We stayed for three nights in the Grande Albergo Miramare in late August. This hotel is lovely, it has a certain old style glamour about it in everything from the palm trees to the terraces to the furnishings. The biggest draws are of course the views and the beach. The views across to Gaeta are beautiful. Many of the rooms have large terraces or balconies overlooking the gardens and the sea which is lovely.
I didn't spend any time at the pool - in fact I have no idea why anyone would when the beach is so fantastic. The line of rocks a little way out makes the area very safe for children to play in and keeps the water beautifully warm since it is heated by the sea. Lying in the warm water was one of my favourite things to do the whole trip. It is also possible to swim properly as well if you prefer. I also really appreciated the staff member on the beach wading out to warn us we were getting too close to meduse (jellyfish) just at the end of the trip - I think they don't appear till late in the summer and once he realised that we had children in the party he was very watchful. Despite the fact that we hadn't paid for loungers. We really appreciated this. BTW though it's worth knowing that the loungers are expensive - I think 10 euro per person - and you pay for them regardless of whether you're on the beach for a day or half an hour.
I also thought the staff at reception were nice - they were fine with us about late checkout and were accommodating when we needed to print things out etc. The internet was also pretty good here and it was possible to use it even on the terrace. And it was included in the cost. And the cost was very reasonable too for a hotel of this type.
I really enjoyed the breakfasts sitting overlooking the gulf. The food was pretty good and the staff again were nice. The only time I found them less nice was when there was a wedding on, but I presume that they were under pressure.
Admittedly I didn't do a lot of other eating at the hotel - I did order a panino one day and it was fine. The only challenge was finding someone to serve it to me and this was something we found several times - when we went to the bar there was no one there to serve. Luckily another one of our party had stocked up at a supermarket so we ended up repairing to their room! They did miss out on business because of this.
I do agree with the comment on how far out of town this hotel is. But this is a big issue in Formia, the only central accommodation is in a very basic B&B type hotel. I did miss being able to just pop into town.
But I would definitely recommend this hotel. And I will stay there again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Queen Elena of Savoia’s old residence. Point of reference of the Italian hospitality for 70 years and historic abode of the fine dining. A charming and magnificent Italian tourist attraction. The Grande Albergo Miramare was born in 1947, but it roots are much older as it had been the summer residence of the Italian Royal family. The hotel is composed of six classic-styled villas wisely restored, though keeping unchanged its original structure; it’s surrounded by the Mediterranean maquis with an incomparable view over the of Gaeta. The main villa – Villa Anna – used to be Queen Elena’s private flat; today, it’s the royal suite of the hotel, maintaining both the furniture and the big wrought-iron chandelier intact, belonged to the Savoia family. Family holidays, business meetings, romantic getaways: whatever your stay is, Miramare always is the perfect location. All areas are typified by the Venetian elegant style and provided with all comfort equipments. Each room is one-of-a-kind: they all are enriched with classy, vintage and original furniture, and combined with relaxing and delicate colours. Balconies and terraces offer a breathtaking view perched over the Gulf of Gaeta. It’s been 70 years since the Grande Albergo Miramare became part of the history of the Italian hospitality and the tourism made in Italy. The Miramare is a big restaurant and one of the oldest in Italy, thanks to its long story and tradition imprinted by successful deeds, due to Celletti family at its third generation today. The Sala degli Specchi (the mirrors room) has been recently restored: it’s the building’s flagship because of its fine marble flooring, stunning pure gold chandeliers, magnificent mirrors, as well as the furniture once belonged to the Queen of Savoia. The room boasts an exclusive view over the Gulf of Gaeta. The Grotta del Fauno (the faun’s cavern) was discovered while digging for the restoration of the Mirrors room. The cavern once was the private royals’ cellar; today, it’s a restaurant room built in the stone, furnished with an unmistakable rough style and enriched with details dated back to 1800 but still perfectly preserved. The main wine and food organisations have been awarding the Miramare Restaurant over years; furthermore, it’s also recommended by both Michelin and Gambero Rosso guides. The Miramare Hotel really is a relaxing oasis. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean greenery overlooking the stunning Gulf of Gaeta, it’s provided with a seafront swimming pool and a private beach, which the personnel always take good care of. There is crystal-clear sea and an equipped beach, where it is possible to order lunch from the restaurant thanks to the staff who’s always at the guest’s disposal to guarantee the best wellness. Those who wish to enjoy the beach only without staying at the hotel, it is possible to reach it just passing by the reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grande Albergo Miramare Formia