When you arrive at the Grand Hotel Nizza Et Suisse ****, with 4 stars **** clearly on the front of the building, you expect luxury. That means a pool, a real spa (after all, this is a spa town), and excellent service and luxurious rooms. 4 stars is a high standard.
The Good: The hotel is pretty from the outside, and the bar and bartender are super. He can serve you a drink from 3pm to midnight, even outside. This was convenient, because honestly the town was a bit boring and I needed a few drinks to deal with it. Monsummano Terme & Grotta Giusti are the standard in this area, and the other hotels have to step it up a bit.
The OK: The staff puts on a decent effort to be 4 star. However, you can tell they are putting on a bit of an act. The pool is cute in the picture, but in reality it's a small area with no jacuzzi and no life to it. I wanted to relax in a jacuzzi, so I paid the extra 30 euros (!) to use the brand new Ka spa downstairs. Interesting and quite beautiful, but boring because there will be NOBODY ELSE THERE. It's a bit strange to be walking around from jacuzzi to steam bath to tea to showers with an attendant there just to monitor you for your 90 minute stay before you have to leave. This might be ideal for couples who want to pay 60 euros extra for a 90 minute romantic time, but otherwise it's kind of silly. Whoever designed the spa area, however, was very talented...I spent my time there thinking that I hope they make their money back eventually. The steam room was beautifully lit, with twinkling lights that change colors. Nice.
The not-so-good: Some peeling paint in/out, slow drains in the bathroom, this hotel like the town is showing its age and it needs to be freshened up. Maybe now that the spa is done, the hotel will follow. Overall, not a bad value, but be prepared.
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- Also Known As:
- Nizza Et Suisse Hotel
- Grand Hotel Nizza Et Suisse Montecatini Terme, Italy - Tuscany