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“Lovely, out-of-the-way, friendly hotel” 5 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Litoranea 154 | S. Maria La Bruna, 80059 Torre Del Greco, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Torre Del Greco
Hastings
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“Lovely, out-of-the-way, friendly hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

We stayed just for a weekend in March 2013 as friends; mainly visiting Pompeii and a bit of Naples. We found the room to be clean & comfy; there were *great* views, the food was lovely & the staff were very helpful. I do recommend this hotel, mostly for those with cars for convenience but were relying onpublic transport and we managed ok. You can message me if you have questions re public transport to/from the hotel & local area.

Check in is simple & brief, there is a lift & the hotel is quite large but still quiet & tranquil. At the end of each corridor, there is a balcony you can go out on to & the views across the bay of Naples are stunning! Our 3 person room was at the side of hotel facing across the bay towards the city of Naples. The seafront, although quite rundown & local is very nice for a stroll at anytime of day. Just next to the hotel is a small funfair that seems to be a permanent feature & we certainly would've gone there if we had time.

The room we had was a good size for the 3 of us,with a small mini-bar, air con & big doors out on to a big balcony with chairs. The patio doors have a big metal shutter that can be bought down-we presumed as a defense against bad weather, but I assume for blackout as well, as the curtains are thin & white. The bathroom was a reasonable size & very clean. All the staff w emet were friendly & helpful: most worthy of note is the breakfast waitress. She saw us at the train station on the way back from Pompeii, recognised us & gave us a lift back to the hotel in her car, chatting merrily all the way!

The food at breakfast is very good, continental style. There is a wide variety of juices & hot drinks, croissants and rolls, meats & spreads etc. The views from the dining room are spectacular & just lovely at that time of the morning - or evening! In the evening the staff are 1 chef & 1 waiter who work very hard & the restaurant doesn't come alive really until half 8ish. The food is really very nice; we had steak & chips one night which was gorgeous, gnocchi which was yummy and some great local seafood/fish. They aren't so forthcoming with a menu though so be sure to ask for one especially & the waiter doesn't speak English very well at all.

Transport wise; we took a taxi from Naples to the hotel which cost 60E. It was good just to get our bearings, but not a great option money wise. We went to Pompeii ruins on the Sunday. Outside the hotel on the opposite side of the road is a small bus shelter which is were the "shuttle bus" stops. Acording to Reception the bus will take you anywhere you want in Torre del Greco; it cost 1E per person, per journey, try to make sure you have the right money. There is no timetable posted & the general idea is that you just hang around until it comes! The shuttle is a plain white mini bus, but if you stand overtly, he will stop for you. We took the shuttle to Leopardi Train Station (the bus drops you off, you'll see a church ahead of you, go down the road on the right of the church & you'll come to Leopardi ahead of you).
Leopardi is on the mainline between Naples & Sorrento and Pompeii only took us 10 mins from Leopardi Station. The station itself is small, covered in graffiti, very quiet but clean. The ticket office is never open & the barriers are open all the time, so we didn't have a chance to buy a ticket, but did so on the way back: it only cost 2E if that. It only takes just over half an hour on the train to get in to Naples.

So yes, don't go expecting swift or clean-cut travel connections and you won't be disappointed. We had no problems getting to Pompeii & Naples at all. We found everything easy at this hotel; clean & comfy and they have a great tourist info pack at Reception, even if the translation on the info is a bit sketchy! If you're happy to take things at an easy pace then this hotel will be good for you. With the sea on one side & the mountains on the other, this a scenic location but just like Naples itself there is a lot of delapidation and litter around, which can be shocking at first.

Room Tip: Try & get a room with a view of the sea; views are great! Wifi connection in the Reception area...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

This hotel is good for those who want to live among the locals and not the tourist with beautiful ocean views. At night we would go to the carnival next door. Yes you might have a problem with English, but you are in ITALY!!! So enjoy. We got the best Pamini from a truck parked along the fair markets (huge for 4E). We put the kids on some of the rides and enjoyed the locals on summer strolls.

