We arrived residence Stella Del Mare and where immediately impressed by the pool-area and the apartment. We had booked an apartment with 2 bedrooms.
First evening we went for a walk to see the area, and to get some dinner. We ended up eating at the "restaurant" at the hotel, because we could't find any other place to eat in Mazzanta.
The restaurant at the hotel is also more of a cafeteria than a good quality restaurant.
Next day we walked more and where able to find one OK looking restaurant close by the hotel, and a few not that good looking pizza places, 1 small supermarket and a supermarket/butcher. We found no other hotels, only holiday apartments.
Beach area is Good, but does also miss a good restaurant/eating place as an supplement to the cafeteria on site.
It seems that Mazzanta, where the hotel is located, is organized like a vacation town filled with holiday apartments where you need car to get to the good food stores and shopping facilities in the nearby towns Vada and Cecina, and where you are supposed to cook your own food in the apartment and not eat at restaurants.
If you comes by car, like to cook your own food or eat all meals at the same 2-3 poor looking restaurants/Pizzerias the whole holiday, don't need shopping possibilities nearby, and don't need to have an good working Internet available in the room/apartment Residence Stella Del Mare is a good resort with nice rooms and apartments, nice pool and good location close to the beach.
Be aware of the fact that the Internet works some times and sometimes not, and that the sound from the families in the apartments besides you is load and clear. If you have a noisy or quiet family close by can actually decide if your holiday will be good or poor.
If you don't like to live your holiday at the rom/apartment when your not at the beach/pool,
and don't like to have your children awake until 23.00 in the evening because of an extremely load "baby show" between 21.00 and 23.00, which also makes it impossible and not very interesting to use the big lovely balcony outside the apartment in the evenings :-(
And if you like to have several alternatives on restaurants, shops, food stores and other infrastructure nearby, included internet available when you want it to be available, don't choose Residence Stella Del Mare or any other place in Mazzanta.
Book a hotel in Cecina instead which is a lovely town with Beachfront hotels, restaurants and shopping, and a city center with even more possibilities for eating and shopping, less than 10 minutes driving south of Mazzanta. The beaches is also nicer in Cecina than in Mazzanta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stella del Mare is located between Vada and Cecina, in the centre of the Etruscan Coast (Tuscany). Rooms and apartments (from 2 to 6 people), reception, info point, restaurant/pizzeria, bar, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, children's pool, miniclub and entertainment, lift, launderette, parking, beach service, lan Internet access in flats. An ideal starting point for unforgettable day-trips to the most interesting places in Tuscany: citites of art, medieval villages, spas, parks, wine-and-food tasting tours (including Sassicaia). ... more less
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