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Review of Corte di Nettuno

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Corte di Nettuno
Ranked #11 of 40 Hotels in Otranto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Have you ever wondered what Sorrento, Monterosso, or Capri were like before global tourist migration crushed the life out of them? Otranto, Puglia is the answer with its pristine beaches, friendly locals, exquisite range of local seafood and produce, and of course acres of rustic rural landscape. We flew into Brindisi from Rome in early September 2015, hired a car at the airport and made our way down to Otranto. This idyllic coastal town has everything you need to explore Puglia and neighbouring provinces. We stayed at the Corte di Nettuno where we ate, drank, and relaxed for seven wonderful nights. The staff were very welcoming and willingly helpful on many occasions. Otranto has many things for you to do. The castle and marina are excellent stating points to begin incredible journeys through the winding streets to shops, restaurants and the beaches. We went to a different restaurant every night and enjoyed every one of them. From Otranto we did some longer hauls to Alberobello where we saw distinctive local tuiile houses, and Matera, via Taranto, to see a cross section of history from ancient cave dwellings to modern times. There are many local beaches, including Castro, and Gallipoii and a blue cave at Grotte Zingaluse that was without the crowds of the blue grotto near Capri. We were the only ones in it! Also, from Otranto you can cross the Adriatic and breeze through Croatia or travel onto Greece and beyond. I highly recommend Puglia, but some tips: see it soon before it goes like very other 'secret' place, rampantly busy!, see it in September when it's quieter and know that they have a siesta there. Stock up to cover that mid-day break over lunchtime. Better still have a siesta yourself.

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  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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5  Thank Peter B
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Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

Very clean, comfortable and all the details thought out.

Decorated in very authentic nautical memorabilia in a very tasteful manner.

We had a room in the old section of the hotel with beautiful stone walls and ceiling with access to a sunny shared interior courtyard. Wifi was weak or didn't work in room, but great signal in the comfortable sitting area just outside our door.

The staff were very helpful and the breakfast was the best yet in Italy. A diverse selection of savoury and sweet choices and great coffee that will appeal to all tastes.

Stayed: September 2015
2  Thank EastVanDave
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Reviewed 27 July 2015

Corte di Nettuno is a nice hotel just outside the 'centro storico' of Otranto.
You can easily walk (few hundred meters) to the center to visit the town or to have diner in one of the many restaurants. The rooms are large enough, clean and comfortable cool. It is not so large, so it was very calm and quiet, even in high season. We had a 4 person bedroom and the children slept on a portion of the room which was separated by stairs. The hotel has also a restaurant which is also good, providing you like the daily menu, because there is no a-la-carte choice.
I also need to mention the breakfast which was more than adequate, certainly for an Italian hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with family
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2  Thank Bart_Belmans
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Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

This hotel is like a museum of the sea and old boats. In the common areas and in the rooms we have seen many pieces of great cultural value and interest.
The personnel are always available to give explanations and details.
The hotel also has a very good restaurant where local food can be appreciated.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Marioviaggiatore
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Reviewed 27 May 2015 via mobile

The hotel is a functional pleasant hotel decked out with numerous naval and seaside artefacts. The room was on first impressions comfortable enough with a nice bathroom. Our problem started when we arrived back from dinner in town. The thermostat in the room controlling the air conditioning read 25 degrees. We thought we had had the air conditioning turned on since we arrived some four hours before but the temperature had not changed, in fact it increased to 26 degrees. I went to ask the staff at the desk how to work the air con. They seemed to think that 25 degrees was normal and that was acceptable. They seemed powerless to change this. I was not able to ascertain if the air con was turned off or broken. They told me they would call a technician but as it was a Sunday we had a second night in a very hot room. I did ask to see another room in case it was just ours that was hot but the other room was also at 25 degrees. The staff were apologetic but not able to sort the problem and only suggested opening a window. We did in the end although this led to a night of fighting off the mosquitoes. I suspect they just turn off the air con until full summer season to save money and I have seen other comments about room temperature on this site.
The breakfast was very poor, the worst we had in six hotels in Italy. There was tinned fruit, packaged jams, packaged toast. There was the usual ham and cheese and a few pastries. The same ones came out two days running as they were not busy.
After the breakfast experience we did not try the evening meals although the restaurant does have good reviews. The menu is fixed and with a choice of two things for each course.
Otranto itself is worth a visit. The tourist tax includes a card which gives you discount in restaurants etc and also free hire of bikes. There are some nice country roads to cycle down to the coast. We enjoyed our stay but it was slightly spoilt by having to sleep in a very hot room.

Stayed: May 2015, travelled as a couple
3  Thank BucksJane
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Reviewed 11 April 2015

I do not give many top reviews, but Corte di Nettuno was especially good. First the theme of Neptune is carried throughout the hotel via the owner's personal collection of nautical equipment and accouterments. It is all done in very good taste and is rather authentic. But what stands out above all else is the staff. We arrived at the beginning of the season, when one would expect all kinds of glitches and oversights. Virtually nothing fell short! We were met with friendliness and efficiency at every turn - especially at the front desk, breakfast room and the dining room. We felt like we were visiting good friends.
Our room was spacious, well ventilated, bright and well decorated. Housekeeping services were excellent as were the toiletries. Even if you stay for just a day, take advantage of the patio and the roof garden. There is ample parking directly across the street.
One feature we especially liked was the breakfast. In southern Europe breakfasts can be sparse or of low quality, At Corte di Nettuno it included selections that would appeal to the regional tastes of many nations and very important was the inclusion of local fare and fresh products. It was interesting to try the various types of sea-biscuits.
We rarely go back to hotels we have already visited. There are so many different experiences to be found. Corte di Nettuno is an exception. Staying there would be like visiting old friends. Our 10 days in Puglia were not enough and we plan to return again.

Room Tip: We stayed in 105, but saw most of the rooms. There are no bad rooms, only bigger and better.
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  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank DonPaulo
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Reviewed 20 October 2014 via mobile

Okay we stayed out of season but it was still warm at night (25c) and the hotel had switched off all the air conditioning in the bedrooms. Breakfast poor and limited staff around. Location good and Otranto lovely. Felt that they had half shut down the hotel.

Stayed: October 2014
1  Thank Ninemileburn
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Address: Via Madonna del Passo, 73028, Otranto, Italy
Region: Italy > Puglia > Province of Lecce > Otranto
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #11 of 40 Hotels in Otranto
Price Range: C$115 - C$380 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Corte di Nettuno 4*
Number of rooms: 28
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