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“Excellent facility: Pity about the air-con”
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Approdo Resort
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in San Marco
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

I would like to rate this hotel as excellent right through but the unwillingness to/inability to vary its policy on not bringing on its air-con before its advertised period despite a week of soaring temperatures diminished the experience of staying there. (Hence the 3 on service)

Otherwise large comfortable rooms (variably equipped; some had small kitchens); all with a sea view, food excellent, complimentary local wine, spacious & comfortable lounge, cool corridors (with foliage), pool, private beach, friendly staff.

We were with a Travelsphere "Cilento Coast" tour with trips to the archeological sites of Paestum and Elia included. The neighbouring resort of Santa Maria is 40 minutes away and there is a local bus. It's also possible to reach Agropoli by bus. Otherwise San Marco is a small village with limited retail and alternate eateries,

The area of the Cilento Coast is largely undiscovered by the British tourist industry but is very attractive.

I'd go again but during July or August when I could be certain the air-con was opertaing.

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Reviewed 15 June 2013

Where do I start ?We have just had our wedding and honeymoon at the wonderful Hotel L'Approdo 28th may 2013. On arrival to San Marco we were slightly concerned as the town looked quite small and the weather was a bit cloudy. When we arrived in the hotel the reception staff were very friendly and welcoming. As it was our honeymoon I think they put us in the family apartment, room 224. The room was immaculately clean, and the facilities were very good. I missed having a kettle and tea/coffee in the room but as we had a kitchen we improvised and made coffee on the stove. The room was cleaned everyday and the housekeeping staff were lovely. We were blown away by the size of the apartment and the size of our balcony. We faced straight out to sea above the hotels private beach. The beach itself was nice and very private. On the shoreline during our stay there was a build up of dry seaweed, this was probably due to us being there slightly out of season, this did not stop us swimming/ snorkelling in the crystal clear sea. We were half board so got our evening meals included. Each night there was a new three course menu. The food was outstanding! I tried so many new dishes and now am attempting to re-create a few at home, without much luck.... The breakfast was lovely also.

Our wedding was organised by a wonderful company called Slow Dreams www.slow-dreams.com. I met with my wedding Planner the day after arrival as my wedding day was the next day. The hotel manager personally took us around the areas I could get married and have my reception. We decided to get married on the patio facing the sea and have our reception in a small covered area surrounded by plants and flowers. It was really beautiful. All the staff were exceptionally helpful, Gennaro and his restaurant staff on the day ( and throughout our stay) were outstanding, they were attentive but still managed to be discreet The food was unbelievable! The kitchen prepared us an egg and nut free cake which I must say was the best cake I have ever had my guests raved about it. The bar staff were also fantastic throughout the stay, they were very friendly and funny and made me and my guests feel very relaxed and welcome. It truly was a unforgettable fairytale day. Many thanks to all the staff for your excellent service.

After the wedding the remainder of the stay we wanted to explore the area. The town itself is quite small with only a few restaurants and shops and the harbour. We found the afternoon siestas difficult at times as some shops and restaurant closed but if you plan your time it didn't become a problem. The restaurants we did eat at we're very good and the staff very friendly. You can take a 20 minute stroll to the larger town of Santa Maria along the coastline. There was a small section of flat rocks to walk over on this walk on the beach but it wasn't a problem. We found sections of the beach towards Santa Maria look quite unkempt. We wondered if this was because our stay was just out of season still so maybe the beach is combed later in the summer. San Marie is lovely the area is very quaint and had many shops, bars, restaurants and coffee bars. The beach there was very nice also. We also visited the mountain top town of Castebellate. It was a very quirky little town where we had a gorgeous lunch with outstanding views across the coastline.

As a honeymoon treat the reception staff helped us to arrange a boat trip with a local excursion company. The owner was called "Nicola" and his company was called "Masaniello tourist" www.masaniellotourist.com. It was absolutely fantastic!! It really made our honeymoon in Italy very special. The weather in the morning was nice but the sea was a bit rough so we could not visit the famous and beautiful coves which was a little disappointing, but as the day went on we didn't even miss it. Our host was very warm and friendly and instantly wanted us to have the day we wanted to have. He let us know there would be a few surprises in store for us ( which I promised never to reveal ) he served us a 5-6 course fresh fish lunch prepared in his own home by his very talented wife. We were told we could have the boat anytime and for however long we required. We got on at about 10.30 and retuned about 6.The food was some of the best I have ever tried. He kept our drinks topped us and was able to give us lots of information about the beautiful Cilento coast and old local stories about mermaids. It really was the relaxed romantic and authentically Italian experience we wanted. Thankyou Nicola. It was fab!

