I visited this hotel late August with my husband and teenage son. It is the second time I have stayed at this hotel, as normally I like to go somewhere new every holiday, so this speaks volumes on how wonderful the hotel and the resort of Viareggio are. This time I felt that I had an even better room, which was on the corner and gave me a view of both the sea and the mountains. The hotel was of the same excellent standard as last time we were there. Others have mentioned the issue with getting a sunbed, and I guess it depends on what time of year you go, but I found no problems getting one. The great thing was you didn't have to get up early to reserve a bed, as the pool doesn't open till 9.30am. I think this is a good way of preventing people claiming them when they are not using them. I would like to point out a few minor changes that could be made though to enhance the hotel in my opinion. Firstly, the same background music was played it seemed every night at dinner; it could be a little monotonous and drove my husband nuts! We had live piano music one night of the two weeks we stayed and perhaps this could be something that is offered as a once a week treat. I also feel that the drinks and snacks around the pool area are a little expensive, which did put me off eating food there at lunchtime. As a family we would pop out to the backstreet Italian cafes, which I must point out are much cheaper than eating on the seafront. The food at the hotel was lovely though, especially the croissants at breakfast and the pastry style puddings in the evening. However I would suggest that variations could be given on the salad buffet. For example every night they had a plate of grated carrot on offer, they could vary it and chop them into chunks maybe. Also having a choice of potatoes on offer would have been nice, especially as they are rarely served with the meal. Hot fries perhaps for the children staying at the hotel would be a good idea, as they did offer a hot tray choice on the buffet each night. These are just suggestions that I feel could improve the hotel even further. Would like to give special mention to Mario the bar waiter and also to Daniel the waiter who served us one night and treated me like a proper lady! All the staff were very friendly though. I would love to come to this hotel again except for the fact that we have visited most of the area surrounding the hotel; otherwise I would return every year! I Highly recommend the Grand Royal; it is well worth the money.