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#24 of 24 in Capo Vaticano
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4.4
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2.9
Value
3.3
Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo is located in Santa Domenica, just 2 km from Tropea, and stands close to the exclusive beach of Riaci, one of the most evocative of the Capo Vaticano area and among all the closest to Tropea. Spread over two altimetric levels, the one bordering the beach houses the Camping, Bar and Market area. On the terrace above, connected to the sea by a private road and two comfortable elevators, the buildings of the Residence formula and of the Hotel, Restaurant, Bar, Swimming pool, Amphitheater, Tennis and Soccer formula find space in the green of a citrus grove.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Canoeing
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids club
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Restaurant
Swimup bar
Diving
Hiking
Evening entertainment
Karaoke
Table tennis
Kids pool
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Massage
Solarium
Convenience store
Currency exchange
Shops
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Private beach
Housekeeping
Safe
Kitchenette
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Telephone
Private bathrooms
Refrigerator
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Room types
Ocean view
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Family Resort
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Italian

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2Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
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Matt R wrote a review Aug 2021
London, United Kingdom296 contributions120 helpful votes
If you are looking for a place with relatively new furniture, immaculate arrangements and so on, this is not the right place for you. At the same time, if you are looking for a compromise between price and location, then you should consider staying at Marco Polo. The location is simply stunning, employees are available and Tropea city centre is just 3km away.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
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KnX wrote a review Aug 2019
Bucharest, Romania3 contributions4 helpful votes
I had to change 4 apartments in order to get a "proper one" The bed sheets were dirty, the towels were dirty also, they did not clean the apartment not even once in our entire holiday and what I've heard from some insiders that they put the leftover food back to being served again. The location of the "resort" is great, next to some beautiful beaches - they have an elevator in order to get to the beach and they charge you 20 cents for each ride, really?- the pool is great also but you need a cap on your head in order to enter the pool otherwise someone will shout at you, even if you are bald.
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Date of stay: July 2019
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simca007 wrote a review Jul 2019
Prague, Czech Republic27 contributions4 helpful votes
We chose this hotel for it´s location (near Tropea, far from bigger luxury hotels) and after reading all the reviews here I was concerned :( But!!! You may definitely find a lot of "-" everywhere, if you want to, but here!?! Transfer from the airport Lamezia di Terme - quick and perfect, check in - perfect, our room was nice, we had a balcony and seaview, some had a garden view. Cleaning service of the room - perfect. It was a quiet place with not too many people - loved it! Breakfast and dinner were in the restaurant at the beach - lovely, directly at the sea, so you can watch the sunset and hear the sea! Meal was local, very ok, fish, seafruit, rice, pasta, vegetables! (Menu translated into english, german, russian and czech). Breakfast totally ok (espresso on demand). You can reach the restaurant by foot - walking down the street (amazing views, but a bit steep) or use the lift in the rock (for 20 cents). The same for reaching the beach - umbrellas and seats for free for hotel guests. Beach was ok, clean and natural, with a chance for a walk to the right and to the left, snorkeling was amazing there. And where else you can see from the sea only rocks and no other hotel (not even Marco Polo hotel, as the main part is up the hill), just nature, rocks, cliffs...and the sea! Swimmingpool great for kids or to relax, with umbrellas and seats for free too. Not really suited for swimming, but the view again! You can see the whole beach from there, you can buy a coffee or ice-cream and enjoy. You have to wear cap on your hair there (the only minus I found in the hotel :D). I wish and hope to go there again soooon! ( I wasn´t sure if I want to write a review, as I do not want it to be full next time I want to go there again :D) You can rent a car in a village 10 mins from hotel (Santa Domenice, Europcar) and discover Tropea, Pizzo, Briatico, Capo Vaticano and others in the surroundings. You can choose from boat trips to Stromboli and other island around or bus/boat trips to further destinations (Sicily). You can go by train from there... There was also some program, dance for kids, excersises for adults (yoga, aquaaerobic, zumba) - we didn´t use it, but it looked like fun. There was an evening programme, on Friday Calabrian music, other days entertainment for families and kids at the pool place. If you want a luxury place with crowds of people and you vacation is rather all-inclusive idea, don´t come here. If you love sea, open beaches, snorkeling, cliffs and quiet, good food and so on, Marco Polo is for you!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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arycam82 wrote a review Sep 2016
New Delhi, India29 contributions5 helpful votes
This resort is located on a cliff on the sea. You can access to the beach through a little street (10 min walking) or by elevator (but you need to pay 20p per trip). Breakfast consists of a wide buffet. Staff are friendly. Rooms have all is needed and they are spacious but they require a touch up. I.e. Just one power point in our room and one bedside table for a double bed. There are activities organised on site every day or boat trips/ excursions you can book. Also available camping space. The beach is sandy and customers do not need extra charge to use umbrella and sun beds. This is a cheaper accommodation option. Tropea's hotels cost more but the city is only 10 mins by car from here.
