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4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Calata Penna Dritta | Località Lido Azzurro, 74100 Taranto, Italy   |  
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Ranked #9 of 18 Hotels in Taranto
Winnipeg MB Canada
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014 via mobile

Stayed there 1 night which was 1 night too many! Minor complaints no real hot only tepid water and the room would not heat up to a comfortable temperature. The clerk was somewhat abrupt and dismissive.
Major complaint is the dining room. It's difficult to find a bad restaurant in Italy but this is definitely one of them. We waited over an hour and a half for 2 pieces of prosciutto and 2 teaspoons of mozzarella for 10euros over $C15! The pasta eventually arrived and was fair. After 2 hours no main course and we gave up! One small appetizer 2 pastas 1 glass of average wine 36euros almost $C55.! The hotel made no effort to apologize or makeup for their inadequate service. Best Western would be smart to drop this place from their franchises. We certainly let Best Western know of our concerns.

Stayed February 2014
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2010

The hotel is very well looked after, you can tell they take great pride in their establishment as it is much nicer than your average Best Western. The staff were a little hot and cold, some days very helpful, other days almost dismissive.

The best feature is the pool which is lovely, especially compared to the surrounding beach which is not the cleanest. I spent many hours in the afternoons after working lying by the pool relaxing.

The other great feature is the restaurant (although it's hard to find a bad one in Southern Italy). The food was excellent and reasonably priced around 10€ to 15€ for a main, with entrees below 10€. Eating by the pool during summer evening was a real joy.

Other than that the rooms were pretty standard but comfortable. The real drawback was the location not being in proximity to any shops or restaurants. Without a car you are pretty much stuck at the hotel. Luckily for me I enjoyed the food there and didn't need to venture out except for work. Only other drawback is the wireless internet that is free but very slow.

I would definitely stay there again, perhaps I would like to also try staying somewhere in the main part of town.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2008

I was in the hotel twice during last few month becausa I was in Taranto for business.
The hotel is great!

When you arrive the staff is very kind and you quickly check in.
Some more problems at check out: longer because there is only one person at the reception.
Rooms are perfectly in Best Wester style: essential, not too big but very clean and with all confots you need.
Bathroom is quite small but absolutely well organized and very clean.

Breackfast is good but quite poor.

The very bad point is the location!
Even if the hotel is on the seaside and you have a great scene looking outside the window if you turn your head you will see the wood of chimney of ENI!
Moreover you can have some difficulties in finding the hotel.
It is very close to ENI but not well marked and if you don't have a detailed map or a GPS you will not be able to find it.
It is quite far from Taranto city center and you must use your car if you don't want to eat at the restaurant in the hotel. (I didn't tried it)

However the overall judgement is positive if you have just to sleep and you travel for business.

  • Stayed November 2008, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Calata Penna Dritta | Località Lido Azzurro, 74100 Taranto, Italy
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Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Taranto > Taranto
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 18 Hotels in Taranto
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — BEST WESTERN Hotel Ara Solis 4*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A new opening, the Best Western Hotel Ara Solis is set in the greenery of an age old pinewood, where nature has a leading role. It has a favourable position, overlooking the sea with large panoramic terraces.63 really comfortable rooms, all elegantly furnished in order to guarantee relax and wellness. Thanks to its strategic position, this hotel in Taranto is the ideal solution for business customers and also for those who want to go and discover all the treasures of the interland and the beauties of the coasts.The restaurant “La Risacca” offers an eccellent typical apulian cuisine and a wide selection of wines and spirits. The hotels i salso provided with swimming pool, sandy beach, a Church and a large parking for car and bus. ... more   less 
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