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Garden Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Viale Foscolo 70, 55049 Viareggio, Italy   |  
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Ranked #42 of 55 Hotels in Viareggio
Milan, Italy
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Reviews in 107 cities Reviews in 107 cities
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“2 stars would be more appropriate”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

Garden Hotel boasts a 3-star rating but this is deceptive, a 2 stars would be more appropriate. I would say the acquarium in the lobby is suggestive of what you are going to find in the hotel: it is an old tank filled with muddy water with no fish in it!
Some parts of the hotel must have been revamped a few years ago (floors in the hallways, room doors, bathrooms) but some others are in need of some serious renovation (carpets on the stairs, windows, furniture). Our room was a mixture of old and (almost) new features: the tiles in the bathroom must have been replaced 10 years ago, but our beds and the furniture were definitely dating back to the ‘70s!
There is virtually no storage room and the only place to store your bags is under the beds. Some lamps were broken, the TV was very old, not to mention the blankets. Cleaning was also an issue: floors and furniture were dusty.
The only 3-star feature is breakfast. The buffet is not huge but it caters for all tastes. Service is very poor (instead of changing the tablecloth, the waiter simply wipes the crumbs away with his hands and places new paper napkins and cutlery!).
So why didn’t I give it the lowest rating? Because, for the price I paid, I couldn’t have expected more. However, if you are not on a tight budget, stay somewhere else!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Milano
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2011

The bathroom is the same that was in the 80's. Dirty, narrow and uncomfortable.
Good space in the room with new furniture but irrritating when there are 2 single bed just push together instead a double bed or a big mattress on the top.
There is no wi-fi signal in the room and parking is not included but it cost 5 € / day if you find Pass available.
Breakfast was good exept the bread was old and juices of poor quality.
The price truly expensive.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Viareggio, Italy
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2010

We stayed at the Garden Hotel for the first time. This was our third time in Viareggio but usually stayed a little further from the centre.
Rooms are good quality, staff is friendly, the breakfast offer is wide, including even fried eggs on request, the location is one of the best you can get in Viareggio. Just a short walk from the main promenade and the beach and the market on the other side. A good offer of shopping alternatives around, but surprisingly in front of the hotel we were amazed to find a lovely shop that sells all types of products that change color in the sun. We bought 5 t-shirts for our friends and relatives and even a nail polish! (it changes from clear to red at the sun!).
Definitely good value for money, considering we had the best holiday this time!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2010

First time in Viareggio.
Really nice art decò Hotel, in a very good location in the city centre just few metres from the beach.
The owners and his family are always ready to help you, staff always smiling.
Breakfast really good for an Italian hotel( they cook fried eggs for you on request..tath is great cause they care about your requests and do their best to let you feel at home)
Surely recommended!

  • Stayed June 2010, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

lovely and charming Hotel tuscany's style(marble, wood and stones).roof terrace on 3rd floor really relaxing to drink a glass of wine. the owner and his family always smiling and taking care of us let us feeel at home...highly recommended to stop at the hotel restaurant for Lasagna...I've already booked for next april

  • Stayed April 2010, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2009

just got back from the garden hotel. dont book anywhere else. all the rooms have just been refurbished to a very high standard. we had booked a double room, the day we arrived we met a friend who was visiting viareggio for the day. she liked it so much she wanted to stay over with us. we went to check in and asked it it possible to put a bed in our room. even though they were very busy and booked up they had another bed in the room made up, all within twenty mins. how that for servise. i have stayed at the president on the main street, which is a lot more exspensive, and not a patch on the garden. all the staff very friendly.. we didnt eat in the resteraunt but we spoke to people who said it was very good. the breakfast is the usual cheese meat bread and cake. just one tiny fault they didnt have a toaster. but thats minor. try and go in feb for the carnival its a awsome experience.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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united kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2006

When we arrived at this little hotel we were sceptical as our room wasnt ready and this didn't seem like a very good start.
However this wasn't an omen. This is a really nice little hotel although i did find the head waiter a little scary although he was freindly. We were in a room right at the front of the hotel and i got the balcony i wanted but at a price because for me the noise of the traffic was just to much. But if traffic noise dosen't bother you then this is a perfect little hotel to stay at as it is very near the centre. I must just add that the food was absolutely wonderful.

  • Liked — small and friendly
  • Disliked — traffic noise all day and most of the night
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Garden Hotel

Address: Viale Foscolo 70, 55049 Viareggio, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Viareggio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Viareggio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Garden Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 48
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