I always read Trip Advisor reviews mainly for location and to see if there are any really bad issues that are re-occurring, This one seemed in a reasonable location and as we went B&B i wasn't too worried about the food reviews.
we arrived on 6th Sept about 8.30pm, check in was very quick, we were given our key and a map to the beach, on that score we were pleasantly surprised as some reviews had said the beach chairs were chargeable and some had said they were included, I had contacted the hotel who had confirmed an 8 Euro charge, but with this card we got free use of two chairs and an umbrella on the private beach, so impressed. We didn't use the pool as i sat on the edge one day and dangled my feet and it was freezing, so we preferred to swim in the sea as that was warmer!
The cleaners were always around and towels could be changed each day if they were left on the floor and the beds made each day.
I had asked for a balcony and we got one overlooking the front, which was nice as we could see the sea and watch the boats, there was a row of market stalls opposite the hotel so good to watch the people milling about, there was a bar that played music quite late, but we enjoyed sitting on the balcony listening to the singers as there was not much nightlife in the area,
breakfast was usual continental, the rolls were very nice and there was a good selection of jams, spreads, ham & cheese as well as donuts & croissants, there was also fruit, yoghurts and eggs, would have been nice to have something a bit different as it was the same every day. We didn't eat at the hotel as we liked to try the local restaurants which were very nice and we had some really lovely food, the only thing you need to know is that they don't open till around 7.30, we went out on our first night around 7.15 and nowhere was open!
we did try to get a drink at the bar on our first night to be ignored, the lady behind the bar served someone then we waited and she walked off, so not a good impression! we didn't bother trying again.
we got a bus to Livorno and also Pisa, you need to go into the Tabaconist to buy a ticket as it is cheaper than buying a ticket on the bus, it was only a couple of euro's each way and fairly regular.
as i said there was not much to do in the evening so after we had eaten we would go for a little walk then watch the sea with an ice cream as there was a lovely Gelateria just outside the hotel!
There is a computer set up with a printer as we had to print our boarding passes, so that was convenient and we had no problem using internet in our room.
staff we found to be helpfull and answered any questions we had and arranged our taxi to the airport cheaper than the one we got from the airport to the hotel.
the rooms had a hairdryer, as well as complimentary shower gel, shampoo & shower caps, there was also a fridge with mini bar - expensive so we took out the items and re-filled with our own drinks. did know already that there was no kettle so i took my own, but i really think they should provide tea / coffee facilities.
would advise that the majority of guests were German, had no problem with this but we did tend to find everything was more geared towards them.
could also have done with a few more English channels on T.V we were limited to news channels!
Weather - I always like to see what weather people are getting! the first few days it was lovely and hot and reached the early 30's dropping to mid 20's on an evening, we had a day of torrential rain and thunderstorms then the warm weather again and up in late 20's, so couldn't complain too much, last day was a bit overcast but still warm.
we paid around £100 per night for B&B so not cheap, but then Italy isn't a cheap place! although we found the restaurants very reasonable.
All in all a very nice holiday but a few improvements would have made it much better.
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