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Ambienthotels Hotel Peru, Rimini - our hotel review

About Ambienthotels Hotel Peru

Hotel Peru

The three-star Hotel Peru in Rimini is part of a local mini-chain called Ambienthotels, and hence the styling as Ambienthotels Hotel Peru. On a little side street in the seaside strip of Rimini, the hotel is externally quite typical, but it is run ambitiously with service standards much higher than you would expect.

I stayed at the Hotel Peru for two nights in April 2008. This is out of season for Rimini, and when I booked online I found many hotels offering competitive rates. This was about the best combination of price, location, and user-rating at 44 per night for a single room.

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Hotel and facilities

The approach to the hotel wasn't particularly inspiring. There are simply so many cheap-looking tourist hotels in Rimini that it's hard to believe that any of them could offer much individuality or charm. Heading down the little side-street, past a kebab shop, I was feeling pessimistic. But the hotel's exterior is quite smart and there were carefully arranged tables and chairs on the little terrace, topped with flowers, which gave it a cared-for appearance. The reception staff who greeted me - and all the staff I encountered during my stay - were absolutely lovely: friendly and welcoming. They were interested in how comfortable I was, in doing what they could to help and generally going a step beyond the Italian norm.

The hotel has helpful displays of tourist information and the weather forecast in a lounge between the entrance hall and the lobby. There is a little bar alongside the reception desk. Wireless internet access is available in the rooms, and I wasn't charged for the few hours I spent online. The mini-bar and room-service prices were very reasonable - so much so that I broke with my normal habits and used both. Out of season in April there were no promising food options within a few minutes' walk of the hotel, and the 5 piadina (local flat bread heated sandwich) I ordered in my room was probably a lot better than I'd have found at nearby bars.

My bedroom

My bedroom at the Hotel Peru

I have to admit that, as with the hotel, my first impressions were doubtful. I definitely didn't care for the tapestry on the bedroom doors, and it seemed ages since I'd used anything as old-fashioned as a real room key, with heavy hotel key ring attached. The room's decor was fairly bland but definitely dated and not the stylish elegance I'd been spoiled with at previous hotels. However, I was very happy to have been given a double room (having booked a single), and as I looked around I became really quite pleased with the good value I'd found. The furniture wasn't to my taste but it was perfectly decent: desk, wardrobe with shelves and drawers, chair, suitcase stand, bedside tables, comfortable double bed, coat hooks, a television set and also a small CD player and a DVD player. DVDs can be hired at reception, which would be useful for any rare rainy days on a beach holiday. There were speakers too: on the far side of the room to the televison which made an odd listening/watching experience. Most of one wall was a huge mirror, which was practical and made the room feel lighter and more airy. French windows led onto a little boxy balcony with a washing line for drying those beach towels.

There was a welcome note and a little sachet of chewing gum on the desk; also a notepad and pen (non-removable). Everything was clean and well-kept. On my return from dinner I found a little weather forecast and a couple of chocolates: a nice touch and not common at hotels of this category. The following night someone sneaked in to place my chocolate and note in the ten minutes I was out having a cup of tea, which impressed me. Apart from the decor my only real fault with the room was that lack of space between the bed and desk meant that there wasn't room to manoeuvre around the chair, once I'd pulled it out to work.

The bathroom was tiled with hideous brown tiles, but style apart it was quite adequate, with a walled shower cubicle, clean fittings and a decent selection of toiletries. It could have done with refurbishing though, and also some plumbing attention: the tap had a persistent drip.

On my second night I was bothered by the sound of a radio left on in a nearby room. After midnight, suspecting it might be a radio left playing in an unoccupied room, I called reception and within a couple of minutes I heard feet on the stairs and the problem was solved. The hotel was nearly empty during my stay, but it obviously didn't have very good soundproofing and I imagine that, if you're a light sleeper, the comfort of your stay could depend on your fellow guests.

My bedroom was categorised as a 'top' double room. Before leaving I asked to see one of the hotel's more expensive 'deluxe' rooms. This double room was in a totally different world to mine, as you can see from my photographs. It was stylish, up-to-date and far more suited to a smart holiday. Since my own had been perfectly comfortable, I was left to ponder on the importance of style. On the whole I'd recommend paying the extra for the modern room and the little perks they provide with it, but if you're on a budget, a less pretty room still gets you the hotel's high-quality service.

Breakfast

My photo of the deluxe room I visited

Breakfast was taken in a breakfast room on the ground floor. The old-fashioned ambience matched my bedroom, not the modern stylish one. There was the usual buffet selection, not particularly good but decent enough by Italian standards: cereals, croissants, rolls, yoghurts, fruit etc. There were oranges which you could squeeze yourself. The friendly waiter - confessing to an Italian ignorance of English tea - produced a range of teabags and hunted out a suitable choice for me.

Address and location

The hotel address is Hotel Peru, Via Pietro Metastasio, 3. This is in the strip of development which runs along the sea for many miles to the south of historic Rimini and the railway station. The hotel is not too far down the main road which runs parallel with the seafront; you can walk into the heart of Rimini but it is quite a long and dull walk so I'd recommend taking the bus. The number 11 runs from outside Rimini railway station (buy tickets at the kiosk) and heads out along the main road. Bus stops are numbered; for Hotel Peru, get off at stop number 16, look for the hotel sign on Viale Pascoli and head a little way down the road before turning right into the tiny side-street where the hotel is located. It's a short walk across a couple of streets to the seafront, where the hotel has its beach concession.

My view

I found the Hotel Peru a very comfortable place to stay. Since I wasn't here for the beach, I did have to catch the local bus to reach my targets, but it was a cheap, efficient service and not a problem. I didn't care for the decor of my room on aesthetic grounds, but I appreciated the fittings and facilities. It was obvious that a lot of effort had gone into making the room and my stay comfortable. The little gifts and attentions made me feel a welcome guest, and the reasonable mini-bar and room-service prices were commendable. The staff were great, not just well-trained but taking pride in their job and being genuinely friendly. Some of the decor, signs etc. seemed oddly juxtaposed with the stylish ambitions of the hotel: it was as though the ambition and ideas were ahead of the refurbishment. Maybe this is the case, if so it will be nearer perfect afterwards. But for now I felt this had everything a hotel really needs and found myself sorry to be leaving the comfort and friendliness to head to a 'design' hotel.

For a comfortable stay this is a good place to choose, especially for families and beach-lovers.

Booking

In the summer season the hotel offers half-board options as well as B&B; you may also find there is a minimum stay requirement during the peak holiday time of July and August. The hotel offers access to a private beach concession a few minutes away, so check what is included in your price.
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