Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte
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Although our day was devoted to visiting the charming hill town of San Gimignano, I couldn't resist the headline which refers to our two minutes on the outskirts of Pisa. Our itinerary didn’t call for a visit to Pisa but when the crowd found out we would be …
I am trying a new way to send out information and pictures so be patient while I am learning. The day following our trip to Cinque Terre is a down day, relaxing outside on the balcony and doing some laundry. We have been cooking a lot of our meals here and tonight we are off to a restaurant recommended by Vivette. Well it is more than a restaurant. They have their own vineyards and make their own wine, have olive trees and make their ...
... music performed by a professional orchestra. The performance was held in a a very old church, great acoustics but very hard benches, in the old walled city. Puccini wrote such things as Madame Butterfly and la Boheme among many others. Our performance was devoted to the music of Johann and Josef Strauss. It was an impressive experience finished with a drive home under a Tuscan ...
... I could see mountains too.
With so many of us on the beach, it was easy for people to go in groups to swim or take pictures or eat and have another group stay with our belongings on the beach. We ate at a little café type place that belonged to the beach, since the food there was cheap enough. They had typical beach food like hamburgers and hot dogs, but also things like caprese salad and melon with prosciutto. Briana ordered some french fries and the guy behind ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Hotel Principe di Piemonte Viareggio
Im Liberty-Stil und aufs Modernste renoviert. In jedem Stockwerk haben die Schlafzimmer ein anderes Dekor. Der Pool auf dem Dach hat den besten und leistungsfähigsten Whirlpool, den ich je ausprobiert habe. Alles ist elegant und makellos. Frühstück besteht aus dem luxuriösten Büffet, das ich seit Langem gehabt habe (einschließlich Räucherlachs und frisch gebackenem Kuchen). Es ist ziemlich teuer, aber definitiv ein Verwöhnerlebnis.
This hotel sells itself via its website, as a very up market hotel. The hotel looks far better on the website than it does in real life. The rooms were fairly basic, and obviously designed by a man, as there were no personal touches, such as curtain tie backs or much space to put items in the shower (e.g shampoo etc). It was very clinical troughout, with very little personality to it. There was a pool attendant on at all times, and the pool area (although it looked plush) was quite boring and you felt as if you were being watched all the time. The hotel room internet facility (at €7 for 24hrs) was awful. Most sights unavailable to use, and the keyboard was very user unfriendly. It was €27 to get onto the beach. That was for parasol and deck chairs only. An extra €10 for a lounger (each!). The room service at the hotel was a rip off - at €6 each. The choice of room service for breakfast was only a fraction of what was actually on offer if you went downstairs to their restaurant for breakfast. All in all, we were thoroughly disappointed with the hotel, after paying €350 per night for a front facing sea view room. It had no balcony, and we thought we were totally ripped off. The air conditioning was less than satisfactory, and the reception staff were quite abrupt. The lunch menu, on the top floor next to the pool is very high priced, as was the mini bar, and general bar downstairs. Do not be fooled by the lovely website - look around before booking this hotel. The only redeming feature to this hotel was the lovely breakfast choice. But it's not reallyworth paying €350 a night for a nice breakfast is it?!!!!
A superb hotel
This was one of the best hotels we've ever stayed in. The quality of service was outstanding; the rooftop pool magnificent; the staff - charming and helpful. We had a young child (one year-old) and the hotel made her feel very welcome.
The only glitch (very minor) was the unavailability, at the time of year, of the beach area.
A fabulous hotel - we stayed for one week, but it would be ideal for a long weekend as well.
We stayed here for 7 days in June 2005. It would be one of the top 3 hotels we have stayed in.
I like this hotel very much! We stayed in June 2005. Really beautiful hotel! It's one of the best hotels in Viareggio I think. It has some history so you can find photos of the hotel in some book about Viareggio and buy a post card with it :)) The building and rooms are very beautiful. We lived in a room in art-deco style with giant bad and mirror in front of it; bathroom was large and made in marble. Breakfast was excellent - various and fresh fruits (melon, peach, apples and so on) every day and champagne etc. The hotel is situated far away from railway station (30 min on foot), near the sea, but they haven't own beach, so you must pay money, but it is a usual thing for Viareggio. There is a small swimming pool and a restaurant (very romantic in the evening) on the rooftop of the hotel.
