Very Good10 Reviews
0.97km from Pizzeria La MelaThe hotel is about a 15 min walk to the Historic centre of Martina Franca...well worth a day at least...but just don't try to park in the town! The hotel car park is large and easy to get in and out of. Alberobello (Trulli Town) is about 25 mins drive, Locorotondo (with working/inhabited trulli all around) about 15 mins, Ostuni and Cisternino (white hill towns) about 30 mins away, and Brindisi airport about an hour. Certainly a lot to do within easy reach. A lot of tour parties use this hotel....French, Scandinavians and Irish when we were there. We were on half board, so had a wider menu choice, and always a table outside the main dining area. The half board cuisine is heavy on Puglian dishes...all excellent, pastas, risottos, a lot of local vegetables, octopus, cuttlefish etc., and the restaurant service was excellent. Many local wines on the wine list, and if you do not want a full bottle every day, the staff will carefully stopper and label your bottle for use the next day. Breakfast is a self service buffet. Some have criticised this, possibly a little unfairly, in my view. A limited range of good fruit juices (pear!), and fresh fruit, but then the standard Italian fare of cheese, ham, salami, fresh rolls. Add some good muesli (and other cereals) some dried fruit and fresh yoghurt, boiled eggs (you cook 'em) croissants, toast, butter and a range of jams in pots (and proper marmalade!) In Italy we never risk tea, but the coffee was good and plentiful. Really not much to fault. The owner, Antonio, keeps a watching brief on dinner, and he and his wife eat the same food as the guests...so quality is well up to the mark. The pool is large, and was almost empty when we were there...although I believe local residents can also use it on Sundays. Our room...404....was large, with a proper balcony (many others have juliette balconies only), the air conditioning worked well. Everywhere was very clean. Wifi was free and worked well. Reception was always staffed by friendly helpful people....who speak good English (not always so common in his region, and my Italian is minimal!). We found it a good location, good value, with a very helpful owner and his staff, and good evening meals! if in Martina Franca again, we would go back.