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“Surprising very pleasant hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Solemare
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Loc. Baia Del Tono | Capo Vaticano, 89865 Ricadi, Italy   |  
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Ranked #32 of 46 Hotels in Ricadi
Bratislava Region, Slovakia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Surprising very pleasant hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

In first of all I have to thank to whole hotel stuff for their well done job. Especially to animators and to the chef, who cooks fantastic.
I have to say that before our family holiday I was a bit worried, because I never was in south of Italy and everyone just claims that it is very poor and dirty region. Well, maybe this is truth, but if you consider all the circumstances the Calabrian region is very nice to visit. The Italians are very friendly nation and doing all with their hearth. This is something what I could really enjoy as well in this hotel.
The hotel residence is well situated directly at very beautiful sand beach, but it has its price: It is unable to arrive to this hotel with larger bus. You have to use a shuttle or go by walk downhill. However the environment and the sea-view are worth of this.
The accommodation is very various, we was in a new "Junior Suite", but I saw there many different types. This was fine for us with a little daughter. The rooms are clean, large, the air-condition works perfect.
However, if you are from Central or Western Europe you have to be aware that 4 stars hotels are in Italy (actually the same in Greece or Spain) not the same as in your home-country. So the tolerance has to be in that case a bit wider. This hotel in west Europe would be maybe only 2-3 stars worth, so be this aware.
Other-side I cant concern on the stuff. We had always cleaned room, eat well in very nice restaurant with sea-view, had a lot of fun in clean and well designed pool.
An extra point is the animation program. As we have 4 years old daughter we was very happy as she enjoyed the daily baby dance or some other shows in the hotel´s theater.
Back to the restaurant: the meal was perfect, chef was always onsite, so you can directly discuss with him the ingredients and recipe.
In Calabria is bit harder to speak with some in English/German, but we always found a way how to communicate and learned few Italian words as well :-) It was only a barrier for my daughter as she speaks only her native language in her age of 4.
We have visited the country as well, so sharing my very positive experience on this place as well.
Of course, you will find 100 things in this hotel, which can be done better, but any which is crucial, so enjoy the holiday.
The sea is usually very warm and perfect for swimming also for small children. Be carefully, as sometimes you may see there Medusa, but this is only when the sun is more days shining and there is no wind. We have the luck that we have vary weather, so it was not so hot all days. Last thing to mention: the prices are in hotel very high, for example 1 can of Cola was 2,50 EUR, so count with this.

Room Tip: Do not choose suites near to bar and theater /nightlife ends around the midnight/
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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carone v, Direttore at Hotel Solemare, responded to this review, September 9, 2014
Dear guest,
thank you for time spending writing a review for our resort
Hope to see you again next year
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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English first
Banska Bystrica Region, Slovakia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I was in Sole Mare on June 2014 with my aunt Janka. We lived in a nice and clean bungalow, which was situated in a magnificent tropical garden full of flowers and banana trees. There is a beautiful beach with white sand, clear sea, clean swimming pool, great animators - very nice and friendly people, big fun during water aerobics and night shows. A little stiff and inexperienced staff in the restaurant, we felt like under supervision. Wonderful place to spend a quiet relaxing holiday, Caribbean Europe. I highly recommend.

Room Tip: Select a room upstairs and not near the amphitheater. We had a room on the ground floor, which was d...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The hotel is situated at the sea-side with a wonderful view at the Stromboli volcano. The hotel is not a single building but a compilation of several bungalows. It's a great area of palm garden full of flowers! Beautiful place, we were there in June. We were in a group of 4 women and rented a bungalow. It was clean, well-maintained and cleaned every day. Every day we had fresh towels. In the restaurant the chef, Vito, took care of every customer, we could always ask him for his recommendations. All in all the staff was very friendly, especially Fortunato, the waiter. You could eat a meal during the day and have a drink in the evening at the bar hosted by Michele and Nunzia who also contributed to a very pleasant atmosphere. There was something different to eat for supper every evening and typically Calabrian as well. Swimming pool was great and clean! There is also a beach beside the swimming pool. We recommend to have shoes for walking on the beach, though - it is only half-covered with sand, the rest is gravel.

Room Tip: We recommend the bungalow and rooms on the 1st floor.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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carone v, Direttore at Hotel Solemare, responded to this review, September 28, 2013
Thank you very much for your review.
Hope to see you again in Solemare
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Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

I was in hotel Sole Mare on july with my friends , with a women sportive groupe .
We would like only practise / 3 x a day /, swimm and rest .
But contrary is the case :
1/ rooms - only two possibilities - dirty, mouldy small apartmetnts or clear nice room by the side the amphiteathre with all day and night / to 1. a.m. / animation program .
2/ the people in hotel are very unpleasant, if You want anything, it is a big insoluble problem . The guest feels unwelcome .
3/ location - no possibilty take a walk around hotel, no bus. You have to ordered a hotel bus and pay 30 EUR to town Tropea - 15 km or taxi .

