When I start by telling you this was our fifth visit to this hotel you may want to no why. Well it’s easy really as the clue is in the name of the hotel yes Grand and I mean that in every way. It’s location is on the Tuscan coast in Viareggio which is a fantastic setting in itself. Then as you get halfway down the promenade you then see this amazing hotel which just sits back enough so that you need to stand in front to appreciate its true grandeur. As you enter the delights don’t stop there as the reception area is amazing with a fabulous staircase. The reception leads into a stunning dining room and then through to the outside dining area. Beyond this you will find the fantastic sized swimming pool , pool bar and gardens. To the left of reception is where you’ll find the bar and a beautiful outside patio which is sheltered from the main road.
Our arrival this time was just as warm , friendly & welcoming as our previous visits. The reception staff were as polite as always and will assist with anything you need. Our room was situated on the first floor to the left of the hotel as you faced it which was lovely as it was nicely shaded for most of the day. The room was delightfully spacious and the high ceilings kept the room nice and cool. We had two single beds a large wardrobe , dressing table and then into the bathroom we had a nice sized shower. Our room like the rest of the hotel was kept spotlessly clean.
BEDROOM & BATHROOM
The dining area as I said is a stunning setting for breakfast which has every type of cuisine to cater for all their guests from hot english breakfast , cereals , cakes , pastries , meats & cheese , breads & fruit. These are constantly being refreshed so that it doesn’t matter what time you came down for breakfast. In any case nothing was to much trouble for the fantastic waiters & waitresses as they will attend to your every need. Luckily again this year the weather was good so once more we got to have our evening meal outside. The evening starts with a amazing salad buffet before your three course al a carte. The food is fabulous with plenty of choice each night. Their selection of wines are also fantastic with a delightful list of wine from local Tuscan wineries and very reasonable. The service is first class and is run like a well oiled machine by Emanuelle along with his experienced assistants Daniele , Alessandro , Maurizio & Vittorio.
For a great pre dinner Aperol Spritz or post dinner Negroni you can visit the hotel bar and be looked after by Head Barman Mario and the very pleasant Claudia who’s service was delightful the whole week. The bar also provides an amazing selection of nibbles with your pre meal cocktail
APEROL SPRITZ & NEGRONI
For a relaxing day then there is know better place than on one of the many sun beds around the large pool or in the garden. You will also be looked after at the pool bar Andrea & Renato along with friendly lifeguard Massimo
So I’m delighted to say we enjoyed another amazing week at this fantastic hotel with Italian hospitality of the highest order. It’s without doubt a hotel I would definitely recommend not just for it’s grandeur but it’s in a fantastic location where you can get around to many places whether it be local or even to Florence just 90 minutes away by train. I’m certainly looking forward to my next visit which will not be to far away.
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