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Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA
Ranked #6 of 108 Hotels in Montecatini Terme
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 July 2014

I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to rest and relax. An unusual mix of a stylish, modern hotel, with competent , professional yet endearingly non pretentious staff that makes you feel at home. You get the feel of an old style family run service, a bit "fawlty towers" but without the glitches.
Recently refurbished, all the rooms are all in a different style.
Rooms well appointed, high cielings,firm mattresses, sockets for computer/battery charger easily accessible, one above the desk too. I really hate having to sit on the bed to use my computer, or crawl around hunting for somewhere to plug it in. Bathroom spacious, enough room to put your toiletries.
No slippers.
The spa is what we expected considering that this is a hotel that offers spa facilities, not a spa with boarding facilities. Two spa areas, one on the ground floor whith massage pools, a small sauna and small turkish bath which we didn't try. Massages are provided, and the masseur is brilliant. Relaxing area just outside, with water and different herbal teas available - also biscuits and chocolate. The second spa area is on the first floor, with a larger turkish bath, a 'salt grotto' where you sit and breathe salt-laden air, supposedly twenty minutes in there are the equivalent of a day's worth of iodine at the seaside. Don't know if it's true but certainly pleasant after the turkish bath and before going into the spectacular sauna, large, with high cieling and panoramic windows. One of the best sauna's I've ever tried. Relaxing area where again herbal teas and water are available, chaise longues to lie on. Unusual selection of background music.
Don't expect a gym room with machinery, this is a 'centro benessere' not a 'centro fitness' which is what they are called in Italy.
No towels, you bring the ones from the room.

The restaurant on the top floor is excellent, the food immaginative and not heavy. There's a fixed four course menu which changes with every meal. The main emphasis is on fish but there is always a meat course and omelette, small à la carte menu available if you wish. Vegetarians and vegans won't have any difficulty, you can request something different and the chef will accomodate you. The house wine is good, produced by the family. Also a wine list available if you want something else, but their chianti is worth having.
Breakfast is good and varied, with cereals and muesly, grains and seeds if you want to mix your own, yoghurts, soy milk, rice milk and other health drinks, fruit juices, selection of breads, cakes and so forth. Scrambled eggs are 'real' not reconstituted. Bacon is the usual you get in Italy and so are the sausages, not an English breakfast country. Good tuscan cold cuts while the boiled ham is poor and the cheese is processed, usual hotel fare, not the excellent cheeses offered at dinner. Same goes for the tea, don't expect a warmed teapot and the water poured over the tea, as everywhere in Italy you'll get a pot of hot water and a selection of teas on the side. Coffee is the Caffè Americano you get in hotels all over the world. If you are a coffee person, What you do is ask the waiter for an espresso or cappuccino or whatever coffee you want and they'll bring it.
I've read the negative reviews and come to the conclusion that most of the criticisms were due to misunderstandings or not asking for the right thing. Pity there isn't an outdoor pool but you're in the centre of town, and frankly I didn't miss it, too busy with the spa treatments.
Took the seven night/ eight day all inclusive spa package and the price/ quality ratio is excellent, works out at roughly just over 110€ a day for B&B, four course dinner with wine and water, five massages and access to all the facilities for the whole stay. Added a couple of massages to the package, and lunches too- the restaurant is too good to miss, so I'll have extras but who cares.
Been here seven days and enjoyed every minute.
Oh, yes, the air conditioning is very noisy, but I'm sure it can be easily remedied, and the downstairs spa area gets rather crowded at the week- end with people taking the week-end package but back to normal on monday.

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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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luca m, Proprietario at Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Dear Theresa55,
we were are really and pleasantly surprised to read your rich and precise review. Thank you very much for all words you reported and thank you also for the few negative details; above all for these we try to always improve. So thank you very much for each sentence you wrote: restaurant, food ( yes, fresh and genuine ) , , breakfast , spa, wine. We are waiting for you another time in our beautiful small town at Columbia Wellness & Spa.
Kindest regards
Mariotti Luca

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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Had a perfect 3 days there. Only one problem, do not stay on the 4th floor. The noise in the morning was quite load as you could here the guests moving there chairs whilst having breakfast as the dining room is on the 5th floor .

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank marco g
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luca m, Proprietario at Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2014

Dear marco g,

thank you very much for the time you spent for Columbia Wellness & Spa review.
We are very glad you have had a perfect 3 days in Tuscany, in our hotel and we are waiting for you next time, absolutely in a room on the lower floor.
Kindest regards

Mariotti Luca

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

My family and I stayed here in early July, with the Electric Youth performers, a large group (30 people). The staff was extremely efficient, friendly, and accommodating. We arrived a little later than planned, but they still had lunch waiting for us. The food was delicious!

The café outside is excellent, the rooms are beautiful and very clean. The location is central to everything you want to see in the center of town. We hope to be back to enjoy The Columbia's hospitality again soon!

