Hotel Palazzo Guiscardo
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes buffet breakfast
- Access to the beach club in Forte dei Marmi (around 6 miles away) from April 28 to June 15 and September 1-30 is also included
- Creative blend of traditional and contemporary design, and unique pop art
- Polished, exceptional staff that takes service with a smile to a whole new level
- It's a 30-minute drive from Pisa and about an hour from Florence
What To Know
- Breakfast is served on-site and the hotel owns a nearby restaurant
- Though you can reach the property by train, consider renting a car to make the most of the area
- Dress to impress in glam Pietrasanta; leave the T-shirts and flip-flops at home
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
This former 19th-century palace blends original design elements with striking contemporary artwork. In the chic reception area all eyes move up to Mauro Corda’s life-size metallic gymnast sculpture, which dangles from an impossibly thin string. Pale wood flooring, black-and-white Roberto Kusterle photographs and a modern Corten steel bar complete the sleek, arty look. Wander into the lounge, and the walls and furnishings are accented with bold, colorful pop art pieces by Steve Alan Kaufman, including a prominent portrait of Marilyn Monroe.
Bed and Bath
Each guestroom is unique, though on the whole they’re markedly more traditional than the common areas. Think rich, regal hues, high ceilings, opulent textured wallpaper and luxurious floor-to-ceiling curtains (and the odd piece of pop art thrown in for good measure). Bathrooms are extremely grand, and each is named for a type of local marble, which is used liberally on the walls, floors, vanities, baths and showers. Jacuzzi tubs and Hermès bath products are the icing on the cake.
During the summer it can be difficult to find a sunbathing spot in neighboring Forte dei Marmi, a ritzy Tuscan beach town. However, Palazzo Guiscardo has scored exclusive access to the Bagno Sandra beach club, right in the center of the action (a daily charge applies and prices fluctuate throughout the summer). To get there, rent a bike or take a ride in the hotel’s hip antique taxi. The property also owns a popular Tuscan restaurant in Pietrasanta, Osteria alla Giudea, which serves homemade pastas and fresh seafood.
In the Area
Begin with a visit to Pietrasanta’s Museo dei Bozzetti, followed by the Church of San Biago and Sant’ Antonio to view Fernando Botero’s famous frescoes, the Gateway to Paradise and the Gateway to Hell. For daytrips in the area head to Carrara to tour the marble quarries, the source of some of Palazzo Guiscardo’s colorful bathroom marble, bike to leafy Versiliana Park, or shop and sunbathe with the glamorous crowd in neighboring Forte dei Marmi.
How to Get There
Even before we arrived, we had emails from the hotel asking if we required any help with restaurants or activities. We were a group of eight taking four rooms and celebrating a wedding. They allowed us to use their lounge for our evening get together and were extremely helpful with reservations for restaurants and even found us a taxi later one evening when a restaurant wouldn't help us. We were headed to Cinque Terre one morning and they were very kind to open breakfast thirty minutes early so we could get an early start. The rooms were large enough and the hotel was very close walking distance to the old town. Thank you Nicola and Lorenzo, we really appreciated all the help you gave us.
Nice old renovated palazzo .Room was large and very comfortable beds.The room was a little bit dark.The bathroom was all marble very beautifully done with a large window ,nice and bright.
Good location .Very Nice staff.
Attention to detail, great information by the concierge. Lovely room with a large bed, beautiful bathroom and a balcony. Ideally located to wander into the town for a meal, one Day we followed the sculpture trail and visited the library and museums. Train to Pizza and Lucca easy to navigate just remember to validate your ticket in one of the machines at the station. The beach club included in our stay was beautiful, is easily accessible by bus if you don’t have a car