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Relais Casabella
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Martina Franca
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Rugerio,
Is a bombastic host of typical southern Italian proportions. Very knowledgeable and even helped us pay a parking ticket that we had picked up in a local town nearby.
Comfortable clean and spacious grounds including lovely pool and tennis court. Quiet and relaxing stay. If from the UK or the States, breakfast is very simple so don't bank on being full...

Put us in contact with a local bike hire and offered advice on local restaurants and activities.
Would recommend.

Room Tip: Some suites have two small rooms providing extra space for a couple
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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riccarduzzo, Proprietario at Relais Casabella, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2014
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

I have been using tripadvisor for the last few weeks to find Italian B&Bs and small hotels and found the reviews to be very accurate and helpful. However, the very high rating this place has received puzzles me somewhat. While the owner was extremely friendly and charming and the property very nice overall, I have to say the rooms while cute were furnished rather cheaply with inexpensive beds you would expect from a sofa sleeper. OK nothing is perfect but for the price it is overrated. I could let that go if it was not for the fact that the breakfast was just terrible.

I don't expect a buffet and understand that the Italian breakfast is often a few simple breads and coffee. However, what we were served was inedible and of the poorest quality.

Tiny industrial muffins wrapped in plastic beyond their best before date and stale bread and cake just spoiled our stay here. The owner should really reconsider his approach here. We understand it is off season and things are slow. Still a couple of fresh buns,pastry or a loaf of fresh bread with Jam would have prevented me from writing my first bad Trip Advisor review ever.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank CHRISTOPHER C
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riccarduzzo, Proprietario at Relais Casabella, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2013

Dear Sir, We are sorry for the negative impressions. The book, however, has focused on the flat square. 80 at a promotional price and very content. The decor of the apartment is made ​​up of antique furniture, living the firm Busnelli (true Italian brand of furniture). Among other things, the true picture of the apartment were taken by other customers and posted on the website Trip. The breakfast was not included in the package booked but the kitchen of the apartment is equipped with a coffee maker with its waffles, tea making facilities with quality filters and some muffins packed as per law. The breakfast regularly paid, however, includes cakes of different qualities, cookies and pastries, tarts, toast, freshly baked homemade bread from oven, large assortment of flavors of jam, cappuccino, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fruit juices, yogurt, fresh fruit in season. We remain at your disposal for any further clarification.

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Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed there for 3 days and as we arrived, the owner welcomed us. He toured us to the villa and we really enjoyed and appreciate the furnishing. The whole home have such elegance and characters. The other part of the villa which they hold receptions and catering...very nice touches throughout. The garden is magnificent, the pool and the tennis court. This would be an awesome vacation spot for the summer. Very affordable and accommodation....Very clean, well maintained and high quality and standards...love it.

Room Tip: The room upstairs with a master and 2 twins are very cute and unique. This will be an ideal room for...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled on business
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1  Thank cyn m
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riccarduzzo, Proprietario at Relais Casabella, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2013

Sincere thanks for the beautiful words, give us the charge to go forward in this difficult work. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

DEFINITELY stay at Relais Casabella. My wife and I arrived on New Year's Eve and stayed for four nights in the Superior Suite "Marinese", which includes a kitchenette, living room, sitting room with fireplace, bedroom, bathroom, and covered parking. The furnishings are all tasteful and elegant. The Marinese is a separate building on the property, looks brand new, and is IMMACULATE. All of the grounds and buildings are immaculate and look new.
Our hosts, Angelica and Ruggero could not have been more cordial. We were invited to their New Year's Eve party in the main house, where they were entertaining 50 of their friends and family (including a DJ and dancing). My wife and I speak almost no Italian, but our hosts and
their family made sure we had a wonderful time (even though they spoke almost no English). The meal was gourmet, with many courses and fantastic wine. Angelica is an amazing chef. On New Year's Day, our hosts had made a lunch reservation for us at a wonderful restaurant in Martina Franca. We almost missed our lunch because the bed is so comfortable, the house is so quiet, and (with the shutters closed) the bedroom is so dark. We slept for 12 hours!
The location of Relias Casabella is perfect if you have a car. Just over a mile from downtown Martina Franca in a VERY quiet area, so you could walk if you want the exercise, or drive. Centrally located in Puglia, you can drive anywhere you want to be in less than two hours.
With pristine tennis courts and a huge pool, Relais Casabella would be the perfect place for an executive to take the family for a vacation, or a couple looking for a beautiful and romantic setting for a get-away. You cannot improve on the warmth of Ruggero and Angelica, and if you speak Italian, you will probably chat with them for hours like old friends. We will definitely go back to Relais Casabella.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Steven K
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riccarduzzo, Proprietario at Relais Casabella, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2014
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Thanks, we look forward

