La Costiera Hotel4.0 out of 5.0
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The hotel was very clean and the staff were very helpful and friendly- BUT I wouldn't say that it was worth 4*s. There was no tea & coffee facilities in the room and no balcony furniture. We ended up with 2 tatty dining chairs and used the bathroom stool as a table. The area is very run down with nothing to do except to go the beach, so much so that we didn't feel safe in the day or evening. No buses, but thanks to Giovanni - our taxi driver, with him we wouldn't have been able to get anywhere. I wouldn't recommend hiring a car either, the Italians are mad when driving. Only a handful of restaurants, 1 which closed while we were there for their holiday. 1 shop where the staff definitely did not like the English, they were very rude. The hotel shut the pool half way through our holiday because of 3 thunderstorms and they said the weather had changed - It hadn't. In all honesty the hotel is completely in the wrong location. To top it all on out last evening we noticed 2 hookers just outside the hotel.
Stayed at La Costiera with my partner for a few days, and was very impressed with how friendly and welcoming the staff were. They were always happy to help, giving us advice on how to get to Napoli and Pompei, and making us feel welcome. Clean rooms and nice breakfast well. A huge thanks to Giovanni, the taxi driver recommended by the hotel, who drove us around, giving us lots of helpful tips, suggestions and advice. The only downfall (which is not related to the hotel) was the rather remote location, with no public transport links - we had to rely on taxi services most of the time. Be careful when getting a taxi from the airport, as we ended up paying 90 euros on the way there because we just jumped in a taxi instead of booking ahead. Finally, it's a lovely place for a sunny holiday, but there's not much to do if the weather is bad.
This hotel would suit those who are happy to spend a week at the beach without any other entertainment/attractions. The hotel has friendly staff and is kept clean. Not sure I would rate it 4 stars. Breakfast is continental ie bread, croissants, apples, cake, cereal, yoghurt. It advertises lunch but it is not served. We did not have the evening meal - a set fish menu 20E and meat menu 15E. which didn't suit our tastes. There is a small swimming pool which costs 5E to use. You can buy tickets for one of the local Lido's at a reduced rate in the hotel for 5E for a sun lounger 5E for an umbrella. Various people wander around selling a range of beach related things. There were lifeguards but my observations was of them sitting in the shade beside their chairs on their mobiles apart from one occasion when they were actively looking for a child. The location of the hotel is its downfall for us as it was in a remote location 18k from Naples. I was impressed by those brave enough to drive but that did ensure they could easily exit the town. The hotel happily organise taxi's for you which we used on some occasions but just as easy to catch a bus to the local towns to catch a train to Naples or take the bus all the way. Significantly cheaper than taxi rides and we managed fine as a family. Less buses at the weekend so maybe stay in Varcatura at weekends and head into Naples and beyond during the week. The TI at the central trainstation gave us all the details to travel to Capri, Pompeii and Naples tourist buses. There is a bar next to the hotel which has karaoke and sports tv alongside an Italian restaurant with basic cheap menu, they have entertainment some nights of the week. There are other restaurants a little further which also serve an Italian menu and worth a try. We had some nice fish but it is expensive (the fish we chose came in between 40E - 50E for fish and spaghetti) There is a fruit/veg/wine/basics shop across from the hotel and a supermarket a few buildings down from it. If you like touristy shops or local shops you don't get it here. A disappointment for us was the condition of the area, pavements are dangerous at times - watch out for broken pipes sticking out or you could do yourself an injury. Nowhere felt accessible for those with mobility issues. The Italian's love children but I didn't find anywhere for our daughter to have a play and run around other than the beach. I know most of us are not all that interested in TV while on holiday but my checking of the tv didn't throw up any English - a children's channel would have been nice for some down time. The 'ladies of the night' do stand outside the hotel at night which is not the most ideal environment for me.
I stayed here with my three daughters recently. The staff are all very helpful, and the hotel is clean and well equipped. The food was good - breakfast buffet and then a choice of set meat or fish menu for evening meal, but with some flexibility. One of my daughters is vegan and the chef willingly produced lovely meals for her at no extra charge. Drinks very reasonably priced too. The local beach, Lido Varca D'Oro (which you have to pay for - tickets available at reception), is beautiful and feels very safe (both in terms of security and swimming - lifeguard and very benign sea). Also a small supermarket with good prices (not touristy) just opposite hotel. Great pizza restaurant on the road to beach too, which again had very good prices and a lovely waiter. Giovanni, who runs Campania Taxis with his four colleagues, offered a great taxi service - speaks English and has loads of tips for sightseeing. He's a really good driver, and reliable and honest. There is no public transport within walking distance of the hotel, nor a cashpoint, so make sure you plan accordingly. We all had a lovely holiday without spending a fortune. Would definitely recommend.
