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“cycling in the sun” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Marinetta
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Cavalleggeri Nord 3, 57020 Marina di Bibbona, Italy   |  
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“cycling in the sun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

I have stayed in this hotel previously and must admit it is pretty good.It is more of a complex than
a hotel.You could describe it as an upmarket Butlins for discerning clientele. All facilities are
excellent and the staff are very efficient and friendly.Be ware though this is a one horse town
with not much there. Also a large percentage of the clientele are German.The British are a
very small minority.If you like being in a British environment, this is not the place for you.The
food is pretty good and the bedrooms are above average.It cost about £45 per night half
board and I considered this good value for money.I would recommend this hotel.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2011

We traveled to Tuscany for a wedding and the hotel arrangements were made on our behalf. Whilst the hotel fell short of our previous hotels had we been a family with young children it would have been great. The hotel offers numerous pools (adults only and for children). Activities were available for the little ones. The breakfast was mass catering and filled the gap but certainly not worth any rave reviews. The rooms small but functional. The mini bar could do with a deep clean (we used it to chill water). The beach is a walk away but clean and well laid out with sun chairs.
The staff were all pleasant and very helpful.
Good one for the family on a budget.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2011

This is the fourth time I've been to this area of Tuscany, and the second time to this hotel, and I look forward to staying there again next year. It's hard to find anything I didn't like about the Hotel Marinetta. The service was always helpful, friendly, and efficient from both the reception desk staff and the dining room staff. It's had a modern makeover since my last visit a couple of years ago, with a stylish new conservatory, bar, and lounge. There's also a new Wellness Centre or Spa with steam rooms, sauna, jaccuzzi, showers, and relaxation area. The pool-side gym is well equipped with new spin bikes and other kit. The Spa is an additionally priced facility or I think it may be included in certain packages.... you'd need to check.
I didn't spend much time in my room, but it was clean and perfectly adequate in terms of comfort, and cleaners kept it spotless on a daily basis. The pillows must be better than I have at home as I slept like a log.

Marina di Bibbona is a custom built beach resort rather than a seaside town. You won't find any smart fashion shops there, you'll have to travel to Voltera and Florence for that. The hotel's beach is close at hand and there's a really good seaside cafe for snacks coffee and ice cream. The beach has a high environmental rating. As the Marinetta is in it's own grounds, there's little chance of being disturbed at night with noise from the street. Opposite the hotel are two parades with most of the essential shops, snack bars, and excellent ice cream parlors. Car and bike hire is available in resort, or from nearby Cecina. There's quick access by car (or bike) to the glorious countryside, hilltop villages, and famous towns (Florence, Voltera, Lucca, Sienna etc). The tiny village of Bolgheri is an absolute must to visit at the end of a long tree lined avenue, and it's only 8km away!

The impressive thing about the Marinetta is the total package. It's a lovely modern hotel in beautiful and quite extensive gardens, with good facilities. Free internet access was a plus. There's a play area for children, open air table tennis, a childrens pool, and two main pools both with pool-side coffee, ice cream, and snacks. It's immediately imposing as you drive down it's long tree lined drive.

The food was an important element for us. The Marinetta excelled here (which is why we're going back!), the buffet was plentiful and really healthy. Lots of well prepared vegetable dishes with plenty of options, fish, pastas, and meats. The option of three or four deserts each night, and also fresh fruit, and fresh fruit salads. There was plenty to eat at breakfast and again a wide variety of choices including cooked options, cereals, yogourts, breads, cheeses etc etc.

I don't think the English have really discovered this fantastic little area of Tuscany yet. While we were staying there were groups of Swiss, Dutch, Belgians, Germans, and Italians - and most of them seemed to speak English and were very friendly.

Slight niggles: poor reception on the TV in my room, but to be fair I didn't bother complaining as I didn't really have time to watch it.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2010

I travelled to Hotel Marinetta, Marina Di Bibbona with my 2 children, aged 4 and 6 and booked the Hotel ~ two weeks prior to arriving. The price was reasonable and location was perfect as I flew to Pisa. Arriving at the Hotel was great, lovely driveway, welcoming reception and staff very helpful (especially Sara the Hotel Manager). I paid 225 Euros per night/ half board which I thought was reasonable for a 4 star hotel. The resort was very clean, kid’s pool was generous and there was no fighting for sunbeds as it was probably 25% utilized. The resort had 3 pools, one for small kids adjacent to a larger pool for 4yrs to 18yrs and a third for ‘adults’ only. The adult’s pool was at the other end of the resort away from the fun, laughter of the kids – so, for adults on a chill down, relaxing holiday this was perfect. Unless you disregarded the resort rules and took your kids there anyway (which some did)! They had a kids club, but again the minder did not speak English (although, she was very helpful) and if the child was 4 and under, then they could not attend. Although, on one rainy afternoon they waivered that rule. The food was perfect, restaurant and staff very helpful and choice, quality of food was very good although for kids it was chips, pasta, and ice cream most nights – but, they loved that! The choice was good. You had your own table every night which I thought was great; you knew where you were going. The table on the first night had a bottle of wine – thereafter, I noted (as I was with 2 kids and couldn’t drink too much) I had to ask for the wine, which was annoying. I think there was measured cost saving programs being managed cleverly. That said, when you asked, you got. The staff were very nice, (although their English was very poor) great with children and genuinely loved working at the resort. There was a good staff working atmosphere. The beach was very narrow, and the sand was dark and stony. Not much fun for my children as the stones kept whacking them as they paddled in the sea – I had one day at the beach and that’s was enough for us! The rooms were very small and not to a standard for a 4 star Hotel. I have traveled all over the world and the rooms were closer to a 2 star – very small, TV was 14in; I had one like it when I was 13yrs old, almost 30 years ago! The shower room was dated and water pressure.Well, there was none. Overall – kids had a good time – I believe it would be worth a second visit if they enlarged and modernised the rooms, had a flat screen TV with a choice of national speaking channels, not just Italian & German or some French! If I was to summarise – definitely a lovely resort with lots of potential – the kids pool, the restaurant, the staff were the main attractions – if you want a relaxing time, not too fussed about a poor 2/3 star room accommodation and to sit by the pool all day this resort is for you. Price was reasonable for what you got and the staff were pleasant.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2008

Nice hotel, friendly staff, good buffet style food, great location but boring village Marina di Bibbona. Two pools and private beach just a 5 minute stroll through the pine forest. In summer this is great for kids with all amusement offered outdoors. For the grown ups it was a relaxing, hassle-free week on the Tuscan coast. One issue: with two adults and a child the room is somewhat cramped.

Check the hotel site for packages before booking elsewhere. Would have saved us some euros.

  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Via Cavalleggeri Nord 3, 57020 Marina di Bibbona, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Marina di Bibbona
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Marina di Bibbona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Marinetta 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
For those loving tranquillity and nature Hotel Marinetta is the ideal choice. The rooms are cool and luminous, surrounded by a lush park with flowers, pines and plants typical of the Mediterranean vegetation. Alls rooms are equipped with all conforts. Some of them offer a view on the tuscan islands, to the Elba island and on a clair day even to the Corsica. The restaurants poolfront, completely renewed, serve fine menus of our traditional cuisine, accompanied by a selected winelist with the best labels of tuscan wineyard's production. At the Hotel Marinetta the work is mixed with a very beautiful natural landscape, a peaceful oasis at a spitting distance from the beach. Our halls are equipped with the main advanced technologies and our staff will be pleased to assist you in organizing everything, from the small meeting to the more important conference. ... more   less 
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