The Piccolo Paradiso is one of the first (and largest) buildings you see when entering Peschici from the west. It's an imposing structure, lying at the foot of the hill on which lies the 15th century fortified town. First impression? A stiff climb to the entrance from the car park, (the external lift was out of action), means one arrives slightly breathless at reception. An informally-dressed man, possibly the manager, greets one with indifference. A key is handed over one one is left to find ones way to one's room.
The room was narrow, made even narrower by having a minuscule bathroom crammed into one corner, meaning one had to exit sideways onto the balcony
Dinner was not being served in the hotel, which meant a long steep trek up into the town to have dinner. We had not been told about this at the time of booking. We did consider driving up but the police are everywhere in evidence and Italy's drink-driving laws are strict so the car was a no-no.
The chambermaids began to wheel their trollies up and down the echoing corridors at 7 am. We had driven 460km the previous day and wanted a lie-in so this was not welcome. As the building is of concrete, any noise reverberates throughout and doors being closed 50 feet away sound like thunderclaps.
Breakfast was stale cake and one of yesterday's croissants. There was no fruit juice.
The general lack of interest in us, as paying guests, was depressing and we would recommend that anyone intending staying here, leaves his visit till the height of the season when eating dinner doesn't necessitate a Himalayan trek.
Not a place we would stay in again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the green heart of Gargano National Park, about a 2/3-minute walk from the sea and 800 meters away from Peschici city centre, enjoying a panoramic position, where Nature reigns supreme, there stands Hotel Piccolo Paradiso, peaceful and harmonious. The hotel has a large parking lot with guard service, comfortable and very well furnished rooms, with an ample veranda overlooking the sea, TV set, minibar, telephone and toilet facilities ... more less
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