This is on the slopes down to Capitolo, a beach suburb of Monopoli. It is very pretty and well- maintained, in a good position and with a charming pool and courtyard. The dining/breakfast area outside looks like a theatre set with the deep blue sea in the middle distance. And the breakfasts were easily the best of the four Italian hotels we stayed in this summer: a huge range of fresh fruit, a variety of local pastries, many fruit juices and all the conventional cerealy stuff too. Plus proper coffee brought by waiters which is not common enough.
It's a little way from the sea but the masseria offers a free shuttle to a beach 2km away - or free parking. - plus sun beds and umbrellas there. There seems to be an infinite supply of lovely beach towels...
The rooms are small and dark but we begin to think that is standard for Masseria style hotels - after all, they were fortified buildings. The restaurant is OK but formal, expensive and slightly drear inside (it rained the night we ate in) and not amusing compared to other local places. The staff are charming and helpful although no-one seems assigned to bar duties - shame as there were several places around the hotel and on the roof - from where you can watch the sunset - which were perfect for early evening drinks.
PS On wifi - as with other Masserias, the walls are just too thick for in room wifi but there was excellent free wifi around the pool and in the courtyard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Masseria Donnaloia, typical Apulia's stone structure, is situated 250 meters far from the sea and is surrounded by the green Apulia's hills. Placed on a hill that fronts the sea, immerse in the green of the "Mediterranean macchia" , olive trees, carob trees and palms, it appears like a pearl between sunup and sunset, qualified to offer hospitality to a refined guests. The hotel offers 27 rooms, among Standard, Superior, Executive and De Luxe, all equipped of TV, mini bar,safe,direct telephone line,, air conditioning, ,liner furnishing and soundproofed rooms, bar, snack at lunch time , restaurant, reading room,newspapers,meeting room,, swimming pool with, beach (convenctioned) 200 meters far, massages and beauty treatments using natural products, such as olive's oil. The staff operating constituted from level staff with an elevated sense of the hospitality,they contribute to render the stay in Masseria a experience to insert between the most beautiful memories. ... more less
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