We just came back form a 9 day holiday here at this hotel. It was a beautiful and elegant hotel. They have renovated but have kept the atmosphere of once upon a time. The rooms are quite large and so are the marble bathrooms. Lots of towels and linens. We had a room which looked to the hills and so it was very quiet. We have two infants and when we checked in we found two bath presents from Chicco for them on the bed, as well as, beach towels in a Principe bag. Lots of clients complained that they didn't have this and also the bathrobes were missing. Every floor has a differant decor and atmosphere. We had a room on the fourth floor where it was very luminous, decorated in white and blue. Clean and pure. Imperial style. The cleaning staff are friendly and helpful. At reception you will find mixed service. They are all very professional but some are more than willing to accomodate you, others are totally the opposite. There are markets in the vicinity. We would pick up some fresh fruits for the children at a nearby fruit store. A small supermarket near there too. We had some beach problems. The beach is located on the other side of the road, a two minute walk from the hotel. It is a very nice establishment with a pool. If you use the pool, you will need a cap. At the beach you are given an umbrella and two chairs at 25 euros a day, if you want a lounge that is 10 euros more. The price is a special price for hotel guests. If you go in August, reserve your beach spot in the morning or the day before from the hotel. They have only 20 umbrellas and at times it is not enough for everyone. But if you insist when they tell you that there are no spots, somehow, a solution materializes. Not all umbrellas are used even on the most busiest days. After mid-August the weather is a bit chilly, though the sun is still very hot. Lots of clouds and two days of rain. Also, the water can carry some most unwanted guests...medusas! This year we found two melon size ones near the shore. We didn't encounter them every day though. The water has a blue flag, so it is clean. Some days there were large waves and on others there were very flat waves which was nice for swimming in. The beach is sandy and almost white. Viareggio isn't the best area to go to for a beach holiday though. The hotel offers their bicycles, but there is not enough for everyone. The bikes with the children chairs on them are very scarce, and if you need one of these, I recommend that you keep the key with you throughout your stay. But even this does not guarantee that you have a bike....twice we came out to have an afternoon ride on our bikes when we found that one of the bikes was gone! Someone at reception had given out the bike with a duplicate key. They did resolve the problem though...by adding another seat to another bike. About bike riding. There is a pretty pine forest behind the hotel with a bike trail. If you have children there are many merry-go-rounds, train rides, bike rentals, pony rides and parks for them. But if you just want to go out and ride, this is a very nice area. Even for picnicking. Most people in Viareggio ride everywhere and sometimes there seems to be more bikes than people. In August there is the Puccini festival where you can go and see/hear one of his operas in an outside theatre. Pisa is an afternoon trip away. Viareggio itself is very expensive. Eating out is about 30 Euros a person....but you will probably spend alot more. The best place we ate at was at The Lido, across from the hotel. The hotel has two restaurants. One on the main floor with an outside area which is lovely. The second one is only by reservations because it has five tables, and is by the pool side. The view here is gorgeous....we had a full moon when we ate here and we could see all of Viareggio from the roof top. The meal was very slow. I mean slow. The staff are all very friendly and really are accomodating to anything but the food was not at all exceptional. Let's say it was nice for the experience. It is very cold and windy up there, so bring a jacket. The restaurant downstairs, is elegant but not too formal. Colonial style. The breakfast buffet is complete with fresh fruits, cakes, cereal, croissants, eggs and bacon, salmon, a variety of cold cuts and cheese, juices, toast with all kinds of jams, muesli, yogurts, etc. Coffee American style, cappucinos, expressos, caffe latte, teas, and so on. Lunch is served at the pool upstairs and it is a cold buffet (we never had this as we always had a snack at the beach establishment or at another restaurant nearby)...but we did hear clients criticize the absence of hot or warm plates for the buffet. It was all cold fish and pasta and salads. Dinner in the main restaurant was, all and all, very good. The waiting staff are just lovely and hard working. The maitre might tell you that they are all full, just