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Date of stay: September 2016
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Crystal H wrote a review Sep 2015
Vancouver, Canada51 contributions41 helpful votes
First off, I read some reviews before we left for our trip and was a little concerned but decided to let it pass and see how it went. It couldn't be that bad, right? Well, check in was great... The lady spoke English well so that was a plus. We got to check out the view while she paged someone to show us parking and our room. The view is great as well. The gentleman showed up in a scooter and showed us to our room. There was a ladder in the foyer, but we got to the room and it was sufficient. For a place with a pool, and private beach it was decent. We just had a plain room, no balcony so that was a little disappointing but not a huge deal. I immediately hopped in the shower, because we had come from a very long and hot drive. No hot water. What the?? I had it cranked for minutes and nothing. With a place this big, I assumed there would be sufficient hot water. Next we went down to the beach to their "market" to buy some supplies and snacks. Wow. If you call a dark corner with empty shelves a market then okay, it's a market. Everything, beer, water, drinks, all warm on the shelves... Not even chilled. All we wanted was a cold drink to enjoy. The restaurant was closed. So we bought some items and she tried to stiff us a few bucks hoping we wouldn't notice. Nice try... Back to our room to put these drinks in the fridge. Another let down. Fridge doesn't work... It's running, and plugged in, but it's not working. At all. Like warm inside... We tried to turn up the cold, and 8 hrs later, still warm. Gross. Lost our dinner to that thing. Seriously, the maid should be able to tell if it's working or not and inform the management to replace it. It's room 68, by the way. This place is in serious need of updates. The shower head is calcified, fridge doesn't work, beds are actually cots pushed together, lights in the wall are just sockets and light bulbs. The grounds could use some attendance. The staff seem more occupied cleaning and detailing their own vehicles than taking care of the place. Next off, the lovely elevator. Seriously, could you not have an updated system by now, that you can give the guests a room key to get them down to the beach and restaurant?? You have to pay .20€ every damn time you want to use this thing. Every time. Not worth it in my opinion. So, needless to say, by the end of the night, we were booking A new hotel and checking out the next morning. I would have left that same evening but we were tired form a very long day. This place is not our cup of tea. Spend some of the overpriced cash you take in with the restaurant, the elevator, and these rooms and put it into your hotel and make it a lovely place for people to stay. I didn't want to get sick, so we had breakfast at a little restaurant in town. Check out was another ordeal in itself. Your brochure says the office is open from 8-21:00. That's 9pm. Go up the the front and it closed at 7pm. Next day, want to check out as early as possible, reception says it's open at 9am. So we wait. And wait. No one shows up until we asked to have someone come. Even then, they still had to call someone else, because we wanted our receipt so we knew we weren't paying for three nights and only the one night we stayed. Could not get out fast enough. I would rather pay a little more for a better experience. Wouldn't you?!
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Date of stay: September 2015Trip type: Traveled
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ThailandIsTheBest wrote a review Sep 2014
London, United Kingdom183 contributions162 helpful votes
We stayed here for a week. First at the camping in a tent and then in one of the 'apartments', so I can comment on both. Please bear in mind this is a very basic accommodation. You won't find toilet paper or toiletries anywhere, doesn't matter if it's the camping or room. No towels or sheets/duvets in the rooms. The sinks for the dishes were always filthy and full of food that it made me feel sick! Somebody needs to clean this place. It is dated and needs renovation. Location is good but there are better places with better location and better price. We paid €43 per night for a tent for 2 people! It is very pricey comparing to other similar places (in Rome we paid €20 for much better standards!). You need to pay for the internet but it only works near reception which is crazy as you don't really spend time there at all (the village is spread over 3 levels: reception, swimming pool, camping; apartments are on two levels). The beach looks good when you arrive but when you compare it to Capo Vaticano beach, you don't want to use Marco Polo's any more. If you can, go to Capo Vaticano!!!!! Much better accommodation there plus beautiful beach and lots of restaurants. Also, Tripadvisor states that the camping is in Capo Vaticano. This is not true. It is in Santa Domenica, at least 5km away from Capo Vaticano. Pool was nice but always fool of screaming kids. Food wasn't great, eat elsewhere if you can. Good location for Tropea but you can stay in Tropea for less. We walked to Tropea nearly every evening (about 2km) and took a taxi back (€10). All in all it's ok but could be much better if somebody looked after it a bit more.
