My wife, who uses a wheelchair, and I returned last week from a weeks stay at Hotel Esplanade.
The hotel is excellently located for the beach, restaurants and shops. We cannot fault the friendliness of the staff or the choice and quality of food available for breakfast or dinner.
We requested a room with a walk-in shower which meant that we had to have a family room, with a price higher than a normal room. The room, however, was fine and spotlessly clean.
Unfortunately the room was on the second floor which meant taking the lift. Although the wheelchair we took is an ordinary fold-up type it would not fit into the lift without my wife getting out and the chair being folded. This process took a while as my wife cannot walk without assistance.
Another inconvenience was the fact that the ramp from the hotel to the street was far too steep and slippery to use. On two occasions I had assistance from fellow guests to go up and also to go down the ramp. Going up was impossible whilst on the downward trip the man who kindly helped us did , in fact, injure his leg. The lady at reception said that they would assist but I do not think they would have coped any better.
To be fair to the hotel they did not claim to have any disabled amenities. Unlike most other countries Italy does not appear to particularly cater for disablement. We had contacted several other hotels in the town without success and also contacted the local tourist board who didn't favour us with a reply. This is a great pity because the town and area are wonderful attractive venues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel, situated in front of the beach in the town center of Tonfano just in front of the new Pier, overlook Marina di Pietrasanta. All rooms are with sea view and superior rooms all with a Balcony. They all are equipped with air conditioning, Telephone, Free WI-FI, LCD Television, Hairdryer, Minibar, Safe, Bathroom (newly renovated).The breakfast buffet provides with ham, cheese, eggs, toast, sandwiches, homemade bread and cakes, fresh fruit and in syrup, Nutella, butter, croissants, yogurt, juices, cold milk. Hot drinks are served by waiters however, no self service.Lunch and dinner have a menu with choice of 4 main courses and 4 second courses, every day with both meat and fish. Buffet of appetizers, vegetables both cooked and fresh, fruit of the season. Each evening our chefs, Luca and Christian, will delight the palates of all guests with their homemade dessertsThe Esplanade Hotel is the ideal location where you can welcome your guests to spend an unforgettable day for your weddings, ceremonies and a Gala dinners,or Meetings Buffet in our new Meeting Room.For your comfort we have a modern and fully equipped fitness and wellness area on top of the hotel so that you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the Versilia’s sea while doing gymnastic.Beach Service at disposal by "Bagno Sirena" situated in front of the Hotel.This service includes: 1 umbrellas, 2 chairs and 1 beach-bed.By booking both full board and beach service it will be possible to choose, to have lunch at the hotel or by the beach's restaurant ... more less
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