I stayed at the Grand Plaza as part of a coach tour of Tuscany in September 2012. The hotel is beautiful, located on the main piaza in Montecatini Terme.
Those used to modern hotels belonging to major chains which are the same the world over need a little time to get adjusted to the charms of this grand old Dowager of a hotel. The location is perfect, but the piaza is now pedestrianised and a short walk is required from either a coach or car. The railway station Montecatini Centro is only 5 minutes walk away and gives direct and regular access to Florence, so this may be a good way to arrive for the independent traveller.
The rooms can be cramped, particularly for the single traveller who gets a single bed in a half size room. The staff are charming, helpful and generous with their time. The food is good and the main restaurant provides splendid surroundings. Rodolfo is the star in the Bar and becomes everyones friend during their stay.
As other reviewers have said, the hotel is a little tired around the edges in places. Wifi is free, but is only reliably accessible in the reception area of the hotel. I felt a little conspicous using an iPad while guests passed through on their way to breakfast or out for the day.
These are minor quibbles. I would happily stay at the Grand Plaza again, and would recommend the hotel to anyone holidaying in the Montecatini Terme area. A beautiful hotel in a beautiful place.
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