Myself and my partner had always wanted to visit Italy and we loved the sound of the Amalfi Coast, like most people we did a fair bit of research and concluded that on paper the Hotel Villa Pina was good value and in a great location, so Massa Lubrense here we come... arriving at Hotel Villa Pina we were not disapointed, it does have a touch of rustic charm here and there (if you look) but generally it is fair to say that the decor is a little dated but certainly functional and comfortable enough for our stay.We had a a decent size double bedroom on the first floor and luckily a good size private terrace / balcony which gave great views of the island of Ischia - not all of the rooms have this outside area so i would imagine that some people will have had a different experience with personal space.
The restaurant that provides the meals is situated across the road from the hotel, this can be fun crossing when the speedy Italians zoom past in original Fiat 500's, and other Italian classic's but this all added to the charm of being in Italy. The food that we experienced here was ok, although breakfast did not offer the varied choice of the evening meals, the eating/dining area has fantastic views of the coastline and was always clean and presentable, the service of food was fluid if sometimes mechanical, but as mentioned earlier we were not expecting super plush posh nosh, so from that point of view the food was fine bearing in mind this was a half board package deal from a tour operator.
Note- the restaurant does provide an a la carte menu if you prefer and has a good selection of wine to choose from and we did witness Italian residents visiting the restaurant to dine aswell.
Outside the hotel was the local bus stop so public transport was easy to access, other reviews have already mentioned the bus tickets and costings, although i will add that the transport is clean and efficient.
The train station is easy to find and use, and offers a direct train to visit Pompei and Herculaneum which is a must to do. Positano and the Amalfi Coastline are beautiful and again certainly worth exploring, some of the roads running alongside the coast can be hair raising or memorable depending on your nerves! and eating out is always a joy as the food is devine.
Italy is a beautiful country to visit and we certainly will be returning in the near futrure.
Would we recommend the Hotel Villa Pina .......... yes.
reasonable food if you choose to dine in, great location, friendly staff and not to bad on the pocket.
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