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Masseria Marzalossa
Ranked #24 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Fasano
Reviewed October 6, 2010

Wonderful buildings and superb pool, all well kept. Bedroom [superior] was very dark, which is understandable in the south, but appallingly lit. The 3 staff all worked very hard, and were charming and helpful. Their English is about as good as my Italian which isnt saying much. The food was not exciting, although it was much better the two nights that a party of 12 French were booked in! There was a choce of 2 red wines only. It was good value , mostly for the pool and the beauty of the buildings and layout. Any sightseeing involves quite a lot of driving and a car is essential. We were lucky in our weather, but there is really nowhere indoors except one dark library to sit.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2010

We arrived just before 8pm and were shown to our room ( a junior suite) and were told that if we wanted dinner we should hurry as it was served at 8pm prompt. On the bedroom wall we noticed a list of "do's and dont's" which surprised us - and this included the fact that we would be "issued with one pool towel for the duration of our stay" if we required fresh towels these would cost 5 euros per person. From that moment on we had severe misgivings about this place.

Dinner was tasty - although the dining room lacked any ambience partly due to the fact only two or three tables were occupied. The wine list was restricted to four different red wines and four white wines - most of which were out of stock! During dinner the owner and her husband arrived and walked around and greeted all the guests - suffice to say that we knew at once where the list or do's and dont's came from. Breakfast was reaonable although if you required anything cooked you had to pay for it - a boiled egg was 1.50 euros!!

Our room faced the road and despite previous reviewers saying what a wonderful peaceful place this is, nothing could be further from the truth. The road is busy day and night and the traffic noise can be heard trhroughout the masseria wherever you are. Our room was spacious but certainly not luxurious - the bathroom was tiny and grotty - with pink chipped tiles - nowhere to put anything and so little room that when you sat down on the loo you bumped your knees on the wall opposite - definitely not what you expect for 200+ euros per night. After a sleepless night due both to the traffic noise and the fact that we couldn't operate the air conditioning we decided that this was not the place for us and asked to check out. The owner was rude and aggressive - threatened to call the police - insisited that we pay for all 6 nights and was unwilling to compromise in any way. Eventually we agreed to look at another room - which was further from the road and a liitle quieter and the bathroom was newer and largerso we agreed to stay. We were given a free dinner that evening to compensate us for our distress. We stayed a further two nights but then left - we didn't want to spend our holiday somewhere that we really didn't feel comfortable in or find relaxing. We still had to pay for the six days that we had booked but decided that it was worth it . My advice is to book for a couple of nights and then you can decide whether to stay longer - otherwise you'll end up losing a lot of money like we did.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2010

My wife and I stayed 5 days in Masseria Marzalossa. We arrived but we never wanted to leave. The last day was one of those moments when I remembered the last sentence from the Eagles' HOTEL CALIFORNIA. "You Can Check Out But You Can Never Leave". I didn't to leave.
From the first moment we arrived, when we were met by the lady of the house herself, till the last moment when she bade us goodbye, we were treated like kings, but more importantly life family. Sra Maria Teresa Guarini is a lady in the true sense of the world and takes the time to know the people who are staying in her palatial home. At dinner, she and her charming husband go out of their way to chat with all the guests. Dinner is a gastronomical tour de force that leaves you full but wanting more. Is it any surprise Sra Guarini also runs a much sought after cooking course at her masseria? Mario and Maria Teresa make a delicious wine and a succulent olive oil on the grounds of their masseria.
Once you've gone past the copious and delicious breakfast, you can sit by the pool and well, partake of heaven. I took the time to replenish my body and soul and needless to say, 2 days into our stay, I lost track of the days.
Attention to detail is amazing. Once my wife asked for a salad and mentioned she didn't like onions. At dinner, the staff remembered this fact.
The rooms are palatial and you sleep like a log in the most perfect silence. My wife loves to sleep and Marzalossa reintroduced me to the art of waking up late!!
Look, I can go on and on, but the place is bit of heaven on earth. If I were selfish, I would tell noone and keep this place a secret, but I owe it to my wonderful hosts to tell the world that luxury can also be friendly and very classy. This is a rare mix, and trust me, we travel a lot. We know what were talking about. I cannot wait to go back... Grazie Mille Mario and Maria Teresa. You made feel us feel like family.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Samehx
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Reviewed July 27, 2010

