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Hotel Mare
Ranked #5 of 14 Hotels in Agropoli
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 May 2012

My husband and I just returned from an Air Transat vacation to Hotel Mare. Yes, it's at least 4 hours from Rome so be prepared for the bus ride. Overall, it was very nice ans we had a great time! The hotel is quiet and the view from the room is stunning. The staff is also very friendly.

The food is tasty and again of good value. There were no fuss about getting box lunches on days where we were out on excursions.

It is true that the beds are twin beds put together and that the mattresses are firm. The bathroom was nice and the entire hotel, including the rooms, were clean.

This hotel is located approx. 15 mins from the train station. If you tour around on your own, you might want to learn the word 'ritorno' that way you have your tickets on hand to come back; sometimes, the offices of the train stations are closed and we found that the bus tickets are not necessarily sold where you'd expect them to be sold.

Perhaps, people who would prefer to have staff more fluent in French or in English should consider going to the Darsena (as it appears that more Canadians go there); however know that we were understood.

For a European vacation, this is very good value.

Room Tip: Get an ocean view, it's worth it!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

We have been to this hotel 3 years in a row and found this to be a great deal. The sea view from our hotel was magnificent and memorable. The staff was pleasant, friendly and offered good advice on places to see. The room was very clean and comfortable. Most importantly , it was quite. This hotel offers free parking and you can come and go as you please. Just be aware that the gate closes at midnight.
This is a great place to stay as your center point. The meals are reasonable and if you decide to site see or go to the beach for the day, they will pack a lunch for you. What hotel offers you that? Everything is within walking distance and if you don't feel like going out, the hotel offers a bar area where you can have a few drinks and relax. The staff have always been very friendly and that's why we go back.
We will be going back to Hotel Mare this September again, and I highly recommend this hotel to anyone who wants to visit the Amafi coast.

Room Tip: Spend the extra money and book the sea view room....stunning.
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank AlsViper
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

for the price it's a great hotel , the room was very clean, the pool very good, the beach of agropoli was exceptionel, sand and beautiful water. the food was just ok , good quality but it's not the toscane food, it's the napolitan food with no variety , always pizza and pasta , after some days you will be happy to eat elsewhere. i bought a forfait for 2 weeks with air transat, the hotel is ok for the price, the personnel of the hotel has no information to give to you, a lot of them never speak english or french, it's a problem when you need information . but stefano one of the young boy who works there is very funny. the city of agropoli is very ordinary except the old town with the citadel. the store was often close in the city as the trips periode was already finish . in fact if you want to visit the amafitanaine coast it's better to have an hotel at salerno than agropoli, you will be just beside the boat for the coats. also hope transat will offer the fly to napoli rather than rome, it take 4 long hours in bus between rome and agropoli, it's very hard after 8 hours in plane. finally the hotel is in a better spot than the darsena,hotel mare is nearest the old town and very near the train station.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

Where to start with this review. We mainly booked it because of the decent reviews on Tripadvisor. We have visited many places in Italy but never been to the Campania area before. We wanted to stay in a town that had a rail line so we could visit places nearby. The hotel is indeed in a wonderful position by the sea, but such a pity that it is poorly looked after and managed. The hotel sent their mini bus to pick us up at Naples airport and they were there spot on time for our arrival and transported us the hour and a half to the hotel. When we pulled up our hearts sank – it looks awful from the outside, desperately needs painting, new blinds and sunshades and some plants. The reception was dull and in need of an upgrade. We had a room with a seaview, which is a must. It was clean but sparse, no pictures, the curtain was hanging down, there was no shelf in the shower to put your shower things but most importantly no safe. The TV was tiny but it didn’t matter as we couldn’t get any English speaking channels – we do like to see the news when we are away to keep up to date with things back home. As we also couldn’t buy an English newspaper in the town we felt quite cut off. The toilet seat was broken – and the maid must have seen that every day. The room was cleaned every day and we had new towels every day. Not sure about the sheets but they weren’t changed every day as we noticed the same one with a hole in it several days running – might even have been the whole 10 days that we were there! We walked to the town of Agropoli, which took about 15 minutes and everything was shut so we wondered how we would manage for 10 days. Later in the evening we went down to town for dinner and the place was different again, the shops were open, the cafes were doing a roaring trade outside and the place had a great atmosphere. We were woken at 8.30 the next day by the maids trying to come in to clean so after that we took to putting up the ‘do not disturb’ sign. We went for breakfast the first day and it was so awful we didn’t bother again. I can’t comment on the other meals as we ate out. There are some lovely restaurants in town but the best for us was il Gambero.

The first two nights we were there, there were fireworks at 12.30 at night and music till 1.00 – thankfully it didn’t happen again.

The staff were very young, inexperienced and not very friendly and some were even downright sullen. None of them seemed to be very happy in their jobs and I think that must be down to the management of the place – or ‘the boss’ as they kept referring to Luana. Now I’m assuming that Luana is in charge but we never saw her, she kept herself in her office the whole time and never ventured out to speak to guests or make them welcome. The only time we saw her was when we were sat in reception waiting for the mini bus to take us to Naples airport. She walked past us to speak to her father who was driving us, but didn’t pass a word with us. We got used to the hotel but were disappointed in the bad management. Just before we left for the airport I decided to use the Ladies toilet – the soap dispenser was empty, as was the paper towel dispenser and the blow hand dryer didn’t work – it’s the little things that count in a hotel and show that the management want to look after their guests.

Having said all of the above we had a great time. Can’t understand why the Brits are not flocking to the area in their droves – the weather was in the 30s in mid-September, you can have some great food and there are lots of interesting places to visit. We found some great places to eat and we visited some good spots. We went to Paestum to see the temples and to go on the beach, we went to Santa Maria Castellabate, Salerno and Amalfi.

