We booked this holiday on the spur of the moment, we hadn't heard of Forte dei Marmi before and just thought the Tuscan Riveiria would be a beach type holiday.
When we arrived at the hotel it looked quite classy from the outside and also in the reception. The room did not live up to what we were expecting after seeing the lobby. Things did not start well, the boy showing us to the room put the card in the electric and it didn't work, he tried a couple of times then opened the fuse box and flipped some switches. He said something in Italian went away and then came back with a box that he changed in the wall hoping to make the electric work- it didn't, so he left the fuses flipped. It was after he went we realised he hadn't tried the card in the door - it didn't work that either. We saw a cleaner and she got us a key for the door. The room was not spectactular but we thought it would do. The next morning we changed our minds as getting out of the bed we found a puddle from where he fridge had leaked - this wasn't a new leak as you could see marks on the plinth and wall from the damp. We complained to reception and were moved to another room on the front of the hotel with a balcony. This was a much better room.
We were on a bed and breakfast basis, we couldn't get any other meals at the hotel as it was classed as out of season, although when coach parties arrived they already had evening meals arranged for them. We did not eat in Forte dei Marmi town as it was very expensive, but instead ate at the more local restaurants, but even these were not cheap unless you only wanted pizza. For 2 people we were paying about 70-90 euros for just a main meal & wine.
Something we found out about Forte dei Marmi was that it is one of the most expensive parts of Italy as it is where many Italian and Russian millionares have their summer homes. This is why so many homes looked closed down. It seems that September is the end of the season and you can't even book an organised trip anywhere after then. In the town the prices do not go down when the season is over though.
Even trying to get onto the beach is a bit of a mission. Most of the beach is not easily accessible as the restaurants, bars etc tend to block the access. We ended up walking down to the pier, we got on the beach,( which is divided up for each property and apparently is very regimented with beach umbrellas in summer) and walked along but then had trouble trying to get off again. We only managed to get off when we found one bar open so we could walk through.
Travel is possible via buses and trains, which are cheap. The downside is a 10min walk to the bus stop for a bus that goes every hour and gets to the station 5 mins after the train has left. Or else the train is often delayed by up to 50 mins. Taxis to the train station are about 17euros, but can be 25 euros if you ask at the station ticket office coming back (they charge an agency fee for phoning for you).
The reception staff at the hotel were very friendly and helpful and used to print off the train timetables for us.
If you go to Forte dei Marmi take lots of money and walking shoes especially if you forget to take your driving licence..
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- A quite and peaceful spot, Hotel Logos is a well-organized facility, tasteful and elegant at the same time, characterized by the tower which stands above the hotel and the garden with pool surrounding the hotel.When you enter the Hotel Logos, you will be charmed by the pleasant colors of the Venetian floors, light from the picture windows and delicate shades of the marble and furnishings.Services • Facilities for the disabled • Free Internet point • Fax service • Newspapers • Transfers • Tourist information • Excursion and guided tour reservations • Laundry service • Bicycles available • Shiatzu massages and relaxation treatments upon request ... more less
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