We stayed in the Hotel Astoria from 23rd to 30th June 2012. We booked through Inghams having had a good experience of their hotels previously. The location and room were very good and the pool certainly helped a lot due to the unusually hot temperatures we had but that is as far as the good review can go. We booked half board and expected a certain level of food and menu as it is rated a 4 star hotel. Every single night consisted of a pasta course with a very limited sauce, repeated at least twice during the 7 nights we stayed. This was followed, every night, by meat and potatoes with no Italian influence at all. The hotel could also be classed as a fast food restaurant as well, every night the waiting staff made sure you ploughed through the 4 courses in less than an hour, frequently hovering over your shoulder and removing your plate before you had finished chewing your last mouthful. My partner and I are in our 30's and were expecting far more Italian food from a 4 star Inghams hotel. We actually resorted to eating out at La Cascina (excellent btw) so that we could experience Italian restaurant cuisine. Following this review I am composing a letter to Inghams complaining about their description of this hotel in their brochure. I would advise to avoid if you are wanting a taste of Italy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Astoria may not be for everyone! It is for individuals who enjoy a restful and quiet environment...It is for those who enjoy a "step back" in time, by providing you with service unheard of in these "modern times." Yes, this is Italy at its best! Once you've spent three days in this unusual hotel, the Hotel Astoria will become a part of your life, for the rest of your life! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astoria Hotel Montecatini Terme