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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

We stayed for one night in two attic rooms. These are very spacious: more like suites in any other hotel. Fans are provided to mitigate the hot Tuscan nights. The bathrooms are big with good showers. Original features abound. The beams in the ceiling are quite amazing.

The pool is clean, warm and a good size. It has a diving board and is attended by a person who will see to all of your needs. While we were there is was visited by locals who were not staying at the hotel which made for a wonderful atmosphere which the whole family enjoyed.

The continental breakfast was good and plentiful. While the restaurant was not open for dinner, Elena, the hostess, was quick to make reservations at local Pizzerias for us.

Grazie Mille.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
Thank Bond007123
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

Anyone looking for an unusual and beautiful place to stay near Pisa, Lucca, or Forte dei Marmi need look no further than the Villa Montecatini. This is a place which has character in spades. Most of the original features have been retained in excellent condition - murals, sofas, beds and other furniture, prints, porcelain. Breakfast is served in a magnificent two-storey room - a buffet with fresh bread, aged parmesan, and soft folds of local ham. You'll find pacious suites with pretty, modernised bathrooms; lush be-statued gardens; and a warm welcome from the owner, a truly memorable stay. Popular local restaurants, Lo Spietato and Le Meraviglie need to be booked on Friday and Saturday nights. Food at the walkable-distance Le Bernadone is excellent - try the house starters.

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank AubynCarus
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

We were walking the Via Francigena and wanted somewhere to stay between Pietrasanta and Lucca. The Villa Montecatini in Nocchi is only a short distance from the VF, but uphill, and when we arrived we were hot and tired. We were met on the drive by Elena, the owner, who was brought up in the property.

The entrance is round the back - you step into a cavernous entrance hall, with the office at one side. We were shown up to our suites on the first floor, both of which had a spacious sitting room with a tiled floor, and a large bedroom. Our bathroom was attractively furnished (see photo), although the shower was a little small and had a curtain (definitely time travel there). We had views across the grounds to the hills beyond.

Elena very kindly offered to drive us to a nearby restaurant (the Bernadone, reviewed separately), and arranged for a lift back for us.

We slept well - the beds were comfortable and the rooms cool despite the heat of the summer.

Breakfast brought to mind Downton Abbey. We were in the huge room overlooking the front drive, with large doors opening onto the double flight of steps at the front of the mansion. There were trompe l'oeil murals on the walls, and breakfast was arranged on a circular table in the centre of the room under an extremely large chandelier. We were the only guests, so sat in solitary splendour! There was juice, cheese and meat, muffins, eggs, home-made jam tart and yoghurts, along with bread, toast and tea or coffee.

The advantage of walking uphill to a night stop is that it's downhill in the morning! This was a wonderful place to stay, made even more special by Elena's kindness and helpfulness.

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2011

This is a wonderful old Villa in a stunning location. It was built for the Dukes of Montecatini, and as still family run today. The furniture and decor is genuinely antique, so you must make allowances for some flaky paint and dodgy window fittings. The fittings in this house are probably centuries old, and may have preservation orders on them. If you are expecting the modernity and mediocrity of a chain hotel, this may not be the place for you. However, the place is oozing with charm and the family who own and run it are very friendly. The rooms are huge. Only stayed one night on way to the airport - would love to go back and try out the restaurant, pool etc. The house is well back from the road, and I didn't notice the honking of horns as much as some of the other reviewers. They certainly stopped at night time, and when I did hear them during the day I could easily imagine they were hunters horns in the forest! However, if you were in the pool, you might hear them more, as it is near the road. There didn't appear to be any air conditioning - but it didn't matter - the thick walls and shutters of this house were designed to keep it comfortable in an era before air conditioning. Also the location, high in the hills is quite temperate. Don't let yourself be torn by the minor negatives of this place - you will be missing out on a unique experience if you don't stay here.

Room Tip: Asked for a basic room, and got a large Suite! Perhaps the Deluxe rooms are even bigger?
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Thank Pipistrellus
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Reviewed 8 September 2009

This was the last hotel of the three hotels we booked and stayed at in Tuscany. It was also the most disappointing one. The price was in between of the two hotels, but the service and general experience was below the other two.
It is not that bad as I make it look, the hotel is fine, but let me share the experience and let you judge:

- Pretty easy to find, small village

- Location is nice, from the outside, everything looks very nice and idyllic. Only problem with the location: it's located on a sharp corner of the road, and everyone who passes, honks before passing the corner. Just a little annoyance :)

- The entrance is located at the back, so that was a little strange. When we entered we could not see the reception or any member of the staff. I saw a room with a computer screen, and knocking on that door and asking the person inside "Reception?" got a positive answer, so there it was.

- The man's English was limited, but enough to understand each other. He asked us our passports, showed us the room and bathroom, and explained the keys (gate, front door, room door). Very short, but apparently enough :). He did not tell us where and when breakfast was, or any other practical details.

- The rooms are nice and big with an antique feel to them. In my opinion, the hotel could use a renovation: paint is old and breaking, the blends practically fell apart and the beds , well our bed, are simply antique.

- In the morning we started looking where breakfast was, and found it downstairs. We did not really know where to sit (no tables were set), and we also did not see a member of the staff. So we just helped ourself. Limited offer of breakfast, but enough to get a good start of the day. A member of the staff saw us and asked if we wanted any coffee. Coffee was not hot enough, and tasted like it was re-heated, but that can be just me. Cornflakes also tasted old. The orange juice tasted like flat lemonade with water.

- Swimming pool: we did not have any towels for the swimming pool (we did have our own). The water looked clean, but since the pool is in between trees, there were lots of pieces from the trees and leaves in the water. Chairs outside could also use an upgrade.

- That evening there was a wedding taking place in the main entrance and rooms on the ground floor. Noone informed us of this, so when we arrived back at the hotel around 10PM (coming from the beach, so in shorts), we saw that there was apparently a party going on in the main place. We walked through the well dressed guests, and went to our room, right above the party-room. There was a lot of noise from the music and the guests talking outside, but as promised, the music stopped at midnight and one hour later all the guests were gone. So that was not as bad as expected.

So as I said, all these things made us feel like the hotel was not worth its price, and we did not have a very good experience. It felt a lot different from the service and accomodation at the other hotels.

For some people, this might be just what they're looking for, but for us it was a bit below the standards we got at the other two hotels (one cheaper, one more expensive).

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank bertvan
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