Very Good5 Reviews
1.03km from Politecnico Di BariIf Al Giordano B&B had followed through with their emailed promises, then the stay at their establishment would probably have been very good. However, from the onset, it was a terrible experience. The B&B's reservation page stated that check-in ends at 17:00 daily. So, being a responsible traveler and wanting to avoid problems, I emailed them slightly over a month in advance and advised them that "my train...arrives at 17:19. Will this be a problem for check-in?" Their immediate reply was, "Good morning, No problem, dont' [sic] worry [smiley face]." When I arrived by taxi from the train station, the main door to the building was locked, and there was no response to the B&B buzzer. I waited, and buzzed, and waited, and buzzed, and finally made calls to my spouse who was also traveling but in another part of Italy to obtain the B&B's phone number. After several attempts to reach them, someone finally answered and indicated that he would come to the B&B. I continued to wait on the street door stoop until another building resident let me enter and then sat on the floor in front of the B&B's second floor door. Finally, Valerio arrived and checked me into my room at 8:10pm!!! The room was actually very nice, clean and appeared to have been recently renovated. It had a narrow, but usable, balcony which was a good extra. However, because there was a restaurant/bar directly below, the drunken conversations and noise was annoying. I had been given verbal directions for where to go to get the second "B" of B&B. But when I arrived and explained that I had been sent from Al Giordano B&B, they advised that there would be a charge for anything except a roll and coffee...wonderful! To top it off, checkout was exactly at 10am. Even though they were three hours late in letting me into my room, there would be no extension of the checkout time, so I dragged my luggage around Foccia until my 1:22pm train to Lecce. This property deserves a rating of less than zero, but in fairness, the room was very nice, albeit expensive, and the location quite central to the city center.