming you to the ancient heart of the city, Grand Hotel Duomo offers an exclusive position overlooking the Piazza dei Miracoli. Here, you will be a guest of a prestigious mansion and be greeted by exceptional hospitality traditions throughout your stay.
I thoroughly enjoyed savoring the local cuisine in the on-site restaurant, which opens onto a panoramic terrace where you can gaze upon the majestic architectural presence of the city as you dine.
The luxurious parquet-floored rooms soar over the roofs of Pisa’s historic buildings and combine a classic taste with modern furnishing elements.
Marble and wood come together in a sumptuous design throughout the hotel’s chic communal areas, where you can take a refreshing break from the city’s fast-paced dynamism.
Offers stunning insta worthy city views
Overlooks Piazza dei Miracoli
On-site restaurant with a panoramic terrace
Classic elegance with modern amenities
Parking is compact
No coffee machine in the room
San Ranieri Hotel
Here, we have one of my favorite Pisa hotels. It is a wondrous urban oasis steeped in the eclecticism of contemporary and sophisticated vintage patterns, with all that the city has to offer at your fingertips.
A flavourful menu of Pisan and Tuscan cuisine is served in the plant-lined Squisitia restaurant, which is distinguished by its highly skilled staff and its homemade ingredients.
Happy Hour at the on-site Wave Bar is a vibrant affair, where crafted cocktails and Italian wines greet you after an action-packed day of sightseeing. Red dominated my cozy amenity-laden guestroom, which added a touch of flamboyancy to my stay.
Stylish and modern ambiance
Near popular attractions
Delectable Tuscan and Pisan cuisine
Facilities for disabled guests
Some rooms may be compact
Some bathrooms need minor renovations
Possible noise in the lounge
Casale La Sterpaia
Set within the jaw-dropping landscape of the San Rossore National Park, this old farmhouse boasts 22 intimate guestrooms that overlook a luxuriant garden.
Beautifully contrasting many of Pisa’s inner-city hotels, this peaceful abode invites you to rediscover an authentic connection with Mother Nature.
You can engage in excursions within the surrounding park, which include horseback riding and outdoor sports. The staff were always on hand to help me plan such activities. Each day here begins with a smile as you savor the fresh air and observe the spectacle of foxes, wild boars, and fawns roaming the area.
À la carte restaurant with Tuscan specialties
Horseback riding and outdoor sports
Located in San Rossore National Park
Beautiful rooms overlooking gardens
The Wi-Fi is slow at times
The location is a little remote
Limited on-site dining options
Pisa Tower Plaza
This is one of the most renowned 5-star hotels in the entire Tuscan region. Its brand-new luxury concept is rooted in exquisite attention to detail, with unique elements exuding a captivating design.
My room came with an enviable view of the Piazza dei Miracoli from a panoramic terrace, but for total seclusion, there are also spacious apartments on offer. The expansive outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by greenery and features two hydromassage areas, inviting you to rejuvenate your body and mind.
The hotel’s solarium area is the perfect spot to end the day with a delicious cocktail, and the exquisite poolside restaurant offers a moment of total elegance under the starry sky.
Modern luxury with exquisite detail
Outdoor pool with hydromassage
Overlooks Piazza dei Miracoli
Delectable Tuscan cuisine and wine
Possible noise due to the central location
Food is a little pricey
Villa Noemi Bed & Breakfast
In my cozy classic room at Villa Noemi, a striking green wall I was acted as a canvas for the antique décor, setting the tone for a peaceful reprieve.
The historic elements are, however, blissfully contrasted by modern amenities, and the complimentary cookies in the room are a nice touch. There are, however, larger rooms that open up to private plant-lined patios, providing ample space to kick back and unwind.
The property flaunts a quaint garden, where plants and flowers enclose a handful of swinging chairs and coffee tables, inviting you to savor a glass of wine during Golden Hour. On-site, I was able to hire a bike, which made exploring the city’s streets much more fun and convenient.
Larger rooms with outdoor space
Beautiful quaint garden for relaxation
Classic room with antique decor
Villa Tower Inn
Structurally characterized by a stone and brick dichotomy and a large sloping roof, this Old-World masterpiece offers a majestic setting to house you on your epic city break.
One of my favorite features was the central terrace, decorated by geometric elements and balustrades of small pillars, allowing me to soak up Pisa’s historic charm.
Inspired by an authentic Tuscan panache, the property is graced by decorative motifs and scintillating works of art and is backed by a quaint tree-framed garden. Out here, I kickstarted each day with a delicious homemade breakfast, soundtracked by a harmony of nature and city roar.
Authentic Tuscan panache and art
Quaint tree-framed garden for relaxation
Serves delicious homemade breakfast
Housed in a 1920’s villa
Limited on-site Parking is available
The rooms may be compact
Enjoying a strategic location in the heart of Pisa’s business district, with easy access to the Piazza dei Miracoli, this modern, avant-garde hotel adds a refined spirit to your city break.
Smooth décor dresses the interiors, which are brought to light with ambient tones and polished wooden floors. One of my favorite communal spaces in the city, the AC Lounge invites you to savor the most authentic and innovative Tuscan dishes and is graced by an eclectic vibe.
You can also enjoy a 24-hour Technogym Fitness Room to reenergize or retreat to your blissful sanctuary, where plush linens and state-of-the-art furnishings are featured.
Trendy & Chic Design
AC Lounge offers Tuscan cuisine
Premium facilities and fitness center
TV channels are limited
Far from the city center
I thought NH Pisa was the perfect base camp from which to dive into this eclectic city. It is located right opposite the main entrance to Pisa Centrale railway station and a short stroll from the UNESCO-listed monuments.
