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“Great holiday in Alberobello!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Colle del Sole
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Indipendenza, 63, 70111 Alberobello, Italy   |  
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Ranked #3 of 21 hotels in Alberobello
Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Great holiday in Alberobello!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

Although the front of this hotel doesn't look very inviting, we had a very pleasant surprise when we went inside. We were in a spacious room in the new block and found it to be very modern, clean and comfortable. Our room overlooked the pool which was very enjoyable after a hot day out on trips.The food was delicious and every night we had 4 courses of local food washed down with a glass of their regional wine. No fish or chips in sight ,thank goodness. The staff were always helpful and cheerful. There is a road behind the new block but with air-conditioning and double glazing it had little impact on us. The position of this hotel is only a 10 minute walk to the centre of the Trulli houses. Make sure you visit the Thursday Market as it is in all the streets of the town.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Derby, United Kingdom
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118 hotel reviews
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355 helpful votes 355 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for a week as a central base to discover Puglia.

The position of the hotel is at a noisy intersection opposite the bus station but it is only a 10 minute walk into the centre of the trullis in Alberobello village.
There is no village ambience at all.

There are no views at all - we were allocated a room in the new annexe at the rear and were lucky to have a low floor room at the hotel end which meant we had several thick walls as insulation against the noise of the road.
Other guests staying in 1st floor rooms or at the 'top end' suffered dreadfully with room noise.

Room is spacious and extremely clean with fresh linen every day. The bathroom is also well fitted, clean and spacious. The shower is rather old fashioned (for a new annexe) with sort of corrugated folding screen.

We expected better than curtains over the wardrobe space and there are no drawers at all.
Towels are adequate - a bit thin but large enough.
Bed is very large and extremely comfortable - though the grey shiny 'bedspread' is possibly the strangest ever seen.
We had a view of the pool and a balcony and a door which doubled as a window.

(Not all rooms have a balcony)

There are a lot of steps around the complex - some without hand rails.

The staff were very friendly but they haven't quite 'got it' with what discerning holidaymakers want.

Take your own pool towel or use your shower towel. There is also a gangly youth who acts as the 'pool police' forcing people to have a shower even if they have only just got out of the pool and are going back in again!
Mature much-travelled holidaymakers do not like being publicly berated by someone barely out of short trousers & with such a surly expression.

There are only 8 loungers and 4 recliner chairs - woefully inadequate and led to tantrums while we were there. Someone put their stuff on a lounger and went off to change into swimwear and within less than 2 minutes someone came along and chucked their stuff off and claimed their lounger.
During the late afternoon one hardly dare go in the pool for fear of losing the lounger :-(
Not good at all.

Meals are from choices on a set menu - woefully out of date and quite ridiculous to see waiters walking around haphazardly plonking plates down on any random table. One night the choice was pork stew or ham omelette........erm therefore pork or pork.......and pasta pasta pasta........
They will serve an alternative but it takes some doing. Vegetarians are a complete mystery in this hotel. They seem to stick pork in everything :-(

Quite why this hotel don't have a buffet and let guests help themselves instead of having a rigid sit down time of 7.30pm is beyond me. And don't expect to get served at 7.30 - that is drink ordering time. One night the first plate of pasta didn't leave the kitchen until 8.10pm :-(
Personally we thought the food was repetitive and uninspiring and had we not paid half board we would never have eaten in there again after the first evening. The service was desperately slow, the portions extremely small, very little in the way of vegetables (despite a market FULL of wonderful fruit & veg!) and huge long waits between courses.

The chairs are very small seated and uncomfortable and prepare to be sat on them for 2 hours or so.
We also had to sit with random strangers as it was not possible to have a table for two. Luckily we palled up with 3 other couples and tried to keep our table for 8 to ourselves.....it didn't always work.

I am sure there must be better places to stay in Alberobello where there are more sunbeds, a quieter location, pool towels, a varied a la carte menu or buffet and no pool police.

In summary: it was very clean, it was noisy near the road and the entire dining room situation needs a total rethink.

