We have just returned from Grand Hotel Continental and had a wonderful time. I am very fussy about where I stay, the standards and the food and I can fault none of it. OK the hotel isn't the best looking from outside but who it going to stare at that all day long. The rooms (no balcony for us) were big and bright and everything was clean, including the ample bathroom. I was pleasantly surprised after reading some of the reviews which were absolutely rubbish. I have stayed in many 4* hotels and this definitely was also a 4*. The staff were so kind and helpful especially the dining room staff (|Nadia). Food was excellent, so much of it and superbly cooked and presented. I like fish and I was more than satisfied and my husband likes meat and he too thought it was excellent. There was a cook in out group and he gave it top marks. Tirrenia itself was fine for a smallish town. Of course the shops closed between 1 - 4 as all continental countries do but they open again until 8 pm. Bus into Pisa was frequent and so were the trains. Easy to get to Pisa, Lucca and Florence on public transport and staff at station helpful and speak some English. Only 2 things weren't as we would have wanted - no tea/coffee making facilities in room and therefore it worked out quite expensive to buy drinks. Should have taken travel kettle but limited due to 15kg weight restriction. Also on the last day a "Spinning" group (latest craze) - all 200 of them - took over the hotel and the noise throughout the hotel (even though it was by the pool was awful all day with the noise of the music (?) and the coach shouting out instructions. Far too loud and I understand it was going on all weekend. Glad we went home. Apparently they come every year so beware going that date. All in all a lovely holiday and have no fear at all going to this hotel. Last of all, the Thompson rep, Brenda was brilliant and so very helpful - a medal for her!
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