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La Garconniere
Ranked #60 of 236 Salerno B&B and Inns
Reviewed 25 July 2013

Right in the heart of Salerno, with secure parking nearby. Port with boats sailing to Amalfi is about a fifteen minute walk, and if you don't fancy the hairy drive along the coast road this would be a good base. The old town really buzzes in the evening and we enjoyed cocktails while four quite ancient ladies drinking at the next table argued vociferously. Very entertaining, except we didn't understand a word!
The electric fan was a great addition to the aircon and kept the room at a good temperature and the bed was comfortable - we found Italian beds quite hard in general but slept well here.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

A fantastic B&B - Rooms, service, and breakfast were all of the highest quality. The owners (a charming family who live above) were helpful in every regard. Look no further should you stay a night or more in Salerno.

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Reviewed 8 July 2013

My wife and I stayed at La Garconniere for 6 nights at the start of July to get away from everything and our stay in Salerno did just that. We arrived late on Monday night at 11pm and the owners were keen to welcome us and take our orders for breakfast the following morning. We managed to communicate through a mixture of international sign language and broken anglo-italian (we don't speak any italian at all, and the owners are developing the english but certainly good enough to be friendly!).

There are three rooms at La Garconniere, they have names but I can't recall what they were so I'm just going to give them arbitrary numbers (sorry!). All three rooms have external private bathrooms and the doors to each room are a form of translucent frosted glass(!):

Rooms 1 + 2 (on the left as you go into the B&B)
- Room 1: On the left again after turning let at the front door, this was our room: it was the biggest of all the rooms by some way. It is actually the room showed in most of the photos on the website's gallery. It has a small balcony, a fridge, hair dryer and lots of "vintage chic" furniture. It's very quiet. The bathroom it is allocated to is the largest of the three, across the hallway from the room, with a bath and reasonable shower. The rooms all come with aircon and a decent fan. We found the aircon very feeble but it had its effect after a couple of hours! The fan helped when it was particularly hot.

- Room 2: Straight ahead as you go left at the front door. This is another sweet room. It's about half the size of Room 1 and the bathroom it is allocated to is right next door. It has a standalone shower.

Room 3 (The "suite") is to the right of the front door. It contains similar furniture to room 1, is of equal size but does not have any windows. It receives some natural light through a translucent door that opens out into a small area just off the communal breakfast room. There is a sofa in the room but we didn't want to stay in the suite owing to the lack of direct natural light. It is worth adding that there is a terrace that the B&B has which I think the suite has sole access to during the day but that might be sued communally at breakfast time (see below!). The bathroom is across the hallway and is the smallest of the three, with just a stand alone shower like bathroom 2.


Our stay at La Garconniere was truly relaxing - it was a very quiet place to have as our base to explore the interesting town of Salerno and try and build on our pigeon Italian! Most people seem to stay here for 1 or 2 nights but we thoroughly enjoyed our 6 nights there. Your day starts with breakfast. The lovely housekeeper who,rather embarrassingly, I cant recall her name, is omnipresent to aid with anything you need. She seems to speak most languages that the guests there spoke including fantastic English which was a plus! The choice for breakfast includes a choice between "sweet or salt" which ends up being a croissant (plain/jam/chocolate) or some nice ham and cheese. On top of this, you get fresh coffee however you take it (espresso/cappuccino/americano/latte etc) or teas of various sorts. To top this off you have a selection of cakes to eat. The downside of being somewhere for 6 nights is that you notice the cakes remain the same through the week. There was a choice of 3 cakes a day and over the week we saw bout 6 types of cake.

After breakfast you are asked what time you'd like to eat breakfast the following morning and what you would like it (this is a daily ritual which some people might find a little regimented). There is an offer to eat breakfast on the terrace in the summer, but this never seemed to materialise which was one of the few negative points we noticed over the week. It would have been nice to have eaten outside each of the mornings that we were there. This is not just because it's nice to eat al fresco, but also as the tables outside are individual rather than communal and, being British, we would have liked to have that extra privacy in the mornings!

After breakfast, you're asked to vacate you're room at around half ten in the morning (ish) if you want it to be cleaned.

Whilst we were there, we asked about using the terrace during the day which was met with some confusion initially but the housekeeper kindly sorted this out for us by liaising with the owners who allowed us to use it as no one was in the suite that day. This extra effort was greatly apprecaited.

Summary: We had a lovely stay here - the room that comes with the bath in the bathroom is the nicest and we would recommend this one. Breakfast is nice, if not a little routine. It would be nice to be able to be offered breakfast on the terrace as a choice.

Pros
Quite, pretty B&B with lots of vintage chic touches and big beds.
Filling breakfast
Helpful owners and housekeeper
In the centre of Salerno
Very near the promenade
Free Wifi

Cons (I'm nit picking)
Breakfast is a little regimented and it would be nice to have it on the terrace
The translucent doors take some getting used to
Feeble air conditioning
[Not a Con but speaking Italian helps! and it adds to the charm not being able to speak english]

Room Tip: The standard room with the bath in the bathroom is by far the nicest. If you want natural light an...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 February 2017
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Address: Piazza Sedile di Portanova 5, 84121 Salerno, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Amalfi Coast > Salerno
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Ranked #60 of 236 B&Bs / Inns in Salerno
Price Range: £72 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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