I arrived in Foggia after along drive, and tired, checked the Trip Advisor site for suggestions. Though this looked like a charming place, it was downright awful, to the point that I cannot possibly ever trust booking a top rated hotel from the trip advisor site without doing further outside investigation. Top points: very blasé young desk clerk, in no way capable of bing the sole employee on duty at a hotel, as unhelpful as could be. Room stunk like a stale dirty ashtray, had gnats buzzing around the room keeping me awake, sheets with a stiff roughness that felt like polyester, and to top it all off, the noisy AC would not allow a setting below 27 C, or 80 F. The breakfast buffet was grim, with pastries wrapped in cellophane, and actually looked like twinkles. An very grumpy girl at the coffee bar roamed the empty room making gruff slamming noises while grimacing. The night of our arrival, the restaurant was closed, and the clerk said she could offer no suggestions for any restaurant in the city, because "everything in town was closed that day for a soccer match." They seemed to not offer any room service. Well, I walked 2 blocks and ended up having a very pleasant dinner at the Hotel Mercure. I wished I had booked a room there as well, as it seems infinitely better, staffed with pleasant professionals, rather than sullen youngsters without a clue. The only pros that I can think of are the neighborhood, and perhaps that they offer parking space.
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