Hotel is spotless and public areas have been expertly furnished to combine modern with classic and includes lots of marble. The double 'classic' bedroom is quite spacious with ample storage space. Use of mini fridge and safety deposit box at no extra cost. Bright attractive bathroom - all in marble and a reasonable size. Plumbing surprisingly good considering the age of the property - always plenty of hot water. Air Conditioning quite good all things considered - it was 35 - 40 degrees centigrade outside during our visit!. 24 hour reception manned by efficient, English speaking, helpful and welcoming staff which was also the case with the restaurant and bar staff. Main meals of good quality and well presented. 24 hour free wi-fi throughout the hotel which was strong. Pool area at rear was attractive and on two levels. Sun loungers were very comfortable being covered with thick mattresses and having the facility to position the back so it's totally upright - big plus when you want to sit under the parasol with your legs outstretched, out of the sun, and read in comfort. Close proximity to town centre with its exclusive shops, bars and restaurants. Also, it is very close to the spacious Tettuccio Park, Spas and Opera House. Only 10 minutes walk to the railway station which has frequent connections to Florence, Lucca and Pisa.
Unable to purchase snacks/drinks from bar for a period of time in the afternoon. Perhaps a vending machine could have been located in the pool area. Attractive, narrow front terrace but it faces a relatively busy street. There are no grassed areas around the pool only concrete flags, so the heat can become quite unbearable. Buffet breakfast became quite boring and monotonous over the week of our stay e.g. 3 types of cake which were always the same. Scrambled eggs every day but no bacon. Although there were four courses at the evening meal, you were limited to two choices for the main meal. There was a set menu on Regional/Traditional food days but the staff are so obliging I'm sure the chef would have made something else for anyone who was not satisfied with the menu. Although large bathroom towels are white and fluffy, the small ones resemble a kitchen towel - but having been to Tuscany several times I think this is the norm in Tuscany. Our room had a balcony but it was quite narrow so that's possibly why it didn't have a table and chairs. Bathroom had shower over bath but no shower screen or curtain - had to sit in bath and use shower head separately.
Montecatini Terme town is a relatively compact, sophisticated place which is an ideal location for exploring the neighbouring cities, hill top towns and the Chianti run etc. The hotel is ideally located for the town and railway station. My advice is to obtain a time-table from reception for the times of trains. There is also a Tourist Information Office in the centre of Montecatini. From our experience the railway ticket office has always been closed. There are self-service ticket machines on hand but it can become quite confusing. I'd recommend that tickets are purchased from a newsagents/kiosk - there is one located in the street directly opposite the railway station.
July is when International Youth Orchestras perform free of charge in the open air Tettuccio in the Park - well worth it, even if you don't normally attend such events. The hotel has an underground garage which needs to be pre-booked and payment is direct with the hotel - 10 Euros per day. However, there are car parking spaces in front and at the side of the hotel outlined in blue. The hotel is able to sell you a car parking permit each day which covers 0800 hours to 2000 hours. This cost 4 euros per day. It appears quite safe to do so - we parked over 8 days with no problems.
Overall, I think the Hotel Francia and Quirinale is ideally positioned for exploring the surrounding areas and a place to return to to enjoy the coolness of the pool, followed by the lovely meals served by efficient and friendly staff in a beautiful building.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Francia & Quirinale Hotel sits in a prestigious yet quiet area of downtown Montecatini Terme, within walking distance from the town’s thermal springs and its beautiful park. The Giusfredi family has owned and managed the hotel since the 1920s, constantly renewing what they consider their Home with the greatest devotion and passion. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Montecatini Terme