Be prepared to pay 50 euros for taxi from Bari
Posted 05-Mar-2016 on Hotels
Breakfast buffet was quite good; it would have been nice if the one person in charge had offered a little more interest in service -e.g. when told I did not eat ham in my omelette, assuring me that there was no ham (it was quite apparent that there was ham). A second cup of coffee might have been a demonstration of interest in service too.
Re transportation, I was told buses were regular and convenient, and ran from Bari until 10.55. I therefore forewent renting a car for my 2-day stay. No-one at the bus/train terminal knew of a bus to the hotel road. I was told to take the train to Giovinazzo. There, no-one knew of a bus to the hotel. Finally after asking in 3 bars, buying much unneeded coffee and walking over a kilometer, I found a correct bus stop for the hotel, and waited a further 45 minutes for the bus. Altogether from airport to hotel took 4 hours. The following day I bought a bus ticket to Bari, and was given the bus schedule of returning from Bari, including the last bus. It never came. I waited an hour, then at midnight gave up and called a taxi. 50 euros. The reason I chose the hotel was to swim in the pool. Although the pool was full of water, it was not clean, and management told me it was too cold to use till May, when it would be cleaned. More generally, the carpets in both the public spaces and the room were shabby, frayed and exceptionally stained, even for a 3-star hotel, let alone a hotel pretending to be 4-star. Perhaps enough said...