Our four-night stay at the Hotel Augustus in June 2006 was four nights too many! We thought we would treat ourselves to a bit of luxury in this so-called '5-star' hotel: we wished we had never bothered - it was a complete waste of the extra money.
We booked a package on a half-board basis, which included the table d'hote menu. At dinner this menu offered no choice for hors d'oeuvre (octopus isn't to everyone's taste!), 4 choices for 1st course, and 4 choices for main course. There was no choice of vegetables. The food was definitely not 5-star restaurant quality, was usually only lukewarm ,with miniscule portions of vegetables already served on the plates (one potato and one spoonful of beans). If we asked for ice-cream with the dessert, we got precisely one teaspoonful. We asked for a well-done steak: it arrived red in the middle and after going back to the kitchen three times it was still pink in the middle, so that night we settled for just the two spoonfuls of vegetables instead! We were charged 4.5 euros for 75 cl of water, and 15 euros for a bottle of wine which we found in the local supermarket for 3.99 euros.
Breakfast was slightly better, with fresh fruit salad, cereals, meat etc but there was no hot buffet. However, you could pay 11 euros extra for a plain omelette, 13 euros for a cheese omelette or 13 euros for bacon and eggs! We have stayed in numerous three and four star hotels, where this sort of hot food is included in the price.
The facilities at the private beach were excellent (beach huts, toilets, showers etc) but sunloungers were 15 euros a day each to hire, and the beach was ruined by a non-stop procession of traders selling cheap rubbish (watches, scarves, etc) and by oriental girls offering massages. Expect to get hassled by these people at least every ten minutes.
In summary, we feel the Hotel Augustus is grossly overpriced, and we have eaten much, much better food in four- and three-star hotels in Italy. The hotel also lacked atmosphere and all the guests looked miserable (must have been the food!): don't go if you want to stay in a cheerful environment.
Regarding the resort of Forte dei Marmi: an Italian version of Blackpool, very commercialised with lots of shops selling tourist tat. Fortunately, it is easy to get away from the resort (very good road links), and a trip into the mountains is worthwhile, and visits to Lucca, Florence and Pisa are a must, of course.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Augustus Hotel & Resort is located in its own extensive parc in the most elegant part of Forte dei Marmi. The resort is home to the main hotel, seven villas with hotel services, and the Augustus Lido (ex villa Agnelli) connecting to private beach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Augustus And Lido
- Hotel Augustus Lido
- Augustus Lido Hotel
- Augustus Hotel & Resort Forte Dei Marmi, Italy - Tuscany