My friends and I,never go to this hotel, which is extraneous to Europe.

Anna, Czech Republic

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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carone v, Direttore at Hotel Solemare, responded to this review, July 25, 2013
Google Translation
Gentile cliente,
quando si prenota una struttura attraverso un tour operator piuttosto che direttamente, come nel suo caso, ci si augura che lo stesso fornisca tutte le informazioni sull'hotel. Nel leggere la sua recensione invece si evince che lei non era stata ben informata, ecco dunque la sua meraviglia nello scoprire la presenza di un'equipe di animazione che organizza diverse attività nell'arco della giornata fino alla mezzanotte o ancora il suo stupore nell'accorgersi che trovandosi la nostra struttura direttamente sul mare, in automatico non può essere all'interno di un centro abitato, vista la conformazione geografica di questa zona. Tuttavia queste che per lei erano due criticità, fortunatamente sono invece considerati veri punti di forza da molti altri. Quanto allo staff, mi spiace davvero che non lo abbia trovato sufficientemente ospitale, dopo tutto ognuno di noi cerca di fare del suo meglio per essere gentile, disponibile e per accontentare il cliente, la cui soddisfazione è l'obiettivo finale.
Grazie per averci dedicato del tempo
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Chomutov, Czech Republic
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Noi siamo strangeri. Super posto, super diet. Cibo the same but mare and nature spectacolo!
I have lost 2 cm on the waist during one week ! Recomandation to all ! Great beach and lot of lettinos per tutti. Very good snorchling and recomandate the trip to Stromboli. (It is seen from the beach during good weather. ). We had super weather (all sunny days) during the all stay.
The equipment speaks good english. The best holidays for 5 years. The food is not all. When I come back to home and found that I have lost 2 cm on weist, I want to go back the next hollydays.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Loc. Baia Del Tono | Capo Vaticano, 89865 Ricadi, Italy
Location: Italy > Calabria > Province of Vibo Valentia > Ricadi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Ricadi
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Ricadi
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Ricadi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Solemare 3*
Number of rooms: 55
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The structure looks like a small self-contained oasis within which you can find: • an elegant and refined restaurant 40m from the beach and features a large terrace overlooking the sea, where you can enjoy fresh fish dishes and typical Calabrian cuisine (buffet service); • 2 bars: one at the beach and one at the center of the village, pleasant meeting places where you can sample delicious cocktails, refreshing drinks and delicious cocktail or where to have a quick snack but tasty; • a diner with the possibility of removal; • a pizzeria where you can enjoy great pizza cooked in a wood stove. • a market well-equipped; • public telephones, newspapers and tobacco; • coin operated laundry facilities; • free safety deposit boxes; • free parking; • private beach reserved for guests only available to the village with comfortable sun beds and umbrellas • WiFi with charge Hotel formula: Double, triple and quadruple rooms are available. Ground floor with covered equipped veranda or first floor with equipped balcony. Air conditioning, television, hairdryer, safety box, telephone and refrigerator available in all rooms. On request small kitchenette for children. Residence formula: Apartments from 2 to 8 people. All equipped with Air conditioning, television, hairdryer, safety box, telephone and refrigerator. Terrace or veranda. Only 60m far to the sea. Sport Facilities: For the lovers of swimming we mention a wonderful Olympic swimmingpool where to train, another swimmingpool with hydromassage and waterfalls to relax and the last swimmingpool for children, provided with aquatic games; a multiple field for tennis and soccer, tennis table, disco, amphitheatre, boat rent and a lot of animation with reliable and qualified experts who have been working with us from many years.. There are beautiful bays, coves and inlets as well as crystal clear sea which allows the visitors to try out many leisure activities, from windsurfing to water skiing and canoeing, from boat trips along the Coast "degli Dei" to the Aeolian Islands. You can also try snorkeling to explore beautiful sceneries under the water. For those who want to explore the interior of this beautiful Calabria's corner, there is a possibility to rent cars, motorcycles and bicycles. A shuttle service is also available. If you want to come with yourfour-legged friends, which are allowed in the village only in the low season, we recommend you an excellent pet hotel "The World of Pluto", 5 kilometers far tothe village where highly qualified staff will take care of your pets by offering full board in individual pet cages as well as grooming and veterinary care. Everything is offered at special prices exclusively for our customers. Finally, our visitors can enjoy a lot of entertainmentduring the day and in the evening. All our activities for adults and children are organized by qualified personnel members who have worked with us for several years. They will offer you many interesting activities such as water aerobics, aerobics, group dances, theme parties, sports tournaments such as football, tennis, volleyball tournaments and cards, chess and board games. In the evening there will be stage musicals, cabarets, night games, dancing and theme parties in the big amphitheatre. Your children are welcome to take part to a lot of activities organized by our mini-club, children's playground and swimming pool. They can learn baby dancing or try water games. ... more   less 
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