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“It was Awesome - E'stato un Paradiso (it was a Paradise)” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Saline Hotel
Ranked #6 of 24 Hotels in Palinuro
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
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“It was Awesome - E'stato un Paradiso (it was a Paradise)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2011

It was a delight to stay at the Hotel Saline, we (my partner and myself) arrived to such a warm welcome. The front receptionist took time to explain about our room and the services which the hotel covers. Our room was facilitated with the expectations we endeavoured, it was cool and clean. The room was cleaned on a daily basis, the cleaning staff was helpful and polite. Our holiday stay at the Hotel Saline is one of the best holidays we have been on and one of the reasons why is down to the helpfulness of the Manager, receptionists, barstaff and restaurant staff. Although our Italian was not up to scratch, the staff was always there to help us and it was so much fun to be taught the basic phrases which helped us as we journeyed to other places surrounding Palinuro. The entertaiment was very good, there was always something going on each night, the DJ, was very up on his music, there were other entertainers who were polite, encouraging guests to partiipate with the thrills of entertainment which was orchestrated so well around and along the beach. There is so much for families who have young childen, activities are arranged for the children to enjoy and join in and have fun, the young lady who entertained the children was like a "Mary Poppins", the children just adored and marvelled around her when she appeared. One of its beauties is the beach, so pure and clear, as you go into the water you feel so refreshed, I would recommend that you wear beach shoes because it is slightly rocky but that's all good because the sea is pure, it is an area for snorkelling too, there is so much acquirium life in the region. The Restaurant food is top class, whether it was breakfast, lunch or dinner, there was a delicious range of 'a le carte' Italian crusine served, the food was full of passion, integritiy and seductive flavours which can only be experienced in that region. I am not an Italian but the food we tasted at the hotel oozed with so many flavours of the sea and the pasta was just mouthwatering "mama mia" - a wow factor in our books. The service was of the most highest professionalism, it was a pleasure to meet Tonito (Head Waiter) with his sophistication and professionalism, he engaged his staff to be proficient which resulted with the most excellent service. Although it was more Italian families, it was a joy to be surrounded with such lovely people and I felt very comfortable amongst Italian families. The Bar staff was so refreshng and friendly, my partner befriended the bar staff who always spent time to chat about Football creating a ambience atmosphere full of laughter and fun. As my partner's Italian was so bad, it was a daily banter and it got to the point that the receptionist purchased a phrase book for us because they could not take his bad italian anymore (which in anybodies book is beyond the call of duty). This is a place of fun, joy, relaxation, excellent food and service, friendly, polite, welcoming and most of all its surrounded by beauty. We loved it and will one day return. Now for some italian we have taught ourselves:

E'stato triste lasciare un poito cosi bello con il personale piu calda e maravigliosa. Ci manca a tutti voi, ma il ricordo vive nel nostro cuore, siamo pieni di gioia e felicita - Grazie per averci dato un meraviglioso soggiorno presso l''Hotel Saline.

Just in case you are not up on your Italiian skills, I will translate in English: It was sad to leave such a beatiful place with the most warm and wonderful staff. We miss you all but the memories lives on in our hearts, we are filled with joy and happiness - Thank you for giving us such a wonderful stay at the Hotel Saline and as a bonus, we have met and made many friends.

Whether you are single, a couple or a family, this is the place to give yourself a special treat.

Room Tip: A room with a sea view is a plus, try to get a room on a higher level
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jean S
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English first
Manchester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

This July was our second visit to this hotel and, if anything, we enjoyed our stay even more than last year. There were three in our party, myself, partner and daughter, aged 4 and we stayed for ten nights.
The staff are a great asset to the hotel. Without exception, they were all very friendly, helpful and attentive and seemed to go out of their way to make our stay enjoyable.
The hotel itself is very clean, the room was comfortable and plenty big enough for the three of us. It had a balcony and, although small, enabled us to enjoy the spectacular sea views.
The service in the dining room is very good and the dinners were excellent but I do love pasta and seafood!
One of the reasons for returning is its fabulous location - it is right on the coast and has fantastic sea views. We found it ideal for us, ie family with a small child, as there is easy access to and from the beach, and my daughter loved being able to play on the beach one minute and then go in the pool the next. The beach itself is clean and, as other reviews have pointed out, swimming shoes are a must when going in the sea because of the rock. However, we all loved going in the sea and even did some snorkelling.
The Hotel employs an entertainment team, who worked tirelessly all day arranging activities for children and adults alike. My daughter was a bit shy and didn't want to join in all the activities but enjoyed the ones she did. She particularly loved the 'baby disco' and still sings the Italian songs now! The adult entertainment schedule is not really our cup of tea and, other than catching a couple of the shows, we tended to not to get involved and it was nice that there was no pressure to do so.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank PaulaMcD
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St Albans, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

