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“The food is excellent” 4 of 5 stars
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La Buca del Gatto Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Via della Astronomia,1, 57023 Cecina, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 hotels in Cecina
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“The food is excellent”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2009

First of all. When you visit Italy be sure to eat en stay at places where Italians go. This hotel has 90 procent Italians. The other 10 % consists of Swiss, Belgians and Germans. Somehow the Dutch haven't discovered this place yet.

If you like Italian food this is the place to be. They offer a buffet every night and it is great. Every day three different pastas, fresh fish, lam, pork, potato's all Italian style.

The rooms and bathrooms are very clean but now is the time for some renovation. It begins to look a bit old.

The airconditioning is functioning very very good.

This is a family orientated hotel. This means that there is an animation team that starts with singing on the beach in hte morning and at 16.00 by the swiming pool. If you don't like loud music until 12 at night don't go, or choose a room not facing the pool. The animation is mostly Italian orientated. If you want to let your children take part into events you have to introduce them to the team. There is no disco or other dancepossibility after 12 at night.

The staff is very very friendly. They do everything to make you feel welcome.

This hotel is situated 8 minutes walking from the beach. They have their own beachpart where you can use the beachchairs for free.

The hotel is not near to Cecina. You need a car to get to the village. If you don't have a car it is difficult to get to Cecina. The public transport is terrible. You have to order a bus at the reception. From Cecina you can make trips by train to all the places in Tuscany.

There is a wellnesscentre but it was very very quied there during our stay.

Concusion: If you have children, don't mind animation noise, like italian food, want to relax on the beach or by the swimmingpool... this is the place to be.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2008

Our stay at La Buca del Gatto was very delusive.
Maybe it was too early at the beginning of the season, but I think a 4 star should always offer the same level.

Positive points: the hotel is well located, near the seaside and next to a charming pine wood. The Spa looks great, the swimming pool too but it was under cleaning and not yet open (while the weather was summer like). The various buildings look nice and small. You can borrow bikes and children can play in a playground. The staff is very very welcoming, listens to you, tries to help.

Negative points: the half board was awful. A tiny buffet was served, with carrots, cucumber and tomatoes, a piece of bad fish and two potatoes. Dessert: an apple or a pear. Was it because the season had not begun, again?
Our room was terrible: the cigarette smoke of the neighbours came in our room via the communication door between us, we heard them all the night.

Hopefully, as we were to leave after only one day (which was not planned), we were given another room, which was so different that we thought that we had changed hotel. The buffet also became a little better the 3rd day.

Conclusion: it's a very good place to stay if you choos the highest level of room.

  • Liked — The location and the staff.
  • Disliked — The first room and the food.
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2007

Stayed here for two weeks with the family (2 adults 2 childeren). The rooms are clean and well maintained. There is daily cleaning service and the rooms are all located in 5 main housing area's. All have airconditioning. There are a lot of facilities (tennis / basketball court, 2x swimming pool, bike rental etc) and there is WLAN internet acces (15 euro p/w). Nearby is a small bistro for a reall mean cappucino, further down the road is the beach. The food is quite good and there is a wide variaty (fish, meat, pasta etc) and there is a small wine list as well. When we where there the large majority of people on vacation where italians. The location is near Livorno and Pisa, the town of Sienna is in reach but it's quite a drive (take the SS68 via volterra & san gimangano) The only downside we could find was the lack of english speaking staff (incl animation team).

  • Liked — complete facilities & clean
  • Disliked — english language support
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about La Buca del Gatto Hotel

Address: Via della Astronomia,1, 57023 Cecina, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Cecina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 hotels in Cecina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — La Buca del Gatto Hotel 3.5*
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