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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This place is great, the owner Tony and his staff were very friendly and helpful with directions in English, booking the ferry to Stromboli, private boat trips on the Costa degli Dei with Sea Sports in Tropea harbor, etc; the shuttle service is convenient to the beach and to Tropea; the pool is clean and beautiful and big enough to swim laps; the room was clean and had a nice outdoor balcony where several bottles of wine were consumed while watching the sunset aside Stromboli in the distance; but most importantly....The food was some of the best I've ever had. The Calabrian Sampler platter is a must, everything on there is perfect, and the fresh tuna fish with homemade pasta was one of the best pasta dishes I've ever had in my life. Prices are very reasonable for the quality you're getting. This was my first time in Calabria and I fell in,Iove with the area and with La Bussola's restaurant, I hope to return to both every year. Graze Mille to Tony and staff... arrivederci!

Room Tip: Rooms closer to the front of the hotel towards the road would probably have a better view of the Tyrrhenian Sea and Stromboli sunsets
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled solo
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Thank Joseph A
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Tonycristian G, Direttore at Hotel La Bussola, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Dear Joseph,
thank you so much for your feedback. We are so happy to have had you with us.
We hope to see you againr for the next holiday.
Thank you again and best regards from all of us

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Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

We loved our one week stay at La Bussola in July 2017. We stayed as a familiy with two small children, and felt so welcome our hole stay. The staff is sweet and helpful. When we had a misunderstanding about our food order at dinner, they were very flexible and made up for everything.

The childred loved the pool and playground. We liked the beach at Tropea better then the one close by (free shuttle bus) , so we drove there ourself. The food at the hotel was really good, we ate here every night.

What could be better? Well, the shower teperature is really unstable (everywhere in italy?). And I would like some more vegetables for the breakfast.

We had a really good time, and hope to come back again some other time!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
Thank Marie H
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Tonycristian G, Direttore at Hotel La Bussola, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Dear Marie,
thank you for your wounderful words about the restaurant and the Staff.
We are so glad that you enjoy your stay.
We hope to see you soon!
Best regards from all of us

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Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Been there with wife and in laws.. must say it looked like those super busy touristic restaurant right from the very start but chose not to follow my impressions and gave it a go.. was really disappointed:food is average/poor ( fried calamari had their "skin" still on and were chewy and tasteless.. sausage was full of fat and undercooked..wine was average and expensive) when complained about the food the staff did NOT apologise but calmly replied that was the way the food has always been served a in their restaurant (the were basically saying my complaints were useless.. asked for the check and left..will never be back and will never recommend the restaurant
. There are many more better places where to eat properly in the area...

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Tonycristian G, Direttore at Hotel La Bussola, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2017

Dear guest
Thank you very much for your feedback, we are very sorry about your impression on our restaurant, about the fried calamari we would like to let you know that they are cleaned inside, we just leave a little bit of skin because is a restaurant chooise to let people know that they aren't that frozen one from China or Thailandia if you like them we are very sorry to miss that product.

We use Local sausage, so different from what you find around the world, recipes change from a place to another, about the cooking we prefer to not send them so well done couse they will became a piece of wood.

Wines depend from what bottle you choose and what you want to get, our wine list start from a bottle of € 15,00 till 69,00. If you think that you want to get a bottle of € 69,00 and pay € 15,00 this is not the right place for you, I kindly suggest you to go in a restaurant where you could bring bottles from outside and buy it in a discount, it will be more easy.

Here when there is something wrong with our customer we use to speak and reply calmly trying understand the issue, and if we are in the wrong side we also know how to apoligese and say sorry.

Anyway Thank you for coming here, hope to see you soon.



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Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

We've been coming here for the past 4 years and meet guests from all over the world. The hotel amenities, swimming pool and staff are fantastic. Staff member Tony has always been great with us, waiters, admin are fantastic, the owner also is good fun and very welcoming. It's lovely that they employ friendly staff to entertain the kids at the swimming pool too. I would definitely recommend La Bussola to anyone seeking a base in Calabria. Their service is second to none and they offer great value for money.

Stayed: July 2017
Thank Anthony N
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Tonycristian G, Direttore at Hotel La Bussola, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

Dear Anthony,
thank you so much for your fantastic words about us. I'm so glad I got you here.
I hope that we can see each other again.
Best Regards from all of us

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Reviewed 16 June 2017

I've visited Ricadi a few times now but had always passed this place by. My only regret was that I hadn't been before! Fabulous surroundings, typically friendly Calabrian staff (particular our waiter, Tony) - and the food? Well, it might be a tiny bit on the expensive side, but it's worth every penny. Basically, Hotel La Bussola is as classy as it looks.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Dan G
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Tonycristian G, Direttore at Hotel La Bussola, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Dear Dan,
thank you so much for your feedback. We're so glad that you have appreciated our services and thank you for your special words about our fantastic waiter Tony.
We hope to see you again and soon!
Best regards
Staff La Bussola

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