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La Dimora del Cardinale
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Cardinal Gennari | Centro Storico, 85046 Maratea, Italy   |  
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Ranked #15 of 17 hotels in Maratea
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“That's perfect! I love it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

I was there in July 2012 through Groupon and I'll go there if I'll come back to Maratea.

It's located in the city center, perfect position!
Its restaurant was very pretty and good. It had a very good price-quality ratio.
Rooms was clean, simple and useful.
Its staff was very, very affable and helpful.

I recommend you this hotel if you woluld like to spend your time enjoying the typical southern Italy's atmosphere among the scrub, pine forests, wandeful sea and a good food.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

Stayed in March and it was exactly the 'basilicata hill town' experience we hoped for. The room was very spacious, and i found quite up to date (contrary to one of the other reviews that indicated it felt dated) and the lobby was a room off the entrance reception area. Absolutely incredible location - on the roadway so that a taxi could drop you off but also immediately next to the fruit market in the small main square, three alimentara including one right at the bottom of the steps of the hotel where you can buy everything you could want to eat and drink (including an incredible selection of local wine), and next to a convenience store to buy things like paper plates, corkscrews, etc. Down the road from a postaitalia automatic bank machine - a rarity in similar small towns. Finally, next to at least three of the 'side passages' to walk up and down paths/stairs instead of on the roadway to more quickly ascend to the 70 foot christ the redeemer statue or down to the beach (paths all the way, don't need to go on the road, and each about an hour to 1.5 hrs at a reasonably brisk pace) and see the amazing side streets of italy. So, location-wise, couldn't have asked for more - in the middle of the historic centre, in the main square, which is halfway up the hill to the top.

Service, again, only praise: 1) The room was made impeccably clean every day; 2) very friendly reception (in the form of Daniel) willing to help with distances; 3) very pleasant breakfast and tasty capuccinos; 4) no problems with request for some extra toilet paper (we traveled with three people and always seem to use to much; 5) happily accomodated our request for an extra blanket; 6) wireless in the lobby not just available, but very fast (5megabits)

Some things to be aware of:
1) it would be an incredible and inconvenient effort to walk to the hotel from the train station with luggage, although with backpacks only it is quite possible especially if you are fit, have 1.5 hrs and are accustomed to finding your way (there is one main road up the mountain toward the statute on the hill, with small paths that shortcut through the roads);
2) you CAN get a taxi from the train station, and we found quite a reasonably priced ride (much better than our ride from Positano and happy to provide the number if you send a message)
3) The closest station is Maratea, NOT Maratea Porto.
4) It was chilly in the room at first - but that was generally our experience in hotels in Italy around this time of year and after leaving the radiator on for a bit wasn't a problem.

In sum, a most enjoyable experience. I really can't fathom some of the reviews here... not comparable to my experience at all.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012 via mobile

Great hotel in a great location. Daniel and Clara provided exceptional service and guidance. Daniel seemed to anticipate
Our every need and was there when we needed assistance. Service at breakfast was good although the breakfast range could have been broader to include fruit for instance but cappuccinos were never ending. I'd go back

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2011

We came upon La Dimora del Cardinale during a tour of Southern Italy, it's listed in Lonely Planet.
We were tired after a long day's driving, even so, after being shown the place, we just couldn't bring ourselves to stay. Everything felt very dated and unloved.
Maybe it's not right to write a negative review of somewhere where you haven't spent a night but it's rare that my husband and I react like this to anywhere (and we've travelled a fair bit).
We just couldn't drive away fast enough.

Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2008

We stayed at this hotel for 1 night in October 2008.

The room was clean and allright but really nothing special (no reading lights by the bed for example). This is not 'luxury' always required but for 70 EUR in the complete off season in an almost empty hotel you expect a bit more....

The bathroom was a bit dodgy, superficially clean but not very pleasant.... (see pics).

The low point of our stay was check-out. The lady spoke no english (but this had not been a problem anywhere else so far, you normally always find a way to communicate!) and was incredibly rude. The credit card payments failed because she had no idea how the machine worked and litteraly almost broke one of my credit cards (!!??) due to her reasoning that force would get the machine to work.... Offering to pay cash (to save the card...) she got visibly annoyed that we could not pay the exact sum and that she had to and fetch change somewhere (30 EUR....)

To end on a positive note... the location is right in the centre of town.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Service
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Dimora del Cardinale

Address: Via Cardinal Gennari | Centro Storico, 85046 Maratea, Italy
Location: Italy > Basilicata > Province of Potenza > Maratea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 17 hotels in Maratea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — La Dimora del Cardinale 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Un soggiorno nel nostro Hotel Vi entusiasmerà dal mattino alla sera. La cura per i dettagli e la nostra calda ospitalità renderanno unica la Vostra vacanza. Sarete i benvenuti! Situato all'interno di un caratteristico palazzo del XVIII secolo accuratamente restaurato e trasformato in un elegante albergo, La Dimora del Cardinale offre ai suoi clienti 16 camere spaziose dotate di aria condizionata, le quali combinano armoniosamente fascino del passato e comfort moderni. Con la sua posizione nel cuore di Maratea, pittoresca località di mare situata alle pendici del Monte Biagio, in Basilicata, l'hotel 3 stelle La Dimora del Cardinale si trova nel centro storico della Perla del Tirreno, a pochi passi dai principali luoghi di interesse di Maratea. Con un breve tragitto in auto o in autobus si possono raggiungere le spiagge e le insenature di questa località balneare sulla costa tirrenica. Sono inoltre disponibili saloni e sale riunioni per seminari o presentazioni. Gli ospiti potranno gustare deliziose specialità regionali nella raffinata cornice del ristorante La Torre (della stessa gestione). ... more   less 
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