Grand Hotel Rimini
Parco Federico Fellini - Rimini (RN)
- Famiglie con bambini 5/5
- Coppie 5/5
- Business 4/5
United States of America
"Fellini all over"5/5
If you truly love Fellini's films, you will love this place. Rimini is his birth place, and several films feature the elements of this city. Fellini's drawings are exhibited inside the hotel, and Marcello will greet you on the hallways. I also enjoyed the mini pool and the tea at the spa.
Reviewed at 17 novembre 2014
"Belle Epoque Gem with modern comfort"5/5
This beautiful, antique hotel is located across the Rimini beach. The hotel itself is almost a monument, its impressive facade dominating an entire block. And its connected to Fellini, who grew up in Rimini and actually stayed in the hotel in his golden age.
Hotel grounds are exquisite: lavishly landscaped gardens & beautiful belle epoque salons, all perfectly manitained, contrast with the modern comfort in renovated rooms: electric shades, automated lighting, and a shower that can almost talk to you.
Service is flawless (we got an upgrade from the annex to the main building) and breakfast is so good you should take it late and devote at least two hours to it.
A great alternative to stay after seeing the Ravenna Mosaics, totally worth the visit!
Reviewed at 13 novembre 2014
Republic of Ireland
"Late summer treat"5/5
Our six night stay in this beautiful hotel in September was a perfect 'end of summer' treat. Majestically located in a prime site in Rimini close to the beach and pleasant walks, the hotel lives up to its 'Grand' title well. It was a return visit for us and this time we stayed in the main building which is a reminder of an age of elegance, opulence and Grand Tours. Wide staircases, antique tapestries, high ceilings, gracious public rooms, chandeliers, marble floors, all remind guests of the hotel's history, but airy bedrooms, efficient plumbing, luxurious bed-linen, plenteous fresh towels, superb menus and excellent service show how well it has moved with the times to adapt to 21st century expectations.
We began each day with a pre-breakfast swim on the adjacent beach, using the hotel's private beach facilities.. towels, chairs, umbrellas changing cabins.. before returning for a sumptuous buffet breakfast which could be eaten inside or outside on the terrace. The selection was extensive, tempting and suitable for all tastes. I'm usually a fresh fruit, honey and yogurt person, with granola to follow, (the Grand's version is definitely freshly made and there was the option of almond milk!) but (on different mornings, I hasten to add!) I just had to investigate the other options further and loved the cold meats, the cheeses and the pastries. I usually associate banana bread with afternoon tea but tried a small slice one morning and thereafter it became an essential finale! The service was exemplary and the staff members were impeccably dressed and almost invariably smiling.
After breakfast we would walk or read or sit by the pool on some comfortable loungers with thick mattresses or go by bus or on foot (a substantial walk) into the older Rimini. Here are the ancient bridges, (the Tiberius bridge dating from Roman times) museums, cathedrals and piazzas. Again, old mingles with new and the mix works well. For those in need of retail therapy the shopping is delightful. Lunch can be experienced here or back at the hotel on the terrace or down in the beach restaurant .. as much or as little as you wish. We tried to avoid over-eating but there was always something interesting to be sampled and Filippo's amazing cappuccinos were eagerly anticipated to finish with.
Walking and swimming were almost obligatory in order to have an appetite for dinner and we were impressed at how well the facilities at the beach were maintained. It was a quieter period in the resort so I imagine this was a factor.
Most times when we returned to the room there had been a freshen up and a towel change even though we had not necessarily requested it. It was lovely and felt pamperingly indulgent.
Dinner was quite formal but fitting for such an impressive hotel. I cook and cater quite a lot at home so being on the receiving end of top class service was a welcome luxury. The menus were always varied and interesting with plenty for both the conservative palate and those wishing to be more adventurous and try local produce and dishes. It was invariably delicious. The artistry in presentation always impressed us .. 'the first bite is with the eye!' Dress code was reasonably relaxed though most men wore jackets and the ladies were usually at least 'smart casual'.
The manager was often to be seen keeping a close eye on all that was going on. He was friendly, helpful and happy to engage with guests. Without his advice we could have missed the older areas of the city. Front desk was also manned with efficient, well informed, smiling staff who looked as if they enjoyed their work. Nothing happened to mar our stay at this memorable hotel and we definitely intend to return
Reviewed at 16 ottobre 2014