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Hotel Rocca Della Sena
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Tropea
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We didn't know what to expect at Tropea as there is not much information written about it, but we were not disappointed, the area was beautiful and the town was large enough to explore with the narrow cobbled streets with some opening out onto belvedere's high above the beach below,with the turquoise sea glistening in the sunshine. The Hotel we had chosen was the Hotel Rocca Della Senna, it was everything and more that their web page said, Perched on a rockface with magnificent views and sunsets, with the Volcanic Island "Stromboli" visible in the distance, It was a perfect setting sitting on the terrace having dinner and taking in these picturesque sights, or you could sit on the terrace after your day out, and be served a beer or refreshing cocktail by the friendly waiters, nothing was too much trouble.
We had chosen a superior panoramic sea view room and we had the same views from our
balcony "what a view to wake up to". Our room was plenty large enough with a nice comfortable bed, and a 3 seater sofa, plenty of storage and some very nice personal touches with the pictures and lights. The En Suite had a large easy to use shower.The room was serviced twice daily, and the maids were friendly and the room kept spotless. We did wonder about the mini- bar but no worries the prices were more than reasonable with a good choice of drinks and snacks.The Breakfast was amazing unbelievable choice of cooked meats, cheeses, fresh fruit,
home made savoury pancakes, savoury flans, fruit flans, choice of croissants boiled and scrambled eggs, bacon, and the list goes on, and if that was not enough ask the waiters and they would fry an egg for you.We were only about 10 minutes walk from the Town and we chose to go there 4 times for our evening meal, we were a little disappointed at the restaurants we chose, there are many to choose from so it would be unfair to label them all the same, however the Hotel dinners were something else, there was a 3 course set menu different everyday, and there was variations to the menu if it was not to your liking, it was usually €30.00 per head, not the cheapest but it was great Food well cooked and presented and always served with a smile,
really terrific value.
The receptionists were always very pleasant and helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
We had the feeling that the owners were very proud of their Hotel and rightly so and the people who worked there were equally as proud. We really couldn't fault this Hotel and great value.

Room Tip: I would say any room overlooking the sea would be best.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2013

Tropea is probably one of the most impressive towns in Calabria and Hotel Rocca Della Sena just complements the impression we had about the whole place. Set on precipice with narrow cobbled streets and cute little squares the whole place just oozes charm. Where is UNESCO whenever you need it?

The hotel sits on a high cliff overlooking the extensive beach and the sea some 10 minutes easy walk from the Old Town. It is tastefully and unobtrusively built with small terraces and balconies. The Doric columns just add to the charm.

It was just wonderful lying on the beds on the main terrace sipping excellent local wine and watching the spectacular sunset over the Mediterranean. Absolutely unforgettable!

Breakfast was just unbelievable – a huge selection of meats, cheeses, yoghurts, desserts, fruit and, at last some tomatoes! This was more like a delicatessen than a buffet. Add to that excellent coffee and you feel you’ve arrived . Try the cold wrapped pancakes with jam and custard – they are divine.

We had a dinner on the terrace too. It was tasty, particularly the fresh pasta dish served with an imaginative sauce. Luckily for us there was no fish catch that morning so a meat dish was served instead. The restaurant only has one menu so check in the morning if it is suitable to your dietary requirements.

The restaurants in town felt a bit crowded so rather than getting trampled over and fighting for the best table (at the only restaurant,on Piazza Cannone, with sea views) you might as well enjoy the best seats in town.

For discerning wine lovers there is even a well stocked cellar as the owner is a bit of a connoisseur.

If you feel in the need of some exercise there are always the 178 steps down leading to the beach below.

To add icing to the cake there is lovely Louise, a very enthusiastic and helpful English lady living at that great place. She was a mine of information about Tropea and the local gossip.

Room Tip: Room 304 has a large balcony – perfect for that last drink under the starry sky.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

We spent two weeks at this superb hotel. The view from our balcony was breathtaking: turqoise water in the sea and stunning sunsets between the Lipari islands. Our room and the hotel as a whole was extremely clean, well kept as well as nicely decorated and furnished with style and lots of love for details. Even at the end of a very long season the staff were always extremely friendly, good-humoured and helpful. Every day they made a real effort to have a personal chat with us. Furthermore, lots of little thoughtful surprises such as a late-afternoon antipasti buffet and drink, an evening sweet, ... showed us how much everybody wanted to make our holiday an unforgettable experience. Well done! This is definitely a place we are looking forward to going back to.

