Villa Sirio is a picturesque hotel on the sea front of a beautiful fishing village (Santa Maria di Castellabate).
My wife & I chose to go back to Villa Sirio for our honeymoon after enjoying our first visit 2 years ago to both Villa Sirio & Santa Maria, though more so to the relaxed & friendly atmosphere of Santa Maria.
On this visit we again found the hotel staff to be pleasant, the room was clean & the views from the hotel were fantastic.Unfortunately, the food was sometimes poor if you did not like fish and the choice was very limited!
On both occasions we stayed half board and we felt there has been no improvement to the lack of choice for both breakfast & dinner.In particular, breakfast is limited to a continental style with an emphasis on sugar coated croissants & fruit and a lack of cereals, toast & eggs.
At dinner we felt we had a limited choice of poor quality food whilst customers who were not staying at the hotel had a far greater variety of food judging from the menus placed at the restaurant decking area!
As it was our second time staying at the hotel, and more importantly our honeymoon, we thought the hotel would have at least offered us a complimentary bottle of wine, especially as we had wine most nights with our dinner.The hotel owner,Alfonso Tortora, & his son Andrea, who supervised the restaurant, were pleasant & friendly people but they sometimes seemed more interested in chatting to diners who ate at the restaurant than the hotel residents.
Our biggest problem with the hotel were the balcony tables in the rooms which caused unnecessary injury to my wife's foot!
Towards the end of our stay, my wife and I returned to our room one night and we chose to sit out in the balcony. My wife went out first onto the balcony whilst I was in the room.A short time later I heard a scream and ran out to discover that the granite table top had fallen on my wife's foot and blood was pouring from her foot!
I attended to my wife and the night porter called to our room with a bandage for her foot.
I could not believe that the granite table top,which weighed approx 20 kg, was not fixed or secure to the iron table! My wife was relatively lucky in that she did not break any bones in her foot as the injury could have been a lot worse,especially as the granite top could have toppled through the balcony railings and caused serious injury or death to passers by below!
I informed the hotel owner & management that I was very angry as this incident was caused by their negligence & would not have occurred if the granite table tops,were securely fixed to the tables.The laughable, if it was not such a serious matter, response from Andrea Tortora, who apologised & arranged for my wife to be taken to a local medical centre.He said that all the table tops in the guests rooms were not fixed to the tables but he would arrange for them to be silicone sealed!! I'm not a tradesman but know that securing heavy granite to wrought iron requires proper secure fixings such as screw fixings to ensure that the granite is secured to the table & not a tube of silicone! As we have found out, these app 20 kg table tops, can cause unnecessary injury!
It's a pity this happened as we did enjoy our honeymoon, we had been to the beautiful city of Venice before Santa Maria, but we must warn future visitors to the hotel to beware and check if those granite tops have been properly secured to the tables!
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Sirio Hotel Italy/Santa Maria Di Castellabate