My family (self, husband, children aged 5 and 7) stayed at the Euro Hotel in Terrenia, Italy for 1 night in mid August 2011 as a stopover on our drive from Frankfurt to Rome. The hotel was easy to find using GPS and we easily parked our rental car in the back. The gentleman at the desk was very polite and spoke good english. He escorted us to our room. We had the room with a queen bed and bunk beds. Overall the room was small but it was adequate for 1 night. The beds were clean as was the bathroom. There was a strong sewage odor in the bathroom though, so we kept the door closed as much as possible. We thought that the problem was probably the sewage system in the town more than the hotel, especially after seeing the trash and filth that was strewn about on the way to the beach. The beds were comfortable for sleeping but the air conditioning unit was loud and could not keep the room cool enough for our family. The night was uncomfortably hot. There was free wireless internet which was not super fast but enough to check email, facebook, and post a photo or two. Breakfast was typical for Italy consisting of sweet breads and cakes. They did have fresh yogurt and some cereal which my children ate. The cappucino was good! The price for this hotel was fair considering the average price for hotels in the area and the ammenties included with the room such as free parking, free internet, free breakast, and proximity to the beach.
Tirrenia itself was unimpressive. We ventured across the street to the "public beach". On the short walk we noticed that the town was extremely dirty and unkept. Trash lined the walkway to the beach. Once there, it was only a small area packed with people. Most beaches in the area are "private" and the area reserved for the public is small. Again, the sand was littered with trash and cigarette butts. My husband and I found it to be disgusting and only stayed at the beach for about 45 minutes to let the girls swim and cool off. We then went back to the hotel to get dressed for dinner. The gentleman at the desk suggested a place across the street to eat but when we arrived there, the restaurant was not open and the loud music and bar was not the atmosphere our young family was looking for. Instead we opted for a small pizza place one block away. The waitress spoke no English but went out of her way to be nice to us as we pointed to items on the menu. Our food was delicious and she even brought my husband and I a "shot" of a delicious chilled lemon liquor at the end of our meal. She was surprised and gracious when I gave her a generous tip. I know tipping is not the norm in Italy, but we felt it was warranted as the waitress tried so hard to make us feel welcome.
Although I would probably stay again at the Euro Hotel for a night, I doubt I will ever plan a stay in Tirrenia again.
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- Euro Hotel Tirrenia, Italy - Pisa