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“Surprised by just how nice it was.” 4 of 5 stars
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La Primula
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Contrada Bucaletto, 61/62a, 85100 Potenza, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Potenza
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Berkshire, UK
Top Contributor
274 reviews 274 reviews
162 hotel reviews
Reviews in 175 cities Reviews in 175 cities
260 helpful votes 260 helpful votes
“Surprised by just how nice it was.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

After a poor night the night before, and an unpleasant drive on mountain roads to reach Potenza in the dark, we were full of trepidation about how to find the Primula and indeed what we'd find when we did so. No worries. Although the hotel is in an unprepossessing suburb where every street seems to be called the Contrada Bucaletto, fact is there's a hotel sign on every corner and five minutes after leaving the motorway we were in. The hotel is bigger and nicer than you'd think from web pictures, with a pleasant garden and pool. After a friendly welcome we were shown to out "double room" which comprised two bedrooms, a lounge and a good bathroom. Plenty of space everywhere and the odd English channel on the TV - a rarity. Dinner was enjoyable and good value we thought, though after ten days, eating in empty restaurants was beginning to lose its charm. So all-in all a successful stay, and our drive through Potenza the following morning confirmed that we may well have done the right thing by eating in- its a busy place with not a great deal to see or so it seemed. If in the area we'd stay here again. The few members of staff we saw were invariably pleasant and effiicent.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012 via mobile

We enjoyed this peaceful oasis from industrial Potenza, it is such a beautiful mini resort, the rooms are very large and comfortable, decorated as if you were staying in someone's home, except for Thailand or Bali, it was the only hotel in Italy that immaculately folded and put our nightwear on our pillows, we felt like our Nonna had been in and cleaned our room, it was such a sweet touch. We felt like family staying with these lovely helpful people, now the absolutely best part, the hotel is away from Potenza itself, so we ate at the hotel restaurant, we are in love with the chef, he takes your order himself personally, and although he doesn't speak english, his passion for his food needs no translation, the food was just wonderful, and the local wines suggested were very good. We enjoyed our stay there very much.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

We have nothing but compliments for Hotel La Primula, a family owned hotel which is a five minute drive from the Potenza town center. The rooms are large, clean, quiet, and well appointed. Parking is plentiful. Antonio upgraded us to a suite at no additional charge. We were welcomed and treated like family. The bed was one of the most comfortable we experienced in our two week trip to Italy. The smell of freshly squeezed orange juice lured us into the dining room for a lovely breakfast. The chef shines--the quality of the meals and their presentation rival that of five star restaurants. We were there to visit the town where our family originated before they emigrated to America and to try to locate relatives. Antonio helped us locate and hire Rocco, a fluent English speaker, to serve as our interpreter and guide. Our visit to Potenza and Palazzo San Gervasio became one of the most memorable trips of our lifetime because Antonio and Rocco took the time to care and to help. Grazie mille.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Melbourne, Australia
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2012

This hotel was a wonderful Italian experience. We were treated like family and Antonio was most accommodating with arranging for an English speaking driver to take us to Mariscovetere for the day. The room was huge with a balcony and great air conditioning.The restaurant is first class. We spent a lovely afternoon by the beautiful swimming pool. We would recommend La Primula to anyone traveling to Potenza. It may seem a little bit out of the way at first but you will be pleasantly surprised.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint John, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

nice quiet spot outside of Potentza. Helpful staff and a good restaurant. Good location for doing business in the area and want to avoid going into Potenza.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

This hotel is an absolute pearl. Rooms are massive and very well appointed with the biggest bath towels you will ever find - anywhere. The welcome was honest and sincere, nothing was too much trouble and everything was delivered with minimum fuss and quickly - asked for some tea after being out all day and a lovely hot pot of tea complete with the most delicious homemade biscuits delivered within a couple of minutes. Looking forward to next visit.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Tel Aviv, Israel
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

I am staying at La Primula at least twice a month for my work. Very nice hotel and very friendly staff.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Contrada Bucaletto, 61/62a, 85100 Potenza, Italy
Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Potenza > Potenza
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Potenza
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — La Primula 4*
Number of rooms: 46
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