by Bart_Gootch on Apr 13, 2008
We stayed a week at La Meridiana after our apartment in Bologna was cancelled at the last minute. This meant an additional 40 minute drive to wherever we were sightseeing. However, it worked out well in the end.
When you first arrive, I must admit that the reception and associated furnishings look threadbare and a bit tired. However, the rooms are spotless and large, as others have said. The beds are firm, and there is plenty of hot water - and you get used to the shower. The only complaint was that the road in front of the hotel is a main road between Ravenna and some of the power plants and factories to the south of Marina Romea, so it can be noisy with large trucks in the mornings: ask for a room with odd numbers (ie 309) which face the back of the hotel.
We had one meal at the hotel, which was so-so, but my sons really enjoyed their lasagna and I had a very good vegetable soup. The breakfast bar was typical Contintental style, but had enough variety of meats, sweet pastries and yogurts to keep it interesting. They also had these Zanussi automated coffee makers that kept the boys enthralled the entire time: not with coffee (which was not the best) but with some of the hot chocolate variations, which weren't bad at all. There are pizzarias and restaurants further down the road, as well as shops and several gelaterias. Marina Romea is a small village, though, so choices are limited. There are more choices on the main highway (E55 - Via Romeo Nord) north of Marina Romea.
The staff were all wonderful - very helpful, kind and friendly. Most speak very good English if your Italian is fractured, like mine. They all deserve top marks, I think.
The beach (which is very long and sandy) is just a five-minute walk, across from the hotel.
If you just want a beach holiday, or are intending on visiting places like Ravenna, Ferrara or even Venice (1.5 hours away) then you could do worse than La Meridiana.
by Travelling_Axe on Aug 27, 2007
A large hotel with a short walk through a forested area to the beach. With your accomodations, an umbrella and 2 beach chairs are included. If you want loungers, you pay Eu 5.00 extra for each. It's pretty quiet, unless there are noisy people in the halls. The rooms are quite large for a family of four, but they are bare and characterless (it's a concrete cube). The air-con works well, there is free parking across the street, and an outdoor pool. The bathroom doubles as a shower stall, so everything in the bathroom gets wet.
It's a long walk to the restaurants and shops in the resort strip.
The beach is sandy, large and nice enough--although one wonders about the water quality given the large industrial that you drive through to get to Marina Romea.
by Lilabet66 on Aug 08, 2007
This is a decent hotel. The pool and nearby private beach club are very nice. The room was very simple, but large. However, there were two major problems for us. First, the stand-up shower is level with the rest of the bathroom and there is no curtain or door. Thus, every time one takes a shower, water gets all over the bathroom floor. Second, the walls must be paper-thin because we heard everything from the room next door. Unfortunately, there was a family with a baby and toddler who were crying and screaming during the night and early in the morning. In addition, the staff was not as helpful as they seemed. They recommended a restaurant to us but failed to mention we needed a reservation. Also, they gave us passes for the beach but did not tell us we needed to turn in the pass in the cafe to be assigned an umbrella and chairs.
I would choose another hotel.
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