So we blind booked this hotel off from Hotwire, and when we got the name we looked up the reviews here. We were a bit put off by all the negative comments, but we were in for 3 nights.
The one one of the best hotels that we stayed in, and this trip included London, Paris, Venice, and Rome. I very seriously plan on coming back to this place in the future.
Now, its not a brand new Holiday Inn with all the exact same plastic items like every other one built. It is an old hotel with character and depth. We obviously didn't stay in every room, but i did go peek into several while the door were opened while they were cleaned. They all a fairly large well lit rooms with a view of the bay. We stayed in Room 608 which is outside the hotel up some stairs, and that room is great. You have double doors in the bedroom and bath that open on to your own balcony. Room has its own refrigerator and spacious bath.
Front desk is very friendly and excellent English, and will provide guidance if asked. Can't say enough about how welcoming everyone was.
Clean. Very clean. Even the bad reviews give them that.
The beach is a strip of black sand, fronted with pebbles. LIKE EVERY OTHER BEACH IN THE AREA. It is how they are. If you are looking for wide white sands you are geographically in the wrong place. I hate people who complain because they don't understand where they are. There are decks to sit on and changing rooms. It was early in the season when we were there, but I would guess it can get crowded judging by the amount of chairs that are available.
The only trick to this place is finding it the first time. Once you know where you are going, its like you are in on the secret and works to your advantage. We came at night, and had looked at Google Earth maps, but it can be tricky to get to. A nice couple of guys helped us out. The directions to get into the bay that you look up takes you down a small road. Then the road kinda dumps you into a parking area, and there is what looks like a sidewalk going down to the town. I reality, you drive down the path, there is NO room to turn, so you then reverse down the next path, then forward out at the town. The road through the town IS THE SIDEWALK. Not something to do at night in your rental car. The better approach is to continue about 1km further up the road, and turn through a big white arch just before a hotel. Ignore all the no trespassing signs, and twist down, till you come to a guard house in the middle of the road. Continue to ignore the no trespassing signs, and wind down the hill. Ignore the no trespassing signs when entering the yacht club, and continue forward until you come to a guardhouse. Roll your window down and tell the guard "Hotel Baia" and he will point to where you park. The hotel is right through a gate past the dock. I will add a picture of the place where you turn in to go to the hotel. Figuring this out at night was the worst part of our stay!
Beautiful setting, Clean, A/C, wifi, food, drinks, friendly..... hunt this place down.
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