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“Classic with a touch of modern” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Francia e Quirinale

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Hotel Francia e Quirinale
Ranked #4 of 109 Hotels in Montecatini Terme
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Preston, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Classic with a touch of modern”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Likes:

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.

Dislikes:

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.

General:

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.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

Went on Great Rail to this hotel and had a good refurbished room with bath shower etc. Food was excellent and the staff worked extremely hard as there were large numbers to serve. Food was good although as a group we only had 2 choices each night. Rest of the guests did mix with the groups in the restaurant and there was just one breakfast buffet. Other reports had been quite worrying before we went but we were pleasantly surprised and were well cared for and looked after by the staff

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Swanmore, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

The staff are very friendly and helpful. We had two rooms next door to each other. They were clean and reasonably furnished - the decor was a little tired but not a real problem. They tended to be a little noisy - especially if the neighbours had arguments or babies! The swimming pool was loved by the kids (and parents), with plenty of sun loungers. We stayed on a half board basis. The evening meals in the restaurant were good - and the waiting staff were delightful.

Room Tip: Pre book parking in the hotel car park
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

Spend 5 days here as part of a self drive tour, as others have said parts of the hotel look a little tired, however this is more than made up for by the superb staff. Nothing was too much trouble.
My wife and I are vegetarians, for each night of our stay the chef made us up individual meals not on the menu.
Would certainly recommend as a base for visits to Pisa, Florence etc. ( if you have a car, not sure what the rail/bus links are like)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2013

This hotel was Beautiful and Comfortable! The staff was Friendly and went above and beyond to accommodate us. The food was also impeccable, even though ours was included with our gate one travel package, and generous wine and coffee were included with every meal. They also offer nice snacks at the bar for happy hour. Some rooms have balconies. Giussepe and Marco made our stay wonderful and Marco kept me company when I had insomnia from Jetlag :( What more can you ask for? The only complaints I could even think of to make would be that the beds were kind of overly firm for me, and the walls were a bit thin, but that would only be a problem if you are a light sleeper. Honestly, the best thing was the staff. They were lighthearted, genuine, and always wanting to put you at ease! We had an amazing stay and would recommend this spot to anyone!!!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

we have just returned from a Great rail journey to Montecatinni and stayed at this hotel at the same time as the last couple. I think we had the same room as the complainer from Petworth. We were offered two alternative,one was smaller and the other was over the main entrance,which we declined because I am a poor sleeper.The shower was functioning properly but tricky to operate.Had the person in question complained at reception they would have been offered another room and the chamber maid would have shown them how to operate the shower.The staff were excellent very accommodating.the food was tasty and we got fresh towels every day.I would not hesitate to recommend this hotel.If you have problems first give the management the opportunity to put things right

Room Tip: the rooms on each floor numbered 11 to 19 are at the side looking on a blank wall
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jennifer g
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2013

My wife and I used this hotel as a base for exploring both Pisa and Florence. With both places just under an hour away by train it was ideal. The hotel itself is in a quiet road next to a park and all the thermal houses. The hotel dates from the 20's but is modern yet still retaining character.

Our room was 107 overlooked the entrance to the hotel but neither of us had any disturbed sleep, the bed was comfortable and the room was kept spotless. The barman Roberto is full of chat and really attentive to your needs. We used the restaurant twice during our stay, twice in the town and in Florence.

The staff are attentive and we met a great group from Great Railway Journey's who made the evening's fun as well.

Would recommend this hotel for visiting Florence (even if you have not read Dan Brown's latest novel) Pisa and Lucca etc.

A visit to Montecatini is not complete without a visit to the old town.

Tip. Do get off the train at Montecatini Central and Not Montecatini Terme.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Hotel Francia e Quirinale
Address: Via Quattro Novembre 77, 51016, Montecatini Terme, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pistoia > Montecatini Terme
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Montecatini Terme
#4 Family Hotel in Montecatini Terme
#6 Business Hotel in Montecatini Terme
#9 Romantic Hotel in Montecatini Terme
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Francia e Quirinale 4*
Number of rooms: 112
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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Grand Hotel Montecatini Terme

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