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“Awesome Views, Wonderful Staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel President
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Viale Carducci 5, 55049 Viareggio, Italy   |  
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Ranked #2 of 55 Hotels in Viareggio
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Opelika, Al
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
55 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Awesome Views, Wonderful Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stayed at Hotel President during Carnival in Viareggio. There could not be a more perfect hotel for this time. We were in a corner room on the 5th floor - windows that opened on two sides. The parade and floats came right in front of this hotel. We opened our windows and it was like you could almost touch the floats. Aside from the Carnival the views from the windows were of the beautiful sea and the mountains. The bed was so comfortable. Everything was well kept and clean. There was an espresso maker in the room. Breakfast in the dining room was another good experience. There was so much food put out on Sunday morning that we thought maybe it was just because it was Sunday. But no, Monday's breakfast was just as plentiful. And everything was delicious. The staff was so helpful to me prior to our arrival and just as wonderful after we arrived. And the location was perfect as well. We just loved The President.

Room Tip: Corner - top floor was perfect.
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We have stayed here before but was offered a good deal direct with hotel so decided to return.
Hotel was even better this time! Staff are brilliant very helpful and friendly(not the norm as we have found in other Tuscan hotels). Special mention for Laila in charge of the restaurant -I'm a veggie and sometimes have a problem with food abroad -not here food is excellent-best veggie food I have had for a long time and my husband loved all the sea food dishes! We were going to eat out for the second week but changed our minds because the food was so good they were happy to change our arrangements to half board. Nadim in the bar was also brilliant he even remembered my husband drank campari and orange! (from our previous stay). Would recommend a room facing the front with balcony. We have been to both the beach areas used by the hotel but much preferred Bagno Irene -family run very friendly clean and nice salads at lunch time! Viareggio is not very well known in England but it is a real find! Beautiful beach easy to reach Lucca Sienna Pisa Florence by train so perfect for sightseeing.
We are considering visiting again in 2015 as we enjoyed it so much (we don't usually return to the same place). I am recovering from a foot operation so hope I will be able to travel but I am sure I could manage to hobble over to the beach which is just across the road!

Room Tip: A room on the front with balcony is a must !
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Besancon, France
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

We received a great welcome from the team for our anniversary celebration. Thank you very much. You made our stay in Viareggio memorable. The room was in good shape, good size, with a nice view. The front office team was very helpful and gave us good recommendations.

Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, Canada
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13 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Buon giorno! I traveled with my mom on a booked stay cation tour and stayed at this lovely hotel for two weeks. Its perfect location in the middle of the promenade of town makes it easy access to local restaurants, shopping and the pier, with a prime view of the sea. The guest lounge is beautiful and a great space to unwind during the end of the day! Our room was newly decorated white with matching furniture and had a lovely view of the sea from 4th floor. The ability to open up our windows and enjoy the view and fresh air enhanced our enjoyment. Our bathroom lacked proper ventilation when showering. The included breakfasts were abundant and fresh, the coffee not so great. The machine for hot beverages didn't make the tastiest or hottest; although the hand made cappuccino brought form the staff directly from the kitchen was better. Perhaps a coffee maker in the room could help guests sort out their own. Our set dinners at night were generally good with four courses, soups, pastas and deserts that were all very good but the main meal lacked any fresh vegetables and included potatoes every night...a little redundant. The staff goes beyond for their services, from the smiling desk staff to the kitchen and dining room staff. They are eager to please, kind, helpful and very accommodating...shout outs to Franco, Julia, Mohamed and special mention to Lila for making our stay so enjoyable:) I would recommend this hotel and definitely plan to return if an opportunity arises!.

Room Tip: Rooms on higher floor facing the sea have a better view!
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sisters, OR
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We had the pleasure of staying at Hotel President in Viareggio for one whole week. We had such a great time. Walk across the street and stroll the promenade, shop in the many stores, grab some lunch at one of the many ristorantes... or plop on the beach. The breakfast was fantastic,..(make sure you are hungry as it's a LOT of great food).... our room was straightened up every day....and everyone (especially Marcello) at the front desk was wonderful. Highly recommend this great hotel and their fabulous staff.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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8 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Great location, right by the sea and close o some lovely restaurants. Room on the small side, but perfectly nice and comfortable,must didn't have the wow factor, with a small bathroom with shower. Breakfast was a fantastic selection of great quality food, only issue was there was a menu to order cooked breakfast, pancakes etc, but no one ever came to ask for you order, and the Waiting staff generally ignored you, not even telling you how it all worked. Fab location, and good base, but did not blow me away.

  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We have visited the President regularly for several years now. We always vow to return and each time we hope we will not be disappointed. We never have been! Not because it never changes but because it does change but always for the better. This year we were lucky enough to be in one of the newly renovated rooms and it was truly perfect. You really could not wish for a better experience. It was very different from the previous traditional comfortable theme and at first it was a bit of a shock! The luxury, contemporary monochrome, mainly white with black, absolutely hit the right note. The bathroom was especially good, with a wonderful wet room shower area and luxury accessories. Everything was provided from tooth brushes, shower gel and shampoo to plush white towelling bath robes and slippers. ( Also lovely beach towels.) There was also a mini bar refrigerator, Nespresso machine, safe and of course TV and free wi-fi. Complimentary fresh bottled water was provided each evening brought to the room which was most appreciated. Perhaps the main reason we return year after year is the fantastic food. Breakfast is the best you could ever wish for. Not only is there an extensive hot and cold buffet but also an a la carte menu at no extra cost. Dinner in the restaurant is also not to be missed. A fantastic 4 course menu; excellent value especially if taken on a half-board basis.
This year we used the lounge bar, for the first time, for drinks before dinner. The friendly bar tender, Nadeem, makes a very fine G&T! Drinks are served with dishes of nuts and crisps. Delicious but try not to eat too many before dinner!
Last but certainly not least the wonderful staff, always so friendly, polite and helpful. Most have been there for many years and we look forward to seeing them all again next year!

Room Tip: Definitely opt for a newly refurbished room if available.
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  • Stayed September 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel President

Address: Viale Carducci 5, 55049 Viareggio, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Viareggio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Viareggio
#2 Romantic Hotel in Viareggio
#2 Luxury Hotel in Viareggio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel President 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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