overall cant really fault the hotel and its offering
great things is the casual atmosphere around the place
superb choice of pools and genuinely lots of things to do
very clean and well attended
things for the hotel to consider
offered a free 90 minute access to spa (I think) but wasn't sure
getting in and out the gates at night
the meal options
the rooms cleaning
Lovely bottle of complementary wine but no core screw
The breakfast was comprehensive with one coffee machine and the non uk people like theior coffee
Odd hot dishes and one choice of cheese
Look cant fault it too much and at £90 per couple including free breakfast was actually good value - it needs some more stuff to go from good to great. Think like the guests who dont always want to ask where stuff is etc.
Would recommend despite all of this
Ps saturday night boogie night does need to finish earlier for us oldies
Our trips to Tuscany and The Marinetta were so enjoyable on the previous occasions that we came again. Says it all really! This is quite simply a great hotel to stay.
Most of this is probably confirms my previous review last year. The Marinetta is a light airy modern hotel set in it's own extensive gardens adjoining the pinewoods, and close to it's own private beach. The helpful staff are generally English speaking, and the atmosphere they create is friendly, informal, and relaxed… exactly what you want.
Even a fussy eater like myself found the Mediterranean food excellent and undoubtedly healthy. There’s a very good and comprehensive buffet breakfast to set you up in the morning. We had half board, and the evening buffet usually included soup, unlimited salad dishes including lots of roast Mediterranean vegetables, hot cooked meats, fish, pasta, and rice, plus various deserts and fruit.
The bedrooms are clean and modern. The whole place is spotlessly clean.
Poor sleepers like me should find it's quiet location a real benefit. At night you’re more likely to hear an owl than a disco! There's plenty of opportunity to relax by two swimming pools, both with poolside refreshment huts. There's also a glass fronted poolside gym with bikes and other exercise equipment.
The gardens are a delight, and there’s a fun play area for kids set in the gardens.
Other facilities include, a modern bar, wi-fi, and a wellness centre spa with a large Jacuzzi pool, energising showers, sauna, steam rooms, relaxation area… and I believe various treatments and massages are available. Use of the spa is an additional cost.
The beach although narrow, is extensive and just a three minute walk through the pinewoods. You can have a good long walk along the beach. There’s also a rather nice beach side cafe for coffees, ice creams, panninis, and other snacks. The resort itself has two of great ice cream parlours, a supermarket, and a couple of snackeries, and a few other shops. etc. Shopping is limited, and if that’s your thing then you'd need to combine it with a trip. Marina di Bibbona itself is a new-build and should be regarded as a base from which to explore this beautiful region.
To sum up, if you're after a real Tuscan experience this is a great base for getting out into the fantastic countryside and visiting the wonderful historic hilltop towns and villages. In the immediate locality are Bolgheri, Bibbona, and Castagneto Carducci... lovely old places and just a few minutes by car. The less adventurous will find this a perfect location for a beach & pool relaxing type holiday.
This is the fourth time I've been to this area of Tuscany, and the second time to this hotel, and I look forward to staying there again next year. It's hard to find anything I didn't like about the Hotel Marinetta. The service was always helpful, friendly, and efficient from both the reception desk staff and the dining room staff. It's had a modern makeover since my last visit a couple of years ago, with a stylish new conservatory, bar, and lounge. There's also a new Wellness Centre or Spa with steam rooms, sauna, jaccuzzi, showers, and relaxation area. The pool-side gym is well equipped with new spin bikes and other kit. The Spa is an additionally priced facility or I think it may be included in certain packages.... you'd need to check.
I didn't spend much time in my room, but it was clean and perfectly adequate in terms of comfort, and cleaners kept it spotless on a daily basis. The pillows must be better than I have at home as I slept like a log.
Marina di Bibbona is a custom built beach resort rather than a seaside town. You won't find any smart fashion shops there, you'll have to travel to Voltera and Florence for that. The hotel's beach is close at hand and there's a really good seaside cafe for snacks coffee and ice cream. The beach has a high environmental rating. As the Marinetta is in it's own grounds, there's little chance of being disturbed at night with noise from the street. Opposite the hotel are two parades with most of the essential shops, snack bars, and excellent ice cream parlors. Car and bike hire is available in resort, or from nearby Cecina. There's quick access by car (or bike) to the glorious countryside, hilltop villages, and famous towns (Florence, Voltera, Lucca, Sienna etc). The tiny village of Bolgheri is an absolute must to visit at the end of a long tree lined avenue, and it's only 8km away!
The impressive thing about the Marinetta is the total package. It's a lovely modern hotel in beautiful and quite extensive gardens, with good facilities. Free internet access was a plus. There's a play area for children, open air table tennis, a childrens pool, and two main pools both with pool-side coffee, ice cream, and snacks. It's immediately imposing as you drive down it's long tree lined drive.
The food was an important element for us. The Marinetta excelled here (which is why we're going back!), the buffet was plentiful and really healthy. Lots of well prepared vegetable dishes with plenty of options, fish, pastas, and meats. The option of three or four deserts each night, and also fresh fruit, and fresh fruit salads. There was plenty to eat at breakfast and again a wide variety of choices including cooked options, cereals, yogourts, breads, cheeses etc etc.
I don't think the English have really discovered this fantastic little area of Tuscany yet. While we were staying there were groups of Swiss, Dutch, Belgians, Germans, and Italians - and most of them seemed to speak English and were very friendly.
Slight niggles: poor reception on the TV in my room, but to be fair I didn't bother complaining as I didn't really have time to watch it.