BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal

Viale Giosue Carducci 44, Viareggio, Tuscany, 55049, Italy | 4 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Viareggio

First hike in Cinque Terre - fabulous!

A travel blog entry by dbats

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... photos I have taken do not give you a real impression of how heroic the Italians are in growing their wines, fruit and vegies on such steep slopes.

It is said that if these farmers did not grow vegetation on these hills they would be uninhabitable. The coastline is only 14kms but there apparently is roughly 7,000kms of dry stone walls which have all been constructed by locals. There is an art to ...

"Is This the Way to Viareggio ..............

A travel blog entry by bubnalitalia

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... it goes something like this ....

We live about 2 miles outside Lucca and on a few occasions, have taken the car to a supermercato about 1 mile from the city, parked there, and walked the rest. Just around the corner and on the way, we found a lovely 'pasticerria', (a cake shop) and have been unable to walk past it without stopping there for a cappuccino and a brioche or something similar. This is essentially to be found in a straight line from our apartment, ...

Floats and Faces

A travel blog entry by werglobemasters

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... which hosts an oak tree at the top. No explanation on why it’s there, but it served for the great panoramic scenes from the new camera Randy got me. That’s number 3 for me, if you’re keeping track, or 4 if you count the little one he got as a pocket model for himself, but that he never uses. Not much scandal other than the number of $20’s we invest on cameras, just a lovely weekend enjoying the food, wine, culture and ...

Quiet November in Lucca

A travel blog entry by marymichael84

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... They are also friends with the ‘Landucci’ family who make and sell coffee in Perth….what a small world ehh!!!

Saturday we went to the markets and more shopping and I checked out all the filming that is happening around the town. Just next to our wall entrance there was a Chinese film crew that had been filming every night with all the razza matazz that is required for motion pictures…so much time spent just to film a little scene that may ...

Living the Dream - Pietrasanta

A travel blog entry by marymichael84

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... to get some news …praying and hoping that it would be good. He was very sad on the phone and I could feel his pain…He told me that Tatiane was still in a grave condition and was on life support and that he would have more information when she woke up from her coma….then, about an hour later he rings back, jubilant, to let us know that she was now awake and recognising everyone and even though she was still in a critical condition she was definitely improving. He ...

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This 4 star hotel, located on Viale Giosue Carducci 44, Viareggio, is near Toscana Saporita Cooking School and Tuscan Tennis.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal Viareggio

    Enjoy it whilst it's there...

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    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!

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    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.

    Don't Go

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    This is certainly not a 4 star hotel. We found it very very disappointing.

    Lovely Hotel... great staff

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    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.

    Wonderful holiday

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    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....

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    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.

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    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

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    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...

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    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? ?

    Watch your costs!

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    Hubby & I visit italia and my family close to Viareggio yearly. A few years ago we chose all Best Western Hotels and this was the only one that gave us a major problem!

    TripAdvisor Reviews BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal Viareggio

    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding