The hotel is difficult to find. When we finally arrived, there was no one anywhere around.
The B&B has no office, and we had to resort to knocking on all the doors in the neighborhood to find the place. Finally, someone appeared in the street to tell us to "move the car", as no parking was allowed in the square. We were told to drive around until we found a place, given an autorization for street parking, and were left on our own.
This problem was never mentioned in the reservation when we noted that we had a car.
We were shown to a "room" down the street. It was very dark, drab and scary. The room consisted of a sitting room with small dark kitchen, bedroom and old bath. The lock was not secure, and we felt the need to barricade the door at night.
The only positive is that the bread was delicious in the morning!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chiesa Greca Bed & Breakfast is located in a 14th-century building which has been magnificiently restored in a fashion which recalls the understated elegance of past times. The inimitable warm welcome associated with the Salento is reflected in the refinement of the rooms and the care given to the smallest architectural details. Details in the furnishings, carefully selected to match the aristocratic architectural style of the Lecce Medieval period, create delightful living spaces with a feeling of casual glamour. The Chiesa Greca B&B is located in the oldest quarter of the historic centre of Lecce, only a few minutes' walk from both Piazza Sant' Oronzo and the Basilica of Santa Croce. Inside the building, remains of an underground olive-oil-press can still be seen, as well as the outline of a private chapel dating from the time of the edifice's construction; traces of the original frescoes can still be admired on the vaulted ceilings. Thanks to the painstaking restoration, the various stages of the building's history from its origins through to the present form are clearly visible. A stay in the Chiesa Greca B&B allows one to enjoy the ancient origins of the building without forgoing any of the modern comforts and conveniences which one expects in contemporary living; the unique atmosphere of the walls and ceilings in Leccese stone provide an ambiente one will not find elsewhere. Lecce's famous sights, from Roman ruins to the Baroque jewels of the many churches and palaces, can be reached within just a few minutes' walk. In addition, the famous beaches and towns of the Salento, such as Gallipoli, Otranto, Santa Cesarea Terme, Castro and Santa Maria di Leuca, to name just a few, are not far away; numerous highways connect Lecce with the rest of the Salento. The list of destinations of historic interest or enjoyable recreation venues in the Salento is virtually endless. The Chiesa Greca B&B is located in the square of the same name, approximately 100 metres from the Tribunale of Lecce, the easiest reference point if one is arriving by car on the Brindisi-Lecce freeway. ... more less
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