What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes breakfast
- Poolside Michelin-starred dining at Magnolia
- Top Tuscan location between Forte dei Marmi's beachfront and boutique-lined streets, a 30-minute car/boat trip from the Cinque Terre and an hour's drive from Florence
- A private outdoor pool set in manicured gardens
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Free bike rentals for exploring Forte dei Marmi’s cycle-friendly streets
- Cooking classes can be arranged for an additional fee
- The hotel is closed between November and March
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Seconds from the sea in the heart of one of Tuscany’s top coastal resorts, the Hotel Byron in Forte dei Marmi is all about effortless elegance. The villa was constructed in the early part of the 20th century for an Italian duke as a second home, and the grand interiors evoke a high society hideaway. In the 29 guestrooms warm Tuscan colors and classic marble bathrooms are brought up to date with contemporary touches like free WiFi, hardwood floors, and robes and slippers. Soak up the Tuscan sun by the outdoor pool in the private garden, and spend the evenings dining alfresco on Michelin-starred cuisine at the poolside Magnolia restaurant.
In the Area
Less than an hour’s drive from Florence, Forte dei Marmi, on the Versilia coast, is littered with posh beach clubs, a see-and-be-seen promenade and boutiques stocked with Gucci handbags and Prada bikinis. This is where the tony crowd soaks up the Tuscan sun. Grab a gelato and join the locals for a post-dinner walk along the promenade. Or hit the shops: Designer brands jostle for space along the leafy streets. Browse big hitters Prada, Gucci and Valentino, and pop into local boutiques such as Pepita and Kose Rose. The shops are open until midnight during the summer. Stroll the narrow streets and browse the art galleries in nearby Pietrasanta, a pretty medieval town and creative hub. It has, over the years, been home to both Michelangelo and Henry Moore.
How to Get There
We’ve just spent three glorious nights at the Hotel Byron with three generations
The rooms are exquisite the service is first class and the food is delicious
They organised a dinner for us for my fathers’ 80th which was superb David the Maitre D although-young knows his stuff and treated us to a wonderful evening
My only advise is to shop around for deals at the beach although they were pretty empty second week of September done weren’t budging from the crazy prices for height of the Summer
Thank you to the front of house who kindly gave us a really late checkout GRACI !!!!
All in all a wonderful few days can’t wait to comeback
We love Forte dei Marmi and we try to come every year for some days at the end of the summer. I love hôtels and, despite not staying there, we wanted to try the Byron for a drink. I had been there some years ago...The gardens are immaculate as well as the entrance, the bike park...the lobby has recently been refurbished and it’s bright and modern. Personally I don’t like it at all as it is too goldish and doesn’t reflect the style of the villa and in ten years it will be outdated but that’s a question of tastes. The bar lounges are so charming with their old armchairs...hope they will not change them. We sat on the terrace for an Aperitivo and we were alone: the place only for us. Wow. We were almost ready to leave after finishing the delicious spritz and the Barman arrived with a selection of appetizers directly from their Michelin starred kitchens...what a treat! We felt really special and for sure next year we will go back for dinner!
The room smells of off gassing the bedding is made of some kind of awful foam, there was no air conditioning available so the room was hot which was further complicated by heavy linen bedding. Their solution was to open our patio doors but the traffic noise from the street was terrible so they gave us a fan that had zero effect on the noise or the hot air. They somehow decided since it gets cold at night now to shut off the AC and go to heat. The problem is it’s been hot and sunny during the day the room cannot cool off quickly enough without AC.
The hotel allegedly is a 4.5 star or 5 star hotel but I’m not sure who or what has done the rating. In my experience I would give it a 2 stars. The rooms are small and cramped the bedding second rate as are the towels, most everything in the room is modern with plastic or vinyl the room smells of cleaning product and there is no room service. The bed is a torture chamber as far as back support (my chiropractor will be happy) I could go on. If this is a 4.5-5 star hotel the world needs a better rating system. Our alleged terrace with “water view” is really a Main Street view with partial view of water in the distance and a lot of traffic noise. If your in this area to go to Pisa or Lucca stay somewhere else and make a longer drive you’ll be happier.
We also ended up here in mid October which is after the main season. It’s very difficult to find restaurants or stores open and the area has a creepy feeling like a ghost town. The breakfast area “opens” at 7:30am but you can’t order anything until 8am when the kitchen really opens.