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“Super family holiday in the stunning Cilento region”
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Hotel Torre Oliva
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“Super family holiday in the stunning Cilento region”
Reviewed August 13, 2012

When we arrived at the Hotel Torre Oliva, we had a shock. It was like stepping into a time warp: alminium window frames, bottle green tiles, mirrors. Half-expected Bridget Bardot to emerge from the pool. Also, we had set our hearts on dinner outside with views over the bay. Not so. Every evening (except one) in an air-conditioned dining room. The showers in the bed rooms were also from another era. However, after a while the little things that gnawed away subsidided and you focus on the positives, of which there are many. Super friendly staff (although knowledge of Italian is a plus). Great food. Even the dining room grows on you as it becomes a hub of noise and energy in the evening. Tremendous views over the bay. Uncluttered beach, even in August. Wonderful pool. Great situation for visiting the national park of Cilento and beautiful towns like San Giovanni a Piro, Scario and Maratea. We went with two kids (10 and 12) and they loved it. Both were playing football until early evening (thanks Francesco!). This was close to the perfect family holiday and we would definitely recommend this place to anyone who is travelling to the region. With luck, we'll be back!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 18, 2009

We arrived at Scario late on a Friday afternoon, 4 Sept. We liked what we saw, and began searching for a place to stay for the weekend. A short drive brought us to the Torre Oliva locality where we found this beautiful four star hotel of the same name. A quick look around convinced us this was it! and hopefully there would be a room available. As it turned out there was only one room and we took it sight unseen.
The Torre Oliva is an older hotel, 1970's I believe, but very well maintained and surrounded by beautiful grounds with ancient olive trees, plants and flowers and lawns. It's located right on the Gulf of Policastro, about one km. east of the town of Scario, which in turn is located roughly between Palinuro and Sapri. Fronting the hotel is its beach which appears to be man-made, in that hundreds of huge boulders had been pushed into the sea and the area behind them filled with crushed gravel. These boulders had formed four little promontories allowing to sea to create coves inbetween them for shallow water bathing. On two of the promontories piers had been installed for diving or jumping into deeper water. The gravel beach itself is lined with several rows of sun loungers with umbrellas. Also available for the guests are various kayaks, peddleboats, etc. There were three lifeguards always on duty.
Behind the beach is a large pool, an outside bar, a covered area for animation activities, tennis courts, miniclub for the children, etc. The hotel has a numerous staff, which appear to work together very well and are very attentive to the needs of the guests.
The hotel guests were almost all Italians, with two or three families of Germans and Brits.
Our first room was number 214 which was nice, but had only a window that looked out on the parking lot. Noise from the road beyond was mildly bothersome. Short of this it was quite comfortable, aside from the pillows which were very heavy and hard (they were the same throughout the hotel) as if they were packed with sand.
The second day we decided that if a superior room became available we would stay longer. On Sunday, Signora Paola, the manager, informed us that the next day we could have a room with terrace overlooking the pool. It was fine with us and we booked for another seven days. The second room was number 227 which had a divan, dresser, and as I said a small covered terrace. It was also larger than the first so we were quite happy. We came intending to stay a weekend and remained for ten days.
Mosquito level: Zero. A few wasps on the beach but not a single mosquito around. Amazing!
Food: We opted for full pension and ate three very good meals each day. Breakfast was pretty standard while there were plenty of choices available for lunch and dinner - always choices of two first courses and two seconds, preceded by some excellent antipasto choices and followed by a nice dessert (or fruit or ice cream). Franco the maitre was great and our waitress Caterina very friendly and attentive. The other restaurant staff members were also wonderful and I compliment them all!
We did not participate in the animation activities, preferring more restful holiday activities. One of the few negatives we experienced was the loud voices of the animation staff, enhanced by loud speakers at high volume. For those guests like ourselves it would have been better for something more soft, especially the period after lunch when a little siesta would be in order. On certain evenings the entertainment went on well after midnight, disturbing anyone trying to sleep.
Costs: The room and full pension cost us €68 a person, plus a little extra for the superior room, and minus 10% for me being over 60. In short it was an inexpensive holiday for all that we received.
Internet was available at the Reception for one euro every 30 minutes. There was also a store which sold beach things, books, magazines and daily newspapers.

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Property: Hotel Torre Oliva
Address: Via Nazionale, 84067 Policastro Bussentino, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Salerno > Policastro Bussentino
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Policastro Bussentino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Torre Oliva 4*
Number of rooms: 160
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Torre Oliva Hotel stands in a select position on the Gulf of Policastro, a few yards from the beach, nestling in olive groves.Refi nement and comfort awaits the discerning guest, with amenities that include 160 double rooms, all with bathrooms, air conditioning troughout the hotel, 2 restaurants, 2 bars, shops, a discotheque andrefreshment rooms. ... more   less 
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