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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

We visited Porto Giardino this August from an offer on voyage prive. The reviews on TripAdvisor are accurate. We enjoyed the holiday for what it is, basic accommodation, value for money with the food included, (for buffet food - we were impressed at the variety) easy and relaxing holiday. The hotel organised a transfer from Monopoli for 25 euro each way. We bought water and snacks from a local market, brought a tiny kettle as no tea facilities in the room. Entertainment in the evening was typical for that kind of establishment, all in Italian. Not much to do outside of the hotel, we ended up going for walks of an evening. We stayed 5 days and that was probably enough for us. I don't think we would go back but we wouldn't exclude it. More suited for families than couples.

Date of stay: August 2017
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Thank Farfalla31
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Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

We choose this hotel for a little relax in the busy hard working days, but they dissapointed us. Little summery:
You will be in little apartments, You must walk every day around 5-8 minutes to the main building, what is the only place, where You can find wifi, if You plan to use wifi and work in Your room, choose an other hotel to stay. The wifi is even limited in the lobby. When You ask the receptionist, what is with the wifi, You will get a rude i "don't know, for me it's working" answer, and You're just standing there, like:"hmm...nice". The staff is EXTREMELY RUDE .They talk just in italian and when they think You don't talk their language, they say trashy things about You in front of Your face, because They think, You don't talk their language. Epic Fail...Amateur mistake...They are always extremely rude, especially at the reception, what is Your first impression of the place, they can't even say Good Morning or Good Night, except the Manager Lady, she is the only point in the hotel, who deserves the 4 stars. The beach is beautiful, the water was crystal clean and the beach staff is nice, there is a shuttle bus, what takes You to the beach in every half an hour. The hotel is really difficult to reach by public transport, You must take 3 different buses/trains from the airport. They provide airport transfer for 90 euroes,one way. Cleaning lady wakes You up before 8, the breakfast is just till 9.30.Overall, I would choose an other hotel, in Monopoli, because that city is a dream place, but Porto Giardino is in Capitolo, 30 mins away from Monopoli, there is not even a grocery store in Monopoli, You can't walk after dinner, because there is nothing to do. You can not buy water around or in the hotel, when You ask at the reception, 6 hours before dinner, isn't there a place where i can buy water,because i don't want to dry out, they say they can't help in this.......????? Hair dryer is not working in the room!!!!Overall this place has a lot of potentials, but it looks like the staff is not ready for international tourism.

Date of stay: June 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
1  Thank 129reginar
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Reviewed November 16, 2016

I was in this hotel this summer with my family. This hotel is a typically " holiday hotel ".
Here everyone can relax yourself. The staff is most kindly, the breakfast and dinner was good, and the fruits was fantastic. We lived in a small house for 4 people. The rooms were simply furnished and clean. The hotel has own beach, where we could go by hotelbus. This way was in three minutes from hotel. And everybody speaks only Italian.

Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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1  Thank 376balazsv
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Reviewed September 13, 2016

I see there are practically no English reviews on this resort. But this should definitely not put you off. It is seems very popular for Italian families for a good reason. Its good.
We stayed 9 nights half board 2 kids aged 1 & 4.

Though tourists within the resort are not as multinational as many other places I've been on holiday, English is spoken well at reception. The majority of the Kids animation team spoke very good English.

This place is in Capitolo, about 4 and a half miles from a beautiful town of Monopoli.
Monopoli can be reached by bus for €1:20 each way. A Taxi is around €20.
There is a train station in Monopoli should you like to explore further around Italy without a car.
Capitolo is quaint, scattered with many small beautiful private and public beaches. There are several beach front bars and restaurants where I would recommend you try as many as you have time for. We enjoyed the Elia beach restaurant and The Risacca restaurant.
There is no real mini market here so you need to get on bus to Monopoli should you want some supplies. You couldn't imagine how much work it was to find a feck ing snorkel.

I believe from speaking to a local taxi driver that Capitolo used to to have many more bars and facilities 10 years ago. It seems for now some businesses closed or migrated to the town of Monopoli and beyond. There was a 500 room hotel which shut its doors a decade a go just up the road. The hotel la Corvetta also sits adjacent to the rear of the resort looks like it closed last year. Though what still remains in Capitolo seemed to have plenty of tourists eating and drinking there. Its idyllic location and should imagine it will become even busier in the future.

Perhaps if this area starts to attract tourists from more countries it may indeed regrow.

