We stayed here for 7 nights and absolutely loved it.
We contact the hotel in advance of our arrival and booked a return transfer from the airport (costing €160 and taking half an hour) and requested to upgrade to half board (costing €35 pppn excluding drinks). The hotel were very helpful and prompt at responding.
We were met at arrivals, transported to the hotel and check in was very easy. The hotel itself is beautiful with grand decor and is spotless throughout. It was very reassuring to see hand sanitiser throughout the hotel and good covid-19 measures in place without ruining the experience.
The room was great. Lovely size and we had a sea view room which we’d definitely recommend. The view of the sunset is beautiful.
Pool is a good size and has a poolside bar. There are also gardens where there were sun beds.
Food was a real highlight.
Breakfast is buffet style but understandably not self service at present. However, rest assured that portions sizes are good and I had to ask for a smaller portion some days. There was fruit, cakes, pastries, breads, cereals, yoghurt, hams and cheeses. Plus bacon, sausage, scrambled egg (you could ask for fried etc which they did to order), omelette and mushrooms.
Evening meal consists of a 4 course menu with the option of salad to start if requested. Very varied choice and all beautifully presented. You get the evening menu at breakfast and can order there or in the evening if preferred. The evening meal is outside in a marquee type setup in the garden which is very pretty.
Location is great with the beach opposite. We decided to do day trips to Pisa, Lucca and Massa. All of these were 20 minutes away by train and the train station was about a 20 minute walk from the hotel. We did consider a day trip to Florence but decided against it in the end but feasible as it’s an hour and a half away.
There is a supermarket 5 mins walk away which was good for provisions for the room. less
Marino Patruno, Direttore generale at Grand Hotel Royal, BW Premier Collection, responded to this review
I am very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your stay at The Royal and hope that we can welcome you back to the hotel on another trip to Tuscany and Viareggio.
Thank you for your kind words.