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So, we have not had any wifi access since leaving Amalfi on Thursday! I'm typing this on a tiny Samsung, so please forgive any typing or formatting errors. We left the wonderful Settebello Hotel and the family that run it at 10am on Thursday to set off for Sicily. The plan was to drive as much of the 450km distance as possible before overnighting somewhere in Calabria. We found a place in Zambrone on Booking.com ...
... We had a siesta and then headed to the town. Don bought an espresso and I had a gelato ingliese and creme caramel. We sat with our new friend Nicodemo Agostinos. He had befriended us on FB. Don showed him photos of Australia. Off we walked to the Town hall or municipio. A man coming out of an office said we needed to come back tomorrow to get info on where Don's mum and dad lived in Mammola and where Don's maternal grandmother was buried ...
... stared at the strange foreign visitors. We met a local disabled man who saw we needed help and took us to Via secondi Cirilli as we were at primo Cirilli. We would never have found it without the boisterous tour guide. He seemed to know everyone and greeted them as we past. We went through extremely skinny pathways to Lisa's house. The neighbour came out and we explained who we were and she said to come to her sons restaurant a Piazzetta tonight. Our guide wanted to ...
... he rescued us. We followed behind him to our accommodation. There was no way we would have found it. The info given was an area not an exact address and even with that there was no signs saying " Sea Calabria". We settled into our big room and booked tea for 7.30pm. We realised that no one eats before 8-9pm so we were an oddity. The food was plentiful as usual and I have now developed a twitch each time I hear a kitchen door swing open as I hope they aren't bringing more food ...
... local beach near Torre Canne. We walked for about 5 km return trip to the light house. The sand was more yellow and every 50 mt there was a Lido where you could hire umbrellas, lounge chairs and listen to disco music. We stopped for gelato in the town and by the time we walked back the African hawkers had gone for siesta. Tonight we were eating alfresco with bread, cheese olives, meat cut into chunks and peppers filled with cheese and tuna. Don's Italian at ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews La Bussola Country Hotel Capo Vaticano
Lovely relaxing holiday
I have recently returned from a weeks holiday staying B&B at the Bussola with my sister. Neither of us had been to Calabria although both of us had been to other parts of Italy. We were offered a welcome drink on arrival at the hotel which was much appreciated. We were shown to our room which was much nicer than I expected but unfortunately only had a double bed but this was down to me not stating we wanted twin beds when booking. It was no problem at all and we were given another room which had lovely views and the following day twin beds replaced the double. The room was very clean and all the fixtures and fittings looked brand new. Having a safe in the room free of charge was new to me and although we didn't feel it necessary we did make use of it. There was plenty of wardrobe and cupboard space and the en-suite bathroom had a bidet and shower and we had fresh towells each day. Breakfast was perfectly adequate with cereals, rolls, jams, fruit juice and coffee/cappucino etc from a machine. I loved the cappucino from it but my sister didn't and so the owner would make her a cup of the same coffee they drank which was not from the machine. nothing seemed to be too much trouble. A nice touch was being served a warm filled croissant as we sat down to breakfast. It was such a peaceful and relaxing holiday with lots of little country lanes to walk down and discover all the tucked away restaurants. It was comfortable walking distance to Ricardi station, Capo Vaticano and San Nicolo but often as we set off on our walks we would be offered a lift from Fabio (son of the owner) who speaks very good English and also runs a shuttle between the hotel and Groticelli beach which occassionally we did use for the return as it was quite a steep walk back up. It was one of the loveliest holidays I have had as the area was so unspoilt and peaceful, maybe mid-summer might be a lot busier though, people were very friendly but my Italian phrase book was with me at all times as we found very little English spoken in most places. I would definitely go back and would stay at the Bussola again. The Guiliano family who own the hotel are all very friendly and helpful as are the other members of staff. While there we visited Tropea approx 4-5 miles away which is well worth a visit. A wonderful town full of character and with a lovely beach. Only 2 stops on the train and 2 euros. We also went to Scicily for the day but really a couple of days was needed. We managed to get to Taormina and have lunch and take in the amazing views but it was very rushed. Another time. It would be a great advantage to have a car for exploring the area but not having one didn't stop us from getting around quite easily.
La Bussola Tropea: lovely hotel.
La Bussola Tropea very nice hotel!! The location was perfect, the desk staff very helpful knowledgable and they spoke 2 languages. Nice room and excellent reception staff. Relaxing atmosphere, services, cleanliness, comfortable beds, good food (delicious restaurant) and beautiful swimming pool.
Family management (very very friendly and hospitable ) and we enjoyed our stay.
La Bussola Tropea: splendido hotel.
La Bussola Tropea hotel molto bello!! La posizione era perfetta, lo staff del desk è molto efficiente, parlavano tutti 2 lingue. Le camere erano belle e lo staff della reception era fantastico. L'atmosfera era rilassante, il servizio, la pulizia, i letti comodi, il cibo ottimo (il ristorante era delizioso) e la piscina era bellissima.
La gestione era famigliare (la famiglia era molto molto cordiale ed ospitale) e ci siamo trovati benissimo.
La Bussola Tropea: lovely accomodations, relax location.
La Bussola is a beautiful hotel. The restaurant was incredible. The room and bathroom were very roomy and comfortable. The breakfast was excellent! Wow! that was the best breakfast buffet spread we've ever had during our stay in Europe. The internet is free, which I did not get to use, but it was in the lobby, just have to ask for password. I would truly come back and stay at this hotel. Just a suggestion which the hotel had provided for me before I got to the hotel. Well I forgot the direction on how to get there. Great shopping location (Capo Vaticano / San Nicolò) and the lake is just 5 - 10 min walk.
