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I Giardini di Atena

Via Montenegro, 181, 73023 Merine Apulia, Italy
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I have stayed here on a couple of occasions and I have found it to be such a fabulous place in so many aspects. I love the Shuttle bus service that runs to Lecce and beach. I love the fact that it is fully self contained and I have had an opportunity to see the real Italy. I would stroll... More 

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winnipeg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We spent a week here in May, 2014. This resort needs to evaluated through the lens of what it cost to stay here for a week. We paid 1/5 the cost of our previous week in a lovely spot in Sorrento. We saw no packs of dogs, or youths, or garbage. Yes, there were areas where the grass hadn't been... More 

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Newman, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

This place has been the worst place I have ever stay at in Italy. Garbage everywhere, weeds all over the place. People who do the cleaning are very rude. They charge 60 euros for maintenance that is in addition to what has been paid to interval world. I hope interval takes this place out of the places to stay in.... More 

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firenzemari77, Direttore at I Giardini di Atena, responded to this review
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Gentilissimi, mi preme rispondere in italiano per una maggiore chiarezza dei nostri utenti in territorio nazionale: apprendo che purtroppo la... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We arrived early Saturday evening to find that there was no shop on site as promised in the literature, without a car it was impossible to get anything anywhere. The packs of dogs roaming around were quite offputting, but not as bad as the youths gathering all around the place. The apartment was to say the least sparse. There were... More 

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Thank Jim J
firenzemari77, Direttore at I Giardini di Atena, responded to this review

Dear Sir, in thanking you for the time you spent in writing about your experience, I must not anyway forget that your complains are based on a wrong reality of our Resort, for the reason as follows: - First of all you perfectly kwew that in April our opened- swimming pools are still closed, for they open from juny to... More 

Monteroni di Lecce, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I come from Canada and I went to "Bistrot delle rose", after buying a coupon on Groupon, with some friends of mine. It has been an amazing choice: very nice place, very small price comparing to the quantity of food we ate...and above all...pizza was so delicious!! I think I'll go back again as soon as I can!!

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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We stayed here in May / June 2013. The resort is outside of Merine, a smallish town on the outskirts of Lecce. There really is nothing to Merine, except a couple of bars in the town / village center. The resort looks like a 1970's collection of Butlins apartments. This sounds worse than it actually is. There are lots of... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

We arrived in the evening, were surprised at the residence feel to it as it did not feel like a resort. Guest services was interesting as she did not really speak much English, but we were able to get checked in and to our room. Please note that they require 100 euros in cash as a deposit. The grounds are... More 

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Orangeville, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

L Giardini d Atena was eccelente! All the staff were very polite, though very few people spoke any English. That is to be expected. The resort was also a residence for locals to live in, which made the resort very family orientated. There is a lot of security which makes you feel safe. The cafe makes great cappuccinas, and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

First impressions were ok. We booked 2 rooms for 5 night mid June with a dog (golden retriever) in one of them. The website said it was dog friendly and did not say of which size. We arrived at reception to check in and we had to deal with a reluctant receptionist. She said our dog was of 'big size',... More 

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Pordenone, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2009

I spent one week at I Giardini di Atena. I booked online directly with the hotel. If you have a look at the pictures shown on the web site, you'll love the residence at first sight. Well, I need to say that not all that glitters is gold... And I Giardini di Atena was not as good as I expected... More 

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