The Hotel Rex is situated at the furthest southern tip of Livorno in an outer suburb, with the Tuscan hills as a backdrop. These 70’s style hotels tend to be unpopular as it was the decade that style forgot and the lurid turquoise linoleum tiles in the room plus the hideous green faux marble basin in the bathroom are real eyesores to be sure. Putting these details of décor to one side though, the hotel isn’t at all bad as our room was comfortable with an excellent sea view and balcony and the facilities were actually quite good. Breakfast was first rate with a wide choice and was the only hotel I came across on this trip with the option of cooked food on the menu. The breakfast room was bright and airy and I noticed that there was also an attractive terrace available to eat on though unfortunately the high wind and threat of rain meant that everyone stayed inside. Probably more geared to sun seekers than those doing a Tuscan tour there is nevertheless a sizeable car park, but the rows of sun loungers and the dedicated children’s room on the lower level indicated that this a good place for family holidays. It’s also worth mentioning that the computer in the lobby is a bargain at one Euro for an hour’s use as the standard rate in other Italian hotels is one Euro for 20 minutes.
There is a very good seafood restaurant about five minutes walk away, nothing special to look at and adjacent to a caravan site but ignore the unpromising location as it was actually very good with the best fish I’ve eaten in a long time.
Finally a word about the reception staff: they were exceptional. On arriving at Pisa airport we experienced a problem with car hire when the car booked on line turned out to be three times the agreed price, we consequently walked out and made use of public transport but after a couple of days really needed a car. That’s where the reception staff at the Rex came in; they made several calls to local car hire firms for us translating where necessary and we wouldn’t have managed to secure a car without their help. Thanks girls! – your help was really appreciated.
To sum up, this is quite a good hotel and although perhaps at first glance not a four star, the facilities and attentive staff offset the dated look of the hotel itself and the rates here are really reasonable too, not a bad place for a stopover before heading for those Tuscan hills.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in one of the most beautiful inlets of the Etrurian coast, Hotel Rex with its 64 comfort rooms, offers relaxing stays by the sea with the best tradition of the Tuscan food and wines. Two restaurants, one of them with a panoramic terrace facing the sea, night music by the Modi American bar, private parking, free access and facilities to the private beach, diving centre. All of the most important artistic towns of Tuscany are reachable in less than an hour by car. Hotel Rex convention centre offers three meeting rooms and low tariffs for business long stays. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rex Hotel Livorno