We had a wonderful stay in this comfortable masseria. Beautiful swimming pool (19mx8m). Excellent cuisine. Very peaceful location. Authentic antique furnitures in the rooms. Hotel facilities (restaurant, pool) reserved exclusively to hotel guests (very important detail in the South of Italy). And very careful owners. The location is very central to visit Puglia. We liked the best : the calm. We liked the least : nothing really.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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6  Thank martinepieter
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Reviewed July 18, 2010

My partner James and I spent 2 nights at the Masseria Marzalossa in July 2010. Located outside of the town of Fasano, it is not easy to find but worth the search. From the moment the entry gates swing open, you can tell that you are in for an experience. The complex of old stone buildings are organized around a series of stone walled courtyards, each with its own character. Our room was within the first entry courtyard. The room itself was charming and opened out in turn to its own small private courtyard. Another courtyard with comfortable seating leads to the most beautiful outdoor space, containing a negative edge swiming pool bordered on 2 sides by lemon trees. Guests are offered fresh squeezed lemonade made from the fruit from these trees as they sit around the pool. You could also find stairways that lead up to roof terraces with other places to sit.
Another couryard is densely planted with grapevines, heavy with fruit, while yet another contains outdoor dining for breakfast and dinner.
The owners also live here in their own elegant house that is part of the complex. The husband's family has been there for over 200 years. Husband and wife were very gracious and welcoming. We were especially intrigued by his wife, Maria Teresa, who exuded elegance that evoked the allure of an Italian movie star, whether she was dressed for dinner in an elegant black dress or just sitting at the pool.
We ate dinner at the hotel one of the nights that we stayed. I would definitely recommend it for the experience, although we were a bit disappointed by the food itself - it was not bad, but we somehow expected more, in keeping with the wonderful atmosphere of the place.
Our only "criticism" is that the hotel is so nice that we were reluctant to leave during the day to sitesee. We did, however, but made sure to be back in time for a swim and fresh lemonade late in the day. There are some great places to go nearby. I especially recommend the amazing caves at Castellana Grotte, full of stalactites and stalagmites. We also had a magical evening in a small seaside town called Polignano a Mare.
In summary, I highly recommend this as a place to stay and make sure to be there for more than one night so you can truly soak up the experience.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2010

We stayed for only three nights unfortunately because its was a very refined restored building. I liked to stay longer. The service was exellent.
Nice rooms with airco. Nice swimming pool. And close to the sea.
Close to Bari airport (55 minutes)

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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6  Thank sandraBaarn
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Reviewed June 2, 2010

We spent five nights at Masseria Marzalossa and couldn't have asked for a more perfect start to our honeymoon. We wanted somewhere relaxed, luxurious and slightly different to your average hotel and this ticked all the boxes.
Our hosts greeted us by name on arrival and from the then on the service was second to none. Nothing was too much trouble until the moment we left.
We had a classic double room which was spotlessly clean and beautifully furnished. The masseria itself is a joy to explore and it seemed like round every corner or through every arch is another stunning courtyard or lemon grove,
Although the masseria is slightly isolated it is in an ideal location to explore the incredible Puglian countryside.
However the thing we will perhaps remember most of all is the stunning cuisine. Every meal was absolutely mouthwatering and the hotel's own wine was delicious. It's only a shame we couldn't fit more in our suitcases!
We couldn't recommend the Masseria Marzalossa enough.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: Contrada Pezze Vicine 65, 72015, Fasano, Italy
Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Brindisi > Fasano
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Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #24 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Fasano
Price Range: $185 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Masseria Marzalossa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 12
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