From Tony and his wife to the other 5 key members nothing is too much trouble, also the chambermaids are highly efficient and you don’t really notice them until you come back to a very clean room with fresh sheets and towels every day. The hotel itself would be called boutique if in the UK. General decor is sort of art deco with Italian colours, although it did remind me of lovely small French chateaux that I’ve stayed in on my travels. The rooms are not massive but house a king size bed and plenty of furniture for storage and have 15 foot ceilings which, with shutters, help keep the room cool. There is air conditioning in the rooms but we did not need it. Bathroom is shower only in most rooms and the rooms at the front of the hotel have nice view over pool and garden. The pool is only small but plenty big enough for a cooling dip and the sun loungers around it are very comfortable. There are one or two other seating places and the terrace has seating for breakfast and lunch or anytime you might want to sit yourself down. For a diversion there is a sauna in garden, free bikes and a massage chair. It is on a road so some noise but you don’t really notice it either in the garden or with shutters closed at night.
Back to the service, I was lucky enough when working to be able to travel first class in 5 star hotels everywhere I went. The company even had its own airline. I can honestly say I have never experienced a more helpful group of people even in the service culture of the US. You can remain anonymous if you wish, merely nodding greeting, but as soon as you have a question or request they are there to help. Whether bookings, printing timetables, advice on trips or just getting a drink, they are superb. One or two have limited English but it is not a problem to make yourself understood.
There is no evening restaurant but breakfast is great with enough choice for all (even scrambled egg and bacon for those like me who need it) and as much fresh coffee or tea as you wish. Lunch is snacks but we found that a walk to the lovely bakery over the road was good value and sufficient. Drinks in the hotel seemed much cheaper than drinking outside but an itemised breakdown is not given so keep an rough guide on your spend yourself although when our bill came they can’t have charged me enough!! We did three trips during our stay with Hotel help (I had researched possibilities before so just needed times). One long afternoon to Pisa, Lucca and Viareggio, a couple of hours to Forte dei Marmi (to frighten myself with prices) and a day to Florence, all by bus and/or train. Tony also gave us a great restaurant to go to. –all of these I will report separately on. We got a return taxi transfer to hotel, bus is possible as it stops outside hotel but it only runs every hour and there is no room for suitcases. It also stops early and doesn’t run on Sunday. Taxi was Euros 120. Viareggio train station is a 40 min walk or an expensive taxi ride. Bus from outside hotel goes to train station every hour. Would love to go back sometime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HOTEL EUROPA **** CAMAIORE. The Cardinal Villa, Hotel Europa (4 stars), was built in 1880 in Lido di Camaiore, Versilia (Tuscany), 20 meters from the Tirreno coastline. In the year 2000 the hotel had initiated a modernization process that converted the building to become a splendid Liberty Villa, with all the comforts necessary to guarantee first-class customer service. On the shoulder of the Versilia Riveria lies, in all its magnificence, the Alpi Appuane mountain range that in coexistence with the Tirreno coastline offers countless beauties founded by nature and human intervention. An extraordinary environmental and landscape scenario full of cultural and historical assets, to which its heredity, Hotel Europa also fits. From the hotel it is possible to visit important cultural cities such as Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Siena…. Hotel Europa has 30 rooms each with its own unique particularities. The furniture and fittings are very refined and all rooms are equipped with all services and comforts expected from a four star hotel: air-conditioning, TV, telephone, hairdryer, minibar and safe. For beach lovers Hotel Europa offers an external discounted beach facility. The hotel has a homely atmosphere with a modern dining room, bar, TV room, free Internet / WI-FI access, swimming pool with jacuzzi, sauna, bicycle hire and free internal parking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Europa Hotel Lido Di Camaiore