We stayed at the Planet Hotel during a Summer trip to "Motor Valley" in Italy. We had stayed in Bologna for a few nights, then took a train to Modena and then a local bus to Maranello. Yes, we were there so my husband and son could see the hometown of Ferrari.
We really liked the Planet Hotel - we got the Family Room - which had a loft that our two kids loved. The room also has a really big outside deck with a table and chairs, so you can sit outside and relax.
As others have noted, this hotel is directly across the street from the Ferrari factory, which my son thought was super-cool. However, it is a bit tricky to find the hotel because the lobby is located behind the building. There's a grocery store and a retail store in front and you need to walk around the back in order to find the lobby. There is a sign out front, but it's easy to miss.
The breakfast that was included was very good and the cappuccinos were excellent. Hotel staff were very helpful and informative. This is a great base to visit Maranello and, of course, it is Ferrari heaven. Everything, including the Ferrari Museum, is within easy walking distance, which is awesome because transportation within the city is somewhat limited. It was really a thrill to see and hear the sound of Ferraris driving all over the place.
A few tips: Be aware that the bus schedule is very limited on Sundays. We missed our bus back to Modena because we were standing at the wrong bus stop and had to wait another two hours for the next bus to come along. Also, we thought it would be fun to rent bikes and pedal around the city (bikes are available right outside the Ferrari Museum). However, you have to be 18 or older to ride them, so if you have kids, that won't be an option for you. Lastly, taxis are almost non-existent, so if you want to head over to Modena (approx. 40-45 min. away), the bus is the only practical way to go.
All-in-all, we had a great time and Planet Hotel was the perfect place to enjoy the city. Definitely recommend.
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