This is a basic, unpretentious hotel mid-way between Gallipoli and Leuca, and 500m from the beautiful sandy coastline as is typical of this part of Salento. The guest rooms here are spacious (although families will probably prefer the apartments) and the cuisine simple yet tasty, with a special children's options for children as well.
The Costa del Salento is located in Lido Marini, a seaside resort just outside Ugento and midway between Gallipoli and Leuca.
Brindisi airport is around 72 mi away, or 1h 45m by car, whilst Bari airport is 145 mi away, with a transfer time of 3 hours.
From the outside, the Costa del Salento looks like a pretty ordinary, white, 2 storey Mediterranean-style building, adorned with only two palm trees to either side of the entrance. The unpretentious decor of the reception, which was renovated in 2006, is low-key and pretty basic, consisting notably of geometric shapes and complementary colours.
This part of the hotel also includes 20 guest rooms, whilst the rest of the village runs along the walkways in between the 2 storey buildings. Unfortunately, despite the odd bit of greenery here and there, the concrete alleyways around the complex certainly don't make for the most welcoming of surroundings. The lovely children's play area, however, with its slides, seesaws, and various other bits and pieces set under the shade of the pine trees is far more pastoral.
If you like to keep active whilst on holiday, you'll be pleased to know that the hotel has a tennis court and a multipurpose pitch, as well as a swimming pool and bikes available to hire for the ridiculous sum of around ú13 a week.
The Costa del Salento offers 3 appealing additional services to enhance your stay here, including dry cleaning, massages provided in an outdoor booth, and a small shop selling traditional products and objects.
The Costa del Salento has relatively few traditional guest rooms as it primarily offers accommodation in apartments that can accommodate up to 5 people and are fitted with a kitchen area.
The 20 traditional guest rooms are located in the main building and a dozen or so are dotted around the village. Although officially intended as double rooms, they can actually accommodate an additional 2 people on the sofa that can be turned into a sort of bunk bed. The rooms were decorated in 2006 and feature a pretty basic decor in shades of brown and blue with light-coloured wood, and modern furniture throughout, even in the bathrooms.
In comparison, the apartments are more rustic in style and a little more dated. The layout here is basic and Spartanábut you'll find you have everything you need for an independent holiday of a week or more. There are around 80 of these units, which have 2 or 3 rooms and a kitchen area. The 2 room apartments come with a double room, a kitchen-lounge with a sofa-bed, and in some cases, a tiny single bedroom, whilst the 3 room apartments have an additional bedroom.
All of the guest rooms and apartments have a balcony.
The large dining room here is located just alongside the beautiful pool area and is very well lit thanks to the large picture windows overlooking the bar terrace. The decor, meanwhile, consists of nice wooden tables decked with pink tablecloths and some rather dubious paintings on the walls and ceiling.
The cuisine will appeal to those who like to feel at home, even when on holiday. Don't come here expecting anything sophisticated, such as nouvelle cuisine, because what you're going to get is a selection of simple dishes prepared using quality ingredients. The buffet consists of 2 starters and 2 meat or fish-based main courses, as well as some more basic options to cater to children's tastes, such as plain pasta or rice which can be accompanied with a meat sauce, and also a grilled dish. There is even the option for parents to prepare a simple meal for their children at any meal time using the special kitchen area provided.
The buffet is completed with a series of hors-d'?uvres and healthy seasoned vegetables - perfect for those who like to keep an eye on their figure! All the water and wine you can drink (and on tap) are included in the price of your stay.
Our tip: try the lasagne!
Like all the beaches in the Salento region, you'll not be disappointed by the beach at the Costa del Salento, where the golden sand slopes gently into the crystal clear, beautifully coloured sea.
Beach service is included in the price of your club card, which also entitles you to a parasol and two deckchairs per room. The beach isn't actually that close to the hotel but there is a little train you can catch to take you there right throughout the day.
Facilities include a snack bar, canoes and surfboards (the former for free, the latter for a charge), a foosball table, and a ping-pong table.
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