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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1  Thank dave f
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luca m, Proprietario at Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 17 July 2014

Dear dave f,

Thank you very much for the review about “ Bellissimo “ Hotel Columbia Wellness & Spa : We are very proud to have read your words regarding our hotel and above all, we are very happy to know our staff made your stay beautiful.
So, thank you very much again and we are waiting for you in Tuscany in our wonderful small city, Montecatini Terme.
Best regards

Mariotti Luca

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Reviewed 11 July 2014

The Columbia is a delightful hotel in Montecatini where myself & my travel companion felt relaxed and comfortable at the end of each day of our stay. Nice little outside cafe area to meet with fellow travellers and watch the passers by just out the front entrance. Also serves as a small bar area.

Staff was courteous and helpful (with a little patience on trying to get the idea and/or query across the language barrier :))

Premises were clean and kept that way.

Dinner at the top floor restaurant was a bit disappointing, but acceptable.

Included Breakfasts were very good with lots of selection - the sweets were overwhelming but others didn't hesitate. My idea of breakfast is fruit & cereal......

The only minus is that the hotel has no pool. Their sister property nearby does though and it can be used.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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luca m, Proprietario at Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Dear Groupswom,

thank you very much for the time you used to write your comments. Your feedback found us very happy; above all, we are glad you felt relaxed at the end of each day of your stay. Thank you very much also for your words regarding dinner and we will strive to improve here too.
So, we are waiting for you another time in our beautiful Tuscany and Montecatini Terme, small but pretty and very nice town.
Best regards

Mariotti Luca

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We recently stayed here for 7 nights as part of our holiday with Newmarket Holidays. Luckily our room was all white (not the garish colours on their website). The bed was huge and very comfortable. The wardrobe space was adequate with a lot of hangers. The shower room was smart. and the shower was excellent. The chambermaids did a good job because the room was kept very clean. We didn't eat in the hotel apart from breakfast. I am a tea drinker - however the rest of our party said that the coffee was awful - which seems strange in Italy. There was a large buffet . We stuck to cereals and muesli. We ate out every night and loved the central location of the hotel. Montecatini Terme is quite lively at night - we didn't experience any trouble, it was just noisy. We had to sleep with the window open because the air conditioning was too loud. We enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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luca m, Proprietario at Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

Dear LezahSway,

many thanks for the time to leave us your feedback. We are very glad you had a good stay at Columbia Wellness & spa and above all, we are very happy you appreciated our wonderful rooms. Hope to see you again in Montecatini Terme , our beautiful, small but pretty Tuscany city.
Kindest regards

Mariotti Luca

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Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the 'Fuga Terme Plus' package which treated us to a nights accomodation in a beautiful, spacious room, delicious 4 course dinner, buffet breakfast and complete entry into the spa and wellness centre.
I cannot speak highly enough of Hotel Columbia. The staff was polite and cheerful, food was fantastic and the spa was relaxing and just what we needed.
For everything that was included in the package the price was most reasonable. I would highly recommend this hotel to anybody interested in staying in Montecatini Terme.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
1  Thank fiorentinaa
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luca m, Proprietario at Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Dear Fiorentin,

Thank you very much for your feedback.It is a pleasure to read you have had a very good stay at Columbia Wellness & Spa.
We appreciated your satisfaction about spa, dinner , breakfast; but above all, we are very happy you noticed, our staff was professional, polite and cheerful.
So, we are waiting for you another time!
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Mariotti Luca

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Reviewed 7 June 2014

What a beautiful little town. The Columbia Hotel was a very pleasing spot. At first when we all walked into our rooms we thought we were in a old time bordello. The rooms were red, black and white. Very neat, clean and the employee's could not do enough for us. They had wonderful breakfast buffet's, a little bit of everything for everyone.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
1  Thank Fran N
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luca m, Proprietario at Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2014

Dear Fran N,

thank you very much for your review,
thank you for the staff compliments and for explaining in a very nice way, your appreciation for modern style room.
We appreciated your comments about breakfast buffet; and yes we have a little bit of everything for everyone.
So, we are waiting for another time in our wonderful Tuscany and Montecatini Terme.
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Mariotti Luca

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Address: Corso Roma 19, 51016, Montecatini Terme, Italy
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Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Pistoia > Montecatini Terme
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Montecatini Terme
#5 Luxury Hotel in Montecatini Terme
#6 Romantic Hotel in Montecatini Terme
#10 Business Hotel in Montecatini Terme
Price Range: £57 - £139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Columbia Wellness & SPA 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel is situated in a very central position, in the hearth of fashion district. Montecatini Terme, famous all over the world, is the ideal place for your relax and for a regenerating vacation. It's besides near to the most beautiful Tuscan art cities: Florence,Pisa,Siena,Lucca;all attainable in a few minutes driving. Hotel Columbia Wellness & spa offers a small but painstaking Wellness Area that offers you a range of aesthetic treatments aimed to maintain the perfect psycho-physical shape. Wellness & Spa Ground floor 400 sqm around “ Emotional Time ” : The Relax Point offers a Wellness Area that offers you a range of aesthetic treatments aimed to maintain the perfect psycho-physical shape. Inside you will find cabins where we propose you some energetic techniques and ancient disciplines to help you to find your inner balance. Try our new “Emotion Time” including colour-therapy steam bath, KNEIPP course, emotional shower with aroma-therapy, tropical thera ... more   less 
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