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We reserved only 2 nights thinking let's first see what it is. Well our opinion was quickly made; beautiful adorned property with a gigantic spotlessly clean swimming pool: ( we had T° from around 30°C end of September 2012!!). They have an immense tennis court and a beautiful garden with palm trees!
The villa itself has only 6 rooms and every room has a terrace with garden furniture.
You park your car on the property and the cars do not disturb at all the view from your room.
Ir is a residential area and we walked every night to Martina-Franca center and that took us 25 minutes which we found no problem at all.
The rooms I have seen are in one word beautiful. What can I say;a big spotless clean bathroom and bedroom and space enough for your belongings. Beautiful and tasteful furniture.
very good and comfortable beds not too hard and not too soft and a good silent air-conditioning and free WiFi.
The hosts were discreet but there when you needed them.
Breakfast was plentiful and freshly made.
I would recommend this B&B to everybody who like a quiet place, a real swimming pool( and not only an over sized bathtub...) and a stylish environment.
Thank you Mrs Angelica and Mr Roggiero for a warm welcome( and the bottle of Pro secco!!!)
and a very pleasant stay: grazie mille , arriverderci y force a' l'anno proximo!!

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet.
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Sullaneza
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riccarduzzo, Proprietario at Relais Casabella, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2014
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Grazie per tutto, vi aspettiamo

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Reviewed September 12, 2012

I stayed with my family at Relais Casabella this July. I chose this place at the suggestion of my brother, who had been here with his family last year and proposed u sto come with him and his family this year as well.
The place is very well appointed, and is especially convenient for families, as they give you the option of staying in two-bedrooms/one bathroom units.
The ice on the cake is that they have a very nice outdoor pool - which was a blessing in the very hot summer of this year. The pool is extremely quiet, and we did not lament at all the absence of a pool-side bar - as some reviewers did.
Ruggero (owner/manager of the place) is a perfect host, and is always ready to give useful travel tips to the guests. In the event we did not need much advice (we know this area quite well already ), but we did like his friendly and yet discreet attitude.
This place was a perfect base for our excursions in this beautiful and still underrated Italian region, and we shall certainly come back.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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riccarduzzo, Proprietario at Relais Casabella, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2014
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

The B&B is very nice. It is set outside of the town of Martina Franca. The owners were very nice. Angelica served wonderful breakfasts. The rooms are very nicely decorated. We would suggest you have a car. We would also suggest you speak Italian. The property is very well maintained.

Room Tip: We only saw our room. Not sure what the others were like.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Veronica J
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Address: Via Tiro a Segno 6, 74015 Martina Franca, Italy
Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Taranto > Martina Franca
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Martina Franca
Price Range: $79 - $176 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relais Casabella is an ancient farmhouse of the twentieth century situated in a quiet residential area of ​​Martina Franca, a few minutes walk from the city center. Relais Casabella, recently renovated with care and attention to detail, is equipped with all kinds of modern comfort and stands out for its convenient location, perfect for a leisure or business. 6 Are bright and spacious suites arranged in double rooms, of which, the Super with a kitchenette and living room, all elegantly furnished with parquet flooring, hand-embroidered curtains, paintings and vintage furniture and bathrooms lined with traditional ceramics of Vietri. Equipped with all the modern comforts: heating, air conditioning, coffee, WiFi Internet connection, frigobar. Gli external, particularly beautifully detailed, have a large garden, grove with oaks, large parking area, regulation tennis court and large pool surrounded by lush vegetation of Holm oak tree. And 'the Official Headquarters of the Academy of Ancient ... more   less 
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