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“Viarregio. Tuscany. Mike & Kathy. Reading. England.” 4 of 5 stars
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BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Viale Giosue Carducci 44, 55049 Viareggio, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 55 hotels in Viareggio
Reading, United Kingdom
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“Viarregio. Tuscany. Mike & Kathy. Reading. England.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

We have always found that different ways of life in other countries have good or indifferent effects on us and we try to see the best in people wherever we visit. Viareggio is a very pleasant place to be for a while and has a calm and relaxing feel to it. We used public transport, trains and buses to visit Florence, Lucca and Pisa and were met with good manners and politeness from the staff looking after us on our journeys. - Wandering around the towns little streets and ally's was enjoyable as we could stop for something to eat or drink with the locals all of whom greeted us with a nod or smile. There is a warmth about these people. Given that Italian people have a flair for fashion and style it was refreshing to see that in Viareggio,where there are designer clothes shops along the main seafront area, people who were were strolling along dressed in expensive garments/dresses ect: had no so called "bling" attitude at all, they were just enjoying life. They do not need to dress to impress! We stayed at the Grand Hotel Royal which was built in the 1920's and has all the elegance and class you would expect from that era in the open spaces overall. Our room was large and a little basic but very functional and there were a few knocks and scrapes here and there but just think of all the amazing and interesting people who over the many years may have spent a few hours resting there. We thought it added to the charm. The hotel staff who dealt with us all spoke English an we had no issues with communication at all throughout our stay. As usual, as in any hotel, there were a few little niggles along the way but nothing major and if you can see into the bigger picture you will find this hotel meets it's critic's head on. So, Viareggio and the Grand hotel Royal. Would we visit again? Yes we would.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marino_Patruno, Direttore generale at BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Guest,
It is very satisfying to read such a positive review from a guest and yes, we hope you will return up! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at The Grand and Royal
best Wishes
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Whitby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I have read many reviews of this hotel and noticed that some people say they were disappointed for whatever reason. I would like to say that I have stayed at this hotel and would recommend it to everyone. The Grand hotel royal is typical of italian culture, architecture and tradition. It is not a resort hotel. The service is individual, with attention paid to every detail. The food is tuscan/italian cuisine and this is one of the reasons for visiting. If people wish for deluxe, modern buildings and international cuisine - they should be visiting another country. The Grand Hotel Royal is a perfect example of top quality service and staff, set in a traditional italian setting.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marino_Patruno, Direttore generale at BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Guest.
What a lovely review! Our aim is to please our clients and we would like to thank you for your feedback. When we receive comments such as these, we understand that we are going in the right direction. Thank you once again, and it is very true, here you didn't find luxory but only attention to all our customer, we look forward to welcoming you back to the Grand Hotel Royal.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

just spent a week in this hotel with my husband and we loved it. We had a sea-view room on 5th floor which was very comfortable, air conditioning necessary and very efficient. Bed linen and towel changed on a daily basis if required. The room could have benefitted from a touch of paint here and there but that's being picky. Noise from the sea and road could be a problem on a lower floor but no problem for us. The hotel is quaint and very well maintained, if we had seen Miss Marples or Poirot walking down the beautiful staircase we would not have been suprised, its that kind of era.
The staff were friendly, the pool and garden were lovely and the lunches by the pool extremely good. Breakfast was very good with good choices of fruit, cerals, bread, cakes, yoghurt and a big selection of cheese and cold meats. Hot food was limited but still very good. We never ate dinner in the hotel but choose to eat out in the seafront restaurants which were excellent and reasonably prices. Viareggio is busy with a beautiful beach and lovely promanade with very expensive designer shops. Bicycles can be hired from the hotel and this is worth doing as cycling is safe on the cycle lanes and great fun. We would both go back to Viaraggio tomorrow and stay at this hotel. It ticked all our holiday boxes.

