Very enjoyable 2 days! The reception staff was personable and extremely helpful. Lovely room...comfortable and clean. Newly remodeled resort. Only problem was finding it... Our GPS didn't locate it easily. This was our fault!
Having planned our nine day stay beforehand, the resort was ideally placed to visit a variety of fascinating locations: Alborobello, Castel del Monte, Matera and Lecce. It was disappointing that the resort had no sandy beach.
The hotel could be better signposted from the motorway. We have to say the standard of Italian driving was hair-raising at times, and we were lucky to survive when a lorry drove straight into our lane from the sliproad on the outskirts of Bari.
The Sicily by Car hire office at Bari Airport was a shambles, and it took a wait of 50 minutes to get the key. We reckon some people - several with young children - would have to wait up to three hours, such was the size of the ever-lengthening queue.
The travel itinerary worked out by Expedia featured three flights: Leeds/Bradford to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Milan and Milan to Bari - but it all worked out very smoothly. One of our two cases arrived a day late.
We could not have been more pleased with our stay at Riva del Sole. The staff were courteous, helpful, and efficient. The room was to our liking and the grounds were well manitained. In particular, the ristorante attached to the hotel was quite good and reasonable. Order the brie and speck pizza... spectacular!
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