We arrived at Bari airport at close to midnight and starving after the 6 hours Alitalia flight which only offered snack biscuits and water (Lon-Milan-Bari). The prearranged shuttle bus driver was already waiting, friendly and seems happy to meet us.
The hotel was approx 20 mins away and we were greeted at reception by a cheerful and efficient receptionist. We asked about getting some food and the driver (Fabrizio) offered to take us to the nearby Torre a Mare where there were restaurants and cafe still open. He dropped us off and picked us up when we finished too. The same driver helped us carry our luggage to the room and this is much appreciated as we were tired and sleepy!
Our 'Classic' rooms at the hotel were comfortable with balconies overlooking the central courtyard and facing the pools. The air conditioning is controlled by reception but we only have to dial 9 and this was switched on straightaway. The beds were comfortable and the surrounding area nice and quiet at night. There is a well-equipped and spacious gym, hairdresser (closed at the time) and small spa (charged at Euro 20 per person and have steam room, dry sauna, heated loungers and indoor pools - which we enjoyed & love) all accessed via the beautiful courtyard area. The garden were a good size, providing a lot of different relaxation areas, well kept and we saw a lot of staff always running around tidying the whole area which as a result were all well maintained.
The breakfast selection was good (pastry, fruit, bread, yogurts etc) and we can order eggs any style and speciality coffees when we want. There were a lot of people serving at breakfast so even though the breakfast is buffet style, there is always staff to help.
The restaurants serve lunch and dinner (which can be taken inside or outside in the garden) with a good selection on the menu for all including vegetarian and gluten free and the pasta dishes were amazing. The Apulia wine was good and reasonably priced.
The pool area is the best part and well maintained with areas for small children and had plenty of sunloungers, sun umbrellas and towels provided for by the pool attendant. The pool bar has a selection of drinks and limited lunch and snack menu but this is adequate for a quick snack. The attendant is always available and happy to help when needed.
We had a dental emergency on one of the days and the receptionist called around and booked us an appointment as well as arrange a free shuttle to take us there. This was extremely helpful and we were impressed with their consistent willingness to help!
The location is slightly out of Bari town but a shuttle service was available at no cost for guests to get to Bari for some shopping and sight-seeing. The reception was also able to arrange taxis or check trains for other sight-seeing needs. The airport & port transfer were also arranged without fuss and cost Euro 35 one way.
The only problem we had was the lack of English speaker among the reception staff and we don't speak any Italian so sometimes the receptionist misunderstood what we're saying and vice versa. This is a minor problem on the phone when we try to call the hotel for a shuttle pick up. There is also not much information in reception on the local area (which is common in other hotels) e.g. maps or tours availability and contact numbers but I mentioned this to the reception and believe that they will rectify accordingly or help if you ask specifically.
If like us you don't like being crowded in by business travellers in multi-storey modern hotels then this charming olde-worlde style building will appeal to you. Overall, this is an amazing Italian style hotel with excellent customer service, good food and helpful & friendly staff. We would recommend this for couples and family alike as there are plenty of space for all to have fun or simply relax in the sun.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Favourably standing in a green area and characterized byunique interiors, the hotel is located15 minutes driving from Bari’s historic city centre, 31 km from the K. Wojtyla International Airport and very close to the main attractions of the beautiful Apulia. The hotel areas are dedicated to both business and leisure travelers, with high speed Internet access, relax and wellness in the Regina SPA, a sporting area at the ALMUS Fitness Club & Summer Swimming Pool Club. A bright and welcoming Restaurant serves lunch and dinner with a selection of local and national gastronomic specialties and wines. 11 meeting rooms and a large parking area make the Una Hotel Regina Bari a place where every event is a success. The exclusive location of the UNA Hotel Regina Bari offers the guests an opportunity for visiting the main local attractions; the Bari historic city center and its Cathedral, the Svevo Castle, the Ruvo’s Cathedral, Castel del Monte, the unique Trani’s cathedral on the sea, the historical centre and seaside of Polignano, the Valle d’Itria and its Trulli, the Castellana’s Caves and the Bari’s shopping boutiques around Via Sparano. There is a large choice of gastronomy, with the opportunity to visiting the local vineyards and taste the specialties in restaurants located in breathtaking locations. Our Rooms: 100 Classic, Superior, Executive and Junior Suite rooms with private terrace, business desk, Hi-speed Internet, temperature self controlling, LCD flat TV with cable channels, minibar, direct dial telephone, large bathroom with oversized and regenerating shower. Some rooms are dedicated to disabled guests. Relax: Take care of yourself in our Regina SPA, a discreet area with its relaxing atmosphere, specially designed for our guest’s wellness: the best modern wellness equipment, an area with indoor thermal swimming pool and Kneipp path, Jacuzzi, emotional showers, relaxing warm stone beds, Sauna and Turkish bath. Our experts will coddle you by the most advanced massage techniques, body treatments and beauty. ALMUS Fitness Club is the area dedicated to the fitness, with its large and equipped exercise room powered by Technogym, Yoga and workout rooms and indoor swimming pool. And in summertime the UNA Hotel Regina Bari offers an exclusive outdoor swimming pool club with American bar. Restaurant & Bar: Enjoy the specialties of our Noha Ristorante Mediterraneo at lunch and dinner or relax at the REGINA BAR with an aperitif or after dinner drinks. Available an assorted selection of local and Italian wines, spirits, soft drinks and coffees. The restaurant is open all year round and can seat up to 400 people. Conference Centre: The UNA Hotel Regina Bari has 11 meeting rooms accommodating 10 to 500 people. All rooms have independent entrance, self lighting and sound control. Accessible foyers allows to hold snacks and coffee breaks and reception services. Amenities: The UNA Hotel Regina Bari offers multiple solutions for successful meetings and events. The meeting rooms are equipped with all the latest technologies and some of them are illuminated by daylight. All meeting rooms have screen, projector, high speed Internet connection, air conditioning and stationary kit. ... more less
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