Need to know
Nine, including two suites.
10am, but flexible (by half an hour) subject to availability. Earliest check-in, midday, reception closes at 8pm but late check-ins can be arranged directly with the hotel.
Double rooms from $139.23 (€132), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates include breakfast. From April until the end of September, free entrance to beach club Bagno Cavallone is also included.
Guests can use the pool and lounge areas post check-out, if they have time to kill before a flight. The first-floor apartment can be rented exclusively in winter (€450–€650 a day; stays of three nights or more). If you want to brush up your Italian cuisine, the hotel offers cooking lessons on Tuesday afternoons at 4pm – they're popular so be sure to book in advance.
At the hotel
Gardens, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, gourmet minibar with Skinny Champagne and Amedei chocolate, free bottled water and Erbario Toscano bath products. Guests have access to private beach club, Il Cavallone, only 10 minutes away in Lido Di Camaiore.
Our favourite rooms
Aurora’s panoramic terrace has an outdoor fireplace; inside, it’s elegant and luxurious, with a green and gold palette, black and white photographs of nudes, and a shower- and tub-toting bathroom. If you crave space, opt for the taupe- and grey-hued Colle, a suite with a fireplace-adorned sitting room, Fifties armchairs decorated in animal print, Tiffany lamp stand and four-poster bed. It’s an easy sneak to the pool from the suite’s terrace.
The slim rectangular pool in the leafy gardens has a stone patio dotted with sun-loungers and umbrellas.
Swimwear for a cooling dip; a notebook to jot down the contact details of guests you befriend over dinner. Don’t bother with bath products – the in-room treats (Erbario Toscano) are divine.
Ask owner Riccardo to arrange a poolside massage. Smokers can light up in the communal areas outside. Cats and dogs (of any size, shape or hair style) can come too for €15 a night.
Little Smiths can stay, but the hotel's serene atmosphere makes it more of a romantic at heart. Families who wish to stay should check availability with the hotel when booking.