We've just returned from our one week vacation from Tuscany coast. We stayed at Park Hotel Cinquale, and I must say I was dissapointed. Before we booked this hotel we checked their internet site and it seemed to me OK. That's the room I was expecting, becouse we payed extra for the best room. But when we came there the first immpression was very bad. The room was tottally different from the one seen in katalog and on the internet pictures. I don't know where did that picture came from, but our room was from the 15th century. Room was very small (3mx3m). Everything was prehistorical. You couldn't miss the plastic lights in the room. Bathroom was so old that the water from those rusty pipes was brown, the shower wasn't working, so I had to remove the handler and shower directly from the hose. It was shocking to se that. On the floor there were tiles in the whole building, so it was wery noisy, esspecially when those drunk guests came at 4am, walking in high heals on your ceeling. Which also had no insulation I gues, becouse we could here a pencil dropping on the floor (ceeling). Windows and doors were also prehistorical, with no insulation. We barely slept a few hours per night. Dissaster. I don't recommend.
Next thing. The pool. For 100 guests these clumsy Italians have only 20 sunbeds and 10 umbrellas, so you have to be prepared to be at the pool before 7am, and fight for sunbed. Ofcourse, if someone of the hotel staff saw you wandering around the pool, before 10am (official opening time), they start yelling that the pool is closed till 10. In italian, becouse none of them speak english. We were the only english spoken people, and Italians don't seem to bother to help you with that. All they know is italian.
The Food. The whole week was for breakfast marmelade and butter. The kitchen doesn't work in the morning so: no eggs, no soussages, nothing warm to eat in the morning. For dinner you choose from 3 menus. Twice in one week they brought us the wrong dish. When we tried to explaine them, that these isn't what we've chosen in the morning, they don't understand english, and we had to eat "their choice". Terrible. Once a week barbecue dinner by the pool with "live music", which didn't happen becouse speakers were broken. The barbecue was also very "italian". It was so dirty and rusty like it was standing there, by the pool, on the rain for centuries. You don't wanna eat from that.
Another thing. I just could't get rid of the feelig that the hotel stuff was there only becouse they had to be. Not to help us enjoy our holliday. Except for the one lady at the recepcion, which was very nice and willing to help and also spoke a little english. Otherwise unfriendly hotel ambient.
I could go on for hours but pictures speak for them selfs.
I have to give them credits few things which which weren't dissasterous. The rooms were daily cleaned, and towels also daily changed. Nice garden, aroung the hotel. Those were the only two things that were kind of OK. Othewise, very dissapointed, never again to the italian coast. I expected much more for 72 EURO per person per night.
So, we spend most of our time away from the hotel. We went on the beach, they are all private and expensive. From 20 to 60 euro, you get 2 sunbed, 1 chair, 1 small table, 1 umbrella for the whole day. The sea isn't especially clean, but you have showers on the beach. We also went quite a few times to the nearby town Forte dei Marmi (5km). There are hundreds of shops. You name in they got it. Gucci, Armani, Benetton, Zegna, everone is there. Open late night. Town Pisa also isn't far away if you have a car. On the way there you can stop at Mc'donalds.
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