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Parco Dei Principi Hotel Congress & Spa
Ranked #4 of 40 Hotels in Bari
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 October 2013

I had to overnight in Bari to catch an early flight the next day. Compared to the hotel I stayed at in Taranto, this place was fantastic. Very modern, clean with a friendly staff. The price was reasonable compared to other hotels in the area. Parking was free as was the internet. The speed of the internet (I was on the 7th floor), was excellent. I had no problem connecting to any websites or streaming video. The room had CNN International in English, but no other English stations. The bathroom was very large and clean. The bed was a little hard for me, but ok. I did not use any of the gym or pool facilities, but they looked well maintained.

We used the hotel shuttle to take us to the airport in the morning. We were told that the price was 3 Euro, but were charged 5 Euro the night before when we returned our rental cars. Make sure you know the price before asking.

I saw the prices in the hotel restaurant kind of high, but reasonable. Without knowing how good the food was, we opted to go out and explore the eateries nearby. I was able to get a bowl of ice for my room from the bar, at no charge, but I did tip the waiter. There is a strip mall right behind the hotel with a convenience store that sells wine, beer, sodas, drinks, snack food and a deli counter for fresh sandwiches. I was able to purchase a bottle of wine to bring home that was much better priced than the stores in the airport. There is also a pizzeria in the same building. We all ate dinner there, the pizza and beer was pretty good but the deserts were terrible (pre-made and frozen). The waiter was very attentive, I would eat there again, but not order desert.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

Lets start with the good things:
- Large room.
- Modern style.
- Very large safe (can accommodate a 15" laptop).
- Very nice view from the window. However, at night two big projectors illuminate the building and you must use the heavy curtains to sleep.
- Very nice decoration and architecture. Modern and simplistic. However, the architect compromized the compfort and usability.
- The breakfast and good, but small variety of foods.

Now, the drawbacks:
- Nothing is free in this hotel. They say the pool is free, but you are charged for renting the towels and you must buy from them a swimming cap. If you bring your own, its not accepted. You must buy from them (5 Euro) in order to get into the pool. For sauna, you pay extra.
- It is in an isolated place. No shops and no restaurants within walking distance. You only have the hotel restaurant, which is expensive.
- Not enough power sockets for charging your phones / laptop.
- At the reception they recommend that you do not leave your car outside the garage, since it might be stolen during the night. It does not feel good to stay in such a neighborhood.
- Problematic airconditioner.
- Very weak WiFi signal. It works only in one corner of the room.
- The bed mattress is too soft.
- Water flow in the shower is too weak.
- No kettle or coffee machine.

My conclusion is that this is a good hotel, especially for conferences, where you have to be isolated. In view of the above mentioned drawbacks, it is much overprised. If you consider organizing a conference in this hotel, you should negotiate the price.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

We stayed after a late night flight. We had a hire car so free private parking was a bonus. They have 24 hour reception, and the staff are just lovely. The hotel was super easy to get to, we could see it from the airport, yet had no noise issues. The hotel is new, so the rooms and facilities are brilliant. I wouldn't stay anywhere else for ease of access to the airport and quality of hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CloverJ77
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Good hotel, strategically located for Bari Airport.
Great pool.
Ground floor restaurant is ok but would not eat there repeatedly.
The 8th floor gourmet restaurant was closed.
Breakfast is ok, not great.
Rooms are great and spacious.
Very clean hotel.
Only negative issue, is the SPA. They want €20 per person to use the sauna and steam bath...

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Nicola M
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

We used this on outward and inward stopovers at Bari airport. A large hotel with pool, spa etc (which we did not use), but we did enjoy diner both times in the restaurant in the evening and the buffet breakfast (included) offered a wide choice. On first arrival we walked from the airport to the hotel, with luggage, but it was quite tiring in the heat. Thereafter we used their shuttle bus (5 Euros per person per trip). All very clean and modern with helpful staff. Would recommend as an airport hotel, and maybe even for a stay in Bari, as Bari has a cheap Park and Ride system.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Very high quality for this airport-based **** hotel and spa. We stayed over for one night, and we managed to enjoy the pleasant swimming pools and massages. Although it was high season, beginning of August, we were nearly alone in using the spa services. The restaurant on the ground floor offers a selection of local dishes, and the overall quality is very good (said by an Italian originally coming from Apulia Region).

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Afrik D
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Reviewed 8 August 2013 via mobile

Really it does not matter that it is situated near Bari airport and not in the city center as other much more expensive hotels as Bari with your own car or by train from the airport is only 15 minutes away. I love this hotel as it is modern and clean, service in the restaurant and bar is perfect and the rooms are modern and spacious. We had a family room with 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms.
Fantastic pool and spa but we used only the pool. Perfect hotel in Bari without spending a fortune.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank gt67-berkshire
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Additional Information about Parco Dei Principi Hotel Congress & Spa

Address: Prolungamento Viale Europa, 6, 70128, Bari, Italy
Region: Italy > Puglia > Province of Bari > Bari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 40 Hotels in Bari
Price Range: £82 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Parco Dei Principi Hotel Congress & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 231
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Parco dei Principi Hotel is located at the entrance of the Bari Karol Wojtlya airport, next to the motorway junctions and urban road links, thanks to its strategic position and its wide range of services, it is able to satisfy every kind of stay and customer requirement.Hi-tech efficiency and functionality, pleasure in comfort and relax, appeal of the natural environment all make Parco dei Principi a state-of-the-art and multi-purpose hotel on a human and environmental scale.A green area of 13,000 sq.m. incorporating an historic fortified farm-house and a scenery as far as the eye can see, borders the structure that has been designed according to the natural light and external space available. Special attention has been reserved to materials and design elements. Precious marbles, formaldehyde-free wood, natural-fibre carpets, latest-generation safety systems assure a serene and eco-sustainable stay. The exclusive design has been studied to create the right atmosphere for each surrounding: from the restaurants to the fitness centre, from the business area to the conference centre, from the rooms to the external furniture. ... more   less 
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