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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
Stockport, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

I recently travelled with a party from a school which has been visiting the Aequa for a number of years. The trip was memorable for all the right reasons. The positioning of the hotel is ideal for visiting the classical sites in the Bay of Naples (including Pompeii, Pozzuoli, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Paestum and the museum in Naples itself). Vico Equense itself is a small, unspoilt town which offered opportunities for an pleasant stroll after dinner and, for some members of the party, watching football on a screen with the locals at the bar in the central square. We received a warm welcome at the hotel and the outstanding staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating at all times, making every effort to solve problems and cater for individual needs.They really 'make' the hotel. As a result, everyone, organisers included, was able to relax and gain the maximum benefit from a busy itinerary.
We had a room with a balcony and beautiful view overlooking the sea with Vesuvius in the background. The bed was very comfortable, the bathroom perhaps a bit basic (not much shelving) but very clean and equipped with all that was needed. Furnishings were pleasantly old-fashioned: other reviewers have noted that both furnishings and décor would benefit from a lick of paint, which is true, but it would be a shame in many respects to do more than that. The furniture (and indeed the ornaments and paintings which lurk in unexpected corners of the corridors and public places) have their own charm and add to the hotel's character. The tiled floors, in particular, are lovely (note: bring travel slippers except in the hottest weather). Students’ rooms were fairly basic, but everyone was comfortable and it was good to overhear comments about the accommodation’s superiority to that experienced on other school trips.
The public spaces were generous (though perhaps a cosier bar space could be made) and the wisteria (?)-covered terrace with its sweeping views was a wonderful place to sit after a day out and enjoy a drink. We didn’t investigate the pool, but the garden surrounding it was very pleasant. There was a good choice at breakfast, including a hot option (scrambled eggs, bacon), as well as the usual breads, croissants, cereals, cold meats and cheese, and also some cakes (particularly enjoyed the marble cake). Dinners were a set menu for the group and geared towards the students’ somewhat limited tastes. Nonetheless, we enjoyed what we had.
There were other parties staying, as well as independent holiday-makers, but no one seemed to get in each other’s way. We experienced no noise; indeed, the loudest sounds we heard were cheerful shouts coming from the excited local children playing in the square.
At the end of the stay, everyone was sorry to leave. Special thanks to all the desk staff, who helped make the visit such a success. Thoughts are already turning to the next trip, but we hope to be back as a family well before that.

Room Tip: Any sea view room with a balcony.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Alton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

A weeks stay in early October as part of a tour group (late season).

The hotel has some very good points. The excellent staff were attentive and professional. They remembered your personal requirements, were friendly and extremely helpful. The hotel itself is well sited in the centre of Vico with easy access to bars and cafes. The lobby is comfortable with quite an old world character. There is a large and well maintained (if chilly) swimming pool and a extensive wisteria roofed terrace with some fine views across the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius, so good facilities here.

Most of the ground floor is taken up by large dining areas offering (for our group) a set menu which changed daily. However there were some strange options, particularly for us vegetarians (i.e. ploughmans with hot veg!) and generally many courses were returned uneaten with requests for alternatives. The starters were the best part of the meals. The catering staff remained patient and helpful throughout. There is a small bar in a corner of one of the dining areas which does not really lend itself to a convivial evening with one's fellow travellers. Maybe with the competition in the town the management does not see the point of developing this facility.

Our room was small (a standard of the road side of the building) with little space to move about. There was also a stack of fold down bunks along one wall. If this makes the accommodation into a family room then it is not fit for purpose, being way too small. Likewise with the bathroom, which although very clean, looked tired. With no shelving and a tiny shower ablutions were something of a challenge! (don't drop the soap!!) How larger guests would cope is an interesting question. Apparently the rooms do vary with others experiencing better facilities, it pays to ask.

The exterior of the building could also do with a makeover, it is becoming a little shabby.

Overall the pluses outweigh the minuses however and even with the stated reservations we had a very pleasant stay and would have no problems returning to the Hotel Aequa.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hastings, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

I have taken school groups from New Zealand to this hotel on at least 8 occasions, beginning in the early nineties, my most recent visit being in July 2012. The hotel has improved in many ways over these years, at the same time retaining the charm of an unspoilt and family-run business. The town is safe and ideal for overseas students to get a taste of Italian life without being overwhelmed by it. Almost every visit, there has been a wedding or confirmation at the hotel, thus giving an excellent view of Italian traditions.The hotel personnel have hardly changed in all the years I have been going there, which indicates they have a real interest in how the hotel is run. They are always extremely friendly and helpful. The rooms are basic but have always been clean and comfortable and the students have been very happy there. As tour leader in recent years, my rooms have been very nice indeed. The pool is excellent and the proximity to Naples and classical sites make this hard to beat. I have recommended this hotel to a number of couples who have enjoyed their stay there and hope to stay there with my husband in 2014.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Vancouver, Canada
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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.

Room Tip: Bay-side, upper floors for quieter, better view rooms. Fourth floor deluxe room with large private...
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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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Newcastle Upon Tyne
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Vico Equense
#3 Family Hotel in Vico Equense
#6 Romantic Hotel in Vico Equense
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 66
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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