We stayed here for a week with tour operators Travelsphere in a group of around 40 others in November (I think I have spotted others in our party reviewing here too).
The hotel is in the middle of the little town and has a great bar and cake shop run by the Gambardella family just down the street and a cheap mini mart just up the road.It's not far to the beach and they bring your luggage in a van to save you lugging it.
The hotel and rooms were spotless with clean sheets every day. The bed and pillows were firm and just perfect for me. We stayed at the front of the hotel and heard some road noise in the morning which was fine. We could hear a cork pop next door but as our neighbours weren't particularly noisy (and neither were we) then this wasn't an issue. The shower was small but if I had been of a broader girth, I would simply have asked for a move. We found the room lovely and spacious. I wasn't expecting tea and coffee making facilities - isn't that just a British thing? I have stayed in hotels before where they charge for wi-fi and a room safe, but here these were provided free.
Breakfast was hilarious. Basically, the hotel welcomes a rabble of Brits and attempts to corral them into one area of the spacious dining room- makes sense to me because otherwise you would have two people on every table and nowhere more private for more independent guests to sit. Travelsphere do expect their guests to be a little social (- luckily everyone in our party was lovely). The waiters then attempt to stop said Brits from causing havoc. It's all very entertaining. Spinach quiche and the scrambled eggs were lovely- they even have baked beans! Cakes were great, full fat milk a bit 'Goaty' but the skimmed was fine. The coffee was poor -we had been warned by previous reviewers. Good quality tea bags on offer so I was fine and got my coffee fix out and about. By the end of the week, the waiters had the rabble trained up and all was well.
We ate dinner at the hotel every night because, even though restaurants in the town were being reviewed the week before we went- all apart from one were closed in mid November. I liked the food. I think I had chicken stock in a mushroom risotto one night, but apart from that, my pescatarean diet was well catered for with three small but good courses each evening. It came out fast and hot and the waiters were spot on. The white wine by the glass was horrid (and got sent back by me) - bottled was fine and red was o.k.all round,.
Reception staff (especially Stephanie who organised my taxi from Pompeii) were great. Housekeeping spot on. Night Porter good too. All in all- a great stay!
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