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giovedì 16 giugno 2022

HOTEL ALEXANDER REVIEW – The Search for the Perfect Cycling Trip is Over By Debra Lebish


Q: Do you want to cycle abroad, ideally in Italy? 
A: Who doesn’t!!!
Q: Do you want a hotel where EVERY ROOM has an ocean view balcony?
A: Yes, please!
Q: How about high-end bikes and professional cycling guides? 
A: I thought you’d never ask! Look no further than the legendary Hotel Alexander in Gabicce Mare, Italy! 

There can be many reasons why you can’t join the official 2022 Wheelmen cycling trip to northern Italy (Gabbice Mare is in central Italy on the Adriatic coast)…maybe you already have something planned during that time, perhaps the trip is already full, or you can’t commit to 3 weeks. Whatever the reason, with Hotel Alexander you get all the benefits of a Wheelmen-approved cycling holiday and you travel on your schedule. You have no doubt heard the hotel’s rave reviews from other Wheelmen, and probably from other cyclists that you know. Now here’s the rest of the story… 

The HOTEL The Hotel Alexander is a medium-sized family run hotel with around 80 rooms. Each room has a sizeable balcony with a view of the ocean; the room is well appointed and has a mini-bar. The staff is very helpful and friendly and can assist as a concierge does – train schedules, shopping, taxis, winery visits, and the like. They truly want to help.
Did I mention that the beach is RIGHT THERE, mere meters away?
The hotel’s food is FRESH and high quality. Think sun-kissed tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, greens and tons of other fruits and vegetables. Ripe and juicy peaches, pears, and nectarines in season. Seafood at its best, such as barbequed tuna, seemingly just plucked from the ocean. Plenty of pasta and protein to please any cyclist.
OH, and the wine is benissimo

The Hotel Alexander has so many wonderful attributes, it’s easy to gush with praise. Both the facility and the service make the Hotel Alexander the perfect destination for a vacation, either on its own or combined with other European travels. Its location near Bologna makes it easy to get to by train, plane or automobile.

The CYCLING The cycling around Gabicce Mare has something to please every rider. Long rides, short rides, hills, rollers, flats – it’s all there. The professional, personable and experienced cycling guides know all the roads and routes to make each day’s ride better than the last and they know the best places to grab an espresso, snack or lunch when that time rolls around.
Stops at wine and cheese tastings are frequently on the schedule, as are unique towns and culture. 

The Hotel Alexander offers high-end road bike rentals and most riders are more than satisfied with their hired “steed” and thus there is no need to travel with your own bike. This means no bike disassembly or packing, moving it around the airport and otherwise transporting, repacking, or re-assembly. Save those Airline fees (often $400 or more!) and protect your fancy bike from travel damage by renting directly from the hotel. And enjoy the flexibility of not traveling with your bike – you’re freed up to move about Europe and the airport without that big and clumsy bike box!

I highly recommend Hotel Alexander because it checks all the boxes – location, nice rooms, wonderful fresh food, great riding and roads, beautiful scenery, excellent service and guides, bikes, beach, friendly staff. But don’t just take my word for it - the hotel was awarded the 2021 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor.
Also, many Wheelmen are repeat hotel guests. You want climbing? It’s there, plenty of it! Prefer tamer terrain? You bet! How about coastal views and fresh ocean air? Yes, it’s yours! And castles on hills and vineyards for miles?
No problem! 

Roberto and his team make it easy to book a trip because they know what Wheelmen want! No need to make a bazillion calls and send and follow up on multiple emails trying to orchestrate your trip requirements in another language…finding and renting a high-end bike, a car or other transportation, a cycling and tourist guide, dinner reservations, wine and cheese tasting appointments, etc.
Honestly, Hotel Alexander is a fantastic place and as a bonus and it is a great value. Outfitters that provide a similar experience charge up to $10,000/week.

Contact Roberto or Camilla today to schedule your vacation, you’ll be glad you did.

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