We spent two nights at Hotel L'Arcangelo. It is a small boutique hotel in a beautifully renovated old building. We had a corner bedroom on the first floor. It was very comfortable and spotlessly clean. The staff are all very helpful and give great advice of what to do/eat. The hotel is situated in Taranto old town (an island) which is slowly undergoing renovation, so in parts can look quite derelict, but is completely safe to explore. An evening stroll around the island is fantastic. The hotel is within easy walking distance of all the major sites and main shopping street.
I can hardly fault this charming, centrally located, tranquil and lovely guest house and it's well priced. It's well run and the staff are exceptionally helpful and welcoming and can speak really good English, if that's important. Nothing was too much trouble, from where to eat to finding a real estate agent. The big hotels could learn a few things from this little gem. The room was beautifully designed and felt very generous and comfortable. One very small thing, I found the bed to be hard, but the staff tried hard to improve this.
Breakfast included lovely fresh fruit, toast and all the usual continental things with delicious home-made cakes that are typical here. Dinner is ordered in the morning, but it didn't seem to cause a problem if it slipped your mind until later in the day. They pride themselves on making local dishes and always good pasta. Their house red wine is really good.
The pictures don't do this beautiful masseria justice, there are lots of places to enjoy the peace in a thoughtfully placed chair under a tree or by the inviting pool. The pool doesn't open until 23rd May (roughly) so you'll have to go to the beach if you want to swim. There was a kitchen garden, lovingly tendered, which provides for the broad selection of antipasti and a vineyard to cocoon the property was in the process of being planted while I was there. If you want to explore Puglia, this is a really good spot to be - you can easily reach the Adriatic and Ionian coast.
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"Beautiful facilities, somewhat isolated, more B&B"
Impeccably maintained and furnished rooms, beautiful large pool and surroundings. On the outskirts and a bit off the beaten track, rather than in town, with nothing in the way of restaurants, etc. within walking distance. Thus a car is a must. Really an upscale B&B (only continental breakfast is served). Place has six rooms, and we seemed to be the only ones there for our two nights. Hosts are nice, but communication is basically in Italian, which can be a problem for those that do not speak the language. Net net, this is a nice place, but you need to be aware of what it is and is not, and how that relates to what you want. On that basis, recommend it.
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