I booked this hotel based on two things - price on Expedia and the fact they had a pool. We were spending 2.5 weeks in Italy and I decided one week away from the hustle and bustle was the way to go. I couldn't have been happier with our stay. An older, more local hotel (the nameplate outside the door is stamped with 1821), there's no gym, no concierge, and WiFi coverage was spotty (and, broken for a few days while we were there) but they make up for those few issues everywhere else.
Our room was spacious with a nice balcony. The bathroom needed an update, but everything worked brilliantly. There was even AC in the room, which did come in handy in the evenings.
The staff was kind, and though English wasn't spoken by everyone, they did their best to help us as much as they could. We spent many afternoons lounging at the pool, and the man in charge of the pool (Giovanni) was helpful and gracious. By the third day, he'd see me walking in and go grab me a towel and chair before I even asked. The view from the pool was incredible - green mountains and blue sky. It was bliss.
The grounds for the hotel are well maintained and peaceful...so, so peaceful. Beautiful flowers and greenery with a sprawling seating area. This, coupled with the views from the terrace, made it all was sublime.
The restaurant was nice and we had breakfast there every morning, dinner twice. This secluded part of Cava De'Tirreni isn't the most happening place on earth, but there are four restaurants within walking distance. We ate at three of the four and those we tried were affordable and tasty (and, as a bonus, wine and beer were quite inexpensive :-).
This felt like authentic Italy. Every night, people would congregate and sit on the wall, or in the local park, or in front of the hotel, chatting, having a drink, catching up, and watching children play. We felt like the only tourists for miles, and that was one of the many charms of staying here.
Final detail - the hotel is a wedding Mecca. During our stay, there were three weddings held. But, it didn't disturb us at all...the hotel is set so weddings are held below the regular area where guests are. It was fun to look down and see families feting newlyweds from the terrace.
If you're looking for something out of the ordinary while in Italy, Hotel Scapolatiello is it.
Ask for a room with a balcony. They cost a little more, but you'll be glad you did.
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