We ended up at Cala Corvino as part of a timeshare program. My husband and I are beach goers so this hotel wasn't really up our alley. All the the reviews seem pretty fair in regards to the lack of beach (you have to walk over to the next resort to swim), the smell of sulfur and the resort being past it prime. We were there in October so the city and resort were all in low season. This was great for us b/c it was still in the high 70's and we had the place to ourselves. The "beachfront portion" of the property is all rocky sharp cliffs. They are very beautiful to hike on and take some interesting pics. However the overpowering smell of sulfur did put a damper on the experience. The smell came and went, but it was pretty powerful.
The lobby was absolutely desolate of life, but when we needed anything the desk staff was very obliging to help us. This included directions to a sandy beach, markets, and restaurants, all of which were perfect! I am glad I read the reviews that recommended getting a car b/c the trip would have been horrible without it. We used the car for frequent trips to downtown Monopoli, the markets, the beaches in Capitolo (8km south), Alberobello, and the Grotte di Castellana.
Overall, once we found our way around town we were able to appreciate the hotel more. We didn't use any of the amenities but did enjoy sipping wine on the patio watching the sunset, the sea and the small farm plots next door. The room was very clean, the bed comfortable and the kitchenette made our stay nicer as well.
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