We booked at the Hotel La Colombaia for a 3-nights stay last week with friends.
Accordingly to the website http://www.lacolombaiahotel.it, we assumed it was near the seaside.
In real, it was located far away from the seaside, somewhere in the mountans ...
When arriving after having taken the "discovery" road to this hotel, nobody was in, except for a rooms-maid who called the owner Luigi by phone.
Luigi came, not to excuse for the delay or to "welcome" us : we were just send away as, accordingly to him, we didn't guarantee our booking by credit card.
Only after having proved the contrary, we were allocated 2 rooms anyway : correct rooms (for a 2 - 3 star hotel, certainly not 4-star-level as they claim themselves) but small (ca. 15 m², including the very small bathroom from only 2 m²) although there was a large terrace.
After checking in, we asked him for a drink or a light meal but - friendly as always - we were requested to go to town, at least some km. away ...
Since we already did agree with him to have the fix dinner menu (which was recommended by Michelin) in the evening at the special rate of only 20 €, we stayed that evening at the hotel.
With our friends, we had foreseen to come together in the bar around 20 hours for a drink before dinner, but once again, hospitality at its best : we were forced to go to table to have our 3 course menu (a pasta, chicken and an apple for desert !) and we were forced again at 23 hours to leave the "restaurant".
The "restaurant" is a big word as it is in fact an ordinary plastic tent which could not be closed totaly and therefore, as it was cold and rainy outside, was not pleasant to sit in.
When we got, after asking for a slice of cheese or ham, the pasta "parmesan" cheese the first morning, we were no more surprised.
When we were not only told that the "day"-portion of cheese and ham was eaten by other clients, but when they also start cleaning and moving furniture while we and other clients were still having breakfast the day after, we decided to leave the place.
Contrary to what a man would expect, Luigi made no problem about this early departure as "if you leave today, someone else will sleep here tonight anyway".
Unnecessary to conclude that we would never recommend this place to nobody, especially not to those like us who made up there decision to stay there since it is mentioned as a 2-houses RED in the Michelin 2007.
PS : The best to compare this place with is a standard B&B where the owner makes the program of the client instead of the inverse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just five minutes from the legendary Paestum, in the green Park of Cilento, Hotel La Colombaia offers its guests a spectacular view of the Gulf of Salerno, the Amalfi Coast and the island of Capri.The rooms, all with sea view with balcony or terrace, are equipped with all modern comforts.The Relaxation Room, the Bar, a large swimming pool, covered parking, gardens and a wide range of included services, complete the offer for demanding, exclusive and refined guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Colombaia Hotel