Our son was born in May 2006 and was just about old enough to fly with us for a short Summer break away in August. We went to the web, searched Ryanair for a cheap flight and found a bargain flight to Bologna. In typical Ryanair style, we found that what they called Bologna, was in fact Forli. But not to worry; further investigation revealed that although 50 or so kilometres down the autostrada from Bologna, it was well situated close to Rimini, San Marino and Ravenna.
So the next step was finding a hotel nearby. We struck gold on Last Minute.com with the Grand Hotel Castrocaro at Castrocaro Terme, offering 4 star luxury at just £34 a night! Not each...for the room, including a fantastic buffet breakfast!
The hotel was a design classic, an Art Deco building of 1939 vintage, restored to retain all its features in 2000. We were given a lovely large room, high ceilinged, beautiful decor, lovely furnishings, marble in the bathroom, very comfortable.
The hotel has lovely parkland around it, with both outside and inside pools. The town is also very pretty, clean and tidy, with lots of flowers everywhere, in common with lots of Spa towns.
We hired a little Fiat Panda diesel from Hertz at the airport (£19 a day) and in 8 days had visited Bologna twice, Venice and Florence, Rimini, Milano Marritimo, Ravenna, San Marino and many other delightful places within reasonable travelling distance. A fantastic stay and a memorable holiday.
The price? Although August is the busiest and most expensive time to holiday there, I can only surmise that because it is inland and a Spa resort hotel, it is low season for them. Normal price is more like £80 / £100 a room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Baths of Castrocaro boast a secular tradition thanks to the valuable properties of thermal waters and mud known since 1838. The quality of this water also comes from their history, which began more than 7 million years ago; then in fact the ancient Adriatic Sea occupied these areas and left huge deposits of underground waters that are enriched in the millennia of precious elements that make them therapeutic. Surrounded by 8-hectare park, the property consists of from the Spa resort with rehabilitation and specialized medical clinic, the Grand Hotel Spa and Well Being Clinic. The Grand Hotel Terme & Spa, is a historic house of great charm: built in 1938, has been renovated over the years, keeping intact the original furniture and decorations in Art Deco style. Inside the story combines the comfort to offer guests the best service. The kitchen of the Grand Hotel Terme & Spa offers Mediterranean dishes and regional specialties, which combines a selection of wines. In the spa are paid the traditional spa treatments (mud therapy, hydrotherapy, inhalation, gynecological and mineral water treatments) which joins the offer of a cutting-edge center for rehabilitation and hydrokinesitherapy Spa. Finally, it presents the Clinic of Being Well, a center of excellence that combines the expertise of health GVM Care & Researche those thermal and beauty of Castrocaro Spa, to offer an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to personal well-being and prevention. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Castrocaro Terme