Would I go there again? No I don't think so on balance.
Would I recommend it? Probably not.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2010

The modern room we were given was great - for once a reasonable amount of space to put all our luggage and the bathroom was a good size for an italian hotel. The major problem though was that the modern section of the hotel we were in was beside a very noisy road into Alberobello so we would not recommend staying here if you are a light sleeper. The food is better if you walk into the main tourist section of the village and eat at one of the restaurants Michelin recommends. The location of the hotel is excellent and there is a swimming pool if you like to relax.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Reading
Top Contributor
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106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2009

Set in a cluster of hotels at the eastern edge of town. At check-in we were informed that we were in a superior room in the building at the back but I still found the room a bit Spartan and charmless – absence of a bath and a curtain over the wardrobe space coloured my view. My impression of the room was of disappointment compared with the website pictures. However given the popularity of Alberobello it may still rate as good value. Reception staff were friendly and by the second morning the Manuel-type waiter was warming to us. Most of the clientele appeared to be English on some form of package tours.
The superior room had a balcony and view over the pool but a noisy road at the rear. These rooms also have Sky but 90% of the channels were Italian or dubbed into Italian. The air conditioning appeared to have been disabled in September which meant leaving the window open and letting mozzies in.
Breakfast was quite basic with no hot option apart from boiled eggs, probably a feature of off-season. Coffee was self-service from a machine and was fine.
Didn’t eat in hotel but bar was friendly and reasonable.
Nice pool although smaller than it looks in pictures.
We stayed 3 nights but 2 would have been ample unless using as a base for touring.
Wouldn't rush back unless I was convinced that it was best value option.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint-Petersburg. Russia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2009

We stayed at this hotel for 1 night during our 2 weeks trip. The location is very good, not in the center of Trullies, but only 5 min of walk from sights. Room was modern and clean, flat TV with multilanguage chanels. Very nice pool to relax after walking. Breakfast a little bit poor, but it is standart for this region. So, very good hotel for the value EUR 105.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berkshire, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2009

Excellent location as able to walk into the village in less than 5 minutes.
No scenic views from the rooms however the back rooms can see the pool.
Good pool, cleaned everyday. Our double bedroom was a good size and kept immaculately clean by the staff, with fresh towels each day. Our only concern was the mould growing in the glass layers of the shower screen... grey, black and possibly ready to crawl out by itself. A shame as the rest of the ensuite was kept spotless.
Breakfast , a good selection, continental style but eggs fried with frankfurter sausage available if you dare!!!(usually cooked about an hour before you arrive in the restauraunt)
Evening meal pretty awful, except for the pasta which was conservative in its amount, but I'd advise eating out as there are some fabulous little places in the village at reasonable cost and with far more ambience than here.
As to the waiter......he kept us amused with his dour, solemn face and grumpy attitude to just about everything he was asked and took great pains in laying out the tables one item at a time which took forever.No safety boxes in rooms,and if you use the hotel safe you have to wait until the manager is in to get your stuff out, not very convenient.
A good value 3 star and well worth it if you are only staying a few days to visit the area but not really a place to stay for a weeks R and R.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2009

The staff is so nice!
Free WiFi in room!!
The room is clean and new!
Location is good, only 5 minutes away from the Trulli.

Breakfast is so so.
Well, the room is not so soundproof but not a big problem.
Um.. the restaurant is not a good choice if you ask me.

  • Stayed February 2009
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Colle del Sole

Address: Via Indipendenza, 63, 70111 Alberobello, Italy
Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Bari > Alberobello
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Alberobello
#6 Romantic Hotel in Alberobello
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Colle del Sole 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Positioned just 500 metres from the 2 UNESCO quarters of Aia Piccola and Rione Monti, close to Alberobello city centre, this charming hotel is surrounded by a typical Apulian countryside.The hotel is well connected for trips by car or pleasant walks downtown. You will find ample space in the nearby vicinity for cars, motorcycles and buses.The hotel has arranged new and comfortable communal areas, including an elegant bar and wine bar, an ample garden and a restaurant where you can enjoy a range of delicious dishes. ... more   less 
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Colle Del Sole Alberobello
Hotel Colle Del Sole Alberobello, Italy - Puglia

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