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“Pleasant, old-world 3-star charm in a authentic town” 4 of 5 stars
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Aequa Hotel
Via Filangieri 46/48, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy   |  
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Ranked #4 of 20 hotels in Vico Equense
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“Pleasant, old-world 3-star charm in a authentic town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We stayed at this hotel as an independent couple (no tour group) the last week of September. I must admit that we have very little experience with European hotels and as such we are not qualified to make this a comparative review. Also, I realize that Aequa Hotel is under the Italian system rated as a 3-star hotel, which I will try to take into account when composing this review.

Using the TA detailed rating system I would rate this hotel as follows on a scale of 1 to 5:
Service – 5, Value – 3, Sleep quality – 4, Cleanliness – 4, Location – 5, Rooms – 2, and recreational facilities (pool, did not see a fitness center) – 4. This results in an average of just under 4 out of 5.

Service: As mentioned in other reviews, this is outstanding.

Value: We received a reduced rate by making the reservation directly through the hotel. In our opinion the rates quoted on other booking sites are somewhat high for what you get.

Sleep quality: Beds are quite firm, but we like that. Double bed consists of two singles pushed together, which makes it at least the same size as a North American queen bed. Rooms on the bay side are quiet. Some noise from plumbing from adjacent rooms. Fridge and air-conditioning in our room were both very quiet, which we know can be quite different in older hotels.

Cleanliness: Good. Some discoloring of caulking and grout between bathroom tiles, but day to day cleanliness left no complaints.

Location: I am aware that this is a subjective issue, but for us it was great. We desired to be away from the worst tourist crowds and yet have easy access to all sights in the Naples/Sorrento/Amalfi area. Vico Equense is a charming, authentic town. I plan to post on the Vico Equense TA Forum about this as well.

Rooms: From what we have seen, there is a vast difference between the various rooms. We peeked in some cubicles (singles) at the street side of the hotel which seemed not very appealing. The pool/bay-side rooms are of a decent size, with a small refrigerator and updated, modern bathrooms. The balconies are narrow, but adequate with a small table, two chairs and one or two beach chairs. We found the double doors opening to the balcony giving the room a bit of romantic touch. We were also shown a deluxe room on the fourth floor, which was definitely a nice, remodeled room with a large private sun deck. So, rating the rooms is really difficult, as it depends which room one gets. 3rd floor bay-side rooms have a very nice view, but views on lower floors may be somewhat reduced due to obstruction by trees and buildings.

Recreational facilities: Very nice, full 25m, clean pool. Not heated, so a bit chilly when getting in, but still quite nice for use at the end of September. We used it daily. Pool towels are provided in the room, but there is a 5 Euro charge if replacement towels are needed. There is also a sun-room and a separate sitting/tv room off the lobby and a sunning terrace on the third floor overlooking the bay of Naples. The gardens are quite nice with several intimate sitting areas. The large terrace is nice with a beautiful (partial) view, but we found it quite dark, even on sunny days, due to the Wisterias covering the terrace in its entirety.
There are two large dining rooms. One used for breakfast and some dinners, the other for groups and parties. There were groups of various sizes every day, but none of these ever bothered us as the common areas are rather spacious.

We did not dine at the hotel as we wished to try the local restaurants. Buffet style breakfast was good. Breads, one meat and cheese choice, yoghurts, cereals, a choice of fresh fruit. A couple of baked pies. Two choices of fresh juices, tea, coffee and milk. Toast, scrambled eggs and bacon were the warm options.

The hotel decor is quaint but charming. Antique(like) and period furniture is spread throughout the public areas. Even the check-in counter is still backed by the old wooden room slots and brass key hangers. We liked it rather than the often standardized sterility of North American chain hotels. However, we found the exterior to be the weak point of this hotel. It has the appearance of a poorly maintained, older building, much in need of some attention. Both from the road and the rear, a bit of cleanup and a coat of paint would certainly improve the appeal of this hotel. But once you get beyond that exterior, we found this to be a very pleasant hotel with old world charm and old fashioned service.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

We stayed here for a week as part of a TravelSphere group in an upgraded room.

Check in was prompt and, as throughout our stay, staff in reception and elsewhere were helpful and friendly.

We stayed on a half board basis. Breakfasts were OK though I would have welcomed more cereal choice. When the dining room was full items tended to run out and were very slow be replaced. Dinners varied from the execrable on the night of our arrival through good to excellent. Alcohol prices were reasonable. For example, a bottle of house red could be had for €8. Mind you, the local shops were selling this for €2!

As other reviewers have noted the decor generally, apart from the reception and dining areas, had a rather tired appearance. The garden was a pleasant space and the terrace, with a stunning view of Vesuvius, was a plus.

As to the room itself, it was reasonably clean and well serviced. Here too the decor was rather tired. The corner room we stayed in had a large balcony.

