Via Del Littorale 164, Livorno, Tuscany, Italy
"Hotel Rex was absolutely perfect in terms of my criteria: a balcony, a fantastic sea view, a reasonable price and a location easily accessible without a car. Score on all! I wasn't there to swim or dive, but did venture out into the water and it was great. (FYI it's a really pleasant temperature in August for someone who dislikes cold water.) It looked to me like there's a protected area, a kind of sea pool, if you don't want to deal with the waves. If you need access to a chlorinated swimming pool or a typical sand beach with a gentle shore, this may not be the place for you. That being said, there actually is a sand beach that's immediately adjacent, but because it's not connected to the hotel you'll pay whatever the usual entrance fee is to use it. There seem to be many sea-faring activities available including PADI diving and, I believe, SCUBA lessons and pedal boats. The hotel also offers gratis bicycle loans to guests. There's ample parking and people arriving by car shouldn't miss the opportunity to explore the wild beauty of this part of Livorno. Accessibility to Hotel Rex without a car is excellent. I took the train from Florence (c. 2 hrs) and arrived at the hotel after a short (11-min) and very simple walk from the station. Out of curiosity, I tried to investigate the hotel restaurant when I was on my way out for dinner just after 9PM, but it had already stopped serving, Luckily I was planning to eat at the furthest away (c. 7 min walk) of two nearby restaurants and thankfully they serve much later plus have a terrace with a gorgeous view. The included breakfast wasn't up to much, but serviceable. It really didn't appeal to me so I passed on it.and would have gone to one of the nearby bar/cafes, but they're closed on Sunday. I believe it's possible to have a "real" breakfast in the hotel restaurant (not included), but I didn't have time to look into it. My room was fairly basic. It was a little bit rough around the edges in ways that aren't important to me (eg. some of the water jets in the massage part of the multi-function Jacuzzi shower not working, older furniture with a few nicks). The AC system is older and seemed to function well, but I turned it off shortly after arriving. The room had the slightly musty smell that creeps into the walls of older properties that are directly on the water and not hermetically sealed, but imo that's an unavoidable consequence of having exceedingly pleasurable direct access to the marine air and the sound of the sea! I don't know if it was by design or just a function of me being short, but when I was sitting on the balcony, the wall perfectly edited out the bustling beach to create a fabulous sea-only vista. Starting with the view and the balcony, all of the things most important to me were spot-on: the linens were sparkling and fresh, both my room and the public areas of the hotel were very clean, the bed was comfortable (seemed new) and there's a great casual comfort "
"Right on the sea, this hotel is ideal for a couple of days rest & relaxation after sightseeing in Tuscany. Everything is provided, beds, umbrellas, waterboards & pedaloes if you fancy having a go! There's no pool, but the sea is delightful, clear & sheltered, really lovely to swim in. The rooms were very pleasant, the bathrooms were luxurious, the breakfast was good & the staff were really helpful & friendly, e.g. Lorenzo down by the sea, but also the staff at check-in. Many of the umbrellas/beds are hired by locals for the season, but the place wasn't over crowded even on a weekend in August. The hotel has 2 restaurants, both appealing though we ate in the cafe down by the water; the food was both good & reasonably priced. There is also a popular restaurant next door but we went into Livorno on the second night where there are many restaurants in the old city. The air-con was fine for me but some of the family didn't think it was cold enough."
"At first, nice room but very humid and the AC working half way. After a ver uncomfortable night, the change is to a full operation e room....we thought....the AC not working at all and when we called to fix it, they said we have to wait until next morning (we were leaving next morning) for the technician to arrive.... The discount.....16 Euros....como on!!!! We are not coming back for sure..."