The location is beautiful with a nice view and nice maintained little gardens. The pool is not that big but very nice (even if it closes at 18.00) and the beach is just some steps away. The difficult part is to get back up from the beach. The rooms are nice and spacious either with balconies or terraces but ask for a sea view because otherwise it's too noisy. The cleaning service is really good but don't forget to put the 'do not disturb' sign on your door if you don't want to be woken up with a knock on your door really early. What is really a pity for this overall good experience are the non-existing service and the really unsatisfactory breakfast. For the breakfast, first, the buffet is not of the level of the 4 stars that this hotel is supposed to have. Second, to have basic products as bread (!) or cheese, you have to ask for a re-fill because when they are running out, they are not replaced even if it's 09.30 and breakfast is supposed to be served until 10.30. Of course the courtesy-lacking-waiters make things even worse. As for the rest of the service if you want to chill out having a coffee or a juice during the day you have to look hard to find a waiter who at the end will take your order and will bring it half an hour later with an attitude that will say that you are really disturbing him/her.
That's a pity because you leave with an unfriendly overview of this hotel even if there are positive things about it. You can understand at the end of the day that this hotel mostly works with wedding receptions (every weekend almost) and not really with regular clients.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Queen Elena of Savoia’s old residence. Point of reference of the Italian hospitality for 70 years and historic abode of the fine dining. A charming and magnificent Italian tourist attraction. The Grande Albergo Miramare was born in 1947, but it roots are much older as it had been the summer residence of the Italian Royal family. The hotel is composed of six classic-styled villas wisely restored, though keeping unchanged its original structure; it’s surrounded by the Mediterranean maquis with an incomparable view over the of Gaeta. The main villa – Villa Anna – used to be Queen Elena’s private flat; today, it’s the royal suite of the hotel, maintaining both the furniture and the big wrought-iron chandelier intact, belonged to the Savoia family. Family holidays, business meetings, romantic getaways: whatever your stay is, Miramare always is the perfect location. All areas are typified by the Venetian elegant style and provided with all comfort equipments. Each room is one-of-a-kind: they all are enriched with classy, vintage and original furniture, and combined with relaxing and delicate colours. Balconies and terraces offer a breathtaking view perched over the Gulf of Gaeta. It’s been 70 years since the Grande Albergo Miramare became part of the history of the Italian hospitality and the tourism made in Italy. The Miramare is a big restaurant and one of the oldest in Italy, thanks to its long story and tradition imprinted by successful deeds, due to Celletti family at its third generation today. The Sala degli Specchi (the mirrors room) has been recently restored: it’s the building’s flagship because of its fine marble flooring, stunning pure gold chandeliers, magnificent mirrors, as well as the furniture once belonged to the Queen of Savoia. The room boasts an exclusive view over the Gulf of Gaeta. The Grotta del Fauno (the faun’s cavern) was discovered while digging for the restoration of the Mirrors room. The cavern once was the private royals’ cellar; today, it’s a restaurant room built in the stone, furnished with an unmistakable rough style and enriched with details dated back to 1800 but still perfectly preserved. The main wine and food organisations have been awarding the Miramare Restaurant over years; furthermore, it’s also recommended by both Michelin and Gambero Rosso guides. The Miramare Hotel really is a relaxing oasis. It is surrounded by the Mediterranean greenery overlooking the stunning Gulf of Gaeta, it’s provided with a seafront swimming pool and a private beach, which the personnel always take good care of. There is crystal-clear sea and an equipped beach, where it is possible to order lunch from the restaurant thanks to the staff who’s always at the guest’s disposal to guarantee the best wellness. Those who wish to enjoy the beach only without staying at the hotel, it is possible to reach it just passing by the reception. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grande Albergo Miramare Formia