We have just returned from Viareggio were we stayed at the elegant and charming Grand Hotel Royal for a week on a half board basis. We had such a lovely time and can’t speak highly enough of this hotel. The staff were friendly and attentive, the breakfast was very good with a great variety (loved the pastries), Dinner was delicious and we really enjoyed the outside dining, and of course the wine, all very reasonably priced. Pool area was lovely with comfortable sun beds and a nice pool bar, again great food and service, thanks Giuseppe !! they also have lovely gardens with seating areas and hammocks to relax in, and opposite the hotel, the beach which was also very lovely. We enjoyed evening drinks in the front garden before dinner then enjoyed the rest of our evenings strolling the sea front which was lined with designer shops, cafe/bars and restaurants. The hotel is conveniently located and the area is a good base for visiting Pisa, Florence and Lucca. The Grand Royal is a traditional charming hotel with beautiful architecture and we really do hope to return next year ! .. And lastly, to the very kind Marino, thank you, Giuseppe wasn’t around to open our Fizz !!!