This is a difficult hotel to review because the Hotel Ercolini & Savi has a lot to offer a tourist visiting Tuscany. Yet this hotel is typical of Old World European hotels in that the public rooms on the street floor tend to be nicely, evenly lavishly decorated, but the rooms upstairs can be Spartan at best.
I was assigned to room 114 on the first floor. The upstairs hallway is poorly furnished with threadbare carpet and poor lighting. My room was tiny - as were more than half of the rooms on this floor. Thankfully, I got a king bed - through moving two smaller beds together. Some in my group got single beds and even tinier rooms than I did. Some on the upper floors were happy with their rooms. I have no idea whether they were larger or not.
My room was not what I'd call decorated. Two beds pushed together, a single window, and a print of two angels bolted to the wall in an askew position. There was an armoire that left barely enough room to walk around the bed, and a desk jammed tight to the doorway. Lighting was mostly from a large overhead fixture - please! The tiny bath was a step up...dangerous at best. The bath had a toilet, bidet, marble sink, and a very small shower with no shelf for shampoo or soap...ridiculous. Towels were plain and only three were provided for this room. Water pressure was poor, barely a trickle, though water was hot enough.
Downstairs, on the street level was a fine bar which was rarely attended. On several occasions, I wanted a drink and ended up finding one at a nearby cafe because no bartender was on duty. The lounge itself was nicely decorated with burgundy leather sofas and chairs, good Oriental carpets, Venetian chandeliers, and a huge floral arrangement on a center table.
The dining room where breakfast was served was also lovely with floor to ceiling faux marble columns and more Venetian chandeliers. Breakfast itself was dull with the same menu served every morning. Only the type of fresh fruit changed. Scrambled eggs, cold meats, cheeses, rolls, croissants, yogurt, fresh fruit, and cereal were served every morning. Plenty to eat, but no variety.
Though my room was uncomfortable, the bright side is that the location of the hotel is quite good with the main shopping street nearby. A movie theater was next door as were several good restaurants. Staff is friendly and helpful.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 Star Hotel located in the Heart of Montecatini Terme. Recently renovated, 81 rooms, ideal for visit all TuscanyYou Home far away from Home ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Ercolini And Savi
- Hotel Ercolini Savi
- Ercolini Savi Hotel