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Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci
Ranked #3 of 40 Hotels in Bari
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 8, 2014

We overnighted here and loved our stay. It's an easy 800m walk from Bari Centrale. The rooms are spacious and are well equipped. Yes, agree with a previous reviewer - would be good to have tea making facilities. We enjoyed lazing by the pool though few loungers are available. Excellent breakfast with amazing choices. Will be returning to stay in a fortnight after our 2 week cycling tour around Puglia.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cosimo R, Managing Director at Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2014

Dear Guest,
the staff and I are really pleased that you enjoyed the time spent at our property.
We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Best regards,
Cosimo Ranieri

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Reviewed June 7, 2014

I like a cup of tea, but not at £2.60p per small cup. This hotel has no tea making facilities in room. Mini bar fridge only had bottled water on sale at twice the price outside. The staff make this hotel what it is. Well spoken and understood English. Although very near to railway station, you could not hear the trains. Bit of a 20/30 minute walk to old town. If you like a bath, then not for you. At breakfast you could get an omelette freshly made, which makes a difference to the bread, cakes and cheese.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Choose this hotel as we needed to stay in hotel in Bari with secure parking and not many hotels seem to have private parking. Although the location was a little surprising given the name of the hotel it did not cause any problems during our stay, and the old town was only a short walk away. Our room was very spacious and the restaurant was very good, with a fixed price menu which was very good value. The bar was not always staffed, as waiters in restaurant seem to look after the bar when not serving in the restaurant. As conferences were taking place during our stay the hotel was very busy. The grounds were very nice and well maintained.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Cosimo R, Managing Director at Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci, responded to this reviewResponded June 18, 2014

Dear Guest,
thank you very much for your wonderful review! I am sorry the bar staff was a bit busy but I hope Your stay was overall pleasant.
Warm regards,
Cosimo Ranieri

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

I stay in many many hotels but this one was poor which I was very suprised at due to it being a Mercure Hotel.

ROOM
Lovely big Superior Room
ROOMS ARE NOT SOUND-PROOFED as stated in their room description, you can clearly hear the people above and below you talking, walking around (tiled floors) and you can even hear when the guest above you flush their toilet!!

No tea & coffee making facility in the room, for a 4-star hotel that should be standard!

Dirty bath towel on the towel rail

SPA
We really booked this hotel because of the SPA, that is the only reason, sadly we were told the spa is only open after 4.30pm which is annoying as most hotel spa's open from 10am - 10pm.
The Spa floor was REALLY REALLY FILTHY, you can see it had not been cleaned for ages, we had to use the shower head to wash it away.
The Jacuzzi did not work, reported it (rang 3 times) but no-one arrived until 45mins later. We only booked the hotel because it had a spa.

FOOD
Food was nice but expensive only a la carte or sandwiches no ordinary food options so we ate out after day one. Restaurant and bar was too busy and noisy with conference people not a relaxing atmosphere. Eat at local restaurants the food is AMAZING and VERY CHEAP with a bottle of wine, soft drinks and 2 courses you can pay €25 per couple, in contrast in the hotel we paid €55 euro and only had coca cola and 2 courses.

BAR & LOUNGE
Service at the bar is terrible, hard to get anyone for ages as there is not enough staff. If there is a private function there service is even worse.
The lounge area was ALWAYS NOISY with either a private event or business people.

CLEANERS
Cleaners were EXTREMELY NOISY, slamming doors and laughing and shouting from 8am-11am in the morning. We had to complain and were told now is not the time to sleep, strange I thought I was on holiday and have paid for my room so why shouldn't I sleep if I want to!!!

SWIMMING POOL
We had planned to lay by the pool and chill out but the Swimming pool was near the car park and walk way so not relaxing, it was covered by trees so the pool was not clean. We were charged 2 euro each to launder the towels. Spa and pool towels are free in most hotels.

Too many conference people walking around and being noisy so not relaxing and quiet.

Wouldn't recommend here if you want to relax.

Staff on the from desk were helpful except the rude man on the phone regarding the cleaners.

Room Tip: Book A superior room but ask for one AWAY from the train line, it's not terrible but you can hea...
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

If you are on business this is well located place to lay your head in Bari. The service is pretty average. The gym sauna and other facilities either closed or unusable. The food in the restaurant is unremarkable - yet the breakfast is pretty good.
The service at the bar is also fairly non committal and closes promptly when the staff shift ends.
Dont think about lying in bed in the morning as the cleaning staff will get you moving with corridor long conversations, rattling and knocking every door as soon as THEY are ready to clean.

The hotel is flooded with suited smoking males who are attending conferences during the week. The attention of all staff is typically diverted to serve these people. If you are not one of them you will need to patient.

