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.