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Reviewed June 13, 2014

We stayed at this hotel for two nights. In our first room the air conditioning didn't work, and we were promptly transferred to a different room with a functioning AC system. The electrical lighting in the room is controlled by a key card inserted into a slot, and what follows is a puzzle to determine what switch controls what light - it isn't obvious and this is an annoyance when you arrive late. We asked for a queen-sized bed (USA standards), and what we got was two twin beds pushed together. This wasn't great but reasonably comfortable. The room and common areas were clean.

There is not much sound-proofing in this motel, and the mornings and evenings were noisy as tour groups departed and arrived.

The bathroom was equipped with a very narrow shower stall. If you weigh more than 200 pounds (80-90 kg), good luck getting the sliding door shut. I stand six feet (180 cm) and 160 pounds (~75 kg), and it was a tight squeeze for me. There was plenty of hot water. The tap water is potable here, and it's worth bringing your own water bottles as the local tourist sights don't have water fountains, and there are few cafes close to the ruins.

We had hoped to plan side trips via Internet sources, but the Wi-Fi network did not function during our visit. The hotel staff said there was a server problem, which was not repaired during our stay. The only alternative was a single work station, with competition from the multi-bus tour groups. Not acceptable for a chain such as Best Western.

The motel has a nice pool with limited hours, closing at 1900, so you can't use it if you return late from sight-seeing. There is no sandy beach or other points of interest within a convenient walking distance. Parking at the motel is convenient. If you plan on local sight-seeing, make sure to get a detailed map, or buy a GPS device configured for western Europe. Our rental car was equipped with a GPS that was nearly useless in urban areas. Be careful asking the staff for directions if you don't speak the language, as street signs and highway numbers aren't always obvious or present.

Our room rate included breakfast, which didn't seem to vary, and was geared toward tour groups: scrambled eggs, bacon and rich pastries dominate. There is a little dry cereal and some fresh fruit, which saved me. I'm used to oatmeal and granola, and the other stuff was nauseating to my palate as a breakfast. The tour groups seem to love this fare, and loaded their tote bags for snacks or lunch during their travels. The cappuccino was excellent.

We paid 79 euros per night for our stay. At the prevailing exchange rate of about 1.35 US$ per euro, that's about $107 US$ per night. At that rate, patrons should reasonably expect a functioning Wi-Fi network. At the same rate, I've had better luck with Best Western motels in the US.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank cohighplainsdrifter
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

Several tours were using this hotel during the three nights we stayed so it was quite busy.

Hotel Location: San Leone is a small area with a marina and a few dilapidated tourist type shops, snack bars and a few restaurants - in no way would you call it classy. Having walked the street once, we stayed around the hotel thereafter since there was little encouragement to do it again. The only supermarkets we found were a long walk along the road out of "town" (one was a Carrefour) but neither were opened at the times we could have gone.

Room: Our room was in fact two rooms, with the bedroom part including the lift shaft. However, we found no disturbance from the lift. The adjacent room just had a table and two chairs but the two rooms together gave us a spacious accommodation and meant we also had two balconies. The view from the balcony took in the swimming pool, the sea and part of the adjacent marina. On this basis, we were very pleased with the room.

Hotel: Swimming pool was nice though we never used it. There was a laptop with free use in the reception area. Concerning the hotel itself, we had no complaints.

Breakfast: Left a lot to be desired. Limited items and no variety over the days we were there. Never any decent bacon (though this applies to a lot of continental hotels) and no other hot items. Orange juice was coloured water (I think?)

Dinner: The first night was a real disaster with total confusion over the food available. We were told it would be a buffet and a selection of salad items and meats were laid out. We assumed this would be the first course but then nothing else followed. Eventually, some ice cream type dessert and some fruit was later provided but this was insufficient for everybody. Many people expressed their dissatisfaction quite vocally! On the other two nights, we were waiter served from a limited three course menu (a meat, a fish and a veggie option) and a small choice of desserts. Portions also varied. On one night I had a half portion and the other night a double portion. Some might say it averaged out!

Room Tip: Room next to the lift for a double room and double balcony
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Tony S
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

There was a mix up and we arrived at our hotel to find it had been overbooked. After a free drink at the bar, the boss drove us to this hotel where we were upgraded. From the balcony we had views and sounds of the sea but unfortunately the smell was not of sea salt but sewerage. We were close to cafés and the esplanade which was dirty and unkempt. Reaching the temples meant a bus ride which was hard to organise and involved an hour's wait. The hotel was spacious and clean, staff friendly and helpful, breakfast ok but without muesli and the coffee was dreadful. Pool great.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Christine C
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

I stayed here one night and was traveling as part of a tour group. There was no air conditioning in my room, but the front desk staff went out of their way to transfer me to a room with working AC. I was lucky to be situated next to someone who did not make much noise, as there is no sound proofing between rooms. The hotel is near the water, and there is a small beach nearby.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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2  Thank freude1joy
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Reviewed May 26, 2014

Spacious, clean and comfortable but very clinical and not particularly welcoming room with a balcony and no outlook. Good outside bar and pool area. Staff very polite and helpful. Location good, at the end of the promanade so it was easy to walk out in the evening to find a restaurant/bar to eat. Breakfast basic but OK. Would I return? Yes. But BEWARE the lifts!!! The doors are quick and vicious!

Room Tip: Look towards the Front
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank YorkshireBrigadier
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