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“4* - You must be joking!”
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Hotel President
Ranked #36 of 43 Hotels in Forte Dei Marmi
Reviewed September 19, 2012

My wife and I stayed for one week at this hotel early in September 2012 as part of a walking holiday group organised by Preferred Travel. The hotel has much going for it in terms of its location and building (if you must be in Forte dei Marmi), but that’s as almost far as the positives go!
Perhaps independent clients receive a reasonable service, but our group was treated with disdain by most (but not all) of the hotel staff. The theme of a second class of guest was particularly evident in the dining room where the service from the head waiter and to a lesser extent some other waiters was appalling. Orders generally being taken by having to shout to the other end of the table where the head waiter simple stood in one place to take the order from everyone at the table. However, the arrival of the food was even worse. I find it difficult to understand how any ‘chef’ could not be other than ashamed of the food. Put aside for a moment, the extremely limited menu options – one soup or one pasta, one fish or one meat, and no dessert choice (the latter being almost identical every day). We being ‘fish eaters’ obviously chose fish every evening (fixed at 7.30pm) and did not eat 6 of the 7 meals served. As a flavour of the standard, the first evening meal was just a plate with dry breaded plaice and a few green beans and carrots (cooked to the point of being mushy). The breaded plaice was obviously some old frozen fish from the back of the freezer, then baked in the oven till it was dry and hard. With one exception (strangely dog fish!), all the (fish) meals plummeted to the same depths of poor quality frozen fish badly cooked, badly presented and badly served. Our meat eating colleagues seem to fare a little better, but even still not to the point of approaching a good meal. As I said earlier, independent clients of the hotel might have been treated better, but the fact that we were treated like this says a lot about the attitude of the hotel in general.
A bottle of basic ‘plonk’ cost 15 Euros and a bottle of water 5 Euros.
Forte dei Marmi is a pleasant enough town, but the beach is divided into mostly private areas and the entire frontage is taken up with bars and restaurants etc. Thus, there is no promenade where you can stroll along and actually see the beach. This makes for an unpleasant experience for anybody other than sun worshipers who wish to pay their 15 Euros each (the Hotel President daily price) and lie or sit on the provided sun loungers.
All in all, Forte dei Marmi in general and Hotel President in particular are not places I would recommend and find it difficult to understand why there is an apparent influx of rich Russians buying houses in the town!

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Alessandro B, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel President, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2012

Dear Sirs,
We would first like to thank you for having been a guest of our hotel. Your review is very important because, in this way, you help us correct our mistakes. and improve the quality of the service we offer.Our guests are usually highly satisfied with our food and the quality of our restaurant service, but it's evident that, unluckily, we didn't fulfill your expectations. We are deeply sorry about it, but we can assure you weren't guests of second class at all. We wish you had informed our reception or our general manager of your unsatisfaction so that we could immediately have improved the quality of your stay. We hope we can host you again next year, being quite sure you would keep in good memory your stay at of our hotel.

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

I stayed at this hotel for a weekend in the beginning of June and I thought it was nice. It had been recommended by a friend, who highlighted the location as its strength. I would say the hotel is more of a good three stars rather than a four stars. The size of the room was ok, the bathroom was quite big though. In fact, the size of the bedroom seemed disproportional vis-a-vis the large bathroom. It bothered me a bit that the bathroom did not have a shower, only a bath. We had a massive terrace in our room, which was fantastic. I thought the hotel was a bit pricey for what it was but then I saw the other hotels in Forte and I was happy with what I had. I guess I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Overall of Hotel President looks so nice but I had some bad and good experiences there so let's share...
- Our room is really big, the bathroom as well but they forgot to gave us any shampoo and conditioner for our hair.
- All meals there were fantastic. Many kinds of food for breakfast and lots of set menu for dinner. But please note that the hotel may charge you for little things you order with overpriced. Then you may surprise when they give you a bill.
- The hotel provides you the bicycles for looking around Forte De Marmi but almost of it seem malfunctioned and nothing lock. For our trip, we used just 1 lock for 3 bicycles so I thought that weird.
- For using wifi connection, the hotel provided us as complementary but we had to redeem every hour.
- As previous comment said, the elevator was so small. You cannot put your big luggage over there. Sometimes, it didn’t work well, even you press any number level but it was nothing.
- Anyway, we loved its atmosphere and friendly staffs who always gave us smiles especially in the hotel restaurant. :) Moreover, the gardener there was fantastic. He could make many interesting things including being the bartender.

Room Tip: - The room with Balcony is a valuable. - Please ask the reception for many hours for wifi connectio...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Alessandro B, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel President, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2012

Dear Madam,
thank you very much for taking the time to share your review.We are glad you were satisfied with your room, our food and our restaurant service. Our hotel staff works really hard to make our guests'stay great so we are really happy you apprecciate our commitment.Rigt now we are modernizing our internet system and if you decide to stay at our hotel next year we are sure you'll appreciate we will have fixed our wi fi problems.

