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Hotel President - an unknown gem

"This was our third trip to Viareggio and the Hotel President. We chose to return as I have a mobility problem at the moment and knew we could get to the beach easily and the train station to visit other places and also because we enjoyed it so much last year!
We had a room on the third floor with balcony and sea view. Nice to sit out and people watch when we returned early evening. The room was exceptionally clean and had been refurbished-all white. I assume they will continue with the bathroom, as although very clean it was looking a little tired and dated.
As the heat soared we were given bottles of water each evening and clean fresh towels for the beach the next day-great service.
The staff are just brilliant -special mention for Marcello and his staff on reception-always a smile and a chat! Nadim in the bar still just as friendly and helpful-even providing me with ice packs for my foot! Laila and Franco in the restaurant- they seem like old friends now-nothing was too much trouble and the food wow it was so good! We did half board as the food was good last time-but you can now choose when you are there if you want to eat dinner they will add to the bill for 35euros for a four course meal it is excellent value. We only managed three courses most days as each course was very generous. My husband recommends the wonderful seafood and my vegetarian meals were often prepared just for me!
We used the beach club Irene, again such lovely people-a family run business, very clean facilities and excellent service. We had the beach facilities included in the price from the hotel so no extra to pay unless you wanted an extra sunbed.
Location of Hotel is great just across the road from the beach and promenade with shops and restaurants. A 15 minute walk from the station. Trains to Lucca Pisa Florence Sienna no need to pay for excursions-do it yourself.
Our favourite place is Lucca lots to see and do a nice day trip and good for shopping too!
Still not many British people in Viareggio though we tell people how good it is all the time! So well placed to enjoy Tuscany combining a beach holiday and chance to visit all the lovely cities!
I am sure we will return again".

June 2015

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