The hotel is situated right on the sea front and we had a room with balcony overlooking the sea. We slept listening to the surf every night - amazing. The sun set right into our bedroom. Santa Maria di Castellabate is a friendly village with atmosphere but there is little English spoken. The hotel itself is welcoming and well furnished. However, our bed was not particularly comfortable and the bathroom was a bit grungy - the tiles needed regrouting and whilst the bath had jacuzzi nozzles, they were all gunged up and had to be cleaned before they worked! But the biggest disappointment was the food. We went half board and therefore had a limited menu to choose from. We had to make our choice of evening meal whilst eating breakfast and, to be honest, the selection was never very extensive. The food itself was often overcooked (tinned peas!!) and greasy. Even though the village was a fishing village, fish rarely featured on the menu and wasn't particularly appetising when it did. Service was not impressive and I think they could have done with more waiting staff (although I suppose this was getting towards the end of the season). We selected a 2005 wine from an extensive wine list and were presented with a 2006 vintage - which we were told was the same thing! Yes, the dinners are served outside by the sea in candlelight and the atmosphere has potential - but our candle kept going out and had to be relit ... happened several nights. Although our half board rates were reasonably priced, when eating, we felt like the poor relations, eating the cheapest menu possible as a bait for passing trade who were offered an amazing choice from the full menu.
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