If you are here on business the hotel is properly functional and does the job. However do not fool yourself into thinking that you could also stay here for a couple of days break. and enjoy the (sunless) ice bath that they call a pool. Unless you are the type to be up every morning and out exploring in a hire car - don't bother. You would be far better advised to do your business here then relocate to another hotel for pleasure.

One final point. Front desk staff could do a with a course in customer service. Whatever it is they are doing - it is far more important that serving or helping customers.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled on business
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1  Thank Rogerx
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

I really wanted to give an overall rating of 3.5 for this hotel. As mentioned by another reviewer, its location is not great, but on the other hand, it's only a 10 min walk from the central station, and since Bari is more of a hub than a destination, that's reasonably handy for going on excursions.
This hotel received good reviews from both Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor, and I suspect you won't do much better in Bari. However, it is rather characterless while trying to be chic. Rooms are spacious, if a little drab. We stayed three nights before moving on to Lecce, and then returned for our final night. The first room we were given was an odd shape, almost semicircular, with an IKEA wardrobe stuck in the middle of the floor and a balcony/terrace, so vast it could have easily hosted a party for 50+ people. Part of one of the 4 miles of curtain covering the huge windows became detached on our last day, but the hotel was completely unable to fix it, even though all that was was a stepladder. However, they did offer us an alternative room (which we declined). On our return, we were upgraded to the Imperial Suite, which turned out to be rather larger than our own house. I thought this was a very nice gesture. Interestingly, I managed quite spectacularly to destroy another curtain arrangement here...
Staff mainly very helpful and friendly. Nice terrace on which to eat breakfast if the weather is good. Breakfast itself however, was fairly uninspiring, except for the excellent coffee and a competent egg chef. If you could ever find him that is . Very chaotic one morning, otherwise fine.
We ate twice in the restaurant, and I would highly recommend the fixed-price Puglian menu (€29, including wine and water). The food was good, if not great, but afine intro to the local cuisine. Second occasion I had a fillet of beef. Unimaginative accompaniments, but the quality of the meat was superb. Bar area is pleasant enough, and the Prosecco is outstanding!
All in all, it'll do as a hotel without being anything special.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

The hotel itself is nice and very comfortable. However, the photos do not include the actual hotel. They promote the building behind the actual hotel which is on the grounds. There was no water in the pool. I do not think they should advertise something that cannot be utilized. The Junior Suite was a good value for the money. We did not have any complaints about our service or accomadations.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci

Address: Via Giuseppe Capruzzi Liberta' 326, 70124, Bari, Italy
Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Bari > Bari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bari
#5 Business Hotel in Bari
Price Range: $76 - $179 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci 4*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Villa Romanazzi Carducci is located in Bari, a few minutes walk from the city center, with great respect to the memory of a noble residence of 1885, set in a lush park of 35,000 m², characterized by the variety of tree species, exotic plants, elegant furnishings, fountains and a design pool. The property offers exclusive hospitality in 126 elegant and spacious rooms, where the modernity of comfort blends with the taste and style of the furnishings. In the morning, a rich international breakfast buffet is set up at the "Carducci Restaurant" (also open to non-overnight guests), where for dinner, traditional tastes and new taste routes meet in a mix of creative, emotional, refined and quality thanks to the skill and the inventiveness of our internationally renowned chefs and their staff. The fine wine list completes the quest for the excellence of the Carducci Restaurant. Inside the restaurant there is a Privè space for breakfast and dinners. The hotel provides 18 meeting and event rooms, a gym, a sauna, a Turkish bath, "Caffè Carducci" with its outdoor terrace and a large free car park. The sophistication of the rooms and the atmosphere of friendly hospitality make Hotel Villa Romanazzi Carducci a destination for both leisure and business travelers. Leader of the meeting industry of Puglia, Villa Romanazzi Carducci offers many sophisticated solutions for meetings, congresses, small meetings and major national and international events. Our staff provides direct assistance in the design, menu setting and optimum use of the latest audiovisual equipment during the meeting. A part of the rooms is located in the Villa Rachele, a noble residence of the end of the eighteenth century, while the remaining are located in the Giulia Center, a modern modular conference center to meet every need. Finally, secluded, the Scuderia and the Europa, immersed in the green of our park. All the rooms and common areas are equipped with high-speed ADSL and Wi-Fi connection. For your events choose an exclusive location, immersed in a secular park just steps from the city center and the excellence of the service of Villa Romanazzi Carducci. Our staff is ready to suggest the right ideas to make every occasion unique and memorable for you and your guests. Our service is certified and subjected to strict quality checks. "Everything is perfect": this is what we are certain, the guests will say at the end of your event. ... more   less 
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