I was looking for a hotel on the coast near Pisa for a short stay to get over our flight from Australia. We run a cooking school in Lucca and it's important to get a few days R&R before diving into it. We had considered Cinque Terre but we had a car with a lot of luggage, plus wanted to be closer to Pisa Airport. After lots of research, I chose Castiglioncello and Hotel Atlantico and we were so pleased with our choice.
The hotel is lovely and the town is charming - it is a 5 minute walk to both sides of the penisula.
Senora Guiletta and her family & staff are most hospitable. Our room was spacious and opened onto a good sized terrace. The breakast choices were plentiful with a fresh OJ machine. WE ate dinner in the restaurant once. The primi pastas were homemade and very tasty. We weren't overwhelmed by the secondi. My husband's scalopinni with mozzarella was just that. A pale piece of meat smothered in melted cheese, no tomato sauce or anything else. However the service was good.
There is an outdoor pool, behind another building. The staff insisted on showing us how to get to it - takes two minutes and brought us drinks.
The indoor pool will make it a very desirable hotel in the chillier months.