The bathroom was clean but poorly appointed. The sliding door did not shut properly and was noisy in operation. The sink was chipped but was of a good size. The shower head needed replacing and water pressure from it was low. The shower screen did not work effectively. Water temperature was hard to set. A hairdryer was provided but was hard to use as it seemed to keep cutting out and was not very powerful.

The room had a fridge but the absence of coffee making facilities was a minus. Wifi was provided and worked fine for us, but not for other guests. I suspect that server location is an issue.

Overall, if it weren't for the views and the location this would be pretty average accommodation. I suspect that soon decor and facilities will need attention as these pluses won't be sufficient.

Good overall, but some might find the absence of Premier Inn type quality assurance an issue.

Room Tip: Bring your own hairdryer!
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We stayed at this hotel with Travel sphere and must say what a fantastic hotel it was. My partner is gluten free and the options she was given were amazing nothing seem to be a problem any thing from bread in the morning to what choice of additions to the menu at night time the waiter could not do enough and Antonio was great with us. The hotel was well situated being a short walk from the centre and vey close to the train and bus station which meant Sorrento was only a short train ride away which made it ok We had the biggest balcony ever with fantastic views across the bay of Naples. We are thinking of going back on our own.

Room Tip: 431 has the biggest balcony we have ever seen with great views
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Burford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Excellent location with a terrace that overlooks the bay and 5 minute walk from the railway station, (2 euro return to Sorrento), (1.40 euro single to Pompeii - entrance almost opposite). Trains every 15, 20, 30 minutes according to time of day. Try to avoid travelling on the train before 9.00am due to commuters and students packing the carriages - but otherwise comfortable). Vico Equense is a small town with all one needs for a base e.g. pharmacy opposite, bars in the square, mini supermarket. Hotel rooms all have safes and hair dryers. Hotel staff are unbelievably friendly and helpful. Unlimited free wifi available in the ground floor reception area with enough comfortable space to use it. Décor of the hotel is somewhat unique and dated but it works there. Breakfasts are good but the evening meals whilst adequate are pretty plain and basic except on the Friday night we were there, when there was a special Sorrento evening when the standard went up a couple of notches. We met quite a few tourists staying in Naples who were very uneasy about leaving their hotels because they felt threatened). Tip: the Campania artecard has various useful packages e.g. 34 euros to visit 5 chosen sites free and a discount of 50% on any others over a 7 day period. Although senior citizens are free subject to proof of age (passport). Overall because the many positives sufficiently outweigh the 'dining' we would certainly to stay again if we were looking for a comfortable and safe base.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Calgary, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We have a room with a view! We face the pool and Naples. Had a big surprise the first night we stay there, midnight there was fireworks around 59 feet overlooking our balcony, would have enjoyed it more if we were not jet lagged. The staff is very friendly, and the breakfast had a great selection of food from North American bacon and scramble eggs to authentic Italian cuisine.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

I spent my Easter holiday here while visiting close friends, total of 4 nights. The views from this hotel are absolutely breathtaking! Other than the pool, I used all services on the property, too cold for swimming unfortunately. The hotel is immaculately clean and all of the staff are extremely helpful and kind. I highly recommend this hotel and Vico Equense. Although the town is rather quite compared to the surrounding area it is absolutely charming and you will fall in love with it’s local flavors.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have to admit that I loved sitting on the huge terrace with a view to the sea, drinking good coffee from the hotel. The terrace is fabulous: postcard view, beautiful breeze, spacious area. The pool is quite large with pretty gardens surrounding it. The town of Vico Equense is halfway between Pompeii and Sorrento. We rented a car and was happy to find out that the hotel did not charge for parking. The driving along the coast is not for sissies, but it can be fun, too. The hotel is in the middle of the town and near restaurants and the main piazza. The train station is nearby and acts as a subway to Sorrento or Pompeii. The hotel itself has seen better days: the walls need painting, the carpets need to be replaced, and the paintings on the walls of our room looked like they were taken from a student dorm. But that view from the balcony made it for it all. The breakfast was okay. We had dinner in the dining room on our first night and I found it disappointing compared to fabulous meals I had had elsewhere on the trip for the same amount of money. The reception staff were very helpful and kind, as were the waiters in the hotel restaurant. When we first went to our room, there was a lot of mold around the bathtub, which was off-putting. I mentioned it to the front desk and it was cleaned by the next day.

Room Tip: The photo shown for the hotel on Trip Advisor cannot be of the Aequa Hotel from what I can deduce.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Filangieri 46/48, 80069 Vico Equense, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Vico Equense
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Vico Equense
#4 Romantic Hotel in Vico Equense
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Aequa Hotel in Vico Equense (Naples) is situated in the enchanting bay of Naples, the very heart of one of the most attractive areas of Italy. There are 60 rooms and 4 family rooms all with air-conditioning, telephones and TVs. Rooms have views of the Bay of Naples, Vesuvius and the islands of Procida and Ischia, so guests can take full advantage of the stunning location throughout their stay. There is a range of public and private beaches only 5 minutes walk away and the hotel's garden and pool provide a relaxing alternative. ... more   less 
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