When we were booking our holiday, we had a short list of 2 hotels and decided on this one purely based on it's location although the tripadvisor reviews were not as good as the other hotel. We were certainly not disappointed and the hotel lived up to our expectations in every way.
To deal with the location first, Marina Grande is such a beautiful, unspoilt fishing harbour with hardly any traffic. The hotel is right at the end of the harbour and the road (if you can call it that) stops there so there is no traffic at all.
The hotel is quite small and intimate so you get to know the other guests and the staff quite quickly.
The room was not the biggest but was very nicely decorated (all white with lovely chandeliers), was spotlessly clean and maintained to a very high standard every day by Rosa. One gripe here which is down to Thomson and not the hotel, we paid extra for a "full" sea view and our room was set back in the middle of the hotel with a wall extending out to sea on the left of our balcony. This meant we only had half a sea view which was disappointing and I am currently pursuing this with Thomson.
Andreas, the head waiter, was a seriously scary looking character who appeared to rule his staff with a rod of iron but he is actually a lovely man with a great sense of humour and his staff were all excellent (particular mention for Jayne's favourite Francesco). Nothing was too much trouble for any of them. Food was good with good choice every day.
The Thomson rep Liz is lovely and the walkabout after the welcome meeting is well worth doing.
The hotel does lose the sun early afternoon but Delphine's pier is available just a couple of hundred yards away with 4 or 5 hours more sun. If you go down towards Marina Piccolo, these piers all charge for hire of sun loungers and charge extortionate prices for drinks. Neither of these happen at Delphine's. You are free to walk on and not pressured to buy anything at all. It looked like a lovely place to eat too but we never got round to it as the food in the hotel kept us there.
All in all, we loved the place and definitely recommend it to anyone
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