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Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Just back from a week in I giardini di atena, with our 2 kids. Great pool area, apartment was clean, although a little dated, with lots of fresh towels. Staff were nice and friendly, but English speakers were at a minimum. The grounds were quiet littered for the first few days we were there, but then a Gardner/landscaper arrived and... More 

Thank Fenton W
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Reviewed July 31, 2016

I Giardini di Atena wasn't as good as 2 years ago but thanks to the Magnificant Sunset Animation Team we had the best holidays ever!! The village was not so good, because our studio was only cleaned once a week, we only received 16 towels for 4 persons for a whole week. If we wanted more towels we had to... More 

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Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

We arrived on site to be told that it was €18 per day extra by Samantha...an oversight on my  part ..in fairness when I explained that we would not be using the facilities everyday as we were touring around they agreed we should pay each day as per what was used....when we arrived at the apartment it was filthy and... More 

Thank Charlie F
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

I have stayed here on a couple of occasions and I have found it to be such a fabulous place in so many aspects. I love the Shuttle bus service that runs to Lecce and beach. I love the fact that it is fully self contained and I have had an opportunity to see the real Italy. I would stroll... More 

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Reviewed June 18, 2014

We spent a week here in May, 2014. This resort needs to evaluated through the lens of what it cost to stay here for a week. We paid 1/5 the cost of our previous week in a lovely spot in Sorrento. We saw no packs of dogs, or youths, or garbage. Yes, there were areas where the grass hadn't been... More 

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Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

This place has been the worst place I have ever stay at in Italy. Garbage everywhere, weeds all over the place. People who do the cleaning are very rude. They charge 60 euros for maintenance that is in addition to what has been paid to interval world. I hope interval takes this place out of the places to stay in.... More 

5 Thank Gus S
firenzemari77, Direttore at I Giardini di Atena, responded to this review
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Gentilissimi, mi preme rispondere in italiano per una maggiore chiarezza dei nostri utenti in territorio nazionale: apprendo che purtroppo la... More 

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Reviewed April 17, 2014

We arrived early Saturday evening to find that there was no shop on site as promised in the literature, without a car it was impossible to get anything anywhere. The packs of dogs roaming around were quite offputting, but not as bad as the youths gathering all around the place. The apartment was to say the least sparse. There were... More 

Thank Jim J
firenzemari77, Direttore at I Giardini di Atena, responded to this review

Dear Sir, in thanking you for the time you spent in writing about your experience, I must not anyway forget that your complains are based on a wrong reality of our Resort, for the reason as follows: - First of all you perfectly kwew that in April our opened- swimming pools are still closed, for they open from juny to... More 

Monteroni di Lecce, Italy
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

I come from Canada and I went to "Bistrot delle rose", after buying a coupon on Groupon, with some friends of mine. It has been an amazing choice: very nice place, very small price comparing to the quantity of food we ate...and above all...pizza was so delicious!! I think I'll go back again as soon as I can!!

1 Thank Leccesedentro1982
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We stayed here in May / June 2013. The resort is outside of Merine, a smallish town on the outskirts of Lecce. There really is nothing to Merine, except a couple of bars in the town / village center. The resort looks like a 1970's collection of Butlins apartments. This sounds worse than it actually is. There are lots of... More 

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Reviewed May 29, 2012

We arrived in the evening, were surprised at the residence feel to it as it did not feel like a resort. Guest services was interesting as she did not really speak much English, but we were able to get checked in and to our room. Please note that they require 100 euros in cash as a deposit. The grounds are... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Wonderful City Resort opened all year long with 472 apartments of various types and all the facilities for a comfortable temporary or longer residence; Salento cooking and excellent service trips are also available on request 12 months out of 12;the Resort is situated between Lecce city of Art and the Adriatic coast. ... more   less 

Additional Information about I Giardini di Atena

Address: Via Monte Negro 181, 73023 Merine Apulia, Italy
Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Lecce > Merine Apulia
Price Range: $41 - $1,065 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — I Giardini di Atena 3*
Number of rooms: 150
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I Giardini Di Atena Italy/Province Of Lecce - Merine Apulia
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“If you do not have a car, forget it! If you want to relax on site, forget it!”
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