I stayed at the Rocca Nettuno for 5 days with my husband and 2.5 year old daughter. We took a train from the Lamezia airport to Tropea (note to other travellers: if you plan on taking the train I recommend booking a cab to pick you up ahead of time as there were NO cabs at or near the small train station and we had to walk into the town for about 10 minutes with all our luggage to find a cab to take us there). Once we arrived at the hotel we were warmly greeted by the staff and check in was quick and efficient.
Wifi is free at the hotel (you just need to get a password from reception) and the in-room safe is available for 2 euro a day.
Our room was perfectly located and had a beautiful ocean view (which somehow we managed to get as I didn't ask for it ahead of time). It was clean and spacious and the beds were comfortable. The housekeeping ladies were very friendly and efficient when cleaning our room and did a great job.
Pool chairs and beach chairs are both included in the hotel which is nice but they don't really enforce the "no reserving policy" so a lot of people would place their towels on the chairs and then go for breakfast. Also on the beach there were always a few chairs who had towels on them all day and no one ever went to use them. I wish they actually enforced the policy because it really isn't fair. The pool area itself is beautiful which a large shallow end for children to play in. The beach was also beautiful and clean and the hotel has a private section. What I loved about it is that we were not disturbed during the day by people on the beach...not sure if this is because we were in the hotel section or if there weren't many in the area.
The food at the hotel was great. Every day there was a variety of options to choose from at the many different restaurants on the resort. My favourite was the made to order pizza at the beach restaurant. The pizza was so tasty and we enjoyed one every day for lunch. The service in the main restaurant was hit or miss. Some nights we had great service and on others it wasn't great at all (i.e. plates weren't cleared, wrong drink orders, etc).
The hotel is a 10-15 minute walk to the main town of Tropea. Every night we would walk to the town after dinner to enjoy the main strip of shops, cafes and people.
With regards to the entertainment, the animation team did a really great job of trying to engage all the hotel guests. They were always dancing, socializing with guests, playing games, etc.
The only negative thing about this hotel for my family was that the majority of the guests (probably 90%) were German. This was difficult for us as we don't speak German (we speak English and Italian) and therefore we were unable to communicate with any of the other guests. My daughter who loves to meet new kids took part in the nightly mini disco but she couldn't talk to any of the kids because she couldn't understand them and they couldn't understand her. Even the songs and dances they used were in German.....she danced anyways. The animation team did speak English and Italian so we were able to communicate with them.
We did not watch the nightly shows put on by the animation team as we chose to go for a walk to the town instead so I'm not able to comment on them.
The fitness centre is very small and is composed of 1 elliptical machine, a few treadmills, a universal gym, some stability balls and some stretching mats. I would have liked if it had a few dumbbells as well as I found the universal gym a bit difficult to use.
When it was time to leave we asked Reception if they could book us a cab to Lamezia airport but the gentleman behind the desk was kind enough to refer us to the meeting point excursion desk as they have a shuttle bus from the hotel to the airport at a fraction of the cost. It leaves very early in the morning and makes a few other hotel stops on the way but it was a great option for us and definitely worthwhile.
Overall this was a great stay and we would definitely consider returning if we were to ever return to Tropea.
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- Rocca Nettuno Hotel Tropea
- LABRANDA Rocca Nettuno Tropea Calabria, Italy