Angela who works so hard serving the breakfast is about as sweet as her name. She will bring you a cappachino if you ask, coming from Seattle we are abit fussy about our coffee.

As far as the room goes, it was very cramped but we did not spend much time in our room. Parking was safe and gated. We ate at some of the beach front cafes but you need to remember that you have to eat italian time as they shut down everything during the hot time of day.

As far as complaints go regarding beaches is that you can always find the public beach as it is the one where the embrellas don't match. Every beach has one.

I suggest you drive to sorrento as it is very close and by freeway. Or take freeway to Messina. Beaches in Naples seemed dirty. Best beach is in Minori and parking is only 3E per hour. Great Free Beaches.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cambridge
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

You would think that mid-June would be considered generally as a potential tourist season - but not in Torre Del Greco. The only thing open was a bar on the sea front, and upon asking if there was a restaurant open nearby we were told "no". The Hotel restaurant was open, if you wanted to sit on a gigantic round table for 10 people without a cloth on it and have your order taken by the chef who seemed to have personal hygiene issues.
The hotel is on the seafront, but you have to pay to get on the beach and the road is busy - could not have the window open at night. No terrace, no outside seating. It was good value - we paid 50 euro's per night B & B - and ideal for Vesuvius and Pompeii.
I would advise simply staying somewhere else - Castellmare looked ok, or in Pompeii town where tourists are well catered for.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Irvine, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Pros:
24 hr Attendant
Across from the ocean
Large clean room
Elevator
Girl at breakfast was so nice and a hard worker
Close to Pompeii
Private gated parking

Cons:
No wifi in the rooms
Older furnishing
Bathroom floor was wet when we checked in.
We must have been there during some high school holiday, there were lots of noisy teens going from room to room all night long.
Kind of a remote, run down neighborhood

This is a budget style accomodation. If you're ok with that and just need a place to sleep, it'll be fine. If you want something nice and more Americanized, look elsewhere.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

We arrived early evening after a long drive from Rome, were a little exhausted and possibly a little short tempered but the reception and staff were extremely nice and very helpful. English was a little scarce upon arrival but it seems most other staff spoke enough English to get a conversation going.

The hotel is just across the street from the beach, we had lovely views of both Vesuvius and the sea / beach which was really lovely. Common parts are clean and nice.

The room was spacious, relatively clean (bathroom could have been cleaner) and the air conditioning was really great! TV was a little outdated, and a little bulky for the size of the room - flat screen TVs anytime soon? Other than that a very lovely room.

The breakfast was very simple - lacking freshly pressed orange juice, and cold milk for breakfast. A buffet with many selections, from cereals, yogurts, bread, fresh fruit, cold meats... Really lovely. With tables overlooking the bay - what more could you want! The teas and coffees however are self service from a large heated container which isn't as nice as one which is made specifically for you, or with a nice coffee machine!

The surrounding area is very poor, and filled with locals who do not speak English (or French or Spanish for that matter). Although on the drive to the hotel you see many restaurants or caffees, they seem to be empty at night, and not manned, some lovely bars on the beach where a nice drink can be enjoyed watching the sunset over the bay. For dinner however - the best bets are Pompeii town center or a little further for Sorrento which are a little less poor filled with lovely restaurants and great local wines.

Very close to Herculaneum, Pompeii, Sorrento, and Vesusius - all of which are worth seeing. (especially Vesuvius - although the people working there were despicably impolite and rude, speaking barely any English and very very short tempered - be sure to have the exact change for the parking and entry tickets, €2.50 for parking and €8 to get into the national park - have it to hand or else be dismissed to the back of the queue / be shouted at by people working there. No press concession, and for EU students with student cards €5)

The restaurant part of the hotel is... absolutely astonishingly good. Manned only by one man, who does both cooking and waiter-ing. Although the service may be considered a little slow it was absolutely fantastic. The fish was very fresh, the meats were excellent, the salads (although a little salty) were extremely good and the deserts (although not many on the menu) were very good. The pasta dished were second to none and all that done by a single man. Absolutely astonishing. The pricing is extremely fair - with dishes nearing €8 on average - really excellent. So good we actually ate there twice in a row out of three nights.