The hotel occupies a modern block, and its unassuming exterior gives way to a bright and stylish interior. Framed by potted plants, the marble-floored lobby is a charming space to kick back and relax and is overlooked by a peaceful mezzanine level with further seating areas.
The hotel’s breakfast served on the ground floor came with delicious homemade pastries and fresh local dishes and provided me with the fuel for an action-packed day in and around the bustling metropolis.
Opposite to Pisa Centrale railway station
Bright and modern design
Delicious homemade pastries and local dishes
Some rooms offer extra space
No coffee maker in rooms
Some bathrooms need renovations
B&B Live09 Design
Standing elegantly in a quiet residential area, this charming B&B is a joyful blend of minimalism and functionality and is dressed in vivid colors, soft natural hues, and cozy boutique décor.
When I arrived at night time, the exterior was pleasantly lit in an ambient blue tone, and I was able to park my car directly outside my room.
The room was spacious and classy and came with a comfy seating area, a plush king-sized bed, and a lavish bathroom. Each morning, the buffet breakfast showcases a wide variety of homemade foods, which can be enjoyed either indoors or in the garden under a gazebo.
Lively and colorful ambiance
Varied homemade breakfast options
Ample space for comfort
Limited nearby public transport
Food is a little pricey
The location is a little remote
Set amid sumptuous greenery in the Pisan countryside, Vecchio Granaio boasts a beautifully manicured garden framed by soaring trees and shrubbery, where you will find a gorgeous wooden-decked pool.
A large amount of my time here was spent soaking up the charm within the garden’s hangout areas, which include a shaded patio and a poolside sunbathing space. The accommodations are named according to color.
My partner and I stayed in the red room with the walls and bed linens dressed accordingly, and a pot of roses oozed a romantic ambiance. The rest of the property evokes a family atmosphere and contains framed photos pertaining to the region’s beautiful past.
Tranquil Pisan countryside location
Private pool for a refreshing swim
A serene garden with BBQ facilities
Unique and charming decor
Only some rooms with Air Con
The pool can get crowded at times
A bit far from attractions
Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast
Set inside a medieval tower house in the historic center of Pisa, this graceful Bed and breakfast exudes timeless elegance through its period antiques and old-world décor.
When you’re not out exploring, the room balconies invite you to spend a peaceful afternoon gazing out across the city’s eclectic streets and famous monuments.
The in-room experience is a fresh rendition of bygone-era grandeur, with large four-poster beds set underneath quirky, bespoke ceiling paintings from which the chandeliers hang.
The hotel also offers a blissful dining experience in an intimate space where Italian cuisine is served and accompanied by delicious Tuscan wines.
Housed in a medieval tower house
Offers picturesque city views
Quirky ceiling paintings and period antiques
Opulent Italian dining with Tuscan wines
Rooms lack extensive amenities
Possible street noise
This Art Deco-style villa dating from 1930 is situated in the heart of Pisa and provides an idyllic base for exploring the city’s wonders on foot. I felt a pure family presence here, rooted in elegance and refinement.
The original decorations exude peace and tranquillity and include vivid tapestries, which give the guestrooms a cocooning feel. The soothing wooden décor, the period antiques, and the marble hues contributed to a feeling of old-world luxury.
I thought the breakfast was exemplary, and it was served both in the hotel’s serene garden and in the cozy breakfast room. It consisted of local products and Tuscan specialties.
Historic design with Art Deco charm
Peaceful and serene ambiance
Prime spot for exploring Pisa
Delightful breakfast with local specialties
Possible airport noise
Some rooms are small
Top 12 Coolest Hotels In Pisa
In the table below, we have compared the top 12 cool and unique hotels in Pisa. You can sort them based on factors such as price per night, distance to attractions and restaurants nearby:
Hotel Name Location Price Range (per night) Fitness Facilities Distance to Attractions (km) Nearby Restaurants
Grand Hotel Duomo Via Santa Maria 94 $161 No 1.1 2
San Ranieri Hotel Via Filippo Mazzei 2 $149-$341 No 2.2 2
Casale La Sterpaia Viale delle Cascine $97-$123 No 5.0 3
Pisa Tower Plaza Via Caduti Del Lavoro 46 $133-$400 No 2.0 3
Villa Noemi Bed & Breakfast Via Salvestroni $112-$118 No 1.4 3
Villa Tower Inn Via Bonanno Pisano 62 $138-$284 No 0.2 3
AC Hotel Via delle Torri $153-$216 Yes 2.3 2
NH Pisa Piazza Stazione 2 $198-$282 No 1.1 3
B&B Live09 Design Via Fiorentina 568F $176-$201 No 4.2 3
Vecchio Granaio Via Santa Rosa 39 $130-$211 No 4.7 2
Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast Piazza Donati 13 $221-$246 No 0.7 3
Villa Gini Via Benedetto Croce 21, $216-$257 No 1.0 3
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Scott Balaam – writer and photographer
Scott started his travelling life back in 1999, when he headed off on a solo jaunt to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with just a backpack, a camera and a spirit for adventure. After that, the travel bug bit hard and now he is always seeking to head off somewhere new. Over the years he has lived in Italy, Qatar, Australia, Ireland, UK and the USA but his spiritual home will always be Rome as this is the city which most satisfies his unrelenting thirst for culture, good food and great football. In his spare time Scott loves nothing better than to be behind the camera and also runs his own blog and Instagram page. He also counts Melbourne, the rest of Italy, Amsterdam, USA, Athens, Cape Town and Tel Aviv among his favourite places. Find Scott on Linkedin, Instagram, or Twitter.