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Traveled
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Willy Salsakock... M wrote a review Jul 2014
Gothenburg, Sweden8 contributions2 helpful votes
The place, the people, the sun, the activities, beack volleyball, fotboll, swimming, fishing pulpo, kajak, walking, sunset, everithing was perfect for me and my family, 2 kids that make a lot of friends!! I miss you Marco Polo!!!
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Date of stay: July 2014
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thedevilatplay wrote a review Sep 2013
London39 contributions69 helpful votes
I've just come back from here with my family and feel compelled to write .. At the outset I'm going to say some negative things but my review is very positive. When we arrived reception pointed out the rooms .. The pool .. The bar etc We went down to our room and they brought our cases down the very steep hill. The room was superior allegedly but very basic and in need on a makeover. Around the stunning pool was a kids party..so far not so bad. Next morning we went to the beach where breakfast is served and it then made us realise things were a little strange .. About toe other tables for breakfast .. Which was average. Later that morning back at the pool the bar was closed .. And bar covered in dust sheets .next day the table and chairs were gone .. In short they were closing if not closed. Summary - negative Would be nice to use the bar It's a hike up and down steep inclines.. Takes your breath There is a scary lift and tunnel for part if the journey to the beach It needs modernising There's caravan on site I think for campers Summary - positive It is stunning The beach is beautiful It is very relaxed No people meant we had our own pool Staff were helpfull It's inexpensive It's an amazing part of the world .. Try tropea and pizzo I miss it already :(
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Jonathan H wrote a review Sep 2013
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom20 contributions13 helpful votes
We have spent many holidays in this area of Calabria staying in various hotels but we are so pleased we have found the Marco Polo. Set in a private cove with a long beach with all the facilities needed for a family holiday. There is a small shop and a bar attached to the restaurant so if you just want to sit back and relax you do not need to leave the complex. Special mention to Daniela who spoke perfect English and her husband the head chef who produced the most delicious food , note to myself must loose some weight when I get home. If you are looking for a beach holiday I don't think you will find a better place to stay. The Marco Polo is located on the edge of a nice small village called St Domenica where there are several bars and shops and a market every Monday morning. The hotel is a 5 minute drive from Tropea which is a fantastic picturesque town and is know as the jewel of the coast of the gods. Our kids want to come back next year and so do we.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Pezed wrote a review Jul 2011
Brno, Czech Republic4 contributions2 helpful votes
Really a nice corner Calabria with nice staff. From the beginning very good communication through e-mail. We wanted an appartment on sea level and we were adviced well what to choose. Thank you Daniela! We felt like welcomed from the beginning even if we came much earlier than is regular check-in and also we got the room soon. The staff was always very willing and helpful and did more than was expected. We got a spacy, clean appartment really that 30 metres from the beach! Green all around - lemon and other trees. The beach is quiet and bigger than enough for all the people and you can choose anything you like in very long piece of coast. The scenery of the place is really gorgeous - continous coast cliff, rock in the sea nearby. You can hardly imagine nicer coast. You can see Stromboli volcano faraway in the sea often. Close to walk to Santa Domenica. And also close to visit beautifull Tropea. Very kind animators, many activities and also many friendly mates for our children. Children intend to come back next year. Nice people in the mini-market and bar. And we did not have to go by car - easy to get from Rome and Tropea by train. Really nice place for family vacation.
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Date of stay: July 2011
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$56 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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villaggio marcopolo hotel ricadi
LOCATION
ItalyCalabriaProvince of Vibo ValentiaRicadiCapo Vaticano
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Nearby attractions include Spiaggia di Riaci (0.5 miles) and Chiesa di Santa Domenica (0.5 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gelateria Il Gioiello, La Quercia, and Ristorante Bella Italia.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Mulino Loiacono (2.2 miles).
Does Hotel Villaggio Marco Polo have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.