The down side to the hotel is that there is not direct access to the beach, the nearest is directly opposite the hotel but it seems to be a private beach which can only be accessed by a caffee / bar - they seem to want you to pay for the use of the beach. Something not quite right there. The rooms can be a little noisy. The hotel can also be a little difficult to access without a car. The hotel's internet access is extremely hard to setup - and does require a laptop rather than just a phone.

If you decide to drive to this location - BE WARNED - other drivers (guessing locals) are TOTAL IDIOTS (when driving). We had many very near misses due to other drivers claiming right of way or pulling out of places without indicating, or notice. It seems that the use of indicators does not exist in Italy nor does the use of mirrors for that matter. All drivers are impatient and driving like utter lunatics. Avoid Via Nazzionale if you want to live.

So all in all a lovely hotel - if in a little disheveled area, and no free beach access. A little noisy but very good nonetheless. Do have dinner at the hotel' restaurant - absolutely excellent.

Room Tip: Ask for a nice room at checkin they are very nice!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2011

We stayed here because the price was reasonable and it was midway between Ercolano and Pompeii. The hotel was very clean and the staff helpful. The room overlooked the beach across the street. The neighborhood is a bit noisy at night. Transportation is required to reach the hotel from the Circumvesuviana station. Use 1 euro on the collectivo bus. Everything stops running at 9 P. On night my wife had to stand at the bus stop by herself until some guy offered her a ride and then I jumped in. Get off of the train at Leopardi station.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

We stayed at the Hotel Holidays for two nights while visiting the Amalfi Coast, Pompei, and Ercolano. We found the hotel to be quite nice with great views of the Bay of Naples. The staff was very friendly, the room was clean, and a modest breakfast was served each day in a ballroom with a great view of the sea. Parking was free and our car was kept in a gated lot for added protection. All in all, we had no problems with the hotel itself.

Unfortunately, Torre Del Greco is not the most tourist-friendly location. The streets are crowded and Italian drivers make driving difficult. The neighborhood in which the hotel is located is kind of run down and many of the nearby restaurants and stores were closed while we were there. Additionally, it is not too easy to find the hotel when leaving the Autostrade (interstate). If you are driving from the north, take the first exit off the Autostrade after the Torre Del Greco exit. If you do get off at the Torre Del Greco exit, you will have to negotiate the city center en route and this is not enjoyable. Ultimately, just head for the ocean and hug the coast until you find the hotel.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Litoranea 154 | S. Maria La Bruna, 80059 Torre Del Greco, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Torre Del Greco
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Torre Del Greco
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Holidays 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Reception is open night and day because we want that the guests can have our help at any time of the day.Not only the tourists but also the working guests find in our hotel very comfortable rooms with air conditioning system, mini-bar, hair dryer in the bathroom with shower and a free WI-FI place next to the bar open night and day, or the internet point room.The convention with the Beach, a few steps from the hotel, the private parking, guarded and free and, by request, taxi service and guide make the stay in our hotel still more comfortable and delightful.All the credit cards are accepted : Visa - Mastercard - American Express - Bancomat. La Reception è aperta 24 ore su 24 per poter ricevere, assistere ed informare gli ospiti in ogni momento della giornata. WI-FI zone gratuita.38 camere tutte con tv, bagno/doccia e aria climatizzata e di cui alcune hanno il balconcino sul mare.La Spiaggia convenzionata a pochi passi, il Parcheggio gratuito, e su richiesta servizio Taxi e visite guidate permetteranno ai clienti di trovarsi ancor più a proprio agio.Tutte le carte di credito sono accettate : Visa - Mastercard - American Express - Bancomat ... more   less 
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