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“Fabulous B and B!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Al Vecchio Pioppo

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Al Vecchio Pioppo
Ranked #1 of 13 Praia A Mare B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
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“Fabulous B and B!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2011

My family and I stayed at Al Vecchio Pioppo for two nights in September 2011. The B and B is very central, right on the main street of Praia a Mare, and steps from the beautiful beach. There is plenty of free street parking right outside the B and B. There are plenty of shops, bars, and gelaterie (ice cream shops) steps from the B and B. Gaetano recommended the best gelateria in town and he was right!

Our hosts Gaetano and Antonella were extremely friendly, hospitable, and welcoming. Gaetano is a terrific tour guide and took his own time to give us a tour of Praia and the main attractions. He also gave great recommendations for local seafood restaurants and we were happy that he did so.

The B and B has all the modern amenities, including air conditioning in all the rooms. It was spotlessly clean, tidy and comfortable. The rooms are spacious with large open sitting/breakfast areas.

Lunch and dinner can be arranged, and we had a fabulous dinner prepared by Antonella. We had dinner with the family and enjoyed the food and engaging conversation - the highlight of our stay. It was unfortunate that we could not stay longer but next time we will be sure to visit them again.

The combination of the town of Praia a Mare and the hospitality of Gaetano and Antonella made our visit quite enjoyable and memorable. Thank you Gaetano and Antonella for a fantastic stay. We’ll be back!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2011

I must say that i was was pleasently surprised from this B&B ! Very clean , comfortable rooms and excellent hospitality! The location is prime spot right in center city and great atmosphere and people. Myself and family enjoyed our one night stay a lot.
I would reccomend it again and again and will return next fall for weekend.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2011

the b&b is very comfortable and clean. Well located at 5 minutes walk from the beach, with a grocery store next door and a bank and very good restaurants within 5 minutes walk. Great place to relax with family. The hosts Gaetano and Antonia are great and will gladly drive you around for visiting or on their boat for a very acceptable price.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2011

Although Praia a mare might not be the busiest place, this bb is very nice, clean and wel located to see the beach and church

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Larsdj
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2011

Gaetano was so nice! He found us walking from the train station to his B&B and was kind enough to give us a ride. We were the only people occupying a room there for the night (it was unfortunately raining during our visit), and so it felt like coming home. We didn't get to see much in the area, but Gaetano did everything to make our stay nice. He even drove us to the beach area the next day for an hour boat ride (paddle boat) and then picked us up too. FYI: Breakfast is included in the price, and during peak seasons he told us that he takes guests out on his boat! No wifi at the B&B, but I didn't mind since we were staying for a night.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2011

Gaetano is a great host; he went an extra mile to show us around, even drove us to Dino Island. We found the place very clean and affordable. As someone suggested before, the only downside is the lack of internet access, but you can go to a nearby gas station and sirf there as long as you wish. Highly recommended and I'd come back here in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2011

Al Vecchio Pioppo is a bed and breakfast centrally located near the beach, shopping and restaurents in Praia A Mare. The accomodations were simple and clean.
The oweners however were very attentive. Gaetano spend an entire morning with us showing us the highlights and telling us the history of the town.
On our last night his wife prepared an very elaborate vegeterian Italian meal.
The antipasta was extraordinary, several of the components where home made as was the wine that flowed freely.. The courses that followed made us wish that we could stay longer and learn how to cook such fine Italian cuisine.
The only negative was a lack of internet access which in today's world is basic in any hotel or B&B.
In conclusion I would highlt recommend Al Vecchio Pioppo to travelers to Italy

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Al Vecchio Pioppo
Address: Via Filippo Turati 65, 87028 Praia A Mare, Italy
Region: Italy > Calabria > Province of Cosenza > Praia A Mare
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Praia A Mare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"Al vecchio pioppo" is the first B&B in Praia a Mare, situated in the main street, just 100 metres away from the sea. Established in the family house built in the middle of the 19th century, it was recently restored and equiped with modern amenities. Comfortable and refined rooms, furnished with vintage and antic pieces of furnitures. Ideal for spending relaxing moments. Every room has an autonomous air-conditioner,a private bathroom, a tv and a fridge.Our b&b is open all year round to anyone who would like to come and visit us and we will be happy to offer our best, frendly and joyful hospitality. ... more   less 
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