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Reviewed 18 May 2017

Hotel is perhaps a little dated but the pool area which is on the other side is so beautiful that it makes up for the hotel. Someone had a vision and it is perfect. Huge and lovely to swim in. The hotel bedroom was small and clean we had a view over the sea up and down the coast from our balcony! Breakfast was ample and the strawberries were appreciated! The hotel has a nice small designed garden area at the front with ponds and shrubs but this has been let go a bit. We were happy with the price we paid. There isn't a proper beach even though it is on the coast but the salt water pool makes up for this

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank The H
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Reviewed 21 September 2016

We visited the Hotel Club San Diego after a family wedding in Paestum. My husband, who is originally from Basilicata, has always wanted to visit Maratea and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. We didn't have reservations, only the name of the hotel, so we weren't sure if we'd even have a place to stay. But when we arrived, they assured us they could find a room for us and we are very glad they did. On first glance, this is an older hotel and not very fancy, so if that's what you're looking for, this is not the place. But, if you want to stay in a place that is friendly and helpful, comfortable and unique then this is the place.
Our room was small with a balcony that overlooked the water. The bathroom was adequate and the bed was comfortable. Again...not fancy, but it had everything we needed. We spent as much time as we could at the pool,which featured saltwater rather than chlorinated water and made for an amazingly relaxing experience. Sitting in one of the deck chairs, you have a choice between gazing up at the mountains or out to the sea. This place made us feel like we wanted to come back year after year.
The staff was beyond helpful. They are friendly, courteous and interested in your comfort and well-being. The other tourists seemed to be mostly other Italians or other European travelers; I didn't notice too many English-speaking guests. In addition, the 15 minute drive into Maratea was delightful. I found Maratea to be kind of an Amalfi-lite...we've been to Amalfi and it can be quite crowded. Maratea has a number of shops and restaurants and has just as much charm without the crowds.
Coming across this hotel was pleasant surprise and we would definitely return if we can.

Room Tip: Go for the water views...it's worth it.
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cindy E
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Reviewed 2 October 2015 via mobile

Well where to start? The hotel is quaint. It's a 3 star hotel, yes it needs a bit of work, it feels very lived in. It's not perfect, the paint is chipped, the sofas are a bit tatty, it's feels like you're staying in a flash back to the 90's, some random old guy sleeps on a recliner in the bar area and the decor in certain places is questionably from someone's actual lounge and none of the crockery matches (yes I have it 5* stay with me here) but by god its a brilliant little place.

Everything I have mentioned made me love it. You feel like you're walking in to someone's home. From the warm greeting of all of the staff, including the cleaners to the random people who always seem to be about and you never seem to know if they're staff or customers. It feels like a homage to all things southern italy. Its relaxed to the point of being horizontal. The wifi is sparse but ee and vodafone do very well. The food is typically italian, entree, choice of two 1st courses and two 2nd courses, desert. The experience of real italian food is so worth it. Breakfast is continental.
The coffee is divine and the croissants are better.

HOWEVER, the very BEST thing about this hotel is (well its two things really) the people they really make the place, francesca and fabio who run it, pascquele who runs the restaurant and the bar girl (can't remember her name sorry! ) were all amazing. They have a grasp of English that you don't see often in the south of Italy, they try very hard to communicate effectively and they really do go out of there way to help you with anything and everything you a need. We changed rooms, we messed with the menu, a lot, my husband is such a fussy eater, as is his mother, as are my bridsmaids. They genuinely couldn't do enough.

Then there was the wedding, which leads me to the second best thing (but joint first really ) which is The VIEW, I will post a few of the wedding pictures, unedited that I have from our mobile phone that a guest took. This is why you come to this hotel. Not because it's perfect or new or modern, not because they have a fully comprehensive menu with vegan options, not because they have room service because you'll be disappointed. You come for the view, for the atmosphere, for the culture shock, the experience and the amazing welcoming people.
Our wedding was, for lack of a better or more interesting word, perfect. The weather was perfect, the wedding planner from Slow Dreams, the lay out of the decorations, the pictures, the food, the ease at which they moved everything inside when the wind picked up at 9pm, the manager Fabio stayed up till we went to bed to make sure we were happy, every minute of our day was just spectacular.
So if you want something that is clean and polished and has no feeling, please go elsewhere but if you want a genuine family feel and an authentic italian holiday, please feel free to stay here, we recommend it highly.

Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
1  Thank CX_isalways_awesome
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Reviewed 25 September 2015

We were invited to a wedding of friends in this beautiful part of Italy. Our allocated hotel was the San Diego. It is set in the most lovely of surroundings overlooking the Mediterranean. The staff could not have been more helpful or pleasant - sorting out little issues like mosquito bites (fantastic pen that takes away the itch!) and getting taxis to here and there.

The rooms left a little to be desired - the mattresses rock hard - ditto the pillows. Funnily enough, in spite of this, we slept really well. The balcony doors opening out onto incredible views of the sea and surrounding landscape must have worked their magic. Nothing else mattered. Bathroom more than adequate. Hotel restaurant a bit dated but the food was fine.

The fantastic swimming pool overlooking the sea was where everyone hung out. A little bar supplied drinks and snacks.

The wedding was held on a separate level, again, overlooking the sea. Idyllic.

We would definitely return.

Very reasonably priced. The staff were wonderful, especially Francesca who was just lovely and for whom nothing was too much trouble.

Kate Kassam
London UK

Room Tip: We had Rooms 177 and 180. Both overlooked the sea with balconies. Would recommend 180.
  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled with family
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1  Thank kate m
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Reviewed 18 October 2014

We arrived at the hotel shortly after 4 pm. It was a bit muggy and we had been in the car all day. When we got to our room, the AC didn't work--it was in the 80s and muggy. When we went down to go to the pool or beach, we stopped at the desk and mentioned the AC not working and were told that we were correct, it was not working in any of the rooms but that it was ok because it was cool outside. There was a breeze outside, but the room was slightly recessed off of a terrace shared with the other rooms on that floor, and the breeze didn't reach the rather stuffy room (unless we left the hall door open). There was no fan to circulate the air in the rooms, so it was a pretty miserable sleeping experience that night, even though we opened the door to the shared terrace for a little air and blocked it off with plastic chairs to maintain "security." (We drew the line at keeping the hall door open.) In the off season, they only use the part of the hotel that is not on the sea side of the through road, so you have to go down steps, across the through road, and across the parking lot to get to the pool. The salt water infinity pool was very nice, and the grounds outside were beautiful and well kept. However, the steps down to the "beach" from the pool led to a jagged stretch of beach front that was covered with sharp rocks. We were told that we had to use the car to get to the beach. The room itself was ok--just faded and old. When you opened the door to the room, it stuck on the tiles. When you forced the door open, it left a scratch mark on the tiles. The bathroom was nasty. There was mildew on the shower curtain, some grout lines were black where grout was missing, and the holder for the handheld shower head was loose, which meant that you could not adjust the direction at all, and it fell off if you bumped it. When we told the front desk that evening that we had to leave at 7 am (breakfast started at 7:30 and was included in the price of the room) and asked for something to take with us—a piece of fruit and a roll—we were informed that it was impossible. (Other places in Italy have volunteered that kind of arrangement when we had to leave before breakfast was served.) The dinner was excellent, but a good meal does not make up for a restless night's sleep. Going there in the off season, we did not expect many of the amenities to be available--the poolside bar, pool towels, the coffee shop--especially since the price in the off season was like that of a 2 star hotel. However, we did expect the basics to be available--like AC and a friendly reception. In general, I have found Calabrians to be warm and friendly, and they will bend over backwards to help you. I did not feel that kind of welcome in this place. The Hotel has features that indicate that it was probably quite elegant in its day, but now it is more than tired: it is run down.

  • Stayed: October 2014, travelled with family
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