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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel And La Pace
- Grand Hotel La Pace
- Grand Hotel Montecatini Terme