I will start this review by stating that this was the first time we (me, wife and 11 month old daughter) were in Riccione, so my review will be based solely on what this hotel had to offer.
BOOKING STAGE (5/5)
I booked hotel directly through their website, and was in contact with Sign. Vanucci. Communication by email was very fast and cordial. A deposit to book room for 6 nights was required.
As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by staff who helped us carry our luggage up the dozen or so steps that take you to the reception. Receptionist gave us the basic details one would expect. This was done in a professional and friendly manner.
Our room (316) was on the third floor. It had a big balcony with a sea view. Room was big enough for the 3 of us. Room was cleaned twice daily (morning and afternoon). Room had a 32inch (i guess) tv with Sky Italia service. A side note for parents... Baby TV is available and can be switched to English. Our room didnt have a safe, so valuables had to be locked in luggage. Air condition worked with no issues. Linen and towels were soft. Bathroom was adequate size and we never felt that we needed more space.
We opted for an all-invlusive package, which meant breakfast, lunch, dinner, 2 sundecks and 1 umbrella at Beach 93/94 (just in front of hotel). The all-inclusive package is not what you may be used to i.e. Alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks 24/7 but it simply meant that we could have water, wine, and Coca Cola during or meals.
Breakfast...Ample selection (cotto, crudo, salami, cheeses, bread, biscuits, pastries, jams, fresh fruit, yogurt, etc) was served from 7.45 till 10.00
For lunch and dinner you need to see a menu at the receptionist and choose from a selection of 4 primi and 4 secondi. Both selections included fish and vegeterian options. Meals started with a buffet of antipasti (mainly grilled vegetables - fantastic - occasional piadina, focaccia, and lettuce tomatoes, carrots, etc). To conclude meals, a daily dolce (sometimes sorbet - coffee, apple, watermelon, etc - other times cakes) was offered. Besides this there was a selection of ice creams and fruits.
For lunch you had to be seated at the restaurant between 12.45 and 13.30, and for dinner 19.45 and 20.30.
Can't complain about food, which was exquisite, and you could taste the freshness of the products. Staff were extremely helpful with our 11 month old daughter, and all our food requests for her were met without hesitation. So parents, no worries, your little ones will have plenty to eat.
HOTEL FACILITIES (3/5)
Hotel lacks own swimming pool, and you need to pay an additional Euro6 (per family) daily to make use of the pool on Beach 93/94. We did so, and were happy to use the pool. However, pool was open only between 10.00 and 12.30, and 15.30 and 18.30. Although pool regulations stated that you were not allowed to play with balls or jump into the pool, the staff there didnt stop kids from doing so. Our daughter was almost hit with a ball on a number of occassions, and even though we complained, nothing was done by the pool attendant. We paid to use the pool for 6 days, and in the end we ended up using it only on 2 occasions.
Hotel also lacks a proper cafeteria or bar. There is a small bar close to the reception, and although there are 8 (didnt count them) sofas there are only 2 tables.On a particular evening it rained and there wasnt any room for us and ended up staying in our room. Suggestion... Breakfast room could easily be converted into a cafeteria/bar. I assume that this would give more life to the hotel.
- Free wifi in rooms. Wifi was good and didnt disconnect.
- Free use of bicycles (useful to go to nearby mini markets)
- Free use of umbrellas whenever it rained
- Free use of strollers (we used ours)
- Children play area within hotel, and babysitter service during meals
Depending on how fast you walk, hotel is about 10-15 minutes from Viale Ceccarini, and 1-3 min walk to Viale Dante. We prefered Viale Dante to Viale Ceccarini, mainly because of the numerous cafeterie, bars, and gelaterie (particularly La Dolce Vita). Both roads have a wide array of clothing shops. Hotel is literally on Lungomare della Costituzione, which although not as new as the other Lungomare, still provided a very nice walk. A taxi from Riccione train station to hotel costs around Euro12.
Professional and at the same time friendly. Met all our requests without hesitation.
Would we return? We really enjoyed our stay here, and although we can easily oversee the lack of a proper cafetria/bar, we cannot say the same about the lack of a private pool. As I said before, pool on beach is too chaotic and crowded to enjoy. If you dont intend to use the pool, then yes I would recommend this hotel, however, if you intend to make use of the pool regularly, Imay have to suggest some nearby hotels that have their own private pool.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Directly by the sea, in the centre of Riccione and just a short stroll from Viale Ceccarini but in a quiet area, the hotel is refurbished and air-conditioned throughout (and with free wi-fi connection), combining experience and style in all services offered to guests. The Hotel Rex, with the experience of half a century of management by the Vanucci Family, is the ideal place to spend memorable holidays packed with atmosphere and emotions. Our hotel is proud to be an Ecological Hotel, and thanks to Legaambiente and the Riccione Hoteliers' Association we and other hospital structures on our riviera are in the front line in our commitment to Environmental Protection, and in 1999 we were awarded the "Energy Saving Prize". ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Rex Hotel Riccione