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Reviewed July 3, 2011

It is a stylish 4 star hotel, with inresting design and it has a lot of pieces of art- like modern pictures and statuettes. Nice for italian hotels breakfast, nice and well-groomed garden, the seaside is not far.

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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 26, 2007

We stayed at the President for 4 nights as part of a group touring Tuscany. The presence of only one small lift proved a problem on our arrival when it came to conveying the baggage of some 40 people to their rooms and caused a consequential delay, The bedrooms were spotlessly clean, spacious and well furnished. The bathrooms were similarly proportioned and well appointed. In this respect the President lived up to its 4 star status.
The restaurant,however, was in a different league. The standard of food for all four nights was mediocre lacking in both quality and on one particular occasion quantity. There was an almost complete absence of vegetables to help supplement the meat/fish course and provide a varied diet. The only exceptions to this were on one day peas appeared and on another something that looked like a potato puree appeared on the plates. At no time was any fruit provided, very sad considering that this was Italy in September. The wine list was shambolic, consisting of a choice of 2 either red or white. No mention was made of the variety of grape or the region of production. They were priced at 14/15 euros and therefore did not really warrant the risk of trying one.
The choice at the breakfast buffet was limited, no sign of decent bread, eggs or a toaster. On the first morning as no edible bread was available I opted for a sweet croissant, on biting into it I found my mouth was full of hair that had been contained within the pastry base. On extricating said hair I found 4 hairs of about 8" in length, black and presumably of human orgiin. Not a pleasant experience. I asked the tour guide to represent my complaint to the management. That evening the Assistant Manager whilst apolgising compounded the situation "saying that the hairs were not his as his hair was short". When I tried to elucidate from him as to how this situation could have arisen, he shrugged his shoulders, turned his back and walked away. Yes, Basil Fawlty is alive and welll
Maybe I was unfortunate but I would strongly advise anyone to give the President a wide berth. There are plenty of other hotels in Forti dei Marmi.

  • Stayed: September 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 27, 2006

Hotel President is a very beautiful hotel. The rooms are good, the bathroom is very large and very comfortable. The food is of a very good quality and the service is very stylisch.
At the reception you offen find the manager, who is not so friendly and will hold some things behind. They tell you that there is a beach of the hotel but they "forget" to tell that you have to pay 25 € a day. The rooms with a terrace are the best.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed May 27, 2006

The President is quite lovely - understated and chic (in its own quiet way). It has very nice, if small, grounds and the reception area is very 60's/70's Italian at its best. It is best used as a base - if you want a living-in hotel, do not go to President. It's about 50m from the beach - but do not use the hotel's own beach (which, like pretty much all other hotel beaches in Forte, costs extra and is a bit dead) - go to Bagno Alaide, run by Beppe and Argentina (a quaint but powerful partnership), about 300m north from the hotel. At the hotel, ask for a terrace - rooms 105, 106 and 107 will do the trick. The staff is pleasant, in a slightly formal, mid-century, Italian way. No wonder, these are Marmiensi, inhabitants of one of the world's most graceful and beautiful places (but, culture-seekers, the town is an early 20th century development, so it's a monument to straight lines and low level, non-Gothic, purity). The food at the President is basic. Do bed and breakfast and, for dinner, go out - to Bistrot on the coast road (+39 0584 89879), to Cervo Bianco (at the north end of the town), to Il Boccancino immediately south of the square which houses 'Il Fortino', the 'Forte' in FdM. Furher afield, a must-do meal is at L'Enotecca Marcucci in Pietrasanta, the town which gave birth to FdM - +39 0584 791692 - its a Eur20 cab-ride and worth every euro-cent. There is a Michelin-starred restaurant in town too - Lorenzo, which is perfectly fine and all that but soulless. Where ever you coose to stay, please, please, do not go to the Augustus - a testament to the triumph of price over quality.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Address: Viale Ammiraglio E. Morin 65, 55042 Forte Dei Marmi, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Forte Dei Marmi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #36 of 43 Hotels in Forte Dei Marmi
Price Range: $120 - $642 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel President 4*
Number of rooms: 44
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A short distance from the beach, the Hotel President welcomes its guests in the most beautiful district of Forte dei Marmi, Roma Imperiale, where you can experience the relaxed atmosphere that has made Forte one of the most prestigious seaside tourist resort towns. The hotel consists of 50 rooms and family suites, some with a balcony or terrace. A garden with plants and scented herbs, typical of the Versilian maquis, embraces the hotel on two sides. A large multifunctional playground is equipped for futsal and volleyball for our guests During your stay your cars and bikes will be guarded in our two large parking lots ... more   less 
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