B&B Portercole was the third stop on our Honeymoon in southern Italy. The location is brilliant, right in the heart of the old town. You step out of the door and you are just a two minute walk from steps down to the main beach. Behind you is the buzzing nightlife area, a Piazza fringed by bars. Ahead of you lies the Main Street and numerous little lanes that lead to intriguing shops and delicious restaurants. As a side note, we loved Tropea and all it had to offer!
After a fairly long day of travel we were greeted by gorgeous Sharon, who runs Portercole with partner Biagio. The very old, traditional style building had been renovated about 3 years ago. The couple worked in a local hotel together before opening the B&B and have done a great job on the fit out. The B&B and our room, were very well designed with all the mod-cons. It was spotless but still retained a huge amount of character (great marble bathroom). Our room had a window that looked out on to the bustling street below which gave us some entertaining viewing during our stay.
The breakfast Buffett is continental style but is full of variety - pastries, tarts and cake baked freshly by Biagio's mum, cold meats made by the family and cheese, fresh fruit, yogurt etc.
But what really made this place unforgettable was the fantastic service and hospitality of Sharon and Biagio.
Nothing was too much trouble... As soon as we asked about a restaurant recommendation, laundry, a day trip or how we could get to our next destination, either Biagio or Sharon were straight on the phone and had organised a few options for us within minutes.
At times we may have been a little annoying (but were never made to feel this way), especially when trying to work out how we were going to get to Positano. Sharon and Biagio investigated every option possible for us which would have taken them some time. In the end Sharon even walked down to the local ticket vendor with us to ensure we got the right train tickets (as the vendor did not speak English). Lastly, we asked them to organise us a taxi to the station (which is not far, but too far to walk with luggage)... when we went to meet the taxi, Biagio was actually driving us free of charge!
In summary, fantastic location, great value and truly lovely people, who are the heart and soul of this great accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Portercole is in a quaint building, situated in the Ancient “Borgo”, a beautiful street in the centre of Tropea, very close to the sea and all that the town has to offer such as restaurants, shops and bars.Its location is ideal for enjoying all the wonders offered by the ancient city and it is an excellent base for exploring, not only the historical centre, but even the surroundings.The street of Portercole leads to a spectacular lookout, Largo Villetta (or Cannon Square), from which you can get to the sea thanks to an old but convenient staircase.The nicely furnished, comfortable and bright rooms are equipped with every comfort with the aim of making our guests spend a relaxing holiday.The friendly and quiet atmosphere will also make you feel all the typical hospitality and welcoming of our land so that we can make you feel at home.There is a wide choice at breakfast, a good way to start your day!It has the typical standards of a continental breakfast but also the typical Calabrian and Tropean’s culinary tradition so that you will be able to discover the flavours of our land.Guests can choose from a selection of cheeses, hams and salamis as well as cereal and eggs prepared as required. ... more less
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