Have just returned from a week's stay at the Grand Hotel Riviera. First time in the resort of Lido Di Camaiore, but stayed two years ago in neighbouring Viarregio at the President Hotel (although both officially four star, the President is by far the superior hotel out of the two). On the plus side, the Grand was clean, comfortable & the staff were friendly, (especially in the restaurant). On the minus, food was not really up to standard. Breakfast was a bit hit & miss, not an awful lot to choose from really. Dinner was mediocre & although the custom of walking with the waiter/waitress to the dessert table was charming, it was an anti-climax to get there & find limited choice once again. Our room on the fifth floor was nice, a balcony with a great view, but our two daughter's were in a twin on the first floor & this room was small, dim & a bit tired looking, as were some of the public areas around the hotel. Our Thomson rep was lovely, very friendly but not with much experience of the area really. Again, comparing it to our recent stay at the President, our rep there was so much more knowledgable. We had a terrible excursion to Cinque Terrea which was supposed to have included a boat & train trip - we were unable to do either because the trains were on strike & the water was too rough for the boat! (tour guide had knowledge of this on setting out). Did feel that the excursion should have been cut short with maybe a half day refund, but instead we were shunted around all over the place really, even herded onto public buses which were absolutely stuffed full of people, very hot & uncomfortable. Tour guide (again lovely as she was) appeared to be making it up as she went along, not really good enough.
Hotel aside, we could not fault the resort apart from the astronomical cost of sunbeds on the beach where the rate seemed to change on a daily basis! The location is perfect for reaching the wonderful Florence, Pisa & Lucca where we had lovely days out. Cycling is great with cycle paths stretching from the Marina in Viarregio all the way up to the resort of Forte Di Marmi. On our last night (Friday) there were tents set-up all along the promenade selling crafts, clothes, bags, shoes, & jewellery along with street entertainers which gave it a real carnival atmosphere. Very family orientated and distinctly Italian.
Overall, we did enjoy our holiday but this was more down to our own ability to shrug-off disappointments & get on with having a good time. Would definitely go back to Lido Di Camaiore again but alas, would not stay at the Grand.
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