We decided to stay here based on the reviews and the photos and it turned out to be the best of the five hotels we stayed at while on vacation in Italy. This large villa converted to a hotel has strong character, beautiful floral grounds and atmospheric rooms. We felt as if we were visiting close friends. Nicolo and Cesare, the two young gentlemen who operate the hotel, are charming, friendly and leap at the opportunity to be of assistance and make your stay the best it can be. The rest of the staff is cut from the same cloth. You can't ask for better service. The energy that Cesare and Nicolo exhibit is amazing as they tend to everyone's needs. The atmosphere that they and the villa (this is more than a hotel) create caused all the guests during our visit to be in a very congenial mood--great times during pre-dinner drinks and during dinner. And the dinners!! Wow, appetizers, first, second courses, desserts, great wines. Each day there is a new menu with great selections in first course pastas, and second course seafood, or meat or vegetarian dishes. AND the dinners were outside in the gardens under canopies with music in the background. Normally we would go to a variety of places to check out the dining scene but we just didn't want to leave this place. There were days when all I could think about was getting back to the terrific gardens having a drink and anticipating the great dinner that I knew I would have. The room that we had contained a small bathroom but, just go with the flow, and make a story out of it when you get home. Also ask for a room with a balcony. Few are available but what a treat to sit out on the balcony overlooking the gardens. Breakfasts offer a wide variety with great service and (finally in Italy where I expected great coffee) delicious coffee. In addition to being a great place to stay the hotel is located less than ten minutes from a magnificent beach with a beautiful boardwalk loaded with good shopping, restaurants and bars. The town of Camaiore is clean, quiet and safe. Strolling on the boardwalk on a Sunday with the residents as well as tourists makes you feel part of the community. In every respect this hotel was a great find and as other reviewers have mentioned it is a place where we would come back to over and over again.
Ask for a room with a balcony. Bathrooms are small (at least ours was) so if you have special needs...
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