The Mirage is situated just off the main 'promenade'. English visitors note that you won't be strolling by the sea, exactly, as you might expect - the beach front, in common with most Italian sea side resorts, is privately owned by restaurants etc and you have to go a little way to find the entrance to the 'free' beach. However, you can see what you're missing from the really great roof terrace at the Mirage.
The hotel has rooms over 4 floors, accessed by a lift (elderly should note that the stairs don't have a handrail, so hope the lift doesn't break down!). All areas are accessible without having to negotiate either stairs or steps - a boon in Italy.
My room had a little balcony with chairs. It didn't have an exciting view but was a pleasant place to sit. Note that the balconies don't have a front sea view- a side one at best and I'd guess only from the higher floor, due to the buildings hiding the beach and sea from view. However, the roof terrace more than makes up for it.
The breakfast is a good Italian standard: I didn't get the opportunity to use the restaurant, which is closed on Sundays and Tuesdays, but it has a good local reputation. There are lots and lots of restaurants, bars and pizza places within a couple of minutes' walk.
To reach the hotel from Pisa airport, you can get a train via Pisa Centrale, about 35 mins in total. You COULD walk from the train in Viareggio to the hotel. Personally, I can't so took the taxi, 10 Euros for less than 2km, but that's how it is! THE BUS is a better option. It takes a bit longer, but it goes from the airport and drops you a five minute walk from the hotel. When you get off the bus, go onto the 'prom' - you'll see the shops - turn right and walk a short way. Turn right at the Hotel Bristol and you'll see the Mirage just a short way up the street on the left. I left Viareggio by bus, and it's a really easy walk even with luggage.
The two men who run the hotel have good English, and are very helpful with local information and directions.
I would stay here again and recommend it if you are no longer young and fit!
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