Our overall experience was one we will always cherish. Not only because it was where we were married but the hotel was perfect and the staff really made the experience a relaxed and welcoming. We want to give this hotel top marks and think that anyone who chooses to stay here will have a really wonderful stay. Many thanks again to everyone for making our stay one we won't forget.

Owen and Gemma
Mr and Mrs Reynolds :)

Room Tip: 2nd floor up facing the ocean. Beautiful sunsets
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

We just had a week's holiday with Travelsphere at the Lapprodo and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. We had a third floor room with balcony overlooking the delightful harbour. The hotel was in an extremely remote spot which would not suit everyone but the walks along the beach to neighbouring Santa Maria were an absolute joy. The meals were very Italian and always hot and delicious. The staff were attentive and made mealtimes a pleasure. The hotel has a private beach and lovely grounds and it was a real shame that the weather was not better during our stay. There was a continual strong wind from the sea but it did not spoil things and we will look forward to another visit when we might be able to enjoy the beach more.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 June 2013

Beautiful location on the Cilento Coast which is unspoilt & quiet, fabulous views of the marina, which needs to be seen at night & at dawn and you can take a 40 minute stroll along the beach to Santa Maria di Castellabate. The food was fabulous along with the pool & beach area for me this was the place where dreams actually do come true, bella.

Room Tip: Choose an upper floor to get the great views
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

I have just spent a week at Hotel L'Approdo, travelling with Travelsphere and can't write highly enough about it. The rooms were very spacious and immaculately clean. The staff were extremely helpful and nothing was too much trouble for them. The food was excellent with plenty of choice and the Maître D Gennaro was so helpful, always smiling and couldn't do enough for you. The whole atmosphere at the hotel was superb. My only criticism would be that the location is a bit remote but the grounds of the hotel were stunning. We had two rooms on the second floor - Nos. 219 and 220 and I would recommend them as the view from the balcony overlooked the swimming pool and the private beach and you could also see the harbour. Truly lovely and I can't speak highly enough about the wonderful staff.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the pool and beach are best
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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2013

After reading the reviews we booked this holiday with Travelsphere and was not disappointed.

We loved this hotel and the quiet, unspoilt surrounding area with beautiful scenery and lovely coastal walks.

Even though we arrived late evening our evening meal was waiting for us. Check-in was quick and efficient. Reception staff were always polite and cheerful.

Our room was immaculately clean and spacious with amazing views over the little harbour, sea and up to the Castellabate on the hill.

Inz the restaurant, Gennaro and his team were professional and friendly. Any requests were quickly attended to, nothing was too much trouble.

There was plenty of choice at breakfast even a good, hot cup of tea!

Our evening meals were delicious, always hot and well presented.

Thank you to all the staff for making this a most memorable holiday.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Val K
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

I can only echo the wonderful comments of previous reviews. The hotel is great, the staff charming and the views breathtaking. The food is excellent quality and really authentically Italian. This is the real Italy, the village quiet and charming and the whole area an experience to be savoured. There are so many places I hope to travel in the coming years, but hope to return to this hotel at some time in the future as it was so enjoyable.

Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the small port are best, as the views across the bay to Santa Maria and uphill to...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled solo
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Address: Via Porto, 84048 San Marco, Castellabate, Italy
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Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Salerno > Castellabate > San Marco
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in San Marco
Price Range: £173 - £194 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Approdo Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 77
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hotel Residence L’Approdo is situated in San Marco di Castellabate, a fishing village, 120 km south of Naples, in one of the Italian National Parks.The builiding offers 41 Junior Suites and suites and 36 apartments (self-catering) for 4 or 5 persons, swimming pool and private beach, restaurant (ground floor), reception (24h), bar. All rooms and apartments have balconies with sea view. Entertainment crew in high season and centralized air conditioning (July to August) ... more   less 
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