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“Excellent Hotel - Great Location”
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Hotel President
Ranked #3 of 51 Hotels in Viareggio
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 18, 2012

Just like to share our (Wife,me and two friends) thoughts regarding the Hotel President. The people on reception were extremely pleasent and very helpful. The decor throughout the hotel was to an high standard and clean. Both bedrooms were very clean and well appointed, there was no charge for safe, unlike some hotels we've stopped at . We were allocated a sea and promenade facing room the double glazing was very efficient at blocking out any traffic noise. The window had an electically operated metal roller blind which was good at keeping the sun during the day and the street lighting at night out of the room. We were very pleased that we went half board as the meals were very good and served by great waiters. The menu was changed three times during the week and there was a good choice of meals on each occasion.
We all agreed that we would have no problem stopping at this hotel again. Unfortunately, Thomson's are not flying from Manchester next year!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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3  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Hotel for seniors, it has good food and high service level. But very quiet after dinner, so if you are looking for action go somwhere else. Be aware of the beach deal for the Bagno they provide - 10 euro for 2 sun chairs, if you want sunbeds it is 10 Euro extra.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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Thank Truls58
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

My mum and I have just returned from a wonderful weeks stay at the hotel President.We had a corner room on the second floor complete with two balconies one looking directly over the sea the other a side view.The hotel was first class,lovely decor friendly staff excellent four course meal every night served by friendly waiters.The location is great just accross the road from the beach,handy for shops and good for bus and train journeys.We booked several trips through Thomson to Florence.pisa and Portofino and Lucca my only gripe being that we didnt have enough free time on these trips to explore ourselves but you can always use the train/bus at your leisure.Hotel was very clean,staff attentive and other guests friendly felt like home from home,Italy is beautful and we would love to return!

Room Tip: Choose a corner room,this way you get two balconies
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank lancashirelass187069
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

visited beginning of sep nice reception rooms ok little bit small but had balcony which helped location good for beach which was perfect to spend 2 days just chilling visited lucca one day very nice place if booked thru thomson beach free other guests its at least 10 euros plus another 14 euros if u want 2 beach towels and sun beds not deck chairs .

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank griff061
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We have recently returned from the hotel president. We had a wonderful trip, the staff were very friendly and couldn't do enough for you. We had a room on the 5th floor very comfortable and cleaned regularly, we used the train it visit Lucca which I loved. A lovely little town which felt laid back, walked the wall around the city and climbed the tower, we had lunch in the amphitheater which was great. I was disappointed with Florence we were ripped off two Luke warm coffees for ten euros.
Viarregio is a nice town, promenade is good to walk along in the evening , beach Irene oppositie the hotel is good, friendly staff and it is kept lovely and clean .
All in all I would recommend this hotel, the food was good four courses every night, the only criticism the menu was only changed a couple of times and it did become a bit Samey.
We hired bikes from the hotel and cycled miles along the prom which was a good thing to burn off some of the pizzas and pasta we had over eaten during the week..

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank password023
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We were recommended by Thomson for this hotel. I could write this for ever but I won’t but what I will say was the Hotel President in Viareggio was excellent in all respects. OK it only had 50 rooms and yes not all with balcony’s but is that the end of the world as there was two private beaches across the road FOC for the guests, which more than made up for it. The staff and meals in the hotel were brilliant and we have no hesitation in returning back.

Room Tip: We found all the rooms had a veiw. I your that concerned in having a balcony then go for the corner...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank RaymondThomas
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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Having just returned from a 2 week, half board, stay at the Hotel President I can confirm many of the good points made by other reviewers. The hotel location in Viareggio is perfect, being just across the road from the beach and lots of nearby cafes and restaurants. There is a long promenade along the front of the cafes and shops extending from the harbour area through to the next resort of Lido Camaiore, with easy flat walking. The hotel rooms are very clean with a fridge and flat screen tv and free safe, no tea of coffee making facilities. The hotel staff are first class, very friendly and helpful.

Viareggio is an attractive resort with beautiful art deco buildings, a large busy market in the town centre and a weekly street market on the promenade. Each evening and especially at weekends all the Italians like to walk up and down the promenade looking in the shops.

We used the Bagno Irene beach just across the road from the hotel. This is a family run beach establishment, very friendly and they will let you keep the same place on the beach for all your stay. Inclusive in the hotel package is an umbrella and 2 deck chairs, a sun lounger costs an additional 5 euros per day. For lunch we found the food at Irene to be first class with home made pasta dishes and very good salads and pizzas.

We did try the Bagno Balena and whilst this had a swimming pool, note swimming caps must be worn, and an extensive gym with exercise bikes and organised exercise classes, we found the staff particularly unfriendly.

The train station is around 15 mins walk from the hotel and it is easy to get to Lucca, Pisa and the towns of Cinque Terre. Tickets are cheap and can be easily obtained from machines with English touchscreens.

One point to note with the hotel is that there is traffic noise from the main road at the front. We had a room on the first floor at the front and if you are a light sleeper the traffic noise could be a problem. Also please note first floor rooms do not have a balcony, other floors do.

The evening meal in the half board option is a 4 course with starters, pasta course, main course and dessert. The menu changed every 2 to 3 days. The standard of food is generally good with a number of choices for each course. However the choice for the main meal was on occasion limited, for 2 days we had 3 variations of veal and 2 sea bream dishes on the same menu which if you didn't like either of these only left a choice of chicken. There is a good choice of wines, however if you do not wish to have a full bottle then you can buy wine by the glass, with a large glass of a good chianti Classico costing just 5 euros.

Even given the short comings we would definitely return to the President. We would however ask for a room on a higher floor to reduce the traffic noise and to get a balcony from which to enjoy the sea view.

Room Tip: Ask for a second floor room or above to get a balcony. Rooms on the front have the best sea view but...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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3  Thank PR-Yorkshire
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Address: Viale Giosue' Carducci 5, 55049 Viareggio, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Lucca > Viareggio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Viareggio
#3 Family Hotel in Viareggio
#3 Romantic Hotel in Viareggio
Price Range: $111 - $363 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel President 4*
Number of rooms: 50
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