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Hotel La Bussola

Viale Giuseppe Berto, 89866 Capo Vaticano, Ricadi Italy
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  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#1 of 24 hotels in Capo Vaticano
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The Hotel is located in Capo Vaticano Ricadi on Viale Giuseppe Berto, very close to Tropea (8 km - 9 minutes by car). The nearest town to the hotel is San Nicolo of Ricadi which is about 750 metres away - about 10 minutes on foot. The railway station of Ricadi is 900 metres away and is 12 minutes on foot. By train you can get to North way: Tropea (8 minutes), Pizzo Calabro (25 minutes), and other beautiful places along the coast. South way: Coccoriono (5 minutes), Nicotera (10 minutes), Scilla (45 minutes), Reggio Calabria (60 minutes) and other places. Throughout the day there is a shuttle bus service which connects our hotel with nearby Tropea and others places to see. This bus service runs to a fixed timetable. It can be easily reached by car as it near the road which goes from Tropea to Vibo Valentia and is about 30 kilometres from the latter. It can be easily reached by train as the nearest Ricadi station is only 0,950 metres away. The Lamezia Terme international airport is 60 kilometres from our hotel, Reggio Calabria airport is 120 kilometres from our hotel. The nearest beach is "Torre Ruffa" (it is a sandy beach) and is 950 metres away; Here the water gets deep gradually. Our guests also have a beach shuttle service at their disposal to go to "Grotticelle" (Objectively the most beautiful in the all Calabria, gradual depth and with fine white sand). This service runs from the morning and continues throughout the day following a flexible timetable to cover the whole day (Every hour go/back). Grotticelle is only three minutes away by shuttle; At the beach you can take advantage of many services (at prices of the Convention) to name a few: the excursion along the coast (from Capo Vaticano, untill after Tropea with several stops in the most beautiful spots to make the bathing or snorkeling (equipment included), eat fresh fish with drink on board, excursion to the fabulous beaches of Capo Vaticano and many other activities and water sports. Our hotel offers you special beach service rates (not obligatory as the beach is not private one): 1 beach umbrella and sun loungers for € 9,00 per room, per day (2 peoples). It is possible to make a lump-sum payment. Price is exclusively reserved to our customers. Particular attention is devoted to the cleaning of the rooms, every other part of the hotel and to the guest. This is "three star superior" hotel, far 0,500 mts from the centre of the village of San Nicolo of Ricadi. The hotel offer an efficient shuttle bus service from/to the best destinations that must be visited. The hotel is very renowned for its delicious cuisine. We were guests in the italian TV SHOW "Domenica del Villaggio" on Channel 5, "Vecchia fattoria"on Rai 1, We have been reported on the main guides of the sector and on the italian daily newspaper "Repubblica", and we have also prepared the best products of our local gastronomic for some Italian actor of TV series "Gente di Mare" at the port of Tropea. The menu' of our Restaurant changes every day, both lunch and dinner. The pre-cooked food does not exist here, we cook all at the moment. Once a week they organize tastings of Calabrian typical products: "Calabria evening", a multi-course buffet feast during which the best regional specialties are served with popular music, songs and dances.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free shuttle or taxi services
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Italian
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Heiduli wrote a review Sep 2021
Levi, Finland9 contributions
Friendly, clean and so comfortable settings. Pool area really nice! Staff was just fantastic. Really enjoyed our stay, felt like home after 2 weeks. Bikes to borrow for free. Food was so tasty! Close by up by the church of San Nicolo is a pizza/arancino kiosk that a must 👌
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
kat_thelgorion wrote a review Sep 2021
Princeton, New Jersey7 contributions4 helpful votes
Fantastic staff, romantic setting,great food. I have never been happier, this was The Best Holiday. I will be back. From morning to night we felt nothing but great joy. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating. Rooms are cleaner than in most of hospitals. Food is just beyond description. Eden. Paradise. Heaven on Earth
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Gina U wrote a review Jul 2021
Bucharest, Romania7 contributions16 helpful votes
First of all, I want to thank you for the wonderful vacation you gave us. This 3-star hotel offers at least four-star services. The rooms are spacious, nicely furnished and very clean. It is cleaned daily and there is exemplary cleanliness throughout the hotel. The garden and pool are magnificent. The hotel’s restaurant offers sensational cuisine and the service is impeccable. All staff involved offer services similar to a 5-star hotel. We thank Maria and Ocsana, who helped us with the problems encountered with the Alitalia company. Thanks also to the hotel staff who, together with my husband, organized a birthday party for me, which I celebrated at this hotel. Everything was wonderful. Calabria is a very beautiful region, worth visiting and I recommend to all tourists to choose the hotel La Bussola in Capo Vaticano. I spent 11 days at this hotel and left for Rome for a 4 night stay. We love Rome, we have visited this wonderful city before, but I can tell you that after our stay in Calabria at the Hotel La Bussola, I had the feeling that I left Heaven and arrived in Hell. These are our real and sincere impressions. My husband and I are passionate about travel and have visited many countries and capitals in Europe, Asia, Central America and the United Arab Emirates. We love Italy and we have traveled to various regions, but the holiday in Calabria was more special. I can tell you that the holiday in Calabria, at this hotel, was one of the most beautiful holidays I have ever had. The hotel is very well run by the Giuliano family, who are involved in absolutely all activities and work together with the employees. Many thanks to Maria, Ocsana Leone, Toni, Rino and Francesco for the wonderful vacation we had at Hotel La Bussola. By the way, Francesco makes some sensational cocktails. I haven't downloaded the photos and I can't attach them, but I'll be back to show you these wonderful places. Recommend this hotel to all tourists who love beauty, good taste and quality services.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: I recommend the superior double rooms which are very comfortable and have a beautiful view.
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valtal wrote a review Feb 2021
california6 contributions1 helpful vote
This review is late in coming, since it was 2008 that I visited La Bussola, discovering it quite accidentally, and loving so much about it. AS others have said, the family is charming and welcoming and the dinner we had at the restaurant remains my highest restaurant experience in Italy, probably because the spices and presentation reminded me of my Italian grandmother's recipes. After dinner, the family offered us some of their homemade Lemoncello and then kindly shared their recipe, which I have made several times, never matching their quality. Our room was clean and basic, but comfortable, with a nice window. However, it looked out over the roadway which was very noisy and could be heard in the room and in most outdoor spaces. I wonder if that has changed for the better or the worse. It is the only thing that gives me hesitation of arranging another Italy visit for my family to La Bussola, from which we can further explore our Calabrian roots.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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Jozy74 wrote a review May 2020
North Hampshire, UK177 contributions65 helpful votes
We were due to travel to this hotel during the covid 19 pandemic. We had booked independently with them as they beat all the agents we contacted. Obviously we couldn't travel but the hotel were amazing offering us a choice to reschedule or refund our deposit. I will definitely be going to stay with them when I am able and would urge anyone to give them a call and see how competitive they are. Capo vaticano and tropea are both stunningly beautiful and this place is easy to get to both from.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel La Bussola
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel La Bussola?
Nearby attractions include Torre Marrana (0.7 miles), Tropical Dream (0.7 miles), and Emporio Gioter (0.05 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel La Bussola?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel La Bussola?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel La Bussola?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel La Bussola?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel La Bussola?
Conveniently located restaurants include Live Fish & Sushi Restaurant Capo Vaticano, Donna Orsola La Dispensa, and Degusteria La Bussola.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel La Bussola?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hotel La Bussola have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel La Bussola offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Hotel La Bussola have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel La Bussola offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel La Bussola?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Hotel La Bussola?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.