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Hotel Eden
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

The hotel offers a pleasant reception, helpful staff and a well laid out breakfast area – the breakfasts are good and offer a broad range of ‘self service’ food and drinks. The rooms (38 in all) are well furnished with a comfortable bed, decent shower, mini-bar fridge and a small balcony. Our room (307) overlooked a busy side street but we didn’t find this distracting, however it meant we couldn’t have the balcony door open at night (there is air-conditioning to keep the room cool). Wifi available for €7 per week with good signal.

Roof terrace is a real treat, quiet location for sunbathing & relaxing with great views over promenade and beach. It lacks any form of shade which is a real shame as it can become unbearably hot mid afternoon.

The hotel is just 10 minutes walk to the train station, 5 minutes to the bus station, and has easy access to shops, restaurants and the marina. A well stocked supermarket (Conad) is just 5 minutes away (Via P Bonaparte).

Almost all the restaurants are Italian, many alternatives being fast food type establishments. Whilst pizza and pasta are fine they dominate what’s on offer thereby limiting one's choice. We visited a different restaurant each evening (over a week) and found our favourite on our last night – the Eden Restaurant (not connected to our Hotel) which is located on the promenade towards the marina end. Good service, wide menu choice, comfortable and reasonably priced – well worth a try. Some of the others we tried included;

Sa Playa - good food and fast service at value for money prices.
8 etti - conundrum - good food, service & broad menu /wine list - poor presentation & outdoor seating adjacent to busy road, indoor seating had 2 TVs which didn't match ambience of the restaurant.
Balthazar – a bit ‘left field’ but good food, extensive wine list and friendly service.
Bar Gelateria – enjoyed lunch here several times, the salmon and anchovy Panini was tasty.

Viareggio as a destination & travel base

Viareggio lies on the Tuscan coast with a transfer time from Pisa airport of around 40 minutes. It offers excellent rail and bus links to Pisa, Lucca & Florence with journey times of 20 m, 20 m and 1hr 40 m respectively. Rail travel is reliable, tickets easy to obtain from user friendly machines (in several languages including English), trains are clean & comfortable the fares are cheap (€6.60 return to Pisa or Lucca and €18 return to Florence – 2013 prices).
Viareggio offers a fine selection of hotels, restaurants and café bars, has a marina, clean beach and an extensive range of shops and a local market. Beach lovers should note however that the beach is controlled by local businesses and hotels, with fees payable to use deckchairs, parasols, etc. Circa €12 per day per person. The layout of deckchairs/sunbeds was rather too regimented for our liking, with little choice of which deckchair/sunbed you were allocated. There is a free section of beach near the harbour, but it is only about 10m wide. Some hotels provide free access to their beach facilities, and this is worth checking in advance.

Notes on places visited during stay.

Pisa
Took train to Pisa S Rossore station as this is the closest to the main attractions.
Pisa is rather a one sight wonder, the famous tower and duomo are well worth seeing, however the location is very busy with long queues for access to the attractions and the toilets.
Having toured the Piazza de Miracoli we made our way south through the town to the river. The river offers little of interest, bridges are modern concrete structures, banks lack cafes and bars. However do look out for the small church S Maria della Spina on the south bank, beautifully decorated & well worth a visit. We continued south down Corso Italia which offers a fine range of shops and cafes and opens onto the large Piazza Vittorio Emanuele not far from the main station (Pisa Centrale).

Lucca
Lucca is a pretty walled city of historic interest and architectural heritage. It has a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. There is much to see and it would be easy to spend a full day exploring the town. Lucca is flat and many locals and visitors travel by bicycle (you can hire bikes from 3 euros an hour). In our opinion, Lucca is considerably more interesting and varied as a destination than Pisa.

Florence
Definitely worth a visit, so much to see and do, and so many well known sights in one place. A tourist magnet with prices to match. Centre is quite compact and it is possible to view many of the most popular sites in around 4 - 5 hours (including lunch), but you'll need much longer if you want to visit the museums and galleries. Boboli gardens are often referred to as public gardens, but there is an entry charge of €7. Refreshments can be expensive, but we found an excellent and inexpensive café Moka Arra on the Via dei Banchi not far from the rail station.

Forte dei Marmi
Along the coast from Viareggio and easily accessible by bus or bicycle (circa 11km) Forte dei Marmi is very clean, neat, pleasant shopping venue (many designer shops) with a good selection of cafes and restaurants. But it lacks atmosphere and history. It is pleasant but a little sterile. Worth visiting if you need a shopping fix. Found a good café, Nelson Club on the Via Roma – good food, coffee and beer at sensible prices.

Richard and Elizabeth

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank RHMStirling
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

Recently returned from a week at Eden Hotel. The hotel is spotlessly clean, towels changed daily and bed linen every two days. Great being able to use fridge in room to keep drinks and snacks cool. Only downside no Tea/cofffee making facilities in room apart from that its got it all.
When you enter the room it seems dark but lift the shutters and a small balcony with table and chairs...the roof terrace is a great addition and i imagine will get busy in high season. There is about 8 or so sunbeds and a few tables and chairs but being so close to the beach it will appeal to all.
Hotel is located very central. Bus station less than 5 minute walk. Train station 10 minutes. Transport to Pisa, Lucca, Florence, Sienna very regular and cheap. 5 minute walk to the harbour.

We found all of the stafff in the hotel friendly and helpful especially Bruno who gave us weather forecast every night and arranged good restaurants for us when we asked....Cheers Bruno.

Would love to go back to Tuscany its beautiful.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank Miom007
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Reviewed 14 April 2013

We chose this hotel after reading other reviews on Tripadvisor and weren't disappointed. It has a lovely airy feel throughout and the decor is both modern and tasteful with several comfy chairs near reception and an adjacent raised bar area. We were in room 205 which was at the side of the hotel with a balcony and the bonus of a sea view - fantastic.
The room was very clean and for those visiting in the summer months the ability to control the air conditioning will be a welcome feature.
Breakfast was of the quality expected for this level of hotel with the novel addition of being able to boil one's own eggs - but beware they need at least 8 minutes to ensure they are soft boiled.
Definitely consider this hotel if you want to be right by the beaches.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Gira-Sole252
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

My wife and I stayed 4 nights in this hotel by the end of October. The hotel staff and the owner were friendly people. We got upgraded to a larger room with balcony and partial sea-view.The room was very comfortable and clean. The reception staff spoke good English.The breakfast was good too.Being the low season the price was moderate. We enjoyed our stay in the hotel although the weather in Viareggio in this period was not so good.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DrFinland
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

This hotel was booked by a friend of mine. I was pleasantly suprised to see how good the hotel was. It was very centrally located. The hotel was clean with decent size rooms. The staff were so friendly, they went out of their way to make sure we had all our needs seen too. I was surprised to learn the rating on this hotel - I would have expected it to be much higher. The breakfast was included with an open buffett and a wide variety of food. We went for a 3 night break to Tuscany and I was completly happy with our stay there, even though we went out of season. The bus station is a few minutes walk away, the bars and beach front and restaurants are all within walking distance.
I was attacked by mosquito's the staff were so caring and put a plug in with a tablets in my room and the reception guy put vinegar on my bites which soothed them down.
I can't find a bad word to stay about the hotel and its staff.

Room Tip: I had room number 107 which was a big size single room with a small balcony. My friend had room number 111 which was a much smaller size room but with a huge balcony.
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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