The Alba sul Mare is a small 3 star family-run hotel overlooking the beach at the Viareggio end of Lido di Camaiore. My wife and I stayed there for a fortnight from 24 September 2007 to relax and recover from our daughter's wedding in Siena. It was my first visit to Italy apart from a weekend in Rome. There was a slightly end-of-season feel about the town and the hotel as, for example, the dining room closed while we were there. A number of hotels closed at the end of September.
Our room was at the front, looking out over the beachfront businesses, with a wonderful view of the sea. Rooms at the back of the hotel look towards the Apuan Alps but I do not know the extent to which other buildings interfere with the view.
Our bedroom was simply furnished but very comfortable and immaculately clean. (I often have a problem sleeping the first night in a hotel because the beds differ but no problem here.)
The bathroom is continental, with a shower and bidet rather than a bath.
The hotel is airconditioned with a temperature controller in each room, although the airconditioning seemed to stop after 30 September. As we had our window open all the time the airconditioning was academic.
The public areas of the hotel can only be described as elegant and it was the website picture of the reception and sitting area which first caught my eye.
Breakfast was good, with the emphasis on cereals, fruit and pastries rather than cold meats and cheese.
The staff are brilliant, always friendly and welcoming, always helpful and most with some English. They gave the hotel a relaxed, gentle atmosphere and it was perfect for us to use as a base for a mixture of sunbathing and sightseeing. It took about five minutes from the hotel to reach the autostrade. Pisa, Lucca and Carrara are all within 30 minutes.
Internet use was free, unlike our 4* Siena hotel.
Laundry took two days, clothes were washed and ironed properly and inexpensively.
I have only one, totally unfair, criticism of the hotel: it is an hour and a quarter's hard driving to Rapallo. Some of the best Scuba diving in that area of Italy is in the Portofino Marine Park (go with Abyss Diving in Rapallo) and the journey is just that bit too much to do every day.
We will be in Tuscany next September and expect to stay at the Alba sul Mare again. We recommend it to anyone who prefers the personal atmosphere of a well run small hotel to a large impersonal hotel where the facilities of pools, exercise rooms and saunas appear to be more important.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- the Alba sul Mare is located in Versilia on the seafront in Lido di Camaiore. The hotel Alba sul Mare in addition to overlook directly to the sea, is located in the town center and a short walk from Viareggio (a few kilometers from Lucca, Pisa and Florence), the ideal place for your holidays in Tuscany For us the taste of good food and hospitality are what make our home a place for every occasion. The excellent Mediterranean cuisine is prepared by the owners . The dinner menu offer many choices: 4 main dishes, 4 second courses - fish always present - and 3 desserts, in addition to the vegetable buffet. Breakfast is prepared for you with attention to the smallest detail and it will be served every day in a large mixed buffet: cereal, yogurt, fruit juices, homemade cakes and biscuits, sliced ??cheese and more. In addition, our menus are designed in a way to offer even simple dishes, suitable for younger children. The rooms, many with sea view, are equipped with air conditioning and central heating, bathroom with shower, LED TV, safe and direct dial telephone. Among the free services we have a computer with internet access (ADSL), WI-FI available throughout the common areas (Hall, bar, reading room and TV room) ... more less
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