Friendliness and helpfulness of staff. Thanks!!!
La Bussola hotel Ricadi very nice family hotel.
Reception staff and service were very pleasant and efficient on arrival and checking out, cleanliness of the room, bathroom facilities, super breakfast and restaurant! The rest of the staff were friendly and courteous. Special thanks to Fabrizio and family Giuliano.
Schöner Urlaub im La Bussola Hotel!!
Ich war im September 2005 im "La Bussola". Es ist ein familiengeführtes Hotel (alle sehr, sehr freundlich). September ist eine schöne Zeit in Capo Vaticano, in der Nähe von Tropea. Das Hotel bietet nette Leistungen: einen kostenlosen Shuttlebus zum/vom Strand (Giuseppe ist ein besonderer Mensch), Klimaanlage, Farbfernseher, großen Parkplatz usw. Wir hatten ein schönes, großes Zimmer mit Blick auf den Pool. Das Personal an der Rezeption sind außergewöhnlich hilfsbereit und nett. Das Hotel hat eine tolle Lage und freundliches Personal. Tolles Restaurant! Ein ausgezeichnetes Hotel. Das Hotel hat eine schöne Webseite (-)albergolabussola(-). La Bussola in Kalabrien. Vielen Dank für den schönen Urlaub.
Vielen Dank für den schönen Urlaub, La Bussola Hotel!
Sehr hilfsbereites und aufmerksames Personal. Meine Frau war eine Nacht sehr verärgert und der Eigentümer hat das Problem fabelhaft gelöst. Der Service und die Sauberkeit sind hervorragend. Der leitende Bruder des Hotels ist ein Juwel. Es ist seit fast 50 Jahren ein familiengeführtes Hotel und man kann die Wärme und Herzlichkeit spüren. Personal sehr freundlich, saubere Zimmer. Das Hotel ist leicht zu finden. Das Restaurant ist etwas ganz Besonderes!!! Schönes Hotel für den Urlaub. Das Meer ist ca. 900 Meter entfernt. Es gibt einen Shuttlebus zum/vom Strand. Vielen Dank "Giuliano"-Familie!!
Friendly, family run and good value
The location of this hotel is perfect if you enjoy peaceful vacations. Its a few kilometers outside Tropea itself, but within walking distance of the small town of San Nicolo, which has a great Gelateria. However, if you want nightlife and to stay up late and go out drinking, this isn't the place for you. The hotel offers pick-up and drop-off at the local rail station (Ricadi) for free and to/from Lamezia Terme airport for a fee (book in advance for an aiport transfer or just call from the station for collection - but you'll need a cellphone). You could just stay here for a week, eat in the hotel and walk the tranquil local lanes and have a perfect get-away. If you want to do a bit more than that, you'll need to get yourself a rental car which will open up the area to you, put more interesting towns and a wider selection of beaches at your disposal.
The hotel itself is typical of mediterranean family run small hotels, very clean and functional but not luxurious. The family is friendly and mostly speak passable English, while the father Pino is fluent and effusively helpful. My room was small but adequate, with a side balcony but no view. Its worth noting that rooms facing the front of the hotel on the first and second floor (US second and third floor) have balconies AND a view towards Tropea and the ocean, a few rooms have pool views. The rooms have individual AC units and TVs, but only show Italian terrestrial channels. The only negative is the common one of marble-floored corridors and rooms transmitting sound which echoes through the walls of your room, I was there in the very low season when the hotel was quite quiet but I could foresee that in high season when its full it would only take a few party animals to create a much less restful environment.
The food was very good but service was a bit patchy, if you're American you'll need to be patient and clear about which order you want your dishes brought out in, and if you're English you'd be well advised to take your own teabags as the hotel's standard issue is Lipton's Lemon Tea, which tastes a bit odd with milk and sugar. Its also worth taking your own hand towel and face cloth/flannel as in common with most Italian hotels this one gives you the flat linen variety which looks like a dish towel to us. The hotel will do laundry for you, but the service can take several days.
Overall, I highly recommend this hotel in its category; it does serve as a very good value, friendly and tasty place to stay and the tranquil location is a winner.
La Bussola hotel good vacation!!
I have stayed at "La Bussola" in September 2005. It is a family management (very very friendly).
September is a beautiful month to stay in Capo Vaticano near Tropea. The hotel offers a good services: free shuttle service to/from the beach (Giuseppe is a special person),air conditioned, tv color, big parking, etc.. We had a nice large room with swimming pool view. Moreover the guys at the recpetion are exceptionally helpful and nice. The hotel was in a great location, had friendly helpful staff. Wonderful restaurant!! An excellent hotel.
The hotel has a graceful web site (-)albergolabussola(-)
La Bussola in Calabria...thanks for splendid vacations.
La Bussola hotel very good holiday, thanks to you!!
Extremely helpful and supportive staff. My wife was extremely upset 1 night and the owner was absolutely brilliant with his support and care. The service and cleanliness was incredible, the managing brother was absolutely a gem, its family run for over 30 - 50 years you ge a great feeling of unity and warmth. Fiendly staff,clean room,easy to find the place.
The restaurant is special!!!! Good hotel for make the holidays. The sea far approximately 900 mt. There is a good shuttle service to and from the beach. Thank you "Giuliano" family!!!