I was skeptical of the great reviews.....now, don't get me wrong. The hotel is fabulous and the hotel staff, accomodating. But I wasn't there for the spa.... I wanted to cycle! As you may have read, groups are divided by speed, and here is the crux of the problem. If there isn't a 'fast' group one day, the fast riders move down a group...You would think the ride would slow down to the level of the existing riders of that group, but that wasn't the case....for several rides...mid ride, some friends and I were literally thrown off the ride, and had to wait or go with a slower group, which would soon show up. On a 'riders choice' day, we were so looking forward to a wonderful, long ride, which was done earlier in the week, by the fast group...which of course, we couldn't be part of, which made sense. We were under the impression that this ride, while long, would be slower, but once again, since the fast riders signed up for it, and for some reason, waiting for others, wasn't an option, or suggested of them, we were humiliated off the ride. I'm an average rider at 23km/hr, and on several of our rides, we waited a considerable time for slower riders, (18km/hr....maybe?!) who either failed to go in a slower group, or wanted to ride with their friends, in the faster group. No big deal, once or twice...but when it kept happening, it was frustrating, since our rides were always very short. Yet in the group one up from that, (which was supposed to be a mid paced group), the faster riders and the guide refused to wait!
Was this a guide problem, or did the orders come from higher up, threatening to be back by lunch?! We'll never know, since the owner, seeing how upset we were, never bothered to ask us what happened. We know she asked the guide, because other riders came back to us with a twisted story the guide had told them, about why we suddenly disappeared off of this one ride. The lesson here, is find out what happens at a bike hotel, if your riding level is in between groups. How can they accomodate you? The other option is to take a map, (we were never offered maps and the guide didn't have one), but I wouldn't feel safe riding on my own, where I don't know the language and 'round a bouts' and mountains, make riding dangerous. Overall, it was truly disappointing to be in another country and have to limit my exposure to the vast surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A white and immensly glamourous building. Just a hotel you say? But no, it's something more, as those who casually pass by, and randomly stop to look, understand. People look at the objects, shapes, and are drawn into the warmth of the place. Without knowing it they experience an atmosphere that comes straight to the heart.The Belvedere is a world apart, the world for you and your family, to make your summer traditional and special. In our hotel there are 48 rooms, 5 junior suites, a unique wellness centre, a swimming pool which is more like a blue lagoon, and a terrace solarium.Yet this is just the mere surface as there's so much more! So much that it is difficult for us to list everything without forgetting something; from room service to catering, from the baby club to the theme nights, from the atmosphere to the attention to detail. We strive to offer exclusive and unique services which harmoniously combine with one another and make your holiday one to remember. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Belvedere Hotel Riccione