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Plan the perfect DIY cycling holiday with Hotel Senior

Enjoy an Italian getaway in Emilia-Romagna at a hotel with everything a two-wheeled tourist could ever need

11 Aug 2017

This feature was produced in association with Hotel Senior.

If you’re planning on a do-it-yourself road-cycling holiday, having a bike-friendly base to ride from is essential to get the most from your break.

The Emilia-Romagna region of north-eastern Italy is one of those parts of Europe that’s made a point of reaching out to cyclists – something that’s particularly in evidence along its glittering Adriatic coastline where the tourism industry is built as much around bikes as it is the beach.

No surprise, then that it’s here – in the town of Cattolica – that you’ll find one of the best examples of what a hotel geared up for two-wheeled tourists should look like.

Hotel Senior has a growing reputation among roadies taking cycling holidays or attending one of the many Gran Frondos in this spectacular region.

Why? Well, quite apart from the superb levels of hospitality that its known for, it also ticks just about every cycling holiday box that we can think of, providing a level of service designed to make sure that you get the most from your saddle time, while reducing the stress that comes with a self-organised trip.

Should you decide you want a cycling guide or maps, need your kit laundered, require physiotherapy, a massage or medical treatment, all you need do is ask at the 24-hour reception.

Here you can also pick up discount coupons for various nearby bike shops should a chain need fixing or you fancy bagging a super-cool Italian jersey that you can show off when you get home.

There’s also an on-site secure storage facility, so you can sleep soundly knowing your beloved bike’s safe when you’re not with it.

Off the bike you can expect some exquisite cuisine offered on a full-board, half-board or B&B basis, with meals also served at flexible times to suit your cycling endeavours.

All rooms have free Wi-Fi, a TV, a safe, an en suite bathroom, plus air-conditioning as standard. And rooms are even sound proofed to ensure every wink of sleep goes by undisturbed – essential if you’re going to be at your best on the bike.

The hotel can also use its local links to get you special access to Cattolica’s gyms and health clubs, should you feel the need for an additional workout.

And with a bar, swimming pool, and jacuzzi also at your disposal, relaxing shouldn’t be a problem either.

The hotel is currently offering discounts of up to 20% for bookings in September, and if you’re planning on going with a bunch of cycling buddies, it also offers group discounts all-year round.

Hotel Senior, Cattolica, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Rating: 3 stars
Price: Starting at €40 (£35) pppn

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