We stayed at Locando Del Mar for 3 nights in early July 2012 and found a real gem in Imperia. This is a wonderful B&B run by Mara and Lucio with help from their son and grandson in the restaurant and granddaughter in the breakfast room.
The B&B is a short taxi ride from the train station and directly opposite a popular area of the beach. This is a great spot for people watching - and observing the suntanned Italian men playing a serious game of Bocce.
The rooms are large, clean, in very good condition, and have very good air-conditioning. We had a ground floor room which allowed us to step straight out to the pool area. The pool is great - very clean and with a good number of sun lounges.
Right next to the pool is the B&B's outdoor seafood restaurant which locals told us is the best seafood restaurant in Imperia. We have no doubt about this - we had the best seafood meals (we ended up eating there every night!) of our 5 week trip through Italy and France. There are other restaurants nearby but nothing could lure us away from the fabulous meals being prepared by Lucio.
Mara and Lucio speak very little English - but what great fun we had communicating! We experienced the most amazing hospitality. When my wife was ill and needed a doctor, Mara orgainised the doctor to make a house call and then Lucio insisted on riding his Vespa into town to buy the antibiotics. We were treated like, and felt like, family. This was exactly the sort of B&B we had hoped to find during our trip.
Each morning we received a great selection of cheese, meats, freshly baked cakes and pastries in the sunny breakfast room looking out to the beach.
All of this - at the lowest price of any of the B&B's we stayed in Italy!
Thank you Mara and Lucio for your generous hospitality. We really look forward to our next trip to Imperia so we can enjoy some more time with you at Locanda Del Mar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Locanda dispone di 6 camere che si affacciano sul giardino con piscina. Tre hanno un terrazzino con vista mare. Sorge a Borgo Prino un antico Borgo di pescatori con le sue case dai tenui color pastello allineati sul lungomare. Dispone del Ristorante Lucio , di antica tradizione nella cucina di pesce dal circa 45 anni. ... more less
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