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Hotel La Darsena
Ranked #4 of 14 Hotels in Agropoli
Reviewed June 7, 2013

My Wife, 4 year old, and myself travelled to Agropoli with transat holidays in early may. I'm always a little sceptical about taking transat over an ocean, but they were ok. The flight there was pretty lousy just because it was an older plane, but the flight back was better because we were on one of their new planes. Needless to say travelling with a 4 year old on a long flight is difficult, so a modern plane with personal entertainment is a plus.

La Darsena is a nice little hotel in an unfortunate location. It's not very close to anything, the bulk of downtown is a 15 minute walk, and the train station is about 40 minutes walking. The old city is about 45 minutes walking and the port is further still.

Agropoli is a nice town, the old city is pretty nice, but there are probably nicer places to stay in the area.

As for our room, we had a second floor room with a nice view of the ocean and old city. The bed was large enough and they put a cot in our room for our son. Flat screen in the room if you want to see what tv in other countries is like. I think there are two english channels. They have wifi at the hotel but you have to pay, I think it was about 3 euros for 4 hours. The room also has a ridiculously small shower that leaked unless you closed the doors right. My wife also found it small, and she's very slim. Overall, the room was fairly standard.

The restaurant at the hotel was pretty good for an all inclusive, my wife is a vegetarian and she had no problems if she told them in advance what she wanted. We didn't eat at the restaurant very often because we were out sightseeing during most of the meal times except breakfast, which was fairly standard cereal, fruit, and some sweets, with coffee from a machine. Mealtimes are pretty short, so if you miss them, you are out of luck. Ask for your lunch packed the night before and they will make you a couple of sandwiches, fruit, and water to eat while you are travelling. it's a pretty nice touch.

it was too cold to swim while we were there, but the beach looked ok. Sand was soft and dark, they cleaned the beach every day. If you are looking for calmer seas, go further down the coast to salerno or amalfi, as Agropoli is considerably windier than these towns.

The staff at the hotel were all very friendly, though they didn't speak a lot of English. French is a little easier, so if you have some highschool french, you might have to try it out to see if you can get what you want.

The train is pretty good, but you have to get a schedule because there are a few hours each day when trains don't go. Buying tickets can also be a little difficult, but we didn't really have a problem, just remember to cancel your ticket in the yellow machine or you will probably get into a very confusing conversation with the ticket checker.

You might want to check out la mare hotel, it's the same owners but it's closer to downtown. We tried to get it, but they couldn't put 3 people in a room.

As for sights that you need to see while you are there: Pompei is amazing, Salerno is a pretty nice town with some great food, Amalfi and Positano are very nice little towns. Paestum is kind of neat, but compared to pompei, it's not quite as impressive. There are also some pretty nice restaurants in Agropoli, just walk downtown and stop in for some very affordable and great meals.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

We were at this hotel at the end of May, 2013. The hotel is immaculately clean, has basic necessities, nothing fancy. The food was delicious and the staff was very helpful and accommodating. We were given 1 bottle of wine at lunch for 2 persons and another bottle of wine at supper.
However, southern Italy has litter everywhere, it is generally a mess. There was a storm and the garbage from the street gutters washed down onto the beach. It looked as if a garbage truck dumped its load there. Four days later, the garbage was still not cleaned up and you couldn't find the sand due to all the filth on the beach. I watched the maintenance man rake the beach the first day we were there before the storm. He dug holes in the sand and buried the litter. There were metal pieces in the sand. Wear your shoes.
If you are interested in seeing marvellous sights , this is a super location. If you want to sit on the beach, go elsewhere. We went to northern Italy after this stay, what a difference, very clean.

Room Tip: Ocean view is good, no road noise. 710 or 711
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank schatzi
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

My husband and I were looking forward to this trip. First of all, the Rome airport is dirty and disgusting, smells like people were urinating on the walls. Second of all, if you plan to have a car, the drive to the hotel is about 3 to 4 hours. Make sure you have a GPS that is in English. When we arrived at the hotel, parking was very minimal on a dirt lot. Service at the front desk was very rude, they did not speak English at all. Rooms were worse than a college dorm, airconditioner did not work. No one told us we had to book chairs by the water, when we checked in. We found out that by the lifeguard who spoke a little English when a couple was yelling at us in Italian. Food was served at specific times, if you were not there then you were out of luck. Also a table was assigned to you, and that was the only table you had to sit at.
After all this, we thought, at least the food should be amazing, because we were in Italy. WRONG!! Pasta was drenched with olive oil with no flavour to it. By the way, they use their garlic as decorations on the wall, not cooking with it. We had beef stew, chickpea soup, and for dessert a pear. Yes, a pear, put on a plate, not even sliced. The house wine was disgusting, the red was actually a weird pink, purple colour. When I asked for a salad or parmasan cheese, the wait staff never came back to our table. When I finally got a salad which was just lettuce, the challenge was to get some balsamic and oil after that. The food was awful, McDonalds would of tasted better. Tipping these people didn't even help in getting better service.
We attempted to go out and eat at a restaurant outside of the hotel. Not much better. Had a pizza and it was drenched with mozzarella cheese, about 3 inches of it. People drive fast and no rules, so watch yourself at all times. We were sitting at a cafe when an older gentleman got hit crossing the road. People let him lay there on the hot pavement and cars were honking to get around him. My husband and I were trying to get someone who understood English to call an ambulance. It was very hot that day, the poor man's skin must of been burning on the concrete. We tried to help him and stayed there till an ambulance arrived. This was about 35 minutes, considering it was only 2 blocks away from a hospital. Worst trip ever, do not waste your money. We have travelled around the world, and never had an experience this bad!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank sammiesummer
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