So Hotel Mare – buck up your relationship with your customers, give the place a once-over and it could be fabulous because of it’s situation on the sea edge and close to town and the railway station.

Room Tip: Make sure you get one with a balcony and seaview
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

We stayed here for two weeks while touring the Amalfi Coast and all that this area has to offer. This hotel is in a great location, overlooking the Mediterranean....short walk to the train station and lots to see in the "Olde Town" part of Agropoli.
The meals were great, service was great, we'll likely go back again.

Room Tip: Book "seaside", not "mountain side".
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  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

A simple, quaint hotel in southern Italy...close enough to major attractions and a scenic drive from Rome, but far enough away to feel secluded and away from the tourist hubs.

Our all-inclusive vacation included flight, hotel, 3 meals a day (which included a packed lunch for any day excursions you have planned) and car rental with unlimited mileage...it was a super deal and an incredible trip for the value. I would recommend not only this hotel, but this location in Agropoli if you're looking for a relaxing vacation with occasional day trips to some of the most amazing sights you'll ever see (Paestum, Amalfi Coast, Capri, Pompei, Rome, Wine fields, secluded swimming holes amongst the mountains....the list goes on and on)!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

The only way to do this review any justice is to break it up.

Location:
Great location! Just a warning, it was about a 4 hour bus ride from the airport to get to the hotel. Brutal after and 9 hour flight. It may have been faster just going by train. For the most part, its all cafe's, restaurants, fish markets and small shops. If you walk up to the main square (toward the castle area), there are loads of great shops for shoes and clothes. Reasonable prices for "made in Italy" items. The shopping square is about a 10-15 min walk. The beach is at your doorstep.

Staff:
Very friendly. They definitely do everything possible to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. They had different people at reception depending on the time of day. One girl spoke English very well. Others, it was pretty terrible trying to break the language barrier. Here's the good and the bad. When we checked in, it was pretty smooth. They gave us our room key and directed us to our room. Its a bit weird. The rooms from like 201-220 are on the second floor, but the ones from 221-250 are on the third floor. It took us a little while to figure it out. But anyway, we went into our room only to find that it wasn't clean. Bed wasn't made and there was garbage in the trash. Weird. It was hard explaining this to the reception person, she didn't understand that our room wasn't clean. After long discussion, we got another room. Off we went. Opened the door, and someone's luggage and stuff was already in there. Weird! No we were really frustrated. We went back and had another long conversation trying to explain the room was already being used. She walked up with us and validated this. Finally, we got assigned the last ocean view room, which happened to sleep 4. So it was really roomy. The wait staff for meals were awesome. We talked to them every time and became quite attached. We'd often stay a little late after meals to just talk. We are now Facebook friends! :)

Food:
Some of the best Italian food I've ever tasted. I'm not sure if the chef's come and go, but the duo that made our meals out-did themselves. Incredibly fresh and flavorful. One word of advice, you can order a "box lunch" if you're not going to be around for lunch the next day. They pack up a sandwich, fruit and water for you in a bag and leave it at the front desk. A basic meal but very awesome of them!

Rooms:
The rooms were clean. Like others have already commented, the bathrooms are relatively small. The shower has enough room to fit exactly one person with just enough room for your to bend your arms and legs to wash yourself. Hot water came and went depending on when you showered. Best time was early AM or late PM. Also, mosquito's do come out at night. So either close the windows or bring some repellent. My 40+ bites are just now recovering! Also, the "double beds" are basically two single beds put together. There's a weird bar connection in the middle that very uncomfortable to sleep on. Also, there is no safe or fridge. We locked our suitcases every time we left. But the cleaning staff looked pretty trustworthy.

Access to transportation:
The Agropoli train station is a good 10-15 walk from the hotel (head to Bar Rio cafe, go up that long street till you hit the very end of the road, turn right all the way to the train station). You can also purchase bus tickets at Bar Rio. The bus (#34) stops right in front of Bar Rio).

Attractions:
The big castle was pretty cool. Gives you a great vantage point of Agropoli. You will pass through the square on your way up. Lots of shopping available. On Thursday from 7-1 there is a market in the main square. Great for purchasing items on the cheap. Plenty of gelato shops and pizza places. You can take the #34 bus to Paestum (about 10-15 min ride) to see the Greek ruins there. Also visit the Buffalo mozzarella farm there (turn left on the street where the bus drops you off and walk about 5-10 mins). Head to Capri and Sorrento by taking the train. Its about 7 euro and a 45 mins train ride to Salerno where you catch the ferry. Pompeii is also definitely worth the hour + train ride.

Other notes:
One thing that also stood out for others to be aware of, after 12am they close the gate at the front of the hotel. My girlfriend and I were shocked to come back after a late night gelato to find the gates closed on us. What's worse is that the reception person didn't even warn us about it! We around 11:50pm and had a quick pleasant conversation with her and came back around 12:15am to find we were locked out. Apparently you ring the bell at the front of the gate to get it to open. We tried that to no avail. We basically climbed the walls at the back to get in and thankfully the front door was open. Otherwise, it would have been a cold night under the stars. We were pretty upset that the front desk person didn't warn us about this.

Overall:
Great hotel. I found a lot of Italians vacationed here as well, which must say a lot about this hotel. I was really happy staying here and would definitely recommend it to anyone else. Enjoy your stay!

Room Tip: Ocean view gives you THE best view.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Via Michelangelo, 84043 Agropoli, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Salerno > Agropoli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Agropoli
#3 Romantic Hotel in Agropoli
Price Range: £87 - £124 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mare 3*
Number of rooms: 41
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