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Lovely hotel. Staff very helpful. Thomasso who is head of dining was very attentive and accommodated the gluten free diet we needed. Clean and spacious room with large balcony and great view. Good location for catching train to Sorrento or Pompeii. Actual town is quite run down and in need of a little TLC. 2 Roman villas nearby which are free to visit and in a good state to appreciate what they looked like before.
Me and my partner stayed at this hotel in september 2018 for 2 weeks half board.
The hotel is situated in a wonderful place, offering views of Mount Vesuvius and a local national park, located near the town Castellammare di Stabia about a 10-15 minute walk away from the beach.
The pool is clean and fresh water and very quiet, before entering you will need to buy a small swimming hat, they had a few issues with hygiene a few years ago. It was the quietest pool side ive ever seen apart from just a few hotel staff operating a small bar for food and drinks (and ice cream).
The main restaurant was the biggest issue for us. Breakfast is a small continental selection, meats cheeses, pastries etc, i hear the coffee is nice!. Main meal comprises of a set menu (selection from the night before) and offers 3 starters and 3 main courses. (there is a small buffet for pre-starters - and a smaller selection for dessert. All thought we were half board, we opted to eat out most of the time in the local town.
Free WI-FI and Free safe was a nice touch.
Night time entertainment - NONE Up on the top floor there is a small bar and some music from a portable speaker, but nothing else.
THIS IS A CASHLESS HOTEL - everything you buy extra, food, drinks etc, will be signed for on a receipt system, and be paid for when you check out.
In summary, we loved the sights, but if you are looking for a active touristy holiday, please look elsewhere, maybe nearby sorrento?
The view was great but some of our friends rooms had no ac and ours had barely ac. The hairdryer did not work and was never replaced during our stay. The pool hours were limited until 6 and the pool had algae on the bottom. Everyone had to wear a bathing cap- not sure why because cleanliness was certainly not the priority. It did have a great view from the rooftop bar. The restaurant was fair. Every other hotel we stayed at in Italy had a nice bed. The bed was very low and hard.
First of all , it's actually a lovely building with a reasonable pool and a rooftop bar area.
It's location, half way up a drag of a hill is not for the faint hearted or unfit. That drag is also a main coastal road it would seem as the noise from it is pretty loud, especially when you take into consideration the Italian love of shouting everything no matter what, where or when. Our room, above the reception door had a lovely view of the electric sub station or whatever it was and the neighbouring bungalows complete with the very angry seeming occupants. The town - Castellammare di Stabia - is not a tourist town in the slightest, it's pretty untouched and it shows. The public areas are pretty awful with rubbish piling up everywhere, scrap cars just abandoned at the side of the road. I found it quite surprising that such a beautiful area could be treated so badly especially with the money that tourism should surely be bringing in.... but that's not so much to do with the hotel itself obviously just the location of it. As for the hotel ...firstly the pool ... photos used in the marketing are a little misleading I think. It shows the pool beautifully lit and quite romantic looking ....lovely! However, in daylight it's a bit tired looking and that's the only time you get to see it...unless your room is on that side of the hotel as it closes and you are told to leave at 6pm on the dot ... unless of course it's been hired out for a function...then you can potentially get kicked out earlier (we were)! You also have to wear a hat in the pool unless you are completely bald, men, women and children, no exeption! The bar does sell them at one euro each. The rooms - we booked a double and twin room with balcony though Tui, on arrival we were told our room was ready ... not rooms but room. Hmmm ....however it was immediately dealt with when I showed booking confirmation. Daughter was given a room down the hall a nicer room, more recently refurbished with a proper shower not a head over a tub with a curtain. So obviously I asked if it were possible to be in a similar room preferably next/near to my daughter. The lady on reception was lovely and granted that wish straight away. So we saw three rooms. The first allocated larger triple room was really quite grubby with a large smear of something on the wall and the bathroom had certainly seen better days. The two other were rooms were apparently "superior rooms" they were smaller but had a nicer bathroom ...end of. None of the rooms have any kind of tea/coffee facilites at all. That is extra from the service areas. There is actually a notice in the rooms saying not to use irons or ovens and something else I forget. There was a small fridge in the room, totally essential as you have to buy water as the tap water is not to be drunk at all ....back to that hill it's on again ... lugging litres of water back from the shops at the bottom of it is fun ....not! ... but the fridge overheated in the cupboard it was in and pretty much only worked if you left the cupboard open. I'm diabetic and need a fridge for my insulin - when I asked about it at reception, I think they just came in and turned it up to full power which I had already tentatively done and seen little difference so turned it back down. It never was fixed or swapped whilst we were there but as we just left the door open it did just enough to keep things cool. More so than the air con which was feeble but just about worked, turning it up full caused a noise fit to wake the dead to come from the ceiling space. Mattress on the bed was so hard I felt slightly bruised each morning and found it hard to get to sleep for the first two nights but by the time we'd climbed a volcano and mountains, walked around Pompeii and Herculaneum, Sorrento and to the supermarket and back up the hill with water I was too worn out not to. Food - Oh my - AWFUL - I appreciate that the hotel has a garden and they try to use as