"This was my first visit to Viareggio, and I must say I was a bit trepidatious, not knowing what the weather in January would be. Happily, the gods were smiling and six of my eight days were bright and sunny with temperatures in the lower double digits. The other two were overcast, but without rain. I arrived from Genova by train, and easily grabbed one of the waiting taxis in front of the station for the brief ride to the hotel. The fare was €12 rounded up. During my stay I regularly walked from the hotel to the train station in 25 minutes using the boardwalk (Viale Giosuè Carducci) and turning up Via Leonardo Da Vinci until reaching the station. It was flat terrain and very straightforward. The hotel's facade and location are truly amongst the best in the pretty seaside town. Although 98 years old, the hotel is extremely well maintained and has a number of modern elements that belie its age. My greeting at the Front Desk by Duty Manager Mr. Povoleri was both welcoming and genuine. He took pains in explaining the various features, benefits and policies of the hotel and then personally escorted me to my room. Although not large by North American standards, the room I was assigned was pristine and very tastefully decorated. The king bed was comfortable, and huge for a solo traveller such as myself. There was more than sufficient lighting in both the foyer, bed and bath rooms. My corner room had a partial sea view, as well as one of the Tuscan mountains. I couldn't have asked for better, as I find a full sea view somewhat boring after the first hour or so. Mr. Povoleri offered to raise the temperature in the bed room, but I preferred to keep it cool for sleeping. A touch screen control was at my disposal should I have changed my mind. There was a larger desk, with an easily accessible electrical outlet, that facilitated working on my laptop. Under the desk was a mini bar fridge, stocked with various beverages but with available space for a few extra personal items. Closet space was more than adequate for one or two guests, and included a room safe large enough to accommodate my 13" laptop. A hot water kettle, coffee mugs, coffee/tea/sugar/creamer packets, a corkscrew/bottle opener, wine glasses and a set of tumblers were also provided. The bathroom was a good size, with two large mirrors, as well as a make-up magnifier model. A bidet, WC, vanity sink and a decent size glass shower stall were features of my room, as was a heated towel rack and a large hair dryer. Good quality toiletries were provided in addition to two pairs of slippers and two terry bathrobes. Towels were replenished daily, and I never lacked hot water for my shower and shave. I appreciated that there was a large window that could be opened to dispel the humidity after showering. A radiator could be adjusted to keep the bathroom nice and toasty during the chilly mornings. During my stay, I used Viareggio as the starting point to explore t"
"This is a lovely hotel, great location with great sea views. This review will be a bit picky as this is a 5 star hotel charging top dolllar. We stayed for 8 nights What we loved - Rooms are a generous size well appointed and we slept really well due to the blackout curtains and comfy beds. We also loved the generous water bottles every night and day. Valet parking is brill as garage and your car is under the hotel so easy to access if you forget something and the roof top pool bar has a great wine list and menu. Staff are super helpful and they all take Covid precautions seriously. There is also an arrangement with a Beach club that works well giving you access to amenities and sun beds etc. What we didn’t like (remember we are being picky) - the WiFi is a bit dodgy - it’s difficult to watch a film on Netflix for example. The concierge although excellent, did surprise us with taxi bills of 70 euros for a restaurant bill of 180 euros. The restaurant il Regina, service was off and we found it a tricky menu. We didn’t try the 2 Michelin star place as there is no detailed menu and it’s predominantly seafood - not something the wife enjoys. Overall a lovely hotel, worth the money and I would revisit and recommend."
"We stayed 4 nights at the Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte and had the most pleasant stay. The staff was very welcoming and anticipated all our needs. They remembered that I was vegan every morning and as soon as we arrived they already brought special vegan cornetti. The rooms are well appointed and we stayed in a Imperio room with a breathtaking view of the sea. The new Covid measures make you feel at easy, without feeling awkward at any moment. After dinner we enjoyed drinks on the new roof top bar. The two Michelin star restaurant was a highlight of our stay. The tasting menu is a delight and I highly recommend making sure to dine there one night. Special thanks to Mr Longo and his team for making our mini vacation in Viareggio so special. Grazie mille. "