We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Hotel Del Levante in Torre Canne. We are a family of 4 - 2 adults, 2 children ages just-turned-two and nearly 5. We stayed on a half board basis.
THe hotel is spotlessly clean and they have an army of cleaners who seem to be active all day. Our room was comfortable and spacious enough, even with 4 beds in. Ours was a sea view room and the view was lovely. We didn't have a balcony but there was a communal laundry drying area on the other side of the corridor where we could dry our cossies and towels. The only downside about the room was the air con. It was rubbish. Our first week the weather was scorching and the air con just couldn't cut it. The second week it cooled to 27-30 degrees and the air con coped better, but only if we kept the shutters firmly shut (blocking out the sea view!) and kept it at 10 degrees round the clock. Even then it was warm in our room. We asked for a fan but it never materialised... The bathroom had a shower only, no bath which is fine but not ideal if your children are younger than ours.
The restaurant staff were lovely and helpful, the restaurant was well presented BUT the food was mediocre. It was fresh enough, but v hit and miss on quality. Seafood dishes seemed to be the most successful but the pasta ranged from soggy to harder than al dente verging on raw. If you're vegetarian you don't stand a chance unless you're happy eating omlette and salad every day! Some dishes were a disaster - tagliatelle with beetroot, pistacchio and mint is as wrong as it sounds! but the semolina gnocchi were lovely. The children were very happy as there was a variation on pasta in a tomato sauce every day, and ice cream and fruit for pudding. Minor gripe was that breakfast was a buffet from 7:30-9:30 and at 9:40 they start clearing up, which often meant our late-sleeping, slow-eating little ones didn't have a chance to select what they wanted from the buffet.
We didn't eat at the hotel's pizza bar but we did venture next door to Il Brace several times which was cheaper and delicious.
Swimming pool and beach are manned by a lifeguards who helpfully sort you out with sunloungers and umbrellas. There's a stash of inflatables for collective use, which was a nice touch. And the children loved the trampoline and slides in the children's playground.
Too far to walk into Torre Canne (with little ones, anyway) so a car is a must, especially if you want to see the local sights otherwise you'll pay through the nose for the hotel to arrange transportation.
It was our first hotel holiday with the children and I'd definitely do it again. Hotel Del Levante was great!
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- Also Known As:
- Del Levante Hotel
- Del Levante Torre Canne
- Hotel Del Levante Puglia/Torre Canne, Italy