my husband booked this hotel as a surprise for our first wedding anniversary and when he told me where we were going and the hotel we were staying in i was really thrilled.
we flew with ryanair, simple and easy and 15mins transfer by taxi to the hotel was great.
check in was easy and the hotel had a very homely feel in the reception area and the staff made us feel very welcome. the room was spacious, large bathroom and air-con (which was a god send with 30 degree heat!)
the decor in the room was average, view was a back street but nice to enjoy the full italian way of life and atmosphere, local people coming and going during the day, rather than tourists taking photos and reading maps!
the hotel is close to the main harbour/marina, where there are cafe/restaurants, tourist attractions etc. we enjoyed spending relaxed evenings watching the sunset, eatting an italian meal with some red wine, perfect.
the old town isnt much further from the hotel, which is a maze of small alley's, cobbled streets with the sun shining through the gaps in the buildings....very nice. there are lots of shops, cafes, restaurants in the old town but plently of day-to-day italian life, which really does make your holiday experience amazing, soaking up that ambience was what it was all about for us.
breakfast in the hotel was below average, served from 7.30-9.30am, reasonably early for a holiday i thought. the setting was lovely, top floor of the hotel but there was a lovely sun terrace which wasnt used, we thought that would have been perfect for breakfast and an evening drink/meal. a very small selection of food and if you left it any later than 9am most of it had gone and you were left with the fruit tart and soft cheese.
my overall impression of the hotel was that it has so much potential but they owners just werent using it. but the location makes up for this and i would def reccommend the hotel.
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