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“A Little Bit of Paradise in Southern Calabria!”
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Hotel La Bussola
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Capo Vaticano
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

Friends who had stayed at La Bussola a few years ago recommended it to us as we discussed our plans for a 3wk stay in Calabria, Sicily and Rome. Their memories of La Bussola were so fond that they decided to join us and we're glad they did! We spent 8 nights in this lovely, quiet, family run resort in late Sept-early Oct and were very pleased. An excellent staff did everything in their power to make our stay enjoyable. Our plan included a buffet breakfast with a lovely selection of cakes, meats, breads,cereal, yogurt and fruit, (and scrambled eggs when we asked.) Dinners were equally delicious and requests for drinks or meals not on the menu were filled readily. A small bar served us well with before or after dinner cocktails and an outdoor patio was well used for lunches. Within walking distance are 2 restaurants - Happy Days and Il Vecchietto for a change of venue. Our rooms were lovely, with new bathrooms, and pretty views from balconies surrounding most of the resort. The pool area was beautiful and the weather perfectly warm to take advantage of the area. A shuttle takes you to a lovely beach where you can rent a chair & umbrella and enjoy the blue sea or sit in the on -site restaurant and enjoy the view and lunch. The train station is just a short walk from La Bussola and took us to the beautiful town of Tropea for shopping & lunch, to the big city, Reggio Centrale to the museum to see the famous Bronzes and lunch at the waterfront park and then up 3 outdoor escalators to the shopping district. Pino, La Bussolas owner, drove our friends to the Hall of Records in nearby Scilla to translate info found there about their great grandparents- something he had done on their previous trip. Fabrizio , his son and manager at La Bussola arranged to have our rental car brought to our hotel on our last day rather than have us make the trip to the car rental place in Tropea. We were made to feel like visiting cousins! A wonderful family and agreeable staff in an out of the way, beautiful resort made our stay in Calabria a wonderful first stop in Bella Italy!

  • Stayed: October 2013
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Well coming from Calabrian origin, was like living a home away from home. The owner fabrizio was a fine gentlemen. It was like I had known him for a long time, rather than me being a customer and he being a hotel proprietor! Nothing was a problem whatever the situation, he was, such a " down to earth gentlemen" you would ever meet... The same went for his brothers, Tony, Dario & Stefano. The staff including Lorenzo, Emanuele, Roberto and support desk staff were great. As with any hotel, some things didn't turn out the way you would of planned, but that is part & parcel of travelling.

As I chose half board, had choice of either lunch or dinner, went for dinner... Food was in abundance and was of good quality. The " serata calabrese or Calabrian evening" was a great night. Had heaps to eat...Like what you would expect from a family business/organisation.... Highly recommend doing a gastronomical tour to Spilinga to the" N'duja factory" / a form of hot salami, but surprisingly was quite tame in taste.... Took me back when I was a kid when my my late father would make salami...Had never seen so many peppers in all my life!!!

This is a great place to take it easy & unwind or dive into the many activities that this lovely part of Calabria has to offer. I chose a bit of both. The weather was perfect, couldn't complain. The waters of capo vaticano were so crystal blue, like nothing I had seen. It's a reason so many tourists come to this region from all over the world!!

The only thing if you could say as a problem was that the time at La Bussola " was not long enough!!! Was the perfect medicine for a full time carer to relax & "de stress" Arrived as a client, but on leaving was like leaving a family member.... Didn't expect it but the staff weren't just employees, they turned out to be my new friends, but I feel they will be friends for LIFE!!! When the next chance to come to Calabria arises, I will definitely return to Capo Vaticano, but most importantly return to La BUSSOLA!!

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed October 2, 2013

I stayed two nights at La Bussola. When I checked in the lovely young lady at the desk told me I arrived just in time for the Tuesday night Calabrian Festival. The buffet was outstanding as was the musical entertainment. The place is run efficiently by family members and staff. My room, the public space, pool and gardens were maintained well. The head "gardener" (lol) was very helpful in directing me to the ferry to Sicily. It was a good place to relax after a hectic four days of touring in the Sorrento/Amalfi area. If I return to the area again I will stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

We stayed at this hotel from the 16th to the 20th sept. This was the 3rd hotel we stayed in during out two week trip to Calabria and was by far the best! Everything was so clean, the bedroom we had was very spacious, the shower was the most powerful shower we have ever had!
The breakfast was delicious, everything homemade from jams to cakes and pastries, it was all yummy! Highly recommend the Calabrian night, great entertainment, wine tasting and an amazing spread of local food.
But the best thing about this hotel is the very caring helpful staff who went out of their way to help us sort out a problem with our car hire company. We don't speak any Italian so they rang the company and sorted the problem out for us!! What great service! Will deffinately be back!

Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

I didn't stay at this hotel but called in there as a member of a party of 4 for lunch.The service was good & the staff member who took our order was very friendly & helpful.Three of us had pasta dishes & all were very good.Would I return for lunch....absolutely I would...just for the pasta dish with the 3 varieties of tomatoes...gorgeous it was.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

We totally fell in love with this hotel and its atmosphere last year, so we've decided to stay there this year again. What I really like about La Bussola is the delicious food, nice people and the animations in the evenings- BUT I would be better If they were more days in the week. Anyway, We hope we will stay in La Bussola next year again, We already miss it all ! :(

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

A genuinely fantastic experience in an atmosphere where nothing is too much trouble.
If you are English and you wish to experience the true flavour of southern Italy, then this is the place for you.
Family run and with a positive service ethos.
A kitchen where food is prepared from scratch and tastes fantastic.
The fish dishes are exemplary and freshly cooked to order.
All the locals eat here too!!

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank MickC07
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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
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#1 Best Value Hotel in Capo Vaticano
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Capo Vaticano
#3 Family Hotel in Capo Vaticano
Price Range: $50 - $227 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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Hotel La Bussola Capo Vaticano, Italy - Calabria
La Bussola Tropea

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