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Hotel Gambrinus Mare
Ranked #1 of 182 Hotels in Cattolica
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

Have just returned from a lovely holiday with my daughter, son-in-law, 2 grandsons and their other grandparents. This is a lovely hotel owned by Scottish Lisa and her Italian husband Gianni and run by them to ensure that every guest receives the best service that they can offer. They are ably supported by a staff (from maids to waiting staff) that do their utmost to make sure that your holiday is a wonderful experience.
The food, which is served buffet style, is excellently varied and plentilful and caters for all tastes, whether you are a meat eater, fish lover or a vegetarian.
If you are travelling with young children they have pushchairs available (free) as well as providing high chairs and cots. There is also a small outdoor play area along with an indoor pirate themed play room which has the services of a play supervisor. For those of you who may feel a litte more energetic there are bicycles available (also free) including some with kiddy seats.
The beautifully maintained beach is a mere 2-3 minutes walk and there is a wide range of facilities and activities available there such as a small swimming pool, table tennis, play park, showers, toilets and changing rooms.
All in all, Cattolica is a charming typically Italian resort and of course the gelato is to die for.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank lynda s
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gambrinusmare, Proprietario at Hotel Gambrinus Mare, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2012

Thank you soooo much Linda for your fantastic comment, it was a great pleasure to have all your family here with us, we enjoyed yet again your company!
This job requires a great passion, patience & dedication and thanks to comments like yours it gives us an even bigger push to carry on in the correct direction!
Hoping to see you all again at the Gambrinus Mare in the near future, we wish you from bella Italia a lovely day!
Lisa & Gianni.

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Reviewed June 13, 2012

This is our second stay at Gambrinus Mare and we will definitely return again. The owners Lisa and Gianni, and all their staff, made us feel very welcome in their comfortable and modern hotel, which is just a few steps from the spotlessly clean sandy beach of Cattolica.

We have two young children and I'd say the hotel was particularly suited to families, as the Italians love children and are very tolerant of noise and play. The hotel has two dedicated play areas for the kids and often there are activities for them to take part in. The hotel also provides a lot of the bulky items like buggies, highchairs, cots, etc., which cuts down on the amount of luggage you have take.

The food is excellent and is served buffet style, so you can have a taste of everything. There is always a great choice at every meal and even my fussy kids found plenty of food they enjoyed. The dining room bustles every mealtime as Italians enjoy chatting loudly, but it all adds to the atmosphere. Every evening Gianni dresses up to sing and entertain the children (and adults!), which is always a hit, especially the "Grab the Chicken" song!

The hotel is situated at the quieter end of Cattolica, although it is on a fairly busy road. There is a lively pedestrian area about 2 minutes walk from the hotel, that has plenty of shops, cafes and entertainment in the the evenings. The Italians enjoy promenading after dinner, often along the boardwalk behind the beach.

We hired umbrellas and loungers at Malu Beach 93 (the beach is divided into different areas, all with their own facilities, which you normally pay for separately from the hotel, direct to the beach staff, although this is included if you go for the all-inclusive package at the hotel). I'd also recommend this beach area for young families, as it has a nice play area, a small, shallow pool, toilets, showers and changing areas.

The resort is within easy reach of Rimini airport by taxi, or Bologna airport if you hire a car. We have done both and would probably choose Rimini again if possible, as the public transport in Cattolica is good enough to allow some trips without the need for a car.

Overall, this hotel is highly recommended for a family who want a lively but relaxing holiday somewhere away from the usual tourist hot-spots. The owner Lisa is Scottish, so you won't be stuck if you don't know the language, but otherwise I would be surprised if you hear much other English when you are here as it seems to be mostly Italian families and older people who holiday here. They obviously enjoy it!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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Management response:Responded June 27, 2012

Dear Lisa & Family thank you so much for dedicating time to write your amazing & detailed review, well done!
It was a great pleasure to have you all here again this year and as always i really enjoy our wee chats, especially to fellow Scots!
As you have pin pointed our hotel is ideal for families with children of all ages and the buffet for lunch & dinner is, as many guests have already told us, ideal. As you know, food in Italy is a big thing and very important with a massive variation of pasta, meat & fish choices so there is always something for everybody!
We are so glad that with the correct mixture of a, warm welcome in modern soroundings, friendly atmosphere, superb food, fantastic and well equipped beaches in a lovely, clean resort that you will come back yet again for another fabulous holiday!
Have a nice day,
Lisa & Gianni.

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Reviewed January 14, 2012

I have been going to The fabulous Hotel Gambrinus Mare for 9 years now and I can honestly say it is the best Hotel by far I have ever stayed in!

