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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Aequa Hotel Vico Equense, Italy - Province Of Naples