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Grand Hotel Pigna Antiche Terme
Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Imperia
Antibes, France
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“The better days are over”
Reviewed August 29, 2011

If there were one word to describe the experience...it would be "STINKA" This is actually my second experience with this hotel. Key items to know; first, if you are not okay with smelling sulfur (rotten eggs) the whole time...do not even think about going here! Secondly, if you remember the big empty halls from the movie "the shining", this is the place. Big bar, no Bartender, no people. The restaurant; closes at 9pm. People in Italy don't even go to dinner before 9. Breakfast was pathetic, day old rolls (maybe two), everything store purchased in individual plastic. There was organic cereal in packets, however no bowls, spoons or milk! One of the staff saw me carrying it back to the table and to his credit asked if I needed a bowl and milk. The Spa...We tried to make a reservation 2 days in advance and called the Spa, I kid you not, 20 times. Never once did they answer the phone. The following morning we called, they answered! One availability for only one us (3) the entire time we were there...and we were guests of the hotel! The Pool...another review was right, you do have to wear a swim cap. They were hilarious and we did have great fun with that silliness. The pool itself is anything but clear in any sense of the word, has all kinds of organics floating around in it and it stinks to high heaven. If anyone thinks a swim cap would keep the pool from getting dirty or clog up a filter, they are seriously demented. Okay...the good stuff, the area and the view was spectacular. The room was clean and the bathroom was nicely appointed. There is a fantastic restaurant 5 minutes walk from the hotel entrance up the hill. The reception was not the greatest by a long shot but they did try. Truth is...the place has great potential and I'm sure in its heyday it was spectacular. Now...stinka

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Cannes, France
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Reviewed August 1, 2010

We arrived in an empty lobby with almost no furniture. One man and a woman behind the desk with almost no english or french. We went to our room where we were suppose to stay 3 nights but were very disappointed when we saw the room. No nice view, no chairs at the terrace and the room had no ambience whats so ever but it did look clean. We decided to enjoy a lunch at the pool. Arriving at the pool the smell was horrible like old dirty water. We installed ourselves at a table overlooking the waterfall which we hoped to enjoy later on. BUT as it turned out it wasnt possible to swim at the waterfall eventhough at the brochure we saw a beautiful picture of someone enjoying it. Turned out that was just for the picture. Then we were in for an other suprise, the quality of the food!!! chemical morzarella with no taste and to make it worse, dried basil instead of the lovely fresh basil we expected in Italy in a four star hotel. After lunch we had yet an other suprise: the pool. It did look lovely but the smell was terrible. and we soon found out a BATHINGCAP WAS OBLIGED! Some kind of doctor explained to us that it was obligated by law which is absolutely not true. The manager of the hotel adviced us to swim without a cap if we didint want to wear it, ignoring the words of this so called doctor. But there was no way we could use the pool without one. In the brochure was a gorgeous woman enjoying the pool with NO cap. He explained that it was just for show because it would look better in a brochure. As for the spa, we couldnt get any massages for the first day. The chairs were all plastic, empty halls, no relaxing music or lovely welcoming assistance, nothing... halls filled with old empty rooms. We enjoyed Spa Hotels all around europe, Evia, Spa, Megeve, Bath, The Netherlands and so on but never ever did we have such a bad experience as in this hotel... We gave up and never stayed one night in this hotel. We checked out because the idea of spending 3 nights at a hotel where everything is a lie, a fake brochure and disappointing is a complete waste of time and money!!!! we went to a hotel which we knew already and enjoyed the sun, the hospitality and the service as you would expect in a beatutiful hotel. Never again the fairytales or lies of Pigna, thank you!!!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Grand Hotel Pigna Antiche Terme
Address: Rione Lago Pigo 1 | Pigna, 18037, Imperia, Italy
Location: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Imperia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 15 Hotels in Imperia
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Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Pigna Antiche Terme 4*
Number of rooms: 90
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