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Hotel Residence Palazzo Baldi
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Galatina
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

This was obviously once a really good hotel but, ironically for somewhere marketing itself as a romantic destination, you can feel the love has gone.
It's not terrible, it's just not very good.
Pros - look of the building, lovely stone vaulted rooom. Location is ideal too.
Cons - Rock hard bed (and I like a hard bed but this hurt to lie on your side!) on a really cheap bargain bedstead.
11 Euro a night to park (more than the airport charged).
Hot water only intermittently.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

This is not romantic the Hollywood way, this is romantic the Italian way: it is set in an ancient town house in the centre of this old town, you will sleep in unique rooms where real guests have slept before. On top, there is a beautiful back garden, you could sit in it for hours and forget that you have to go to the beach or visit Puglia

The staff will make you comfortable, they will provide all the support they can and also give you advise at to what's the best side to go to the beach (Adriatico or Ionio, it depends on the wind)

Breakfast is very rich and we had also lunch there and were enthusiast with the chef, who cooked traditional dishes for us

The structure is of course helped by the fact that it sits in the middle of the heel of Italy, so everything is very close - by car of course

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 9, 2010

This is a lovely hotel, close to the center of town. The restaurant food is fantastic with good portions and great choice wine. The only down side is the hair drier in the room which is located in the bath room is not strong enough to style so straighteners and your own hair drier is recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Stevo2010
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Reviewed January 17, 2010

Stayed in Italy over the New Year. Been to this hotel before and it is still as good as before. Food in the restaraunt is very good. The wine from the region is fabulous and the service from the staff great.
The room are all individual and have been developed very sympathetically. Galatina has many places to eat and much to see as well as being close enough to Lecce - if you want to go there, Gallipoli and many other places.
Thoroughly recommend this hotel and Galatina.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank AndoWakefield
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Reviewed January 6, 2010

Along with my wife and some friends we stayed at the Hotel Palazzo Baldi in the old town of Galatina over New Year arriving on the 30th of December 2009.

From when we arrived the customer service from all of the staff was excellent. The hotel is owned by two business partners and a number of their family members are involved with staffing the property. Without exception they were all charming and could not do enough to make our stay an enjoyable one. On New Years Eve they recommended a restaurant around the corner, where we ate very well and ushered in the New Year with an Italian crowd who knew how to party!

We had breakfast every day and dinner once at the hotel during the time we were there. Breakfasts were typically continental - cereal, lots of fresh fruit, fresh bread rolls, pastries and cakes and of course superb coffee. The hotel restaurant was not open every night, but when we ate there it was excellent. It was a good menu with dishes that were typical of the area. Although we do not speak to much Italian we had fun with one of the partners daughters who was on waitress duties that evening who although she did not speak any English, served up a great meal, with a good choice of wines from the Puglia region.

The hotel dates back in parts to the16th century and the accommodation we stayed in was fine. The suite had high vaulted ceilings that added a touch of real period style. From a stone staircase in our sitting area you could access the roof terrace, which would be a real benefit in the sunnier months.

A really pleasant hotel, staffed by nice people in a friendly Italian town that turned out to be a good venue to celebrate bringing in the new year,

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2008

Beautiful hotel centrally located in the old town. Rooms were large and comfortable. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Hotel has a little courtyard for enjoying the sun and a garage for the car which was a relief. We passed the Hermitage on the way into town which is where we had intended staying, glad we did not as it was a couple of kms away. Would definately go back.

  • Stayed: March 2008
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2  Thank crazycockers
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Reviewed July 9, 2007

stayed for 2 nights in the arabesque suite.lovely room in a lovely old building which has been beautifully restored.suite has its own stone staircase up to the hotel roof,where loungers are provided.when we were there it was 40 degrees;far to hot for sun worshiping;thankfully the air conditioning worked well in the room.ate at the hotel one night which was nice-we seemed to be the only customers but it was romantic to sit out in the courtyard and tuck into our horse steaks! [a local delicacy].
as already noted the staff are very friendly.we had a hire car[garaged at extra 11euro a night] but decided to take the train to lecce.the receptionist had told us the train service south of lecce is hit and miss as they are all local services run on an infrastructure not updated since benitos time!.she was not wrong.however we got there ok in 25 minutes and managed to get back.return journey was a bit fraught however,even the locals were laughing at the train staffs ineptitude.gelatina itself is a nice place to stay for a couple of nights.

Stayed: June 2007
2  Thank pistols
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Address: Corte Baldi 2, 73013, Galatina, Italy
Location: Italy > Puglia > Province of Lecce > Galatina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Galatina
Price Range: $94 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Residence Palazzo Baldi 4*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In 1550 in Galatina, in the heart of Salento, two bankers Cosimo and Nicola Baldi built the Palazzo Baldi in the ancient center of the city, a few steps from the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. In the following years, the palace became the winter residence of the Bishop of Otranto: Gabriele Adarzo de Santander. Today, after a careful and meticulous restoration, preserving the best characteristics that make it unique and prestigious property, there is Hotel Palazzo Baldi. Retaining its discreet and essential luxury and all its elegance, Palazzo Baldi offers a wide range of suites and services designed for every need. Palazzo Baldi offers spacious and luxurious rooms, business meetings or for moments of pure relaxation. For guests at Hotel amenities include wireless and an Internet Point, meeting room up to 70 seats , bar, restaurant , garden with old orange grove , terraces , private garage , bike rental , shuttle service and much more ... ... more   less 
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