much home grown as possible but seriously if I never see another aubergine or courgette in my life, it will be too soon! I think the cook has a book "1001 ways to overcook" them. Each night you get a sheet of A4 to your table (the same table every night in a designated "Tui" section) this had a choice of three starters and three main, wish I'd done the instagram thing and photographed them all as they're pretty low grade to say the least. There was a table you were to help yourself from , it had various breads, mini pie/pasties bits of salad and veg, ONE warming tray (ineffective) I came to realise over the course of the week we were there that the mini pies were filled with the leftover meat from the mains of days before. I can only assume that this help yourself table was also intended as the veg for the main course as you never actually got any on your plate, not even on the roast turkey (sandwich meat) or roast chicken (quarter) but that's what we did anyway. The dessert .....beggered belief. A table had a bowl of whole pears (like cannonballs so unripe) a tray of melon slices (definitely re-served from day before on one occasion) some days a tray or mini doughnut looking things but with a cherry soaked in alcohol on top, on two days an actual cake was there (absolutely soaked in alcohol with no warnings, there were some real little kiddies in the room and after I choked on it and felt the need to warn the parents, we were left with kiddies upset because the only nice looking dessert wasn't fit for them to eat!) and on other days there was a sort of frozen mousse type of thing. BUT there was only ever enough for less than half of the people in the restaurant. The items were not brought out until after some people gave up waiting and left on two occasions. What made it worse was that there were several groups came in whilst we were there, they were given preferential treatment, nicer table settings, bottles of wine on the table ...the waiters actually smiled at them.... we seemed to get the desserts brought to our area only after they had been served with a slice on a plate at the table ...they didn't even cut the ones on our table up so if a person of - shall we say larger appetite - got to the table first, there simply wasn't going to be enough for many more at all, I actually found it to be quite an embarassing situation as you could end up almost eyeing the table in a way you would never normally and feel like a petty scavenger almost! Oh and no drinks other than a jug of tepid water included not even a coffee after the meal. Breakfast was passable, again simply not enough of any one thing other than bread for everyone, a dozen yoghurts put out for a very large group of people, three or four cakes/tartes - which whilst I appreciate this is the Italian way, it would have been better to have that kind of selection the night before! Pastries often stale or very dry at least. There was ham and cheese and some whole (I assume hard boiled) eggs also some omelette type of eggs sliced into wedges and placed in that same warming dish that had no apparent way of being kept warm (ie cable or tealights) which is why they never were . The only thing there was in abundance at the hotel was ANTS absolutely everywhere. four ant traps in our rooms, one in each corner ...oh and one under the bin in the bathroom. My daughter had 13 bites on the first night, either there was a ninja mosquito in the room or ants were getting her in the bed or the other possibility that I don't want to even consider (shudders) I ended the week with 10 or so, the hubby with half a dozen but the winner with 25 bites was my daughter. We went up to the rooftop bar on a couple or three nights, it's not so well lit and daughter had ordered a coke, we were sat playing cards (trust me, take some, there is not a lot else to do at all if you're not into just trying to strike up conversations with complete strangers other than admire the night view across the bay and the unreal amount of random fireworks) and daughter went to pour her coke into the glass and it was full of ants.... six floors up! They had got up on the table and into the bottle unnoticed by us in the dim lighting. Whilst we were there, there were three or four functions at the hotel and the hotel seemed to prioritise them to the point of guests coming out of rooms to close the stair well doors to try to block some of the noise ....live music, very loud with the function room doors wide open onto the stairs. You could see that people were getting pretty angry and frustrated. We spent a good proportion of the time we spent in the hotel feeling second rate and almost an inconvenience, fortunately it wasn't for too long each day but it did put a bit of a bad taint on a trip I'd wanted to make for nearly thirty years. My overall impression was lowest output possible for maximum profit possible, from the cheap/lack of food to the paying for a swimming hat so the hotel doesn't have as high a maintenance bill for the pool. The in house laundry ....what's fabric conditioner? It could be great but it just isn't
When we arrived at the hotel, our room had been upgraded at no extra cost and what a lovely spacious room it turned out to be with a terraced area despite being next to the top floor bar (we heard no noise). The views are from the top floor are exceptional and breathtaking. Due to its location we decided to have dinner at the hotel and were not disappointed despite the limited choice of main course offered as we were not half board. The only downside is it’s location as the nearest village is approx 20 minutes walk, otherwise an excellent hotel for a short stay.
Hotel dei Congressi combines an exceptional location with comfortable surroundings, high technology equipment, and a conference centre. The property is conveniently located a few minutes from the centre of …MoreCastellammare di Stabia, 7 km from Pompei (ruins), 18 km from Sorrento and 30 km from Naples via a convenient local train, the Circumvesuviana. Relax around the elegant pool with a palm tree at every corner and enjoy views of majestic Vesuvius. This property is also rated for the best value in Castellammare di Stabia! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city. We speak your language! Hotel Rooms: 103 Less
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