This was a real find - especially as we were arriving from London the day before ferragosta in August and were not very organised. An Italian- speaking neighbour found this after many trials (we said we would stay with her otherwise - that was motivating!) The downside was a minimum stay of three nights when we had already booked somewhere else, but it's not so expensive so we accepted that) The hotel is brilliantly sign-posted, just as well as it is in the maze of tiny streets in central Galatina. The public spaces are charming and our room - a very long way up many stairs - was fine and overlooked the internal courtyard so very quiet. But it was quite hot even with the somewhat dicey air conditioning on theoretically at top speed. A lower room might be better.
Breakfast was good and featured a range of fresh fruit and local speciality pastries - and really good coffee which is quite rare in Italian hotel breakfasts we find.
The staff were wholly delightful: helpful, smiling and well-informed.
Parking is extra but worth it. And we loved the town with its winding streets and baroque churches. More charming than Lecce and with better ice-cream - from the gelateria in the main square by the church. Fab!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 1550 in Galatina, in the heart of Salento, two bankers Cosimo and Nicola Baldi built the Palazzo Baldi in the ancient center of the city, a few steps from the Basilica of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. In the following years, the palace became the winter residence of the Bishop of Otranto: Gabriele Adarzo de Santander. Today, after a careful and meticulous restoration, preserving the best characteristics that make it unique and prestigious property, there is Hotel Palazzo Baldi. Retaining its discreet and essential luxury and all its elegance, Palazzo Baldi offers a wide range of suites and services designed for every need. Palazzo Baldi offers spacious and luxurious rooms, business meetings or for moments of pure relaxation. For guests at Hotel amenities include wireless and an Internet Point, meeting room up to 70 seats , bar, restaurant , garden with old orange grove , terraces , private garage , bike rental , shuttle service and much more ... ... more less
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