My wife, daughter aged 5 and step-son aged 9 and I just returned from a wonderful 2 week stay at Hotel Saline.
Service: I got the feeling the staff were falling over themselves to make sure we had a good time. They succeeded. Everyone from the drivers who took us into / picked us up from Palinuro to the people on reception were friendly and helpful.
Food: No complaints. I love Italian food and was able to enjoy it at the hotel. 'Tonio, the head waiter was helpful, polite and very professional.
Room: On the small side for the four of us but as we weren't in it much it didn't matter. We had a sea view which meant we could enjoy the beautiful sunsets.
Entertainments: A very energetic and enthusiastic team were constantly circulating and arranging activities for the "bambini" - although our two don't speak Italian they were made to feel welcome and enjoyed making sand volcanos (!), playing swimming games and drawing etc. I played beach volleyball and my wife enjoyed the "aqua-gym" In the evenings the children went to the "baby-dance" and were watched by parents.
Beach: Clean. Another reviewer mentions investing in swimming shoes and I am glad I took their advice. The coral starts immediately and provides excellent opportunities for exploring, snorkelling and swimming for adventurous kids and adults alike.
If you want a sea with a sandy bed immediately sloping away from the sandy beach you will be disappointed.
Other guests: We met one other English couple during our stay. Everyone else was Italian. I quite liked this and made some friends with good football banter and being able to laugh at my own pathetic volleyball skills!
This is a fun and relaxing place to come with a family. Yes, I would return.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris L
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Hampshire, UK
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2011

Be VERY careful if you are considering this hotel. This hotel is an Italian 'Butlin's'. If you're looking for a 'holiday camp' then you won't be disappointed. They blast music out across the beach and throughout the hotel morning through to late night. Awful cheesy 'karaoke' style singers all evening (there's no escape from it), baby-disco (I'm not kidding) and 'musical aerobics' in the pool. The hotel's decor throughout is like a tiled bathroom gone wild. To descibe this as a 4 Star hotel is inexplicable. The misrepresentation of the website is shocking. Also, Citalia's misrepresentation in it's brochure is equally disgraceful. Any trust in Citalia has disappeared. None of it stands up to closer inspection - the pool is very small and poor. The beach is poor and totally jammed. The food is terrible (and this is Italy, for heaven's sake!...there's good food everywhere. But not here.) And there's a building site right next door.
We were booked in for 6 nights. After one night we left. Got in the hire car and escaped.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank charles c
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HotelSaline, Direttore at Saline Hotel, responded to this review, 14 September 2011
Dear Sir,
Receiving bad reviews is part of the play but, quite honestly, only when they are reliable. One night stay can’t give a right idea of a place.
Sometimes it is really difficult to balance different needs but the fact that this is a family hotel explains the music and entertainment until 11.00 pm in the evening.
The hotel’s decor you judge as a “tiled bathroom gone wild” has recently been restored by an important architect and the same tiles are from Vietri sul Mare. How strange? Tiles are getting popular in England too.
Anyway many thanks for your comment and we really hope to welcome you in the future.

