Our family stayed at Il Nido for a week in July 2014, 2 adults and 1 child aged 3. Based on the reviews we requested a room in the lower part of the hotel. The room was quite small but had all the amenities you expect, TV, fridge, we had a balcony with partial view but that was absolutely fine and we still found it very relaxing sitting out and look at the sea - the deckchairs on the balcony are definitely a bonus. The hotel staff are really friendly, especially the staff doing the breakfast and the beach bar staff - everyone is very relaxed and helpful and all like kids and are welcoming of families. It was great to have the beach as it saved us having to search for beaches and in this part of Italy a lot of the beaches are small with pebbles.... and you get all the deck chairs and the parasols for free, the lifeguard is amazing at arranging them every morning. He even gave my husband his old flippers to swim with. There are kayaks too you can use for free. The food at the beach bar is really good and relatively cheap (for the area!). We had a very relaxed amazing week at Il Nido and would definitely recommend it. Other families staying at the hotel were really friendly so the kids played together on the beach which was really nice. I don't know what prices locally are but I felt like at Euro180 a night it was not a cheap stay though although I agree with reviews that say that the hotel is worth more than its 3 stars official rating. My only negative comment is that the hotel was relatively noisy in the mornings with people shutting doors and you can hear them talk next door (mind you they were very loud Italians - sorry Italy we love you but you are noisy). The hotel was very quiet in the evenings though and at night - some of the reviews said you could hear scooters etc, that was not our experience, we got a good night sleep. The free and off the road parking was also a huge bonus as parking in Italy is generally difficult to park and to prevent scratches to the hire car.
Delfino - the first restaurant by the hotel is amazing food and service, as was Polpo di mare in Tellaro but make sure you sit on the balcony upstairs to see the views. The little beach bar right by the beach of Tellaro is also very nice. Lerici is also very nice and lots of rides and things for kids to do.
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