As always, when I travel, I either travel alone or with "the blonde". and this was one of the latter occasions. I was looking for a peaceful getaway, not too far from Florence as I was resigned to travel with Meridiana, that could cope with my laptop, my bizarre hours of wakefullness and within striking distance of a tennis court and some beautifying treatments for my partner.
She was more than happy with the gym at the main hotel next door, and I was more than happy with the cosy, spacious room with such great views.
It was peaceful, despite being on a road, well maintained, despite being an annexe to the main hotel, it was well tended by wonderul polite and extremely charming staff.
It was receommendation form my travel guru Alex at Carefree Italy and having used him on numerous occasions I had no cause to disbeliev him when he suggested it for 4 nights in may. the weather was too cold to use the pool at the main hotel but I would recommend Montecatini to every one. Prices are cheaper than in Florence, travel time is 30 mins, people are nicer, fewer tourists and overall its liberty style facade is truly splended.
But back to the hotel, the breakfast is served in a small room and is quite limited but that didn't bother me as the coffee was superb. It is only B&B afer all. the annexe is a private villa with 6 rooms I think, a private garden with a gate to the main hotel and a couple of sitting rooms that make it feel as though you are staying in the house of a well to do relative rather than in a souless hotel, which it could so easily be - just save me from the best westerns and Holiday Inn's of the world.
I thoroughly recommend this hotel, and my travel Guru to you all.
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