We stayed at The La Bussola for 10 days, the staff at the hotel were very accomodating and couldn't do enough to make our stay enjoyable. The Hotel is based in a very quiet area we did not have a car but were able to get the local buses into Forte Dei Marmei to get the train or other buses to various Towns/Cities. You can have bike supplied from the Hotel if you want to stay local and cycle around the lanes which is perfectly safe.
The breakfast is a continental breakfast not your usual egg/bacon which most people expect, it was enough for us to have at breakfast. we did not do the evening meal as we like to eat out etc.
Overall a very pleasant stay if you are looking for peace and quiet then this is the place for you.
Family owned business and very pleasant. More geared towards family and vacationers not business travelers. The area is a holiday destijnation. No phone in the room but WFI available. Very limited English speaking so difficulty in communicating but we got by. This hotel was recommended by an Italian colleague due to closeness to the hospital where we were working, so the location was perfect. Also, the hotel was close to the beach ammenities but far enough away to cut out traffic noise.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay. I arrived on the Sunday from overseas (canada) so it was good to relax before my work started on Monday.
As soon as we arrived at this Hotel you could see from the outside what you were going to get.
I don't think they know what a lawn mower looks like, the area around the pool was decked and had not had a coat of preservative in years, the filter around the pool was full of tree bark and fir needles and was not inviting at all. The loungers and tables and chairs were old, faded and in much need of some TLC. I have to be honest the room was very clean, but very small, as was the bathroom. The air con unit didn't work, the little safe didn't work and no british TV Channels. They advertise that they have SKY TV on their web site but we didn't have it in our room. Breakfast each morning was o.k nothing special and none of the food was covered, it was just laid out on a table and you helped yourself. The hotel was too far out to go for a nice walk, so we relied heavilly on the car to get us around. We loved the area and the Italians were very helpful and friendly. We would return again to Marina De Massa, but unfortunately not to this Hotel. They need to employ a full time gardner, someone to do some maintenance as the grounds and the pool could look beautiful. It has potential. Just some TLC.
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