Viareggio is an Italian seaside town and if you want to be close to the beach you won't find a hotel in a better location because the beach is just across the road/promenade. Also the hotel is about 5/10 minutes walk along the promenade from the harbour and about 15 minutes walk from the train station. It is really easy to catch a train to Pisa & Lucca (about 20 minutes away) and Florence (about 1.5 hours away). I recommend buying train tickets the day before you want to travel so you don't have to queue for tickets when the train is just arriving! The hotel is very clean, and the breakfasts good. Breakfast can be eaten either inside or, if the weather is good, at one of the outside courtyard tables. There are a few books you can borrow to read and we liked reading on the first floor 'patio' area which is very quiet. The small bar area is comfortable, light and pleasant and the staff are very friendly and helpful. One of the best bits about Viareggio is the promenade which seems to go on forever, with lots of good restaurants and a number of 'designer type' shops. The only minor thing we didn't like in the hotel was the taste of the 'ready made' coffee at breakfast but this was easily solved by asking for a cappuccino, which is made fresh if you ask for it. If you want to go onto the beach you will need to be aware that the separated beaches are all 'private' so you have to pay a small sum to use couple of chairs and a beach umbrella. The hotel can help with discount at one of them but there are some other quite upmarket beaches which offer a swimming pool and other facilities if you don't want to swim in the sea. One final tip, be aware if you ordering fish/lobster in the local restaurants that the fish come complete with head, tail and bones and the lobster will still be in its shell so you will need to use the loads of 'implements' to get at the meat - we watched one lady using 'pliers' to break the shell and skewers to drag out the meat which took ages and I don't think the amount of meat was worth the effort.
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