At first it appeared dark but they have these heavy duty shutters out the window. Swing them open and whole lot of light came in.
There's a safe in wardobe ( free of charge )
Air condition was not bad and is also free.
There's a mini fridge. Online it might say there's a mini bar, but actually its just a fridge with 2 bottles of water in it, which is all we needed anyway.
Bathroom had very good shower, no bath.
Overall a very simple room nothing special.
Cleaners were great. Cleaned our room every day and made beds well.

The Resort:
On arrival the reception check in they gave us information for resort such as meal times, entertainment, bus timetable to Monopoli and wrote down other info about beach shuttle bus.
A Golf cart took our luggage to are apartment and offered a ride if we wanted.

The resort is a fair size and has many sporting and playground facilities including Tennis courts, volleyball, basketball court, gym, spa (separate cost) and a kids village full of bouncy castles and playground toys, though some of the playground was a bit battered most of it was great for my 4 year old. The kids club team provided an array of activities the for the children.
You can not hire bicycles here, which was frustrating. I asked if the reception could arrange a company to drop a bike off at resort but they could not.
You can in Monopoli.

There is also a gift shop, but it does not sell much other than beach stuff, wine and T-shirts.
They really need a mini market as there is not one in this area, they could good money onsite as there is no competition.

Porto Giardino resort is well looked after within the remanence of a pine forest. Most of it is well paved and every morning you'll see grounds keepers using leaf blowers to keep paths clear of gravel and pine needles, made it easy to get buggy around and probably help many who need mobility vehicles.

There are 3 swimming pools. One large, one medium family pool (sits above pool bar) and a kids pool that's great for small kids. They also host aqua aerobics here in morning and afternoon as well as a few fun games for the kids.

Plenty of loungers we never had problems finding a space by the pools.
If you find the music a bit much it goes quiet from about from midday to 4pm. Though the resort beach livens as the entertainment moves on there during some of this time.

The pool bar serves drinks and a few light snacks. Prices in the resort bars were around €:2:50 bottle of beer and €5 for a spirit and mixer, but you got a lot of spirit in there looked like about 4 to 5 shots worth! No beer on draught as Peroni beer tap was always off while I was there:(. Wine was around €3.


The resort runs a all day shuttle to their free private beach too where we were provided with sun loungers and parasol no charge.
Bus shuttle ran from 8:30am-1pm. Siesta. Then starts again 3:30pm-6:30pm.

The beach is quite slim but very nice. There is a small hut on it selling refreshments. If you want a meal walk left on beach for 5 minutes and you can eat at Lido Sabbiadoro.
No beach lounger service sadly but walking a few minutes isn't a bother.
If you walk right on beach as you enter for 5-10 min you'll see an old cart selling various beach items like inflatables, swimwear etc.
There are a handful of African traders selling anything from sunglasses, watches,Hats, bracelets etc. They were very polite and caused us no bother if we said we didn't want to buy anything. Its not like the pushy "looky looky" men you get in places like Majorca. Many of the Italians brought stuff from them.

The beach is only about 10 min walk from the local Aquapark Egnazia too should you fancy a change.

There is a private beach and restaurant directly opposite the rear of this hotel where we hired 2 sun loungers and Parasol for around €20 for the day, absolutely beautiful.

When you go to restaurant on the first day ask for restaurant manager who will show you your table. This will be your table for rest of your stay with your name reserve card on it.
We stayed half board. We had breakfast buffet and evening dinner buffet provided. If you wanted to swap dinner for lunch if you fancied eating out you can organize this at reception.
Most food way of high standard the restaurant staff worked hard.
Wine is inclusive with your meal, which you can freely fill from a pump. Its fairly nice too. Though they have several wines on display should you wish to buy something better.
Fizzy soft drinks also freely available.

Breakfast consisted of croissants, breads, salami, hams, scrambled eggs, bacon. In the centre is a table full of sweeter stuff such as cereals cakes, jams.
There is also a selection of fruits and yogurts available. It did feel a little repetitive towards the end but it was nice quality.
Coffee machine was ok but would of been nice to have a Barista to serve more authentic coffee.

Dinner. Menu changes night to night but all in Italian so we couldn't read some of it!

It was a lot more varied with a table full of breads, pizza bread, foccacia, brushetta (though we thought it was bit salty and didn't have garlic in it but this maybe how its done in Puglia?..)

The entree table had numerous amounts of cold meats, pots of razor clams, ricotta, mozzarella, burrata (like a creamed filled mozzarella,amazing) a mass of rice dishes, salads dishes ,octopus , it goes on and on and much of it changes from night to night.