The hotel is a family business expertly ran by Gianni and Lisa whose attention to detail is absolutely first class. There hospitality and warmness are guarenteed to make sure you will have a fab time when you are there.They both go out of there way to help you at every turn.

Lisa is Scottish which means there is no language barrier either.

The satff are firs class and are always polite and very helpful.

The hotel has over 40 rooms and is spotless throughout. Right on the sea front gives amazing views of the Adriatic coast also. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and very modern with en suite bathrooms and balconys. There are also flat screen tvs, air con, phones and hairdryers.

The food is amazing and from last year the Gambrinus has now adopted a buffet theme which means you can sample all of the freshly made dishes! Believe me when I say, you will definately be up for seconds!!! The Restaurant is beautifully decorated having been renovated last year. It is spacious, spotless and nice and cooled with air conditioning. Each day you will find something new from fish, meat and veggie dishes not to mention all the side dishes and pasta dishes which are freshly prepared for you! The food is to die for and the buffet theme means you can have as little or as MUCH as you like! Definately amazing value for money!

The hotel lounge and bar is also spacious and those travelling with a family can sit there and relax as there children are looked after by the hotel's babysitter who offers a wide range of activities for the children in the hotel's Pirate room! Our kids loved it and spent most of their time there! From facepaints to puzzels there's lots to do. You can also let the kids eat in there to give you some quite time at meal times!!! BLISS!

Hotel Gambrinus Mare is a great place to stay in and each year when you return you always find it has been modernised or decorated. It's warm atmosphere will make you at ease and feel relaxed, just what you want for a perfect holiday.

The local airports is Rimini, with only a 20 minute transfer. Flights leave UK from Stansted or Liverpool with Ryanair. Or alternatively you can fly into Bologna.

Cattolica is a great place to enjoy a family holiday, with lots of fun things round about to do. The beaches are the cleanest in Europe and you will be amazed with what's on offer. Water parks and theme parks are also close by if you fancy it too.

All in all, we can't wait to go back each year and are counting down the days until we return this summer in July! Check out there web page for more details or give Lisa a call!!

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2011

We love the hotel, the place, the people, the food everything about our holiday
We have been several times and always go back, you will love it

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 7, 2009

We were advised about this hotel about four/five years ago and checked the prices/flights etc and although very economical, the journey involved a stopover in London so we decided to give it a miss, too much hastle we thought. A year or so later we stumbled across it again and also discovered other flight routes to Rimini without going to London. So we decided to give it a try.. What a decision that was!!!!! One of those rare moments in life when you just know you called it right.
This was our third visit in as many years and will be part of our holiday plans for years to come. Lisa & Gianni are the proprietors of this 40 odd bedroom hotel set in the quieter part of town about 100-150 yards from the beach and what a beach, if you find anything to better this then you really have found something to treasure. The beach runs the full length of the town from a small harbour at the north to the Marina at the South and is split into over 100 impeccably run sections that have there own receptions, toilets, playareas,gyms and in some sections Bars that all border the Boardwalk.
Lisa & Gianni work tremendously hard to create a warm, friendly and caring atmostphere that you tend only to find in family run establishments. You become an immediate part of the place as soon as you arrive. Lisa & Gianni's attention to their guests is first class particularly at meal times and the food is simply superb. Pasta, seafood, soups, meats etc all cooked to perfection AND served to your table, apart from the excellent 'Salad Bar' which is Buffet Style.
Gianni is full time Proprietor, part time Entertainer, part time Magician and all round Nice Guy. Lisa, well she is Just Magic...
Go on check out the web site, trust me, there are no 20 year old photos here, what you see is what you will get AND more. This truely is a ''Hidden Gem'' and would guarantee anyone who visits WILL return.
Ciao for now Lisa & Gianna and again Grazie!!!!
Bill & Liz, Glasgow xxx

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 29, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled with family
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  • Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Address: Via Giosue' Carducci 86, 47841 Cattolica, Italy
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Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Rimini > Cattolica
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 182 Hotels in Cattolica
Price Range: $119 - $155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 40
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Welcome to the Hotel Gambrinus Mare, a small family run hotel only a few steps from the beach... you can even count your foot steps! Modern & cozy with a friendly and festive atmosphere not to mention great food! Free wi-fi in the hotel as well! We want you to have a relaxing holiday in a warm and welcoming atmosphere and make you ... "happily ever after" ... just like in fairy tales but true Italian style! Lisa & Gianni Gaudenzi ... more   less 
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