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Logos Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via G. Mazzini 153, 55042 Forte Dei Marmi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #16 of 43 Hotels in Forte Dei Marmi
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“nice hotel, but not so good out of season”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

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..

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We stayed 5 nights in this hotel. As the other reviews say, the rooms are a bit on the small side for a four star hotel, but are very clean and many have balconies or outside area. The surrounding gardens are lovely and the overall impression is very verdant - even in mid-september. The reception staff are extremely helpful, though the serving staff leave a bit to be desired. They didn't seem very experienced and took ages to bring us our wine! The deserts were also lacking in imagination - it was as though the chef's training had stopped at deserts as all the other dishes were really good. The hotel was also extremely quiet with no night life whatsoever. By 10 o'clock on a saturday night everyone seemed to have gone to bed!

If you don't have a car this is not a great area to stay if you want to explore the area, which is a rather characterless beach resort. A long walk into Forte dei Marmi, with a very limited bus service (one an hour! and difficult to work out the timetable). If you want to use the trains, they never seem to link up with the buses and cabs are very expensive for the 10 min. trip ranging from 17 euros to 23, depending on the driver. That being said, the trains are reasonably reliable and cheap and it is relatively easy to get to Lucca, Pisa and Florence from Forte dei Marmi or the larger Viareggio, which is up the coast (but this is nothing to write home about either). We were very disappointed with the area on the whole, which as another reviewer said did not feel very 'Italian' and could have been anywhere in Europe!

Room Tip: The annex rooms on the first floor are very small so I'd avoid them if you can.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We stayed in logos hotel for 2 nights then had to check out and find another hotel immediately. Rooms are too small and dirty and we could barely move. First night we slept was the worst night of our lives, the air conditioning was making a horrible sound all night long and then it stopped working at around 5 a.m in AUGUST, we waited till 8:00 am to inform the reception and their only answer was, sorry you could have informed us at 5:00 am, unfortunately now we can do nothing about it. We kept asking to see the manager for 2 days in a row but he/she kept hiding and the staff kept on informing us that the manager is not available, i mean what kind of a hotel that has no manager??!! we were shocked.

Staff were completely and shockingly rude, bunch of liars, they weren't helpful not even 1% .
We travel almost every 2 months to a different location and this was the only awful hotel we've been to.

Food was also really bad don't try eating there.

We also suggested to take the owner's email but of course they wouldn't give it us, saying that the owner himself is not willing to help us in anyway and this is the hotel policy whether we like it or not.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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14 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

We spent a week at this hotel recently - to get away from the British rain! We were met at the airport by a private car which quickly took us to,our hotel. This cost extra but well worth it in terms of ease and a bit of luxury as was the return journey. This small hotel is situated in a quiet backwater of Forte de Marmi . We had a superior room on the second floor which was spacious and had twin beds (not unusual for Italy). There was a large balcony overlooking the hotel garden and a private villa garden. It was quiet and we enjoyed using it. Breakfast was continental but there was also bacon and scrambled egg and the usual croissants, cold meats, cheese and pastries. The staff are very friendly and helpful. We dined in a couple of times too and the food was good. If you haven't hired a car - we didn't - then it is a good 20/25 minute walk to the town centre. Also in this area the local people have limited english so either study Italian before you go or don't
forget your phrase book!
Ps the outdoor pool was closed when we were there - it may have been because of the time of year - middle May.

Room Tip: Second floor at the end of the building is quiet and spacious rooms.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, England
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had an overall pleasant stay in the summer at this hotel. We were greeted warmly upon arrival; however, despite having specified in our booking that we need neighbouring rooms, and although we had informed the hotel about our children's (young) ages, they had assigned 2 rooms which were afar. We were assured that they were on the same floor though! It took about 30 minutes of negotiating and waiting and watching staff discussions about the matter, but eventually we were given 2 lovely adjoining rooms.

Both rooms had quite large balconies with great views of the surrounding gardens, and were always kept immaculately clean by the very friendly and always smiling housekeeping lady. WiFi connection was free, and the rooms had everything we needed; but we spent most of the day on the beach anyway. I think most of the hotel guests did the same because the pool was quite dead.