Then there are other counters who'll serve choices of pasta dishes and risotto dishes.
Then the other counters has main meals like roast pork, or fish, served with sides such as fries and various vegetable sides. This changes night to night.

Desserts. There is a mountain of fresh fruit. Trays of a light sponge cake that changes flavour night to night and creamy puddings served in a little plastic pot, sometime they were like passion fruit pannacotta or creme caramel.
However they need to improve on the dessert options as it was more or less the same every night. Though my kids were more than happy.
Restaurant looks very grand at night time.
It is better earlier as it gets very busy from 8pm. We never tried lunch there.

Overall the restaurant is very good but due to the nature of buffet system after 5 days you may want to try restaurants around the area. And the desserts need to be more varied.
The restaurant manger and his staff were very helpful. Though the manager looks like he wants to kill everyone in the room he was polite and helpful!
And if we wanted we could swap our dinner to lunch should we want to eat out at different time.
And remember free wine with dinner!

OK right not catered for the British really. However the 9:15pm nightly baby dance was loved by my daughter and the animation team always got her involved and translated if it was needed.
After that finishes everyone seems to disappear left with 2 guys singing over a karaoke machine and 2 flashing lights with an empty bar. However a short trip to Monopoli or maybe even in Capitolo I could distantly hear music going on it into the night.

There is a nightly performance hosted by entertainment staff. It is in Italian, but one night they did impressions mainly of English/American performances so it worked for us.
Don't expect the London west End experience but its worth popping along now and then.

They do stuff for the kids throughout the day as well as Aqua aerobics.
Its a good base here but you should explore outside resort to get your fill of entertainment.

As lovely as the resort is I go abroad to see a bit of the country.
However the reception nearly no information about much outside the resort.
They have no tourist info on display. I wanted to do a boat trip and go aquapark and go on a boat trip.
I found more information from a local taxi driver than I did at reception!

Firstly on Tuesdays 9:30am-12:30pm there is a massive market selling an array of clothing, books, few toy stalls etc and further up lots of grocers and cheese mongers / cured meat sellers. Worth a visit.

There are many shops advertising tours. There are a handful of tourist centres with information the area. This is where we managed to book a boat trip on the
Marasciulo Charter. Beautiful Turkish Gullet nice trip too.

And thankfully the aquapark as mentioned above is just a 1km walk from private beach.

Overall the resort is 4 star. Good facilities, good food, good staff. Good for kids.
However to utilize your stay make sure you get out and about by one mean or another.

Needs mini market as not one in Capitolo.

Some English signage would be handy.Though I understand not many British go there.

Needs tourist information of the area.

Needs Bicycle rental or should be able to organise it with third party.

Dinner dessert need a lot more variation.

Beer needs to be available on tap too. And ideally freely available with dinner if possible.

Evening entertainment could be improved. Perhaps hire some musicians / performers twice a week.

Many hotels Ive stayed at have some sort of feature on one or 2 nights a week, such as barbecue with music, which we'd happily pay extra for.

Another thing I see prickly pear fruit growing absolutely everywhere in Puglia. Why don't you serve it with the fruit!?

Room tip: Explore. Eat out. Try other beaches. Find an excursion. Drink lots. Then drink some more. Oh and Joseph at reception is really helpful.
Date of stay: August 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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    • Rooms
    • Service
2  Thank Matthew T
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Reviewed July 4, 2015

My husband and I recently spent a week at the Porto Giardino resort. The rooms are nice and clean, bathrooms rather small, but not luxurious. The hotel pools were excellent: always clean and well- maintained. We had a half- board package, which included breakfast and dinner. While there were ample choices for breakfast, there was little day to day variety. Dinner offered more variety, but an uneven level of quality. The evening shows were somewhat undependable. We were never sure if there was a show on any given night! However, the staff were very friendly, the weather was beautiful, the locals very friendly. We rented a car for our stay and visited both Monopoli( the resort is actually in Capitolo) and Alberobello( a must see for the " trulli": whitewashed houses with cone- shaped roofs). A major caveat: the resort has no laundry facilities nor could we find any in Monopoli( we stumbled upon a washateria by chance in Alberobello after a fruitless search in Monopoli!).

Room tip: Rooms further away from the resort center are quieter.
Date of stay: June 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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    • Cleanliness
    • Service
2  Thank melissa992
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