Grand Hotel Rimini
Parco Federico Fellini - Rimini (RN)
- Coppie 5/5
- Famiglie con bambini 5/5
- Business 4/5
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
United States of America
We recently returned from an 8 night stay at the Grand Hotel Rimini. On arrival back in NY, we immediately booked a 3 week stay for the same time next year - I think that says it all! It was my wife and I with our 6 year old daughter. We vacation in Italy yearly, sometimes twice, and we consider ourselves discerning travelers. The hotel is in the best location across from the beach and has an amazing way of catering to couples while still providing plenty for a six year old to enjoy. Great food, wonderful beach, clean and friendly. Don't hesitate - this hotel books quickly.
Reviewed at 17 settembre 2014
"A Beautiful Hotel"5/5
We visited the Grand Hotel Rimini in August after an absence of six years and found it to be as wonderful as before. The room was light, airy and spotless and the décor in the hotel is stylish and unique. The food was beautifully cooked with fresh produce and the staff were helpful and polite. We will definitely be back.
Reviewed at 17 settembre 2014