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“Great Location” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel Calypso
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Ventimiglia
Brisbane, Australia
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81 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great Location”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Location is the best thing about this hotel. Wifi was strong. We had a room with a balcony looking out at other apartments out the back, while nothing spectacular it was lovely to have somewhere to sit down outside. Room was basic but clean. The shower is a bit of a weird set up, a shower over a bath tub, but no shower curtain and their wasn't much room between the toilet and the bathtub. I don't think there is a lot of options for accommodation in central Ventimiglia. Easy walking distance to the train station.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank TravellersBrisbane
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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14 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

Found by accident. Wanted to stay a commutable distance from Monaco for F1. Simple hotel family run with charm and simple needs all covered. Breakfast is fabulous with lots of fresh food served from before 7 until 10. Perfect start for a busy day. Staff catered well for guests needs.
Room cleaned every day with fresh towels. A real bonus!!!
Staff don't speak perfect English but our Italian isn't the best either but we all got on and communicated with ease and good spirit.
Hotel good location for train station only 5 mins walk.
Local supermarket 2 mins away with an abundance of eating establishments and shops on the doorstep.
The Italian riviera lacks the glamour and price tag of Monaco but if you are not a hotel snob I would say this is a top find! We would certainly come here again.
Downside.... Two story hotel with marble stairs and no lift. Tricky after a long days travel.

Our balcony had no view but we didn't plan on staying here until last minute so got last room... Useful washing line ( and pegs!!!) on the balcony.

Staff could not have been more welcoming and I could recommend this hotel if you wanted a simple clean family run B&B.

The Friday market is hysterical with every fake tat item on offer... But fun!

The beach is 1-2 mins walk through a lovely park.

Thanks to Calypso for a lovely stay!

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Jan A
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Moreno A, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Calypso, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Dear Jan, we are always glad when kind customers like you find our hotel by accident and definitely enjoy the stay. Thanks so much for choosing us, we look forward to hosting you again next time and don't hesitate to let us know your preferences about view, bathroom and floor.
We really appreciate your nice review,
HC
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Melbourne, Australia
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90 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

As I prepare for my 4th trip to Hotel Calypso (in June) I thought i would write another review from my stay last year (see previous reviews regarding Stay 1 and 2).

For those that are not familiar to Ventimiglia this hotel has a fantastic location. Right in the middle of the shops, cafes and a 1 min walk to the very popular Friday market. Roughly a 5-10 min to the train station depending on how quickly you walk.

The hotel is exceptionally clean and offers excellent value for a very expensive part of the world. It is by far the best hotel in the area, partly due to the very friendly management team and the quality the hotel provides. It is rated 2 star where in other parts of the world this would be classed as bad quality. Not here. It should rated at least 4 star. Breakfast is included, however we have yet to eat there as we normally eat with family while in town.

Bed linen changed daily, bathroom absolutely spotless. Rooms with balcony a welcome relief from the hot summers (and double shades to enable blackout).
My only critique would be for extra pillows on the bed and perhaps a mattress topper to make the bed softer, but that's personal preference.

The rooms are basic (small television, desk, chair, light, wardrobe). There is no safe which is something they should look at getting. But Ventimiglia and the hotel is very very safe.

You won't get better value or service anywhere else in Ventimiglia. Look forward to being back in our regular room in June!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Jinxyoz
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Moreno A, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Calypso, responded to this review, 5 August 2014
Thank you so much again for your fantastic review, we are pleased to hear we are still your favorite hotel to spend your Italian holiday with. It's really assuring to receive comments such as yours and we can't wait to see you again around our unique Riviera, HC
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Australia
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292 reviews
78 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

At 88 euro including breakfast this hotel is excellent value. The reception is welcoming and helpful. The rooms are basic but adequate, comfortable and very clean. The ensuites are new looking, spacious. The shower had good pressure and good hot water. There is a small balcony with furniture to relax on and enjoy the bustle below. Some rooms have a partial view of the sea. The wifi was free and effective. The hotel is in a lively area and close to the sea but also quiet at night. Breakfast was good continental with very good croissants and welcoming option of cappuccino. When moving by train from France through Italy, Ventimiglia can be a good option as it is much cheaper (but less glossier) than neighbouring France's Côte d'Azur. The trains to major Italian destinations start here. It is a comfortable 10 minute walk to the station with luggage.

  • Stayed May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Travel_addict13_10
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Moreno89, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Calypso, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you so much for this thorough review, we are thrilled you enjoyed you stay. It's always nice to receive comments like yours, we'd be happy to host you on your next trip to Southern Europe.
HC
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Hernando, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

MY SON AND I stayed in Calypso hotel for one week in may 2013. We had a great time.Close to the beach wonderfull fresh breakfast every day.THE Owners went out of their way to make sure everything was perfect.My son had a nasty cold they made soup for him. We will be back in 2014

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank jonna b
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Moreno89, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Calypso, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you Jonna, we are glad to hear you and your son enjoyed your stay and we are happy the soup helped. For sure will be a pleasure to see you back with us this year.
HC
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2013

We stayed at this hotel for one night, on 25 October 2013. As other reviewers have said, it was spotlessly clean and the room was a perfectly good size with an ample bathroom. The location is ideal for the beach, market and the surrounding amenities in Ventimiglia. Breakfast was continental buffet style and was more than adequate for our needs.
The owner was very helpful and friendly and, overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Calypso. Would go back again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Dotstephen
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Moreno89, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Calypso, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Grazie, it was our pleasure hosting you. It's pleasant to hear comments like yours and we hope to see you again.
HC
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Perth, Australia
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013

We stayed at this delightful hotel in September for 3 nights and we were so happy with our room, spotlessly clean and spacious and the bathroom was very large. Great location a few minutes walk to the beach and easy walking distance from the train station. Staff were very friendly and welcoming and the breakfast is served in a pleasant room with the usual variety. The markets are on almost right outside the hotel on a Sunday and there are a huge amount of stalls. I would definitely recommend this hotel in beautiful Ventimiglia.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Rose M
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Moreno89, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at Hotel Calypso, responded to this review, 14 May 2014
Thank you for choosing to stay with us. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your time in Ventimiglia and look forward to hosting you again the next time you're in the area.
We appreciate your kind comments,
HC
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Additional Information about Hotel Calypso

Property: Hotel Calypso
Address: Via Giacomo Matteotti 8, 18039 Ventimiglia, Italy
Region: Italy > Liguria > Italian Riviera > Ventimiglia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 12 Hotels in Ventimiglia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Calypso 2*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Really close by the Mediterranean sea, next to the town gardens and located in the city centre, Hotel Calypso welcomes you to explore the wonderful Riviera dei Fiori (the Italian riviera specially known for its colourful flowers). On the border between France and Italy, just 30 minutes driving from Nice Airport and only 3 km from the worldwide famous Hanbury Botanical Gardens, Hotel Calypso is inviting you to discover the visit every Friday one of the biggest European markets which take place all around the city and admire the picturesque landscape of the region Liguria. Hotel Calypso will offer you a cozy room to enjoy your delicious buffet breakfast, an american bar, 24hours Free Wi-Fi in all the rooms, free Internet Point Computer, garage (free for your bicycles) and a night porter service. Hospitality, courtesy and cleanness are our moto. The owners will be pleased to offer the most suitable type of room you prefer, all with hairdryers, satellite TV, phone, Free Wi-Fi and ventilators (air-conditioning if available) for all your summer and winter holidays, during the Formula One GP or whenever you wish to visit our magical Riviera. ... more   less 
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