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“A stylish Masseria just outside Otranto”

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Masseria Montelauro
Ranked #24 of 40 Hotels in Otranto
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 24 May 2013

We stayed in the Masseria for a week in May just after the hotel opened for the year.

The hotel and grounds are immaculate, beautiful white buildings in a pretty orchard. The white theme is continued into the rooms which also have a hint of Morocco about them. We stayed in a lofty and spacious room converted beautifuly from the original building. For once the room had lots of storage space and not one but two long mirrors!! The only niggle was the shower which lacked a cubicle and therefore involved clinging wet shower curtain and a soggy bathroom.

Service and cleanliness are excellent and a beautiful breakfast is served by charming staff outside each morning. The dinner emphasises local dishes with very limited choice but the quality is good. Don't miss eating in some of the lovely restaurants in Otranto some nights the hotel was happy to make recommendations and bookings.

We have rarely seen a hotel with so many places to relax outside both in sun and shade and the pool area is pretty and the pool itself even in early May is delightful.

There are plenty of places to see within an hour's drive. We particularly enjoyed Gallipoli. Although the coast is near and otranto has a town beach we found that to get to a less urban beach we needed to drive at least 15 minutes. The beach we favoured was beautiful and sandy.

For a relaxing stay in the Salento this is an excellent choice.

Room Tip: No real difference with rooms since all appear to open directly to terraces. because of the historic...
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 May 2013

We arrived as part of a cycling trip. It was our last masseria stay of the week. Although not the largest or grandest of the 3 we experienced. There was a gracious calmness, a warm welcome and very comfortable feeling at Masseria Montelauro. The sense of style of the owner is impeccable and carries through every space. Our only regret was this early in the season the pool was not yet filled and available for use.

Room Tip: If you have mobility issues request a room that is downstairs. The upper rooms have lovely rooms bu...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank MBtexasfoodie
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Reviewed 29 September 2012

A superb excperience again. Ultimate relaxation, beautifully maintained, perfect surroundings, brilliant service. Food still very good, though not quite as good as last year - maybe a new chef?
This place is a rare find, easy to get to but feeling of isolation, good value for money for such luxury, brilliant pool area for a small business, and perfect Italian hospitality.

Room Tip: If you're chosing to go, ask for the junior suite, it has lots of natural light versus the other...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank gillandderek44
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

We recently stayed at the Masseria just after the busy August season.
We chose this place specifically as it looked relaxing and the perfect place to stay before the arrival of our baby in November.

At 4 stars, I would say it lives up to it's rating - however some people might not agree as there are a lot of natural aspects which we loved, but others might not. For instance they have a handful of dogs, a few cats, a donkey, a pony, a vegetable garden etc. So it's definitely on the more organic of the 4 stars which suited us perfectly.

Price wise, it is quite pricey - it's the most we have ever spent on a place. But for us, we just wanted a nice place to relax and so it was really worth it.

All the rooms have super king beds which was a MUST for us & bump.

The staff were very curtious but friendly. The rooms were cleaned very well and quickly.
The decor is very simple, minimal and chic with organic touches.

In high season they do a buffet at lunch. When we arrived it was the last day of high season so we managed to sample it. It was €23 which we thought was a little expensive, however the food was exceptionally good and so after that we were a bit sad not to be able to have it again. The kitchen can prepare snacks at lunch however when it's not high season.

The dinners we had there (about 3 in total) were good, quite a basic menu but with veg, fish and meat on there.

There was an excellent restaurant in Casamassella, which is 5 minutes drive away. It was called Borgo Massella. We had an amazing 3 course meal with wine including fresh homemade pasta with lobster and the bill came to about €54.

Bella Idrusa in Otranto is also very good if you want a HUGE pizza (we had to take some of ours home ..lunch the next day!). But be warned you need to get there before 7.30 if you want a table outside.

There was a family there with two small children and the kitchen catered for them at 6pm (usualy opening hours are 8pm in restaurant), so they were catered for very well...a good thing to know with our baby on the way.

As someone who has travelled Italy a lot, I was not overly impressed with the scenery. It's very flat indeed and quite run down in areas. So it's not a place to go for the views. It is however very well based if you want to see some sights, but the nearest Trulli are a good 1 hrs drive away I would say.

We went there specifically to relax and so didn't do that much sightseeing. Even so, you still need a car to get there.

