My wife and I stayed at the Hotel Mare for two weeks in mid-June 2012. I have spent many vacations in the United States and the Carribean, but have never before been moved to comment on Tripadvisor. Our visit to the Hotel Mare is truly an exception to the norm.
We had a great time, and were treated almost like family throughout our stay. Thanks to all the staff, with special mention to "Mo-met" and Angelina, for all their attention and help, and to the Vespa scooter-driving dining room assistant (Emelia) who had a most earnest facial expression and an infectious smile..
First of all, the food. It was great, and there was plenty of it. Each lunch and dinner included at least two fresh-cooked courses, and we always had at least two choices for each course. The Cilento style of cooking is refreshing and delicious. I even enjoyed the seafood, and I am not generally a seafood lover. The way seafood is prepared at the Hotel Mare, however, proved exceptionally delicious. The variety of meat dishes (pork, lamb, beef) were also fabulous, especially the various pork dishes. Several dinners were presented outdoors in a canopied outdoor dining area. These were fun and relaxing. Wine was served with every meal (except of course the continental breakfasts). The presence of real Italian guests at the hotel in my view also speaks volumes as to the quality and authenticity of the food. I was treated to a tour of the kitchen, which is large, well equipped, and spotlessly clean. Kudus to the Chef and the kitchen staff.
The location as well was hard to beat, near to downtown but adjacent to a sandy beach (the Hotel provides beach umbrellas and deck chairs), and of course the refreshing pool. We had only a short walk to go to get to the medieval city and its 8th century gate. As well, the train station was only a 15 minute walk away (the station was, however, far enough away that we never heard any train traffic from the hotel). The trains were convenient and inexpensive. We visited Pompei, Mount Vesuvius, the Greek ruins at Paestum and, of course, the castle in old Agropoli. For each of the excursions which spanned the lunch period, we were provided a box-lunch with a sandwich made of chese and cold cuts (which were varied from day to day) along with juice, fruit and water). The hotel even provided a box lunch on our departure.
Our room (ocean view) had a great view of the sea, the bay at Agropoli, and across the bay the promontory at the top of which rests the medieval castle. Our room was very clean, and we appreciated the tile floors which held no "carpet surprises". The shower was small (typical Italian stye, as I understand), but I am a fairly large guy, and had no difficulty adapting to the differing styles of differing cultures. Otherwise, the bathroom is well supplied, featuring a bidet along with the usual bathroom fixtures. The air-conditioning worked well, and ensured that the nocturnal supply of mosquitoes (which seemend to diminish during our second week, later in June) were kept outside. There was no problem with bugs during the day.
Some have mentioned the king-sized bed being two singles attached with a split down the middle. This is indeed the case. I have also encountered this in France, and while it seems odd, one can quickly adapt to it, We slept well.
All in all, a great Taste of Italy.
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- Also Known As:
- Mare Hotel Agropoli