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Hotel Pensione Giulia di Francesco De Chirico
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Reviewed 1 September 2012

We're Americans living in Italy, and we've travelled all over the country, so we have a pretty good idea by now of what we should expect when we visit a new Italian city. This hotel was appalling in every way (except the location, which was handy to the train-station). The room decor could be categorized as "1960's flea market" and the room smelled bad because for some unknown reason, the window was kept closed. An electrical outlet in a key location in the room was actually hanging out of the wall by the wires, covered in electrical tape, and so I didn't dare use it.
Breakfast was the worst we've ever seen in Italy, a country which takes food extremely seriously: there was stale coffee in a thermos, and you were allotted just one limp, plastic-wrapped pastry that had come out of a box (something like twinkies, but not as nice!).
The icing on the cake, though, was the incredibly indifferent, ever-unsmiling staff. The first one, whom we met when we arrived, actually held out her hand and demanded payment in cash immediately, although we had booked the room with a credit-card. She then demanded "extra" payment, also in cash, for towels! We later asked her for a map of the city (since she hadn't offered us one), and she hesitated a long time before finally handing us an illegible b&w photocopy that was useless.
Another employee, whom we met in the breakfast-room in the morning, didn't reply when we asked (in Italian, mind you!) for a cup of tea, and simply walked away and left us there to wait and wait, until we finally realized she was just ignoring us completely. We started an informal contest among us, to see whether anyone working in the hotel would ever smile, or say hello to us before we greeted them first--and nobody ever did.
The day we left, a third employee checked us out and then, incredibly, refused to give us a receipt, telling us, "you can come back this afternoon and get one." Um, what was the point of that, please? In any case, we had to catch a train! All hotels are required by Italian law to give a receipt when you check out, even if you also have a receipt from a credit-card transaction--which we didn't, since staffer #1 insisted we had to give her cash the moment we arrived, remember?
While we were still there, we tried to make a joke of all the bad service, but the business about the receipt is not funny. For the same price in other major Italian cities, we have found numerous hotels with much nicer rooms, more amenities, and professional service. The city of Bari was interesting, but we would never stay in this place again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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15  Thank Marie W
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Reviewed 7 May 2010

We stayed here after getting the all day ferry from Dubrovnik, before getting a flight from Bari the next morning. Hotel was easy to find on foot from the port. Good size room, clean and comfortable, light sleepers might be affected by street noise. Breakfast was basic and the coffee was cold but wasn't expecting much. Staff were friendly and let us leave our bags for a couple of hours after check out.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank rojo81
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Reviewed 10 October 2009

I stayed in Bari overnight on my way to Rome, after coming over from Croatia on the ferry. The hotel was fairly easy to find and in close proximity to the train station. My room and the (shared) bathroom were spotless and the staff very friendly despite the language barrier! This hotel was ideal was an overnight stop-over.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled solo
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3  Thank cash182
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Reviewed 20 May 2009

My wife wanted to look thru old records for links to her family in a nearby town so we stayed in Bari for two nights. The hotel was very good, with a nice breakfast in the morning, and close to the train station. The only issue we had was the street outside was very noisy and our room seemed to operate as an amplifier. We slept thru the night, but if you are a light sleeper you'll want a room that's not facing the street, as ours was.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank michapok
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Reviewed 7 June 2008

We selected this hotel for it's proximity to the train station because we had an early morning departure, and were pleasantly surprised. It is an easy 5 minute walk from the train station on the second floor (with elevator) of a building it shares with two other hotels. Our room was large, with high ceilings and a balcony. The furnishings are rather spartan, but everything was spotless. The shower was large with an interesting vent. It was a small hole, high in the shower wall. The owners were very nice. The breakfast was standard (yogurt, breads, Italian pink juice and coffee). On the way to the train station is a nice deli where you can buy everything you need for lunch on a long train journey.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank boomertraveler54
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