There is a Fattoria (farm) nearby with a mini zoo which we went to to see the animal...we love animals and so one trip wasn't enough - we went there twice.

We had an extremely relaxing holiday there and it will remain in our bookmarks of places to go.

However everyone knows nothing is perfect, and so these are the negatives we found (we struggled to find many!!!):

- No umbrella's around the swimming pool for shade (even though there is a nice pergola / terrace about 10 m away in complete shade).

- For someone who is pregnant, and even older people, the day beds in the communal areas around the bar, pool etc are quite low and only have bolster cushions and so are not great for support or comfort. They do have chairs with backed cushions and seat pads, but these aren't always available as there aren't many. The tables are also low which isn't great for having lunch at.

- Some rooms do not have a window directly from the room, so for fresh air you have to have the bathroom door open and that window open, or leave your room door open. It didn't bother us too much though.

- Italian beaches are never great, so we didn't enjoy our beach trip (Laghi Almini). They have a beach bar they work with, but it's rather pricey so we didn't want to pay for that, though I heard other guests say it was good.

- The hotel attracts groups of cyclists doing tours of the south of Italy. We experienced two groups over the course of a week. Any large group can be noisy at times and it was only for a short period after they'd got back from their day's cycling. HOWEVER we were really rather disappointed on our last night as the Masseria had put on a special 'dance' activity for the group failing to tell us in advance that there might be some noise and disturbance. The 'dance' was a local Puglian band playing traditional music and showing dance routines...but it went on until midnight. Having wanted to get an early night on our last night there, it was not appreciated. A simple message or note from the Masseria telling / warning us about this could have taken the bitter edge off slightly.

Despite these negatives, we would still highly recommend this Masseria and I'm sure we will be back again.

Room Tip: We had room 8 which does not open onto the pool / garden area. Which meant our entrance was a bit mo...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank sophiesundberg
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

We could not reserve directly as they requested 3 nights min stay but finally we booked 1 night through booking.com. Beautiful masseria building, with a big and well maintained garden, large swimming pool and many chill out sofas. The standard room located upstairs was nice, simple a bit small for the price 255€ incl tax & bkfst. Nice restaurant but not much choice in the dinner menu. Breakfast is great with a large choice of bread, fruits, ham, cheese, cakes, yogurt and cereals. Luxury service and set up. 10 min drive from Otranto.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank Xuan
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

A sophisticated hotel with a wonderful restaurant and chic crowd is like visiting the house party of some famous Italian. Glamorous Milanese owner oversees every detail of this small hotel from the Architectural Digest style rooms, always cold in summer swimming pool with fresh water, delicious baked goods at breakfast, fabulous pastas, excellent and reasionably priced wine list. Very sophisticated service not often found in the South. No group tours. A private jet or yacht crowd.

Room Tip: Ask for junior suite. Rooms can be small but have outside seating areas.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

Stayed here in July in room 26 for 4 nights which is upstairs in the main building. Benefit of that was complete privacy versus the ground floor suites where passerbys could easily look into your room. Added benefit was a heightened view from the bedroom window. Downside was close proximity to other rooms so doors slamming shut late at night and early in the morning can waken you. Bedroom was clean and comfortable and though we didn't use it the TV looked a little small for the size of the room. But then who goes all that way to watch TV ? The shower pressure was fantastic though we both thought the actual shower recess a little narrow. The staff were fanastic and really well trained. Breakfast was maginificent. Dinner (we ate at home - twice ) was inconsistent. One decent meal, one shocker. Bit rich to charge EUR 85 for a 45 min massage we thought. We ate in both Otranto and the local village Uggiano la Chiesa which were decent. If you fancy a decent coffee in the morning then head to Uggiano and standing on the steps of the Church the coffee bar right in front of you in the church courtyard run by Romina does a fantastic espresso and / or cappuccino. Would we recommend Montelauro to friends. For sure. But eat dinner elsewhere.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Masseria Montelauro

Address: Uggiano Localita Montelauro, 73028, Otranto, Italy
Region: Italy > Puglia > Province of Lecce > Otranto
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Otranto
#15 Luxury Hotel in Otranto
#15 Romantic Hotel in Otranto
Price Range: £174 - £249 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Masseria Montelauro 4*
Number of rooms: 29
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