insist and be patient. There always seems to be a solution. The food itself is not as good as it should be. The service is very slow here too. The presentation of all of the foods are excellent. The meal starts with an antipasto which was always very tasty and artistically presented. Some plates were wonderful but others were not. You will be pleased with the way the food is presented. Some things are art noveau and others are more rustic. Huge plates, square plates, glass, Richard Ginori porcelain ware and black plates. Silver ware. Cactuses in a square glass pot on every table. Differant kinds of breads in a rattan basket. We loved the olive focaccias. Desserts were delicious and again the presentation was fantastic. At the bar, the staff are very nice too. You can have a drink or tea inside or outside. The hotel has a central marble staircase and two small period elevators. There is a library and a sitting room where you can read books or newspapers or watch tv from a flat screen. Chaise lounges. Candies in bowls. Candles and scented pot porri too. The pool is so beautiful. It is on the fifth floor and is usually full (in August). Marble everywhere. A waterfall. Rooftop view of Viareggio. All kinds of jets of water in differant parts of the pool, which you activate by pushing a button alongside the pool. There is a small rectangular stone pool, which I believe, serves to walk in, and to stimulate your circulation in your feet. Anyway, it is a sensory experience. However, the pool is a wading pool. It is not at all deep. In fact, there is a part of the pool which is so shallow, only my 15 months old child could enjoy it! You can swim, but like I said before, it is not at all deep enough or long enough to have a 'real' swim in it. Parking is outside of the hotel, in the back and they have uncovered and covered parking. There are some small problems with the hotel, but not big enough to not go back again. In our experience, though we did hear a few complaints here and there, but most people thought that the hotel was magical. There are a few celebrities that come here too (mostly Italian ones). It is an almost impeccable hotel and we recommend it if you are in this area.
Old world charm
Liberty style, state of the art renovation. Each floor has a differnt decor in the bedrooms. The pool on the rooftop has some of the best and more powerful jacuzzi I've ever tried. Everything is elegant and impeccable. The breakfast is the most luxurius buffet I've had in a while (it included smoked salmon and freshly baked cakes). It is a bit expensive, but definitely a pampering experience.
This was the last stop at the end of an already special honeymoon. It couldn't have been a more fitting place to enjoy our last five days.
God, The Principe di piemonte was a blessing! We booked it only a couple of weeks before we left for Italy. We feared we would arrive to a building site as our travel agent rang us telling of how the spa was not yet open. But on our arrival, we instead arrived to a Fabulous, Newly renovated Hotel. BRAND NEW!!! We were instantly impressed because as we checked in, who did we see being interviewed in the stylish hotel but god to the italians, Cyclist extrodinaire- Mario Chipilini!!! My Husband is a fanatic cyclist and was very impressesd. Then to the rooms. Our Room had 2 beds . It was very stylish and modern with a plasma tv screen mounted on the wall. The Bathrooms were amazing with great water pressure. The Rooms still upheld old italian elegence though. The pool was class but word of advcice- dont dive in because its only 3foot deep! Its even better than a proper pool in my opinion cus its like a MASSIVE jacuzzi with bed things in it and a refreshing rock pool. The waiters are always there to ask if they can bring you a refreshment and lunch is available on the rooftop cafe. Speaking of food, the dinner was exquisite . i felt like a celebrity, the way i was treated. Last but not least, the location: in the centre of town with class shops to roam before and after dinner. Also the Beach is right infront of the hotel with its own private restauraunt on the beach and an extra (deep) swimming pool. As you may tell, i highly reccomend this amazingly class hotel!
An elegant Hotel
What a surprise this jewel of a hotel is. Located on the Ligurian coast in a seaside town, this grand old hotel was a dream come true. Though we only stayed their one night- using this hotel as a home base to see Cinque Terre---we loved the experience and wished we had more than a day to spend there. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and courteous. Our room was luxurious and faced the ocean. They have a wonderful rooftop pool--which we had no time to use, however we did take our drinks up to the rooftop terrace. This is a great hotel to spend a long weekend in during your travels along the Itaian Riviera.