With kind regards,

The hotel manager
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Hastings, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

The photographs of the Hotel would indicate that this is a quiet and relaxing place to stay. Think again. If you like music blasted out through a single speaker (akin to what you would expect with a travelling fairground ride) punctuated with the equivalent of a Butlins Red Coat shouting into a microphone in Italian, presumably telling everybody they're having a good time; from morning until late into the night, then you are on the right track. The food is of very poor quality, one main course consisted of two circles of spam, the swimming pool had a distinct odour of diesel about it and if you're wondering why the pictures are taken only showing the view directly out to sea or to the left; it's because the hotel has a large unfinished concrete structure to the right. There were also builders present throughout our stay banging about and adding to the general din. It was so bad, we checked out 2 days early and relocated rather than be driven mad by another night of the headshatteringly loud 'baby-disco' (don't ask!)
The Hotel is seriously misrepresented if you rely on the web-site. Think of a noisy Italian Butlins 3 hours from any decent town and you will get the picture.

Room Tip: Don't go south of the Amalfi Coast.
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lke1
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Boston
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2010

Great ambiance, incredible crystal clear water, a serious children program and great weather make for a top family vacation destination. The restaurant service is superior and the whole place is spotless. The establishment is run by one of the best known families of hoteliers of the Sorrento coast. We recommend considering water shoes for small children due to the reef pushing close to the beach. The presence of the reef also means hundreds of delightful sea creatures for kids and adults to enjoy and explore while snorkeling in the safety of the reef. The location is also a perfect starting point for excursion on one of the most pristine coasts of the Tyrrenian sea.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ARGBoston
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England
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2009

It's hard to say exactly what this hotel, and Palinuro itself, is really like as when we went (mid-September) everything had begun to close down. The village was like a ghost town and by the time we checked out of the hotel, we were literally the last guests in the building - the staff had been packing things away for the last 3 days and we were half-expecting the manager to hand us a set of keys and tell us to lock up on our way out.

The hotel itself was very clean and well presented, except for the pool which looked a big scuzzy and uninviting. Our room was quite small but clean and with a great view of the ocean and beach which is just metres away. One complaint about the room was the over-priced mini-bar which contained no snacks - and in a hotel where NO food was available outside of set meal times, a bag of nuts or a ginger biscuit would have been most welcome.

On the subject of food, the restaurant could have been better, but with the lack of alternatives within walking distance we were very glad of the food on offer. The menu lacked variety (plenty of local pasta and seafood dishes but very little else), but the quality was very good which - almost - made up for this.
The staff in the restaurant we very friendly and service was top notch, but be aware you will find communicating very difficult unless you have a basic grasp of the Italian language (actually, this may apply to Italy in general as they seem the be of the opinion that the world should speak their language - something they share with us Brits).

The location of the hotel is ok. If you have a car you will have no problems - but if not, its a good 20 minutes walk to the village centre, and 45 minutes to the harbour. There also nothing much of interest within walking distance, other than beaches. On a larger scale, the surrounding area is stunningly beautiful, with a rugged coastline and hills and mountains everywhere.

Overall, it was basic but enjoyable. The hotel was very nice but it's let down by the village around it. We went there for a quiet relaxing break and that's exactly what we got. But if you're looking for a busy holiday with lots to see and do, you should look elsewhere.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DanAndFe
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Property: Saline Hotel
Address: Saline Street, 84064 Palinuro, Centola, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Salerno > Centola > Palinuro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Palinuro
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Palinuro
#5 Luxury Hotel in Palinuro
#7 Romantic Hotel in Palinuro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Saline Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 66
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Saline Palinuro recently refurbished, each of our 66 guest rooms features a balcony or terrace, most with full sea views overlooking the enchanting Bay of Palinuro. Magnificent at any time of day, the views are especially remarkable in the evening, when the sun slowly sets into the sea, painting the rippling waters from the beach to the horizon with shimmering gold highlights. Surrounded by the Cilento National Park, an area so rich with natural beauty as well as historical and cultural resources to have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, the Hotel Saline is the perfect retreat for a relaxing holiday in a pristine slice of the Italian coastline without giving up the opportunity to take unforgettable day trips. The Hotel Saline Palinuro is located about a kilometre from the lovely town centre of Palinuro, and six kilometres from the Pisciotta-Palinuro railway station. Shuttle bus service is available to and from both. In addition to the fully equipped private beach, hotel Saline amenities include a bar and restaurant, a sea water swimming pool, a tennis court, a wellness centre, the services of a professional entertainment team, a mini-club for kids, wireless internet access, and much more. ... more   less 
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