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Grand Hotel & La Pace
Ranked #19 of 108 Hotels in Montecatini Terme
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 17, 2012

We stayed here for five nights in early September. Like others, I had read the reviews and was nervous about our visit. It is a huge hotel and overall we had a very pleasant experience there.

We found the staff are extremely friendly, helpful and courteous at all times. They want you to enjoy your visit. Guillano in reception could not have been more willing to help in any way and made great suggestions for sightseeing etc. He also has perfect english which makes it so much easier for people like us who have virtually no Italian. Mario runs a very good ship in his restaurant whether you are in the ballroom/dininghall for breakfast, at the poolside for lunch or on the terrace for dinner. All the waiters and waitresses were anxious to please at all times.

The public areas are vast, with plenty of areas to sit and read (and lots of magazines, papers and books left around for your enjoyment.) The park outside the hotel is quiet and surrounds the pool area which is a tranquil haven. Lunch at the pool was a delicious experience but not for those worried about their figures. The amount of food on offer at the buffet lunch was enormous!! Dinner both inside and outside were comfortable, sedate affairs with good food and a good wine list.
Our bedroom was very large but distinctly old fashioned, particularly the bathroom. We had a large bed with pillows so hard I had to ask for softer ones (supplied immediately I requested them) There was a noisy but efficient A/C unit. I was disappointed in our room but only from a decor point of view. This is very much an Italian hotel and I have always found them quirky in their interiors. There is absolutely no doubt that this hotel would benefit hugely from a makeover - one that did not take from the historic features of the hotel but rather enhanced them but having said that, the overall experience was a good one and we would go back.

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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

It was not me who has chosen the hotel...
And when I was reading other reviewers, I was terrified! It supposed to be a nice one week with my wife in Tuscany and I was not ready to spend it in an old building with terrible service...
But luckiliy it was not that bad! It seems that somebody had a really bad luck or very high ambitions.
Good things: its the very city center, main square; at least our room was newly renovated and the same for bath - fresh and clean; fantastic swiming pool and the area - you can easily spend there whole day enjoying sun; staff was friendly and helpfull in everything.
Bad things: beds - you can not call it king size bed if it is two single beds, just putted together (gap between them by the morning was quite big every day...); air conditioning - you can set 18-21C range only or 30-35C if the window is open... What shall you do, if you prefer 23C??? Price - a bit too expensive, but I was there while Miss Italia was ongoing the same place. Overall quality of common areas - days of its glory were some 20-30 years ago. Fantastic building, but crying for renovation and restyling.
My recommendation - if you are in Montecatini Terme because of business or just for few days only - you can survive. If you want to spend more time and your aim is to explore Tuscany - try to find one of small luxury hotels.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Agree with other reviews - it is ratgher old hotel in the need of complete renovation but in the same time you feel the history of that place, spacious public areas, extremely good service in the restaurant, clean rooms and fantastic park with the outdoor pool. Would recommend to stay there.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

Stayed one night and got a nice, spacious room with good bed. Spa was small but ok, pool area relaxed. Friendly receptionists. Good breakfast.

Stayed: July 2012
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

firstly let me state that the fact that this hotel is a part of 'the leading hotels of the world' is extremely misleading. we booked this hotel on our honeymoon and within 15 mins of being there we had decided to leave...luckily we got a full refund. the hotel is extremely run-down and is almost a straight out of a b-grade horror movie. even after booking a suite we were taken to a regular room, and after complaining we got our suite to realize that the regular room is was less spooky...not recommended at all

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

I stayed here with my wife and our little dog during our trip through Tuscany. We were looking for a nice 5 star hotel and found this wonderful place.
The hotel is located in a beautiful park.

The hotel definitely is a Grand Hotel. I stayed at many Grand Hotels before but this one now is one of my most favorite. You feel very comfortable as soon as you enter the hotel and feel a great atmosphere.

The hallways are huge the rooms are big with high ceilings. The breakfast restaurant is amazing.

Also the entire staff was absolutely friendly and very helpful.

I can really recommend this lovely place to anyone who likes Grand Hotels.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank AppleNick
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

This is an UNESCO site ... a wnderful Hotel built in 1870. The rooms a size + fantastic bathrooms. The staff was friendly and the food excelled, but was a limited menue due to low season. The clientel is mainly Italian, Russian & Ukrainian the latter two with body guards. The only negative are the pillows that are really hard and sheet quality could be better. This Hotel is no longer under the Leading Hotels of the World

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Grand Hotel & La Pace

Address: Via della Torretta 1, 51016, Montecatini Terme, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pistoia > Montecatini Terme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 Spa Hotel in Montecatini Terme
#13 Luxury Hotel in Montecatini Terme
Price Range: $153 - $349 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Grand Hotel & La Pace 5*
Number of rooms: 130
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautiful property,built in 1870 in Liberty architectural style, is located in the heart of Tuscany, few miles from Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Siena and the seaside. Close to Florence and Pisa International Airports and a few steps from Railway station. The hotel features a great heated (28°C)outdoor swimming pool(seasonal),a Tennis clay court,both free of charge, a modern style SPA with Wet Area (a heated pool with Jacuzzi corner, the ancient Rasul bathing ritual and relaxation area),regenerative and anti-age treatment, holistic programmes, massage and remise en forme) and the enchanting SPA SUITE, a private corner with jacuzzi, rasul and relaxing area. Member of the Montecatini International Golf course (special discount for green fee available). Private park of 20.000 sqm. Private parking lot. Buffet lunch by the pool and candle light dinner with piano music in the Patio ... more   less 
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