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“Substandard accommodation, awful breakfast in Tropea”

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Giardino Marchese d'Altavilla Hotel
Ranked #19 of 21 Hotels in Tropea
Rouen
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Substandard accommodation, awful breakfast in Tropea”
Reviewed 19 September 2006

On arrival at this hotel, we found it to be practically empty and the staff uninterested at best.

Rooms small, plain, tv not working, safe not working. Feels like a package kind of place, with no charm or character, an anathema to us as independant travellers.

A 10 minute walk from town, longer to the beach.

I felt unsafe here, partly due to a fire nearby that nobody seemed to be dealing with.

DO NOT GO HERE!

  • Liked — Views
  • Disliked — Lack of character or caring staff
  • Tips/Secrets — Avoid this place & don't believe the website!!!
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2006

My husband and I stayed here the 1st week of September, 2006. It was a lovely place to stay. We found the staff very pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. They helped us arrange a boat trip to the Aeolian islands and even recommended the better company to use (there are 2 who have boat trips from Tropea).

There is a free shuttle to one of the paid beaches, which was great. The 7 euro price for an umbrella and two chairs was a great bargain, and the beach restaurant was absolutely delicious.

The surrounding gardens were beautiful - lots of flowers and trees. We also really enjoyed the terraces with fabulous views of Tropea and the sea - great place to enjoy a lovely bottle of Ciro.

We found the location great. Being just above the town makes the setting very peaceful. It's a 10 minute walk into the historic centre. However, be warned, the 1st 30 metres or so closest to the hotel lacks a sidewalk, and the road is narrow. It gets dark at night, and the hotel provides torches if you walk back at night. There seem to be quite a few taxis in town, however, so, if walking back in the dark is undesirable, it would be a cheap ride back.

The room itself was fine - nothing fancy, but it was clean and comfortable. The towels were fluffy by Italy's standards and were replaced regularly.

The breakfasts were good, too - yummy bread, croissants, cakes, cereals, etc. My husband's only complaint was that the coffee was from one of those vending-machine style contraptions, where you push a 'cappuccino' button. Otherwise, delish.

All in all, we were impressed and had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

  • Liked — The garden, the stunning views from the terraces and the breakfasts
  • Disliked — The actual rooms were just OK.
  • Tips/Secrets — Try to get a room as far away from the main carriageway as possible, as you can hear the traffic whizz by.
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank mustmove
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Pahrump, Nevada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2006

The hotel is in a charming garden. The room was small but very clean, comfortable, the water hot and the towels fluffy. Nice breakfast. A short jaunt to town. One thing to be aware of, however, is if you have any specific needs for early morning or late evening such as taxis or tours, make arrangement ahead of time. No one is in the office after 8 pm or before 8:30am.

Stayed June 2006
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Additional Information about Giardino Marchese d'Altavilla Hotel

Property: Giardino Marchese d'Altavilla Hotel
Address: Contrada Gornella, 89861 Tropea, Italy
Region: Italy > Calabria > Province of Vibo Valentia > Tropea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 21 Hotels in Tropea
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Giardino Marchese d'Altavilla Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropea Hotel - South Italy - Calabria - Hotel Marchese D'Altavilla, Bed and Breakfast Set in a lush garden above the historical town of Tropea, rooms offer our guests privacy and tranquility. ... more   less 
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