BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal
Travel Blogs from Viareggio
Again we had a bit of a lie in, Cinque Terre feels very relaxed! And our legs were exhausted from the previous day... But today we planned to make the hike from Riomaggiore to Manarola along a back track (because the coastline was closed due to the landslide). Many other people had this idea so we were not short of company. This walk was not so bad as yesterday's. While the initial part was all up to reach the top of the mountain, it ...
... our section was just over 4.5 klms. This is considered the Riviera of Tuscany. Decided on a bubble bath slipped into our matching robes and slippies and ate in looking over the water. Such a lovely day and relaxing after being on the go. Next day drove towards Pisa enjoying the Tuscany ...
Over the course of our trip to date, when it was a bit tough or we were having a bad day we would keep ourselves going by saying 'We can't go home because we haven’t been to Italy yet!’. We plan to stay in Italy for seven weeks and just two weeks in we are loving it! The food is too good…. After 10 months on the road we have put on little or no weight, however, after a fortnight in Italy we have eaten our way around Milan, Venice, Bologna, ...
... far enough north to allow the Germans to flee. Our guide had a charming story, but on closer review was a little scandalous. When the allies arrived they included the Buffalo soldiers, then the Pakistanis, then other forces. The Italian maidens were glad to see their liberators. The town priest warned the women to stay away from the men with the admonishment “Do not look into their eyes, or you will become pregnant.” Our ...
... Christmas Lunch" because apparently in Italy lunch on Christmas day lasts a very long time ans is full of conversation and multiple courses of food.
Having great days like this make me very sad that I am leaving soon. I really wish I could have studied abroad here a full semester. The time goes by way too fast. But I know that this will not be the only time I visit Italy. After being here for almost 5 weeks, I know that I must come visit again in the future.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal Viareggio
As a seasoned business traveller I spend a lot of time in hotels, usually chosen out of convenience and proximity to places of work. The reviews on this hotel seem to be very mixed, with people voting from 0, abysmal, to 5 could do better and all the way to 10 out of 10. I would have to agree with all these sentiments. It really depends what you are looking for. For my part, I loved it. Being used to corporate hospitaly, conformity and swipe card functionality it made a very nice change. Ok, the bedrooms are basic, the bathrooms are adequate and the air con just about does the job. What you do get however is Agatha Christie style faded grandeur, 12 foot high ceilings (which go some way to making up for the air con failings), fantastic huge marble staircases, crystal chandeliers and cavernous corridors. The staff are very friendly and helpful, could not fault them and you also get the best swimming pool in town. Thoroughly recommended if you are looking for bags of character rather then run of the mill four star mediocrity. The only thing missing was Hercule Poirot sitting in one of the deep upholstered chairs in the lobby....A dying breed of hotel, enjoy it whilst it's there!
If in Doubt read this
I have just returned from a wonderful hotel in Italy where I spent 7 nights with my husband and two friends at the Grand Hotel Royal in Viareggio. We spent many months wondering what this hotel would be like as we had read some poor reviews previous to going, I am glad to say our worries were wasted, the hotel staff were very helpful and friendly, the food was excellent, and although the bedrooms were in desperate need of decoration they were very clean and comfortable. The only problem we found with our rooms were the very small bathrooms, hardly room to move and we are by no means tall or large people. Ideal location for catching local buses and trains, we found it easy to get to Lucca, Pisa, Florence. We would recommend this hotel to anybody travelling to Viareggio.
This is certainly not a 4 star hotel. We found it very very disappointing.
Have just returned from a wonderful trip to Italy which was made very special by the attentative staff at the Best Western Grand Hotel Royal. Initially I was a bit wary of bringing a young child to this hotel as the pictures on the internet look quite upmarket and not especially child friendly, however I was pleasently suprised. Myself my husband and especially my 4 year old were made to feel very special. . Especially in the restuarant when the waiting staff were happy to occupy our little treasure, whilst we enjoyed the delicious food along with some superb vino. Our room was at the front of the hotel and had a wonderful view and plenty roomy for the extra bed we needed. The pool was lovely and superbly kept. All in all a great hotel with great staff that saw to our every need! Looking forward to our next trip already.
Returned home yesterday from a week in this lovely hotel. I felt that I had to write to say that we really enjoyed our holiday here. The welcome from the staff was warm and friendly, and even though we arrived just before midnight, a cold meal was waiting for us in the dining room.
Two stars hotel at a 4 stars price....
The frontage of the hotel is a promise for a marvellous stay...unfortunately once you passed the lobby a 2 stars not more is waitting for you. the rooms are simply awfuls and olds, the last refurbushment had been probably made in the 8O's.
we've ask to change rooms twice. and our last rooms was near the kitchen, so you can imagine the smell...
he staff is unhelpfull and agresive.
not a good experience
Slightly faded but still grand.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Grand Hotel Royal and found the staff very friendly and helpful. The building is magnificent and yes it could do with sprucing up, but all in all the public areas are excellent, the pool is a real bonus, probably the only one in town. Coupled with a central location, close to the superb pine woods, and the first class beach facilities over the road I reckon the GHR is great for holiday hotel. After reading some of the reviews I approached the hotel with a little apprehension and was pleasantly surprised in all regards.
Had its day... Now time to gracefully step aside
Hotel Grand Royal
This hotel had definately had its day, and was badly in need of refurbishment. Although the building was amazing, the lift (one was out of order) was very old fashioned and dangerous seeming, the air con. was a cheap portable unit, that we frequently had to empty the water tank of, and it made a large noise. The television was too small, and the bathroom did not have a shower. I would not recommend this hotel, unless it gets a major re-furb. and refit, although the beach front location is good. I was not told that this was a Best Western when i booked - If i had known i would have stayed elsewhere.
Great hotel but...
Great location, great hotel, wonderfull room. However, upon arrival we were refused entry to the restaurant because we had not booked. The maitre de was most unhelpfull indeed he was rude. Consequently, we ate out for the remaining 4 nights - their loss!
The need to hire pool towels at 20 euro per day seemed a bit steep for a 4 star hotel. Are all the guests so untrustworthy or can the hotel simply not afford towels? ?