Room Tip: Book a room with a sea view!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

After returning earlier this year from the Philippines where I have found an absolutely great place to stay I thought I would never find the same great hotel again. I could have never been more wrong, I have chosen Rocca Della Sena as it had good reviews so the high standards were already set. All my expectations were met and exceeded, the hotel is located on the lungomare which is a very nice stretch of the beach and it is very very close to the historical town centre (approx 10 min walk).

The hotel serves excellent breakfast with large choice of food, there is also the opportunity to try the local delicatessen which is good to get an insight into local calabrian cuisine. Staff were very attentive and provided excellent customer service, they did make me feel very welcome and there is no way I will be staying in any other place in Tropea than this hotel. Louise, Simona and Danillo - you are simply the best!!!

Steps to the beach never bothered me (daily excercise!), food in the restaurant excellent! Rocca Della Sena IS a True gem in Tropea. Happy to recommend to anyone!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Lovely setting - staff very helpfuland and attentive - complimentary drinks on the terrace brilliant.
Rooms comfortable - we had a small balcony on the front which overlooked the street but the views from the terrace made up for it. Coffee at breakfast was lovely and breakfast plentiful. Discount at the Lido if you wish to use it and a nice walk into town. 178 steps down to the beach - they have a gym but we did not use it and internet. Drinks in the room in mini bar which we not expensive and, as late arrivals, we were delighted to find some lovely chocolate profiteroles which we had with a bottle of wine from the mini bar.

Room Tip: Upper floor with sea view would be amazing
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

We just spent two wonderful days in Tropea at the Hotel Rocca Della Sena. Louise greeted us warmly after a long drive to Tropea. Our room was clean and had everything we needed for a pleasant stay...even beach towels are provided. The beach is a trek down many steps, but good exercise! The views from the terrace of the hotel are absolutely stunning, and provided a beautiful spot to have a drink and relax for several hours. We enjoyed our short walk into the old town, and particularly liked our dinner at Al Pinturicchio, which Loiuse had recommended to us. We would definitely say that Tropea is a delightful location on the Calabrian coast, and the Hotel Rocca Della Sena is the place to stay!

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I cannot express how thrilled we were when planning our trip to Tropea that our choice was to stay at this family owned hotel. My husband and I felt that it was perfect in every way. The location was spectacular with the sound and clear view of the sea below us. The very clean rooms were nicely furnished and very ergonomic in the layout and storage. The breakfast were delicious (especially the yogurt and the homemade nduja) with the fun and lively service of Simone. Louise at the front desk was a Godsend for her English speaking and knowledge of the area. Her recommendations were spot on as to what to see and where to eat. The young owners wer so kind and hospitable giving us a true Calabrian experience and making us feel at home in their lovely place.The guests were international coming from England, Norway, Germany, and the US. Never hestiate to stay at this small wonderful authentic hotel with an excellent staff, beautiful surrounds, and perfect location to explore this faded yet timeless, beautiful seaside village of Tropea.

Room Tip: They sometimes serve dinner ther at night and it is really really good and the service is wonderful...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Rocca Della Sena

Address: Via Paolo Orsi | Contrada Croce, 89861 Tropea, Italy
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Location: Italy > Calabria > Province of Vibo Valentia > Tropea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Hotels in Tropea
Price Range: $138 - $264 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Rocca Della Sena 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Rocca della Sena is situated on a dominant part of the cliff of Tropea, overhanging the sea, in a picturesque inlet.Opened in April 2010, the Hotel is seen by its guests as a romantic villa located far from the noise of the town’s traffic and, having only 15 double rooms, it’s the perfect place for couples who want to spend their holidays relaxing by listening to just the sound of the waves of the sea.The wonderful terraced-garden overhanging the sea, offers sweeping views of the sunset and of the Aeolian Islands and has relaxing areas and a solarium. L'Hotel Rocca della Sena si erge su una parte dominante della rupe di Tropea, a picco sul mare, in quella suggestiva insenatura.Inaugurato nell'Aprile del 2010, l'Hotel si presenta ai suoi ospiti come una romantica villa situata lontana dai rumori del traffico cittadino e, dotata di sole 15 camere Matrimoniali, si presenta come un luogo adatto alle coppie che intendono trascorrere delle vacanze in pieno relax cullati solo dalle onde del mare.Lo splendido giardino-terrazzo a strapiombo sul mare offre delle suggestive vedute sul tramonto e sulle Isole Eolie con zone relax e solarium. ... more   less 
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