We arrived just before sunset after a very long and eventful drive. We found the hotel easily and parked with ease, as there seemed to be a small number of guests at that time.
The receptionist was friendly, very competent and helpful, despite the fact that she was struggling with a severe allergy - she was a real trooper.
We had a superior room: spacious, well appointed and comfortable. The terrace came with gobsmacking views across the bay and out to sea. It was so lovely that we weren't too keen to go out for dinner, but eventually we mustered the energy and were glad we did - another good restaurant worth writing to Trip Advisor about.
Quiet, cool nights made for very restorative sleep.
Breakfast is continental, so it might feel a little repetitive during long stays, but the coffee tastes great and the views from the breakfast tables are enchanting.
There is plenty to do in the area besides roasting on the beach, but it's best to have a good car or at least a scooter (if you're brave/reckless) to get around Maratea. We had a 4x4 and it proved very useful in reaching some of the towns up in the mountains (fantastic sea views from up there, incidentally): Basilicata and Calabria were hit by landslides and roadworks have been slow to start, so along some stretches of road (well away from Maratea, though) some surfaces were very uneven.
Maratea is rightly popular in July and August, but I'd love to go back during the low-season. The quiet, service and quality of our stay at Hotel Martino were amazing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the green coast, the hotel is situated in a strategic position for tourist excursions. The private beach, with shuttle bus service, is just 700mt far away and furthermore you can find indoor swimmingpool, restaurant and bar. Rooms are very comfortable, recently renewed and all with sea view, bathroom, hair dryer, satellite TV, telephone, minibar, safe and air conditioning. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Martino Hotel Maratea