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“Daily made ice cream, bread & pastry” 5 of 5 stars
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Riva degli Etruschi
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via della Principessa, 120, 57027 San Vincenzo, Italy   |  
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Ranked #6 of 25 Hotels in San Vincenzo
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“Daily made ice cream, bread & pastry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We normally come here every year in September / October for a long family holiday. This year we did a short trip trough the Toscana and stayed for a week between June / July. For us it's the uncomplicated child friendly and non-snobby atmosphere we love.
We always eat ice cream in Riva and it seemed to be on new recepies, so we asked the personal. He told us they have a new pastry chef from Florence. So in the house bakery of Riva he makes ice cream, bread and cookies fresh every day! (All natural without conservants or chemicals.) New is also the Grill Bar Mistral Restaurant. What the family really liked is the free Wifi you get at the beach (so you can read the newspaper etc.) and at the reception also.
We also asked about the "blue flag 2014" they have on the beach: this is like a big trophy, means the beach and water is one of the cleanest in Italy.

Stayed June 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The location is good: close to Cecina, which is a large town with markets, restaurants and a hospital. Close to the picturesque hilltown of Massa Maritima. Not too far a drive from Florence. Villagio Riva degli Etruschi is a huge "vacation village," with, among other things, a big Burger King. There's a long, very nice sand beach, and many pine trees. That's the good part. There are supermarkets in Santo Stefano, just a few kilometers distant, so it's possible to self cater, although our kitchen was a joke. Many of the guests seem to opt for the meal plan. We were there in late April, and about 95% of the guests were German. TV channels in German, Reception staff is more comfortable with German than Italian, the little market stocks many different kinds of wieners and lots of (not interesting) beer, but virtually no wine. The water was too cold for swimming, though some hardy German tots were happily splashing around in it. Our two-bedroom unit was very close to the beach, which was nice, but the unit itself was a disappointment. Two uncomfortable single beds in each bedroom. A very poorly equipped excuse for a galley kitchen, with a very small fridge on life support (for google translator: this means it did not function), no oven, a tiny stove-top with small dysfunctional burners too close together; no microwave (which was okay with us),no toaster or toaster oven (which was not okay with us) no potholders!--and our repeated attempts to have a couple of potholders given to us yielded no results, so we gave up after 4 days and made do with towels. The unit was not particularly clean. The Reception staff were pleasant but inefficient and ineffectual, and clearly none of the housekeeping or maintenance folks paid them any attention. In defence of housekeeping staff, there are hundreds of units, and probably not enough staff.
Although the water was rough and too cold for swimming without a wet suit, the beach was very pleasant to walk along or relax on. I can imagine that swimming in summer would be a big attraction, but also that the beach will be completely covered with deck chairs and bodies.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Austria
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

My family spent a week in a bungalow which looked like it was built in the 70s or 80s and not renovated since. The bungalow smelt like it hadn't been used this season yet (July!), but after opening the windows the smell was gone after a few hours. Why this "Wellness Resort" decided to have a Burger King on its premises will remain a mystery to me. The beach and water are very nice for this region.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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184 reviews 184 reviews
33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 84 cities Reviews in 84 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

Came across this place purely by chance. In fact I was driving up the coast and needed a bathroom. So I ran down to see the coast and was happy with what I saw so booked in for two nights.

The bungalow was pretty basic on the outside, but once you were inside it was surprisingly practical and pretty clean.

There are many facilities at the Riva, on the other side of the road. I didn't use any of them, like the pool, gym, tennis courts. There is wifi available as well, for a price.

The beach was very clean, and not as crowded as the coast on the Adriatic side. Restaurants within walking distance, as is the town San Vincenzo, which also has bar, restaurants, shops etc.

I thought it was a very easy place to relax and a very convenient family resort.

I didn't eat lunch or dinner (not quite true as I had a great meal one evening at the associated Mariva next door), but was disappointed with the lack lustre breakfast options. I appreciate the continental breakfasts can be minimalist, and this proved to be the case at this resort.

But would still happily go back.

Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Good points:
- Beach was very close and great. Every room has its a set of reclining chairs and umbrella reserved. Beach is very clean and very big.
- Swimming pool: Although we went in October and the temperature was around 23 / 24 degrees the water was relatively warm.
- The beds: I have t say that for a 3 star place the beds were very clean and comfortable.
- The Gym: Very clean and lots of machines
- Kids Club: The stuff there was great and kids enjoyed going there.

To be improved:
- Reception: The stuff at the reception was not too communicative and helpful. All they do is give you the key and tell you where your bungalow is. They could give you more information about the place itself and what can be done near by. They told me that the nearest food market was 15 kilometers away even though in town there is a stored called COOP.
- Food: No much selection of what to eat around the area. Maybe in the middle of summer is better.
- They only come once a week to change the linens and to clean the place....they forgot to clean under the beds...it was very dusty.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Turin, Italy
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

This is a special place that either you fall in love with, or you don't like.
I fall in the first case, being one of the many loyal clients that come back every year since 2010.
I find this place unique, because it has all what I looking for in a resort on the sea: a beautiful beach which is not crowded (1 or 2 rows of umbrellas), houses are close to the beach (my villetta was about 15 meters from the beach, and I have booked it already for the next summer), entertainment for the kids, a club with all sport facilities ( in addition to the swimming pool, I appreciate very much the gym), the sailing centre, were I rent a canoa or a pedalo for 30 min every day, and sometimes a hobycat ( there are also sailing classes for my kids), and a lot more.
The whole village is fresh an quite, being in the middle of a natural park of pine threes.
Since I love very much good food and wine, I find this place perfect also from this point of view: there are 2 restaurants inside (I prefer the pizzeria "Le Querce" because of the good food at reasonable prices, as the kindness of the staff).
Also San Vincenzo is close to the "Bolgheri Rosso" wine area, were there are producers like "Sassiccaia" and "Ornellaia", with many opportunities for wine tastings, and nice restaurants (I have written reports of the ones I tried).
Finally I liked the kindness and availability of all The staff at The receptionist. Even if sometimes they don't look like The most organized, they always do their best to help. For example when my little daughter broke her glasses, they helped to fix it with some special tape.
Some advices to further improve are:
reduce the volume of the music for all shows after 10.00pm.
Sometimes this is bothering, especially The One coming from The bar at The sailing centre.
To conclude , I recommend this place especially to families looking for a place in the nature, who like sports, good food and wine.
I will be there next year too.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich, Switzerland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2012

The village is composed of 40 years old concrete bungalows mostly without A/C . . . extremely spartan to say the least. The personnel mostly speak Italian only and for our kids, who speak German, was not possible to get really involved in shows. If you are not Italian, even as an adult, if you do not speak the language you feel extremely cut out during the evening animation.
The beach is beautiful and so is the water. Food is good however the restaurant is quite expensive. At the reception if you really need something just a bit non standard no-one is able to organize a structured thought process for solving your problems. The rules at the pool are such that you think being in a concentration field. The life guard extremely impolite and . . . cannot speak anything else than Italian.
All in all we think the price was absolutely not justified by the quality of the accommodation and by the quality of service and animation. We would NOT recommend this resort to any friend.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via della Principessa, 120, 57027 San Vincenzo, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > San Vincenzo
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in San Vincenzo
#6 On the Beach Hotel in San Vincenzo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Riva degli Etruschi 3*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort has independent cottages of different sizes, some of them with bedroom and bathroom, others actually are apartments. Our guests can therefore choose among hotel rooms and apartments (villas or residence). For years we have been aiming at guaranteeing to our guests tranquility and privacy in their lodgings, inside of a unique natural surroundings, the Mediterranean Maquis, which we take care of and preserve every day, without forgoing the services typical for a resort Restaurants, pizzeria, fast food, bar, kids' club, sporting facilities, sports tournaments, aquatic games, evening entertainment; just to name a few ones to choose from! An original holiday that every year satisfies our regular guests and surprises the new visitors. The cristall-clear sea, the Tuscan territory and the hospitality and the professionalism of the Staff make Riva degli Etruschi the ideal place for an unforgettable vacation to spend with your children. ... more   less 
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