We spent a week here in May, 2014. This resort needs to evaluated through the lens of what it cost to stay here for a week. We paid 1/5 the cost of our previous week in a lovely spot in Sorrento. We saw no packs of dogs, or youths, or garbage. Yes, there were areas where the grass hadn't been cut and weeds were growing. These areas were being cut during the week we were there. Our apartment was clean. We e-mailed ahead and told them we were three single women, when we arrived we had a one bed room unit with three single beds in it as well as a day bed in the living room. We told them our arrival time and were picked up by the shuttle bus at the train station. We were told before we came to the area that it was primarily an area where Italians go to holiday, not a non-Italian tourist area. We thought it was a bonus to go to somewhere that was "off the beaten path". One of the three people we dealt with at the front desk spoke reasonably good English. The other two people had very limited English, but at all times were courteous and helpful. There is a young man named Ricardo in the rather good restaurant on site who speaks English quite well, perhaps he should be moved to the front desk. The worst part about the week was other English speaking guests who complained incessantly about everything. I was embarrassed by them and for them. By all means stay at I Giardini di Atena, and enjoy the beauty of the area, the wonderful people and above all the food!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wonderful City Resort opened all year long with 472 apartments of various types and all the facilities for a comfortable temporary or longer residence; Salento cooking and excellent service trips are also available on request 12 months out of 12;the Resort is situated between Lecce city of Art and the Adriatic coast. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- I Giardini Di Atena Italy/Province Of Lecce - Merine Apulia