I spent a week at the Belvedere Bike Hotel from April 27 - May 4, 2013. I was part of a group of 16 people from Western Canada (mostly BC). Our group leader, Heidi, had been there the previous year and the rest of were "Belvedere virgins" :) I think I can speak for our entire group to say that it was a wonderful experience for all of us, and these are just some of my highlights.
First, and foremost, are the people. Marina Pasquini, and all of her staff, make you truly feel like family right from the get-go. They are warm and genuine, and truly love what they do. And they are great at doing it, making sure that all of your needs are taken care of. There is not much they haven't thought of, but in case there is something additional you need - all you need to do is ask, and they will find a way to take care of it :)
Next, for me, is the food. There is plenty of it (included in the room rate), and very high quality and lots of variety. Obviously, lots of Italian food featuring various regional specialities. Marina is very hands-on, and is involved in the preparation of many of the meals. She even added a speciality item from the region of Abruzzo (arrosticini) when she found out my parents are originally from there, and that I would be cycling down there right after my week at the Belvedere! Molte grazie, Marina :)
I stayed in one of the "3-bedded rooms" with 2 of my male buddies. There were 2 beds in the main room and 1 in the outer room, with both having access to the balcony, and a well-equipped bathroom with shower. The room was very attractive and well-laid out and functional, and the beds were very comfortable. We did not spend much time in the rooms, as we were there for the cycling. And, the public areas (pool, spa, lounge, ...) were very inviting.
Last, but not least, the cycling was just incredible! Very well-organized, with great tour leaders. A choice of 5 tours daily, with the next day's routes presented for your reading pleasure in the lounge every night. I rode mostly with the "Road" group led by Michele Sancisi, and assisted by either Piero or Claudio. Our distances were from 80-110 km at an average speed of 24-26 km/h. I did try Felice's "Race" group one day, but felt a bit too challenged mostly on the hills with the very strong riders in that group. They were great in waiting up for me and regrouping! And, yes there are lots of hills to climb - and descend, of course. And, lots of beautiful towns and coffee shops to visit - Saleducio, Tavoleto, Verucchio, Santarcangelo, San Leo, San Marino, and many more).
The guides were under strict instructions to get us back to the hotel between 2-3pm every day, with a sumptuous poolside buffet awaiting us during this time on our return. One exception to this is the day we rode to Marina's country house just outside Riccione - after doing most of our ride that day, of course. A well-deserved day off for many of Marina's staff at the hotel that day, as Marina and her family took care of us with a garden buffet featuring some traditional American BBQ fare and some traditional Italian dishes with a twist. Great views of the valley below, and welcomed with some sparkling wine, and then a parting shot of limoncello before an easy 15km mostly downhill ride back to the hotel.
As I said at the start, these are just some of the highlights. I could go on and on, but I'm sure you can also read some other reviews too. Also, make sure to join the Belvedere Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/belvederebikehotel/) to get all the latest updates from Marina, her staff, and their many satisfied customers!
Can't wait to go back to the Belvedere in May 2014 :D
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