Stayed at La Darsena last week of August 2012. The room (oceanview upgrade) was fantastic. I was prepared for a tiny room, as is the norm for Europe, but was pleasantly surprised by the size of the room and the fact that it was immaculately cleaned. The balcony overlooking the sea was beautiful especially at sunset. The only drawback was the noise in the hallway from other guests. The excursion rep was absent due to illness, but the hotel informed us of excursions and we were able to sign up for the Amalfi trip - stunning! The food was a bit 'hit or miss' - the meat was sometimes overcooked, I felt that perhaps I was better off being vegetarian. They were always willing to offer an alternative - I LOVED the caprese salad with fresh buffalo mozzarella! The beach was lovely and the location is close to the ruins of Paestum and not far form Pompeii.

Room Tip: The oceanview room was well worth the price.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Wolflow
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

went to la darsena, agropoli. exellent service, good rooms. nice and relatively quiet place. Beach front and nice vue. Could walk to Agrololi center in about 20 minutes, or by bus for almost anything. Did like my trip and this hotel; very personnal and intimate. the staff was great and even years after I went there, still remember like it was yesterday. There was one person who made my trip even better from this hotel: Lory. So thanks to you and continue your good work and to smile like you were the sunshine. We had to change rooms cause the first one was too small and it was not a proplem (not in big season I guess). That romantic city, that intimate hotel and that angel named Loredana... love was in the air all along and I'd go back today.

Room Tip: some rooms are really bigger than others, and some are like little appartements.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

La Darsena is a small hotel in Agropoli, Italy. It is categorized as a 3 star hotel because it doesn't have all the amenities as some of the bigger hotels. There is no pool, coffee maker/tea in the room and the gym is quite small with only a few equipment but the hotel is on the beach with an amazing view from most rooms.

At La Darsena, they try to maintain a homely atmosphere with their home cooked meals and home-style serving of meals at the table. There is a set time for meals, B (7:30-8:30) L (13:00 - 14:00) and D (20:00 - 21:00). Both lunch and dinner include a bottle of wine (white or red) and a bottle of water. Newcomers are assigned a table towards the back and could graduate to a table with a better view of the ocean as tables become available.

Some of the staff do speak English and they were all friendly and aimed to please. Dietary needs are attended to and if you plan a tour and would miss lunch, you can request a take away lunch that is prepared and left at your table before you leave for the day.

While we were in Agropoli we visited, Salerno, Amalfi, Positano and Ravello on our first day, taking the local train to Salerno and then a ferry over to Positano. We then took the Sita bus for the Amalfi coast ride back to Salerno. The view was just beautiful.

Santa Maria S Mare is a quaint little town just south of Agropoli. It is a 20 minute bus ride away and is worth the trip.

Paestum is a 6 minute train ride from Agropoli. This city remained undiscovered until the 18th century thanks to the poets, artists and writers from around the world. I would strongly recommend visiting this archeological site.

There is so much to see in and around Agropoli that one week didn't seem long enough for us. We visited Capri, Pompeii, Naples and went into the old part of Agropoli.

I would recommend a trip to Agropoli and suggest La Darsena for the real Italian experience.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the beach were the best.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank helennoel
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

The waterfront location is excellent for taking the ferries and breakfast overlooking the waterfront. Rooms are immaculate, large and have wonderful views of Lake Como/Ballagio if upgraded. No problem with road noise if facing the lake. Staff is extremely helpful and pleasant. Would definitely stay again and try to visit Villa Carlotta in March or April when the gardens are in full bloom with azaleas and rhododendron.

Room Tip: Always choose a room on the lakefront for the view and quietness.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: Lungomare San Marco SNC, 84043 Agropoli, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Salerno > Agropoli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Agropoli
#4 Romantic Hotel in Agropoli
#7 Family Hotel in Agropoli
Price Range: $83 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel La Darsena 3*
Number of rooms: 70
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