Montecatini is a charming spa town perfectly located to explore all of Tuscany's many delights. Slightly unloved a decade ago when we last visited, it now appears to be experiencing a welcome renascence with many of the older buildings being renovated.
The location of the hotel is excellent. It sits on the quiet Viale Giuseppe Verdi but is only a stone's throw away from the nicest spas, the railway station, and the town centre shops. Opposite the hotel is a lovely park and the old Funicular (1898) to take one up to Montecatini Alto, the pretty hilltop village which overlooks the town, is only a ten minute walk away.
The hotel fits in beautifully with the feel of the town, it is genteel and unpretentious and runs at the gentle Tuscan pace of life. The rooms appear to have all been modernised since we last stayed and are pleasingly decorated in an opulent style but, typically in Italy, you will not find tea making facilities or a trouser press. The room was beautifully serviced by our sweet and hard working maid. The hotel has a relatively small bar which appears to be staffed only intermittently during the day, adjacent to the bar is a sitting room with comfortable sofas and a large television. For sports fans this is good as this TV picks up channels not available on the small bedroom sets but there is no available information to help the guest take advantage of this facility and the helpful receptionist seemed unaware that the hotel's premier TV had premium channels not available in the rooms. The restaurant serves an excellent dinner at a very competitive price, you will not be disappointed by the formally attired head waiter and his attentive team or the standard five course fare on offer at only 25 Euro a head. The wine list too includes delicious local wines at very reasonable rates. Breakfast sadly is another story. Served in an antechamber to the main restaurant it is the only aspect of the hotel which lets it down. The only hot food on offer is dish containing chopped sausage and bacon and another containing scrambled eggs, during our week long stay only one small parafine burner was available to heat both dishes and consequently one was always cold. The rest of the food could really only be described as uninspiring with coffee provided from a machine. The room was serviced by a single waiter whose primary function was to clear the tables; the whole experience fell a little short of our expectations. The new Spa is lovely and I received one of the best soothing oil massages in my life given by the excellent Valentina. The Reception team were all helpful and friendly and I would particularly like to mention Elena, through whom I arranged our stay and who could not have been more accommodating and charming.
We really like the Nizza et Swisse and would happily stay there again. It could be improved; by sorting out the breakfast, decorating its slightly tired exterior, providing free WiFi for its guests and perhaps updating its communal PC, which is decidedly dated...
Having written about the good, and less good, we still very much enjoyed the old world charm of the hotel and with just a bit of thought and investment it could be a real gem.
The rooms at the front of the hotel are smaller than those located in its wing. Our 'Superior...
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