We stayed at Villa Franca in late April (sorry it’s taken so long to post this!). All in all this is a good choice for a stay in Pompeii, good value for money and very friendly and welcoming. There were a few annoyances, however. Giuseppe our host offered us an apartment as there were three of us and it was better value than two rooms. However, he didn’t mention that the apartment would be in a separate building down the road, so not near the pool or eating area. The apartment was basic, without a kitchen, but clean and pleasant, with a view of Vesuvius. The shower was a bit of a problem: needs a new head (easy enough to remedy) and kept going hot and cold by turns….
We ate in the garden one evening – dinner is offered every evening by the poolside if wanted, at 12 euros per head. The food was excellent and great value (three courses). However, we were offered red or white wine and opted for white, but were brought cloudy, home-made stuff which I could not drink. I sipped it to be polite (it’s less like a hotel and more like a private home, which has both pros and cons) but we hardly drank any. I can drink plonk with the best of them but this was definitely home brewed. Despite this I was surprised to see that we were charged 10 euros for the bottle. So be warned! Opt for the red! As the food was so good I paid up without a fuss. Breakfast was also generous and tasty, if a little light on choices.
The location is good – the other side of the station to the main town, in a quiet area, near the Villa dei Misteri and the entrance to the ruins (and the station). The whole place is pretty beat up (not just the hotel, but the whole town) but this is a reflection of economic conditions and not for lack of care. There are a couple of restaurants just five or ten minutes’ walk away.
At Villa Franca you’ll be assured good food and a warm welcome. Very good value for money overall.
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