Our only complaint was the rather surly young breakfast staff, recruited mainly from what appeared to be students (some from central European countries?) on their summer break. They all looked pretty cheesed off at having had to wake up 'early'. Breakfast tables were not set, and we had to sit down first and then beg for cutlery, etc to be delivered to our table. This didn't make for a nice start to our days.

Other than this, the rest of the hotel employees and managers were mostly professional, friendly and willing to help. They even helped park our car, and paking was free. The garage and the driveway have space for everyone. The lobby is quite chic and comfortable.

The hotel is almost near the the edge of town, close to a (night-time) amusement park which is great for kids; but 10 minutes walk from what I would call 'the edge of town centre', or 20 minutes walk from the very centre of town where it is all happening in the evening. So hiring bikes is a good idea, unless you are planning to drink a lot!

I would stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
102 hotel reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Love this hotel. Staff are fantastic and hotel is so comfortable.
Unfortunately I am travelling 'off season' so menu is very limited but what I had tonight was very nice.
If you come to Forte de Marmai - Stay Here

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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9 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

My wife & I had a 2 week stay on a Thompsons holiday at the Logos hotel arriving back on the 16th of June.

My first impression of Forte Dei Marmi as a holiday destination for a 2 week stay was one of dissapointment. This was my first trip to Italy & it seemed to be so un-Italian & not as I had expected. My wife had been to Italy many times & was also surprised by the area.

I guess we were expecting something like Sorrento which it clearly was not.
The surrounding streets had row after row of large Villas which always looked unoccupied.

The view of the beach, which was a short walk from the Hotel, was spoilt by mile after mile of beach Houses.

There were several small bars etc within easy walking distance of the hotel but to go into Forte dei Marmi itself would take a 20 min walk. That said, the area is very level & walking is easy.
We did it most evenings & we are in our 50's but if you have problems walking or you have very young children you really need on an evening to take a taxi.

Getting about during the day...the hotel offers the use of pushbikes at very little cost & as I have already said, the area is very flat with a great cycle track along the beach front. Buses seem to run about one an hour from the main road but we walked the 20 mins to Forte Dei Marmi where we would get a bus to the nearby resort of Viarrgio. From there you could catch a train to any where in Italy, cheaply & very frequently. We visited Lucca, Pisa, Florence & Porto Fino (sorry for the spelling mistake).

Okay thats enough about the area, now for the Hotel!

We found the hotel to be great in every way..The reception staff were amongst the most helpful we have found anywhere we have travelled.

Our room was very good & quite large..try & get a room on the 2nd floor as these seem to be amongst the largest. (we rang the hotel about a week before & requested it after reading a recent review on tripadvisor) The hotel also give you free bottled water in your room each day as well as the tea making etc.

The only problem we had was with the aircon but this was sorted.but it seemed to be controlled from the reception & would be switched off sometime in the night each night!

Breakfast was ok, typically continental. Evening meal was very good with the dining room staff amongst the best we have encountered. As the weather warmed up we were able to have dinner in the hotel garden which was lovely.

The hotel swimming pool was never crowded & we could always get a sun lounger regardless of the time of day. The Thompson rep was very good often coming out to the pool to make sure everyone was happy.

We also had two days on the beach at the hotels beach house. this costs 30 euros each day for 2 sunbeds 2 deckchairs etc.etc. There are many beach sellers there but I found them good fun & enjoyed the bartering with them & found myself looking forward to what the next one had to sell. My wife now has enough handbags to open her own shop!

To sum up....

The hotel was first class along with all the employees especially the dinning room staff. They even came out to see us off on our coach back to the airport in the morning.

We have no complaints as we really loved the hotel, but the resort came up short on the Italian feel but was probably very Italian for the Italians if you get my meaning (beach houses lots of them) Why any one would want to stay in the same resort 10 times is baffling.

Would we come back...thats a difficult one as we never visit the same place again as lifes too short..but for this hotel we would make an exception. Thank you Logos Hotel xx

Room Tip: Dont forget! ring & ask for a room on the second floor they should be bigger
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via G. Mazzini 153, 55042 Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Forte Dei Marmi
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Forte Dei Marmi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Logos Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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