This review is about the hotel but is undeniaby influenced by the area it is in. Varcatura is to the west by about15k and slightly north of Naples. Getting there is only really possible by taxi as there is no direct bus or train service from the airport. The hotel is in a run-down area as well. There are a small number of other hotels close by but this is by no means a bustling holiday resort. The beach is a 10 to 15 minute walk away, is well maintained and staffed by life guards and security. There are a small number of restaurants in the area. Our favourite, which had a relaxed atmosphere was Vico Sarchiapone, good pizzas. Ok, now the hotel. It is very clean and has a attractive outlook to the front entrance. Reception is also clean and well maintained. The rooms are small but well furnished and the air con seemed to work fine with no problems. The pool is small but clean. Cost of €5 per person per day if you use it. The staff at the hotel were all very friendly but the biggest help is Laila who has very good English and provided us with some useful tips. As I said earlier, you will need a taxi to get around and the hotel has an arrangement with Giovanni. He is very reliable and honest guy who will not rip you off. To sum up, the hotel offers a comfortable and pleasant stay and I would stay there again but because of the area and its relative isolation we would be unlikey to do so.
We spent a week here, and I love the fact that the hotel and surrounding area is not commercial at all, you get real Italy here. It IS difficult without a car, though I cannot recommend the local taxi driver, Giovanni, enough. Good prices, great local knowledge and a real diamond. There is a charge for the pool, and at 5€ per person per day, we did end up spending a lot for the week, never had to pay to use a hotel pool before. The sunbeds are quite uncomfortable, we borrowed some cushions from some other seats, but the next day they had been removed! You cannot eat snacks by the pool, or order drinks to have by the pool, there is a little eating area which overlooks the car park at the rear. Rooms are ok, we were in a family room, so two teenager in a bunk bed in with us, and the steps on the bunk were broken. Free air con, brilliant. The staff, in particular Leila, were great. Varcaturo is a little run down, there are only about four restaurants in the area, but as it's not touristy, the prices are really good, around 40€ for four of us with drinks. There's a club type place next door, which is very lively till about 2am, no bother to us but some may find it hard to sleep. There's lots of boat trips on offer, again you'd need a car/taxi to get to port, or station to get to Naples etc All in all a good holiday.
I traveled with a very large group ( over 15 and aged from 3 upwards).The hotel is very clean with very helpful staff.I never felt threatened by the area nor did any of my party.Sure it needs some regeneration and you do see some women of the night etc.But you are under no obligation to take up their offers and when I stayed in Vegas the issue was 100 x worse! Some reviewers mention an immigration problem and the mafia? Did they watch The Godfather before they came out or maybe listened to some UKIP rally in order to help construct their review? All we saw was some people of different ethnic origins selling fruit and working in restaurants. The beach is great,clean with excellent facilities.The pizzeria next door is simple but very friendly and bar next door( Felix 3.0) is really good for a night out.Two very good restaurants are Locanda and Sarchipone.Both within walking distance.I would not advise driving a car -hire a taxi.The antics we saw on the road were crazy in terms of dangerous driving. We all had a relaxing time and enjoyed our holiday there.
Great hotel in a horrible area.Bear in mind that this is my personal opinion based on what makes me feel comfortable and what I expect from a holiday destination.It was a last minute holiday bought on a budget and in a hurry.I really advise everyone who wants to go to Varcaturo ,to take a "walk" on street view of Google maps on the streets around the hotel to make sure is suitable for them.But I'll review the location,maybe in a different post. As i was saying The hotel was great.It actually saved the remaining of our holiday as we spent every day at the pool and in the room during the afternoon high sun.The air con in the room is a tiny bit to loud but it does the job.Not all the staff is super fluent in English but we weren't fluent in Italian either .With their English and our Italian we understood each other great :) .A warm "Hello" to Laila who was great and friendly and spoke Italian as well as fluent English and French. Only two options to get from the airport to the hotel.One is with the Giovanni's taxi recommended by the hotel and the other one is to exchange about 3 buses-from the airport to Napoli Piazza Garibaldi,from Piazza Garibaldi to Pozzuoli and from Pozzuoli to the hotel.It is definitely cheaper but use it only if you are confident orientating yourself around busy bus stations and train stations.The taxi is around 50-60 euro depending on the traffic which is crazy India style(the traffic)-everyone drives wherever and however they want.In spite of the crazy traffic,Giovanni made the ride feel safe and smooth.He's a good and calm driver.As an option to get to the hotel they recommend you to get with the train to Pozzuoli and they would pick you up from there with their shuttle bus but at that time it wasn't available and i also didn't see the bus from the pictures on the website,at the hotel.Anyway,for a quick,safe,no hassle transfer you are in good hands with Giovanni which will meet and greet you at the terminal at the airport Use TripAdvisor for advice on where to eat but don't forget to go next door to the right from the hotel for a great local pizza. You have to pay to get access too all the beaches except one but according to the locals that free of charge beach is mainly used for drugs exchange or use.The good part is that if you purchase the tickets from the hotel,they are way cheaper. As a conclusion I would stay again at a hotel like La Costiera but I will never return to Varcaturo.
I want to say BIG Thank you for all La Costiera staff! we spend a fantastic week in this hotel. Special thank you for Liana ( I hope that name is right) She was so helpful and friendly-thank you! i can recommended that hotel for everyone who want go to Naples and also get easy access to beach. But it's perfect if you have chance rent a car, because train station is far from the hotel! Also that isn't a problem, because there is really nice and helpful taxi driver- Giovanni. He will take you everywhere where you need and for really good price!
Absolutely do not stay here. Frighteningly dirty. Frightening neighborhood. I booked through United Airlines and they said this was a 4 star hotel, burned 30,000 miles. WTF, Dirty beds, sofas, looks like an hourly hotel!
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75% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 222 reviews