First the negative. After 12 hours travelling, we were looking forward to unwinding on our balcony with our feet up and a cold drink. Imagine our surprise when, instead of being shown into one of the nice airy rooms with large patio doors and sea views illustrated on the hotel website and in the tour group (Citalia) brochure, we were taken to a dark room in the roof with a sloping ceiling, no sea view and a slit for a balcony the sides of which could be touched with both elbows extended! Not a very good first impression. Beware if you are offered a room on the fifth floor. Fortunately for us, after complaining to reception, we were moved to a first floor room with a terrace balcony within the hour. We did feel however that this incident soured our relationship with the reception staff for the rest of the week.
On to the positive. The Diana Majestic is an excellent hotel. It's in a secluded spot on the water's edge about 15 minutes walk from the centre of town. The rooms are a decent size and the beds nice and comfortable. Service is brisk, friendly and efficient. We were on half board and the food was very good with a wide choice at breakfast and a different 5 course menu every evening for dinner. Main courses were a let down sometimes as the food was probably kept warm on a hotplate before serving to the table, but with 3 preceding courses, we were usually full by then!
The room and bathroom were immaculately cleaned every day and towels changed whether we wanted them or not. Our terraced balcony had 2 sunbeds and was east facing which meant that we could lay in the sun until about 1.30pm without leaving our room! The public areas of the hotel are also well maintained with nice pools and gardens and a comfortable bar area and large terrace where breakfast was served.
We had a fantasically relaxing week in a fine hotel in a nice small town and did very little other than sunbathe, read, eat and drink. We did actually go to Monte Carlo for a day which was very enjoyable even though we only saw half of it. We would be happy to return to Diano Marina and the Grand Majestic any time but not to a room in the roof!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You couldn't ask for a better setting, the enchanting Dianese Gulf, in Diano Marina in the heart of the Italian Riviera. It's here where the Grand Hotel Diana Majestic offers the perfect balance: sports and relaxation, sightseeing and stellar dining. Facing the crystal sea of Liguria, the hotel is surrounded by a park of secular olive trees, creating an oasis of tranquillity from the chaos of city life. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Diano Marina