I am an American who travels a lot for business. I am used to big hotel chains with elegant lounges that are sterile and uninviting, where everything is the same, no matter what city you're in: the pictures on the walls; the little soaps and shampoo bottles; even the breakfast, whether it's complimentary or not. No surprises, pleasant or otherwise.
But the hotel chain that I normally use out of habit (and for the reward points) was not an option when I was in Tuscany recently doing some research on my family's history. I stayed at Hotel Adua in Montecatini Terme. No points, but it was still a rewarding experience!
Who knew places like this still exist?! This was not a cookie cutter hotel. It was elegant but it was also comfortable and inviting. The dining room had a prefix menu of “typical Tuscan cuisine” that changed daily but there were always several options to choose from. The breakfast buffet was different from what I am used to. In the US, for example, I don't typically associate rolls, salami, and cheese with breakfast, but in Europe they do. So that was there along with some familiar American standards, but don't go expecting a Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast because you'll be disappointed.
The standard room was a bit smaller than what I am used to in the US. However, except for meals, I didn't spend my time in the hotel. Next time I go back, though, I will make time to use the spa right in the hotel.
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