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“A FRIENDLY AND ECO-FRIENDLY HOTEL”
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Hotel La Bussola
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Capo Vaticano
Certificate of Excellence
Marcellinara, Calabria, Italy
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5 reviews
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“A FRIENDLY AND ECO-FRIENDLY HOTEL”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

I stayed here for 10 days and...I felt myself like at home. It is not only because of the efficient services, of the tasty and healthy Med cusine, of a nice and clean room with balcony (and with a superb seaview) and of a relaxing swimming pool. But, first of all, because of the friendly and familiar atmosphere. Thanks to Fabrizio, Tony, Domenico, Stefano, Angela, Giedre (si scrive così?!) Lorenzo, Andrea, Roberto, Domenico e Massimo. And to Mr and Mrs Giuliano. They are all very kind and professional. Yes, it was like a big and smily family! And, last but not least, I enjoyed a lot to stay in a real ECO-FRIENDLY hotel: recycling in the room, water caring, recycling in the restaurant and bar. And great local food! Continuate così!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

I have just returned from La Bussola Hotel in Ricadi and am missing it already! My parents had been 3 times previously and I joined them this time as I wanted some sun and relaxation. We arrived late and Fabrizio and the staff looked after us by giving us a meal and drinks. The hotel is immaculate and the outside has a large variety of fruit trees, palm trees and flowers. The pool is beautiful and clean and was not very busy when we were there. If you want to go to the beach the hotel has a regular shuttle bus and the beaches are amazing. The hotel can also arrange taxis to other places, such as Tropea, which is a lovely town to visit with many shops and restaurants. There is a lot to see and do in the local area and the hotel can help you arrange excursions. The rooms were nice and clean and had air conditioning and balconies. The restaurant had a good variety of food, which was all fresh and tasted really good. If there is something you want that is not on the menu, the staff was happy to offer these dishes instead. The hotel was better than what I expected and the price was very good for the accommodation, food and drink. We were treated throughout the whole holiday by Fabrizio, Tony, their father Joe and the rest of the Giuliano family (including Zara :)) more as friends than customers and nothing was too much trouble for any of them. I look forward to returning soon.

Room Tip: If you want a large balcony, ask for a room that is not in the main hotel building.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed June 8, 2013

A very welcoming place, clean rooms, extremely friendly staff, good fresh food. I really enjoyed my stay at La Bussola, and highly recommend it.

We had arrived late the first night, and although the kitchen was closed they still served us a warm meal. It is a family run hotel, and they really care about their guests and all the small details that matter so much.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 30, 2012

Spent five nights at the hotel middle of september and really enjoyed ourselves.All the staff really friendly and rooms comfortable,pool area good and local beach lovely.We would recommend this hotel and would visit again. Joan and Norman Wilkinson.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Monte Di Procida, Italy
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Spent three nights here the beginning of September. Very pleased with the customer service. We had breakfast each morning at the hotel, which was satisfactory. The first night we took part in a buffet with the main focus the Tropean Onion, absolutely delicious and a great price. It was nice they had a free shuttle to and from the beach. The pool was clean and plenty of chairs to sit in around the sides. The hotel itself was just average. The beds were extremely hard and uncomfortable. The walls are VERY thin so if you are trying to sleep you will hear your neighbors and the noise from the restaurant. You have to use your room key for the lights and A/C each time you enter the room, which meant that if you were gone all day, you would come back to a hot and muggy room.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

The outside area is very well maintained. Every day the pool area is cleaned morning, lunchtime and evening and the pool was very inviting.
Rooms are basic but clean.
Food in the restaurant is again pretty basic but well cooked and the cost was very reasonable.
We have a holiday home nearby and our family stay in this hotel.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Belgique
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

This was our 2nd stay in this hotel, and again it was wonderfull.
2 months earlier I've visited (on a fam trip - I'm a travel agent) a lot of hotels in Calabria. Even some of the 4* and 5* hotels weren't as fantastic as this place.

This is why:
- something easy but so important: everyone is very friendly and thoughtful
- authentic and wonderfull meals. Compliments to the chef!
- comfortable and spacious rooms
- wonderfull pool:large, seperate space for children, cleaned every day, bathing cap is obligatory
- the hotel was not to big, just the perfect number of rooms for a 3*
- the staff works very hard to satisfy the clients: Lorenzo, Michael, Giorgio, Gaia, Toni, Angela, cleaning ladies and the whole Giuliano family
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The hotel is located on a nice place, but you don't have shops and lot's of bars outside. This is hard to find in Calabria, but in Tropea (+/-8km from the hotel) you can find all of this.

They provide a free shuttle from & to the beach. In case you want to go to other places they can also take you (not included in the price).

Really recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Hotel La Bussola
Address: Viale Giuseppe Berto | Località Faro, 89866 Capo Vaticano, Ricadi, Italy
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Location: Italy > Calabria > Province of Vibo Valentia > Ricadi > Capo Vaticano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Capo Vaticano
#3 Family Hotel in Capo Vaticano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Bussola 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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La Bussola Tropea

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