We liked the position of this hotel and wanted to stay in this area. Lucky for us the hotel had great specials on at the time and we took advantage of one of them! We were hesitant to stay here as not all the reviews were positive; however, we had a very good experience.
We found the hotel easy to find, we arrived by car. We arrived using the Bologna/Taranto autostrada (for the last part) and took the Rimini Sud (south) exit. We followed the signs to the water and there was the hotel a short drive along. We found the option of street parking or the hotel has private car spaces located behind the hotel. We took advantage of the hotel spot as they were available. For our departure from Rimini we returned to the same autostrada, easy to find again with clear signage.
Reception staff were very friendly, approachable and attentive. An incentive at the hotel during our stay was to vote for the staff member with the nicest smile and service. Voting forms were given to us and after filling those out we placed them in the box next to the elevator. In the elevator the staff member’s photo and name is displayed! Great to see a hotel have such an incentive as each staff member we encountered really tried to leave an impression. We made the reservation direct with the hotel using the website and all was in order on arrival. It was very efficient and quick to check out. For 69 euro we had our room and breakfast in the rate which was a great special.
Our room had two double beds in it. We had read earlier TA reviews mentioning small rooms and asked on check in for a big room (following previous advice). The rooms are not large however they are well equipped. We used one bed to store our things and the other for us (very comfortable). It worked well. There was ample wardrobe space, TV with satellite channel, safe, phone and nice balcony with view. There was a small mini bar also in the room. Electronic shutters closed the balcony to offer privacy and security. Air conditioning in the room did not work so well and we reported it on departure. The weather was good so we could leave the balcony door open with the shutters down. The room and bathroom were very clean. The bathroom seemed brand new to us! In it there was a corner shower with sliding door (box), WC, bidet, basin, hair dryer, and hanging space. Excellent water pressure & hot water supply. The amenities were; shoe cleaner, shower cap, hair/body wash and hand soap. They were replaced each day.
The restaurant is located just next to reception and breakfast was included in our room rate. The staff member was ready on hand to prepare the coffee of our choice. We helped ourselves to the buffet breakfast available. Small selections of different types of cold and hot foods were available. There were newspapers available to read in the restaurant area. There was a swimming pool just off reception to use with sun chairs and close to the elevator.
Outside the hotel is the core of the Rimini beach area. About 100m walk to the lovely long esplanade to walk along and of course use the beach establishments. Walking left from the hotel past the Ramada on Viale Vespucci Amerigo are shops, bars and restaurants as well as right, along Viale Vespucci Amerigo the STANDA supermarket and a few steps further the post office. In front of the hotel on Piazzale John Fitzgerald Kennedy is a great little Indian restaurant we enjoyed a meal at. There is also the bus stop and of course the beach! We visited the Rimini port & port canal area that is always nice to walk around where the little light house is too. We also made the short drive to visit the Republic of San Marino, thirty minutes away. Well worth the visit as it is a beautiful mountain based town!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is in the heart of Marina Centro, only 1 km away from the historical centre. It is close to the beach, 2 km away from the Palacongressi convention centre and 6 km from the Fiera di Rimini trade show centre. The hotel features 52 comfortable rooms, a restaurant, bar and meeting rooms. THE RESTAURANT IS GUARANTEED TO BE OPEN FROM 15 APRIL TO 15 SEPTEMBER 2007. PLEASE CONTACT THE HOTEL FOR AVAILABILITY AT OTHER TIMES OF THE YEAR. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western La Gradisca Hotel Rimini
- Accor La Gradisca Rimini