We booked this hotel because we were planning on a road trip around Puglia and Camparia. It's in the Bari-Brindisi highway by a petrol station, which by the way is one of the cheapest we found in the whole trip.
At arrival everything was a bit chaotic due to a large group check in before us. Also, one of the receptionist looked completely lost and was walking around the desk without knowing what to do. We waited a bit too long for any eye contact.
The room was basic and outdated although very big. It smelled a bit like cigarettes as you walked in and the smell didn't go away through the week.
Housekeeping should get a bit more sustainable and up to date. We stayed for 7 nights and always hang our towels properly after using them but every day they would change them for new ones. There is no need to do so and it's a wasteful and outdated hotel tradition. Also they kept leaving the mini fridge open every day, we had things in there and every evening we would come back to the room and find them hot and/or spoiled.
The real selling point of the Barion it's the great breakfast. Very nice coffee, good selection of breads and spreads, plenty of different cakes to choose from and delicious juices (specially the bloody orange one). We would spend at least one hour every morning. Roberto and the younger waitress (I couldn't get her name) were exceptional. We missed them on their days off.
Would definitely recommend it if you are driving, having long days out, on a budget, and don't plan on spending too much time in the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located between Bari and Brindisi airports, Barion Hotel & Congress is a modern 4 stars hotel, offering its hospitality both to business travelers looking for relaxing and friendly ambiance during their business trips and curious leisure travelers looking for a strategic base to explore the enchanting land of Puglia region. Barion Hotel & Congress is a short ride far from the very centre of Bari city and from the central railway station and offers clients a privileged access to the main panoramic highway which runs along the Adriatic sea connecting all Apulian cities. Barion Hotel& Congress offers 95 rooms dislocated in a main building facing the Adriatic sea, all equipped with modern furniture with complete facilities including bathroom with shower, WI - FI connection free, satellite television , Pay Tv, direct dial telephone, minibar, hairdryer and safe. Tasty local menus mixing the flavors of Apulia dishes with Mediterranean cuisine are daily proposed by the chef and served at the cozy restaurant with the charming atmosphere of the brand new sea-view terrace. Buffet breakfast is served at the Roof Garden where clients can even enjoy an enchanting view of the Adriatic sea while sobbing their cappuccino and crunching fresh biscuits and handmade cakes. The modern Congress Centre offers seven meeting rooms with natural daylight and equipped with the latest technology, with modular sound-proof panels to accommodate a number of participants ranging from 10 to 270 seats. Depending on clients' needs it is possible to arrange coffee-breaks, welcome cocktail, buffet lunch and dinner. Our professional multilingual staff is at clients' disposal to customize the offer, to optimize the costs and the standard of services required. Free spacious guarded parking area for cars and GT coaches is also available . Thanks to the Hotel privileged geographical position, all Unesco sites and tourist centers of Apulia and Basilicata are easy to be visited: Trani, Castel del Monte, Alberobello, Ostuni, Castellana Grotte , Lecce and Matera are all at least 2 hours far from Barion Hotel& Congress, which represents the ideal 4 stars hotel to allocate your groups in Apulia. Transfer and guide services are also available. ... more less
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