Room Tip: seaview rooms with a balcony are the most expensive but noise from the road could be a problem.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marino_Patruno, Direttore generale at BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal, responded to this review, July 1, 2013
Dear Guest,
I am glad that you had such a great stay with us and found it to be comfortable, excellent service and breakfast was to your liking. It was also great to hear that you loved our location. Thank you.
Best Regards
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We booked in at this hotel some time ago having read the reviews in tripadvisor, On arrival we were disappointed by the surly approach of the reception. We do not speak Italian and were made to feel awkward and less than valued as young couple with a baby The first room we were offered was not clean and the furnishings were in. need of repair We waited some time but was eventually given another room that was ok but we were never offered an apology. The breakfast was good whilst the service at dinner was shocking eg slow and not very nice food. I think the hotel is not typical of Italian hospitality and we spoke with several guests who agreed with us and we have a recommendation from Tripadvisor...there No1 Hotel in Viareggio. Thank you tripadvisor

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Marino_Patruno, Direttore generale at BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Dear Guest,
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused, particularly for the welcoming made by the Reception staff, and be assured that I have taken on board your comments and preferences and have reviewed each point with my team, looking to find any experience improvements wherever possible.
We try to satisfy all our customers and do not always happened, sorry about that!!
I do hope you come again to Viareggio even if you do not come at the Grand and Royal.
Kind regards
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We have just returned from our third stay at this hotel, and again we were so pleased with the whole experience. It is a really grand building with excellent facilities (just loved the swimming pool), but most impressive was the staff, who seemed to really enjoy their work, and made a real effort to make us welcome and look after our every need. Top marks to them, especially when compared to other hotels that we stayed in during this recent trip to Italy, which were frankly disappointing. We are already looking forward to visiting here again.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marino_Patruno, Direttore generale at BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal, responded to this review, June 29, 2013
Dear Guest,
It is very kind of you to follow up with thanks !!!
I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay.
Best regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

We stayed at the Grand Hotel Royal in May for a week, a Thomson A La Carte holiday.
On arrival we were upgraded to a large front room with balcony overlooking the ocean. The room was very grand and the bed was comfortable. The bathroom was small and just adequate.
The staff were all wonderful and we enjoyed our stay. The food was good and for us, plenty of choice for breakfast.
The hotel is conveniently located and the area is a good base for visiting Pisa, Florence and Lucca.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marino_Patruno, Direttore generale at BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Dear Guest,
We are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel
We would like to thank you for your comments
Hope to welcome you soon at the Grand
Best Wishes
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We only stayed one night in Viareggio and this hotel was fine for our purpose, but is one of the few hotels that we used during our holiday that I would choose not to stay in again whilst on a touring holiday. Check in, always important but especially so when you are touring and moving from place to place, was friendly and efficient. However, as is the custom in Italy, we had to hand over our passports and these were not offered back until we checked out the next morning. When I commented on this, during check out the next day, I was told it was, apparently, my own fault as I did not go back to reception and ask for them. Car parking was also available, at an additional cost of 11 euros overnight, and bearing in mind that this is in the hotel's own grounds, this does seem to be a little over the top. The alternative of risking roadside parking and having to carry cases to and from the car leaves guests with little option. The hotel does have a "Grand" aura, with the rooms and common areas reminiscent of a byegone age and is well worth a stay to appreciate this. The restaurant also reflected this grand feeling in appearance, but the food was not outstanding, and when my wife requested strawberries for dessert, clearly shown on the menu, she was informed that they were not available, and an attempt was made to persuade her to order a chocolate dessert, which the waiter assured her was a speciality of the chef and came highly recommended. She declined, but I, stupidly, followed the advice, and was presented, after a long wait, with an extremely disappointing, somewhat dry, piece of chocolate sponge cake. The feeling of being manipulated to eat what the waiters wanted to get rid of was confirmed the next morning, when bowls of strawberries were to be seen on the breakfast buffet table. Service was rather slow, but as this hotel is used by package tour operators, and there was a large group in the restaurant which did seem to receive a lot of attention, I guess this was a contributory factor. As an independent traveller I expect to be treated as well as every other guest. I would suggest that this hotel is best visited having been booked through a tour operator, rather than for the more adventurous of us that like to be independent.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Marino_Patruno, Direttore generale at BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Guest,
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused, particularly for the Rstaurant experience, The personalised service and the food quality is in fact what most of our regular guests love about our hotel, and this has won us many fans and regular guests over the years that The Royal has opened its doors as a hotel.
Stay only one night cannot give the right impression, and beleave me all gest are treat on the same way.
Hope to welcome you again
Kind regards
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Address: Viale Giosue Carducci 44, 55049 Viareggio, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Viareggio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Viareggio
#1 Family Hotel in Viareggio
#1 Luxury Hotel in Viareggio
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Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN Grand Hotel Royal 4*
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