We stayed at Astoria Pompei despite reading some of the lukewarm reviews and had a really good experience. So good that I feel compelled to respond to some of the (I believe unfair) criticisms.
Firstly: It is budget priced hotel. I think some of the reviewers here expect 5 star facilities for 2 star prices. The rooms are big, light and airy (ours had a private balcony) with big comfortable beds, the place is well kept and very clean and your room gets serviced daily. If you expect more then pay for a more expensive hotel.
Secondly: I read a lot of whining about the hotel breakfast here... I personally didn't try it because THE HOTEL BREAKFAST IS OPTIONAL!!!! Seriously! Why would you sit in the hotel and have breakfast when there is a supermarket and a plethora of cafes serving awesome (and cheap) Italian food in the immediate vicinity?
Thirdly: This seems to be a family run hotel. Over the last few days we have interacted with all the staff and despite a bit of a language barrier at times - none of them have been anything but helpful.
The only negative thing we encountered in our entire stay was the usual bevvy of loud, obnoxious tourists (no nationalities mentioned but we all know who I'm talking about) that you find at any popular tourist location.
Great location too, within walking distance to one of the archaeological site entrances.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Astoria Restaurant was recently renovated and is found in a central location in Pompei around 200m away from the railway station and from the Santuario, 300m away from the southern entrance to the excavations. This location makes it the ideal place from which to explore the city of Pompei rich in history and culture with its famous excavations, the Amphitheatre and the Foro, and is also convenient for reaching the cities of Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Capri, Ischia, Paestum, Mount Vesuvio and several other cultural and tourist sights. The parking lot can be accessed directly from the hotel, and is one of the many conveniences appreciated by our guests. Our staff are always available to provide a shuttle service from the hotel to the main sights in the area. L’Hotel Astoria Restaurant, di recente ristrutturazione, si trova in posizione centrale a Pompei, a circa 200 mt dalla Stazione ferroviaria e dal Santuario, a 300 mt dall’ingresso sud degli Scavi. La sua posizione lo rende un luogo ideale per visitare la città di Pompei ricca di storia e cultura, con i celebri e suggestivi Scavi, l'Anfiteatro, il Foro, in posizione perfetta per raggiungere la città di Napoli, Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, Capri, Ischia, Paestum, il Vesuvio e tanti altri luoghi di interesse culturale e turistico. Il parcheggio, da cui si accede direttamente nell’interno dell’albergo, è sicuramente tra le comodità più apprezzate dagli ospiti in quanto permette di lasciare la propria auto internamente all’hotel in un ampio spazio. Il personale è disponibile ad effettuare il servizio navetta tra l’hotel ed i luoghi di maggiore interesse della zona. ... more less
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