The Hotel Flamingo in Gatteo a Mare, is a quirky and charming, three star beach front hotel. Gatteo a Mare is the perfect beach getaway in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. Hotel Flamingo is a fantastic family-friendly hotel (we would know, my family of fourteen all stayed here), as well as, pet friendly, a couple’s romantic getaway, and a popular stay for cyclists.
As soon as we entered the door with our luggage we were greeted with smiles and open arms. Yes, we are in Italy where everyone is family, but in our case, the owners really were like family. My stepdad’s parents grew up in Gatteo a Mare and his remaining aunts and uncles still live there – hence our visit to this Italian beach destination. After we checked in, we learned that my stepdad’s mother delivered the hotel owner’s son. It was her last baby that she delivered before she moved to the United States. Talk about coincidence!
Regardless of the family connection, the service and care from the entire staff at Hotel Flamingo was outstanding. They helped us with our luggage all the way to our room and made sure we were well acquainted with our room before they let us settle in. They welcomed us with our choice of beverage from their extensive drink menu at the lobby bar. They gifted us with a Hotel Flamingo beach bags that we still have and use to this day and much more! The hotel staff were delighted to have us stay just as much as we were delighted to be there.
Room and Amenities
The exterior of the hotel had vibrant pink and green colors with a tall tower and rounded balconies on the left, right and back sides. At night the Hotel Flamingo would shine bright and no matter how dark it was during the evening, we could always see our hotel, like it was on the Las Vegas Strip.
Hotel Flamingo has several wonderful amenities:
- Heated pool
- A tennis court (also turned into a soccer “football” or basketball court)
- Babysitting service on request
- Parking garage
- “A Casa Mia” Restaurant
- Lobby bar
- And of course, direct beach access
One of the great features of Hotel Flamingo’s rooms are that they all have a view of the beach! Yes, every single one of them! We had a room on the side and still had a wonderful view of the beach. There are four different room categories: Classic Room, Prestige Room, Classic Single Room and Comfort Single Room.
With each room category, guests have the option for a bead and breakfast, half-board (breakfast and dinner) or full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner). We really encourage guests to do at least the half board, as you will save money and the food at their restaurant is amazing! In addition to the different room categories and board options, guests have three different “stay” options: Easy, Silver and Gold Stay. If guests do not want a stay upgrade they are automatically given the Easy Stay.
- Easy Stay: Welcome drink.
- Silver Stay: Welcome drink, Garage, Minibar, Beach-bag Flamingo (gift), use of Beach-towels, Slippers (gift) and use of bathrobe.
- Gold Stay: Everything in the Silver Stay package, in addition to, a bottle of sparkling wine and a fruit basket upon arrival, Flamingo Pochette (gift), Beach-towels (gift), Kit-Women with rich courtesy line, a personal daily newspaper, beach service 1 umbrella and 2 sunbeds at Bagno Paradiso and a Tribute Gourmet on departure.
We stayed in a Comfort Room and it was more than comfortable. The room was very spacious with a large double bed, a tiled bathroom with a nice shower and plenty of closet and drawer space for our clothes. Did we mention our balcony with a view of the beach? We know we did, but we wanted to mention it again because even on our cloudy day we could never get enough of the view.
A Casa Mia
Hotel Flamingo’s house restaurant, “A Casa Mia” offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on what board you booked, some meals could be included in your stay, which again we highly recommend. A Casa Mia offers great dining selections for everyone – children, adults, vegetarians, vegans and celiacs. They pride themselves on serving celiacs delicious meals as they have become a part of the AIC circuit. Food is prepared fresh everyday with local ingredients and a lot of care and Italian love. And what is an Italian meal without wine? A Casa Mia has an incredible wine sommelier to help guests pair their meal to the wine of their choice.
Breakfast was served buffet style every morning with everything from bombolonis, croissants, cereal, fruit, omelets, cold meats, cheese, yogurt and more. Every pastry item is baked fresh in house and were delicious! My family alone took care of the bomboloni at the buffet that Hotel Flamingo started to just send plates of bomboloni to our table! What can we say? We are Italian and love our Italian donuts!
We enjoyed lunch on our third day and it was divine! Out of the fourteen of us, we all had different plates from their set menu – couscous with roasted tomatoes, rotelle (wagon wheel pasta) with a meat bolognese and the table favorite, spaghetti alla carbonara.
My little cousin, who was 7 years old at the time, was one of many who ordered the spaghetti all carbonara. If you have visited Italy before, you will be familiar with the knowledge that the Italians do not break their pasta when they cook it, therefore the pasta has never-ending strands. Needless to say, the pasta was so long my cousin started to cut it when the owner spotted him and gave him the Italian look for, “what are you doing to the precious pasta?!?!?” The owner very kindly and happily showed my cousin the proper way to enjoy pasta. He would be proud to know that my cousin never cut or missed a strand from there on out. In fact, I think he even got seconds he loved the spaghetti alla carbonara so much!
The Flamingo Bike
As we mentioned, Hotel Flamingo is quirky and cute, why? Because they have a complimentary pink flamingo bike that guests can use at their disposal! We were more than in love with this bike. We used it every chance we could get – thank goodness we were there during a low season because we never wanted to share it. The Flamingo bike can fit four adults and two children, two adults in the front, two adults in the back and two children in the very front. The children have their own steering wheels as do the adults in the front, though only one wheel does the real steering. The bike has four pedals, two on both sides that work simultaneously. Some people, I won’t mention names (Adam and Shelby), would pedal faster than Uncle Fred and I could handle, so it is important to work as a team. The best part of the bike…the horn! Yes, it had a horn and my little cousin would honk the horn every chance he got. It goes without saying, the bike is a big hit for both children and adults.
Pricing varies based on the time of year, room category and “stay” option. It is a very reasonable priced hotel for the excellent service, amenities and food it provides the guests.
For example, one night at a Comfort Room for 1-2 people during peak season:
- Easy Stay can range from € 121 to € 135 ($151 to $251)
- Silver Stay can range from € 140 to € 165 ($185 to $295)
- Gold Stay can range from € 150 to € 210 ($235 to $392)
I think we can speak for my entire family when we say that we would stay at Hotel Flamingo again in a heart beat! We loved the amenities, rooms, service, food and most of all, the bike! It is the perfect hotel for a beach getaway in Gatteo a Mare. Thank you for your amazing hospitality Hotel Flamingo!
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