Satisfaction Very Good
Value Score Average Value
Good For Couples
hot & noisy
Stayed here 2 nights as part of COSMOS tour. First, the a/c was not working in our room -in June. I called the front desk & they advised the a/c was not working for the entire hotel! I asked if they had any fans, they advised no, they did not. We had to resort to sleeping with the windows open, & we were right above a club on the piazza next door. Even though we were on the 4th floor, the music was awfully loud and went on until 3am, in the middle of the week. Hot & noisy, would not recommend staying here unless you want to be miserable.
Directions: good location in that it is in the town-centre
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I'm headed to Italy Oct. 12. The hotel booked is the Grand Hotel Plaza, Montecatini. Any tips on this hotel and what to avoid in this area in terms of tourist traps? Also there is also a trip to a Tuscan farm and tour of vineyards followed by rustic Tuscan Paesana dinner. What is the dress code for this?
Well, it's been a while since I've been to Montecatini (Terme, I assume), but in a way, the whole town is a tourist trap...well, that's not fair, because it's an ITALIAN tourist trap. Montecatini Terme was a spa town that mostly consists of hotels and whatnot going up a long slope in the direction of the hot springs. This place caters to Italians and those foreigners in the know about the springs.
In my case, I certainly wasn't "in the know"; I was sent there because there were no rooms in Florence, and this is an easy (if not terribly fast) train trip to Florence's main station. Since a spa town is nothing if not full of hotels, this makes a logical place to put people when Florence fills up.
At the bottom of the long slope was a small town with the train station and piazzas and whatnot, and 20 years ago, charmingly, they still did the Mediterranean promenade on Saturday evening, where everyone went down to the main piazza and just walked around, to see and been seen, while others sat in outdoor cafes around the strollers, also to see and be seen.
But, for all I know, they have big box Wal Marts there now...:-(
Oh, as for your dress code, I can't attest to any personal knowledge other than you need to (1) wear shoes that are reasonable for walking in a field (high heels are probably not a good idea down the dirt rows of the vineyard), and (2) wear enough layers so that you don't get too chilled in the evening after sunset...
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