Grand Hotel Rimini
Parco Federico Fellini - Rimini (RN)
"Excellent old charm, keep your eyes open for money sinks"5/5
We stayed here June 2013 and had a wonderful time. We stayed in La Residenza, and it's true what they say: better price/quality. We were also lucky to book a corner room in La Residenza, because those rooms are bigger than the small rooms in the Grand (I don't quite understand the other reviewers on this, but I guess the corner rooms are really much better in La Residenza than the smaller rooms there).
There are a number of money sinks you want to keep an eye out for. Primarily the beach: it's a 100 euro's for some beds and an umbrella. If you get the beach included in your stay, that's a headache less. Otherwise just head 100m over, the beach is much cheaper (or even free) there.
Also for parking: we parked for free (outside of season) right in front of La Residenza. Two steps away from the door. Much better than the 18 euro a day parking spots in the paid parking, in front of the Grand.
The breakfast is excellent (don't miss it!). Especially if the weather is nice, you can sit on the terrace. We also had lunch in the gardens around the hotel every day, and it's amazing how much peace and quiet you can get in such a central place of town.
Our biggest complaint, aside from the money sinks, was the fact that the straws on the beach are straight, instead of bent, so that you have to sit up every time you want to sip your cocktail. If that's the worst to complain about... It's a good hotel.
(but you must love old charm, if you're a "modernist" and only like endless pools and taps that people with a PhD find hard to operate and water pressure that could beam away concrete and ACs that work 24/7 and reduce 40 degree weather to a soothing -5, don't stay here.)
Reviewed at 6 giugno 2013
United States of America
"A grand hotel"4/5
I stayed at this hotel during the off season. It is beautifully located on the beach, walking distance from the center of town and near a number of restaurants. Seafood is very plentiful in this area and quite good. There were only a few guests so we were all moved into the upgraded rooms in the center of the hotel. The restaurant was excellent and the room, spacious and very clean and comfortable.
Reviewed at 7 maggio 2013
Antoinette Cristiano Valdastri