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Discussion in 'Best Western | Rewards' started by Sweet Willie, Nov 16, 2013.
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anyone stayed at this property & can provide feedback?
Haven't stayed there but in Salerno a while back for work. Great area and it is dotted with Roman & Greek ruins. I also visited Caserta on the NE side of Napoli where they have a mountain top St. Agostino convent (Papal retreat?) that experienced some major action during WWII and a magnificent royal palace.
The property is highly rated on TA but it seems more specialized for weddings. IMO, it's best to do status match before booking this property: http://www.bestwestern.com/rewards/offers/statusmatch-form.pdf
appreciate info on status match but we are spending only one night so not worth my time (IMO).
We booked this property as it is close to Paestum & the Greek ruins there.
We are also spending an afternoon & evening in Salerno, hope to see the Duomo there as well as Salerno's old historic center. Any other Salerno sites to visit or dining in Salerno you could recommend? (& how did you know that I would end up asking about dining??!! )
Well, in addition the Greco Roman UNESCO historical park just 15-miles south the city, you got the cathedral (il duomo) which was erected in the 11th century atop of a Roman temple and where the apostle St. Matthew is supposedly entombed later, the scenic Longo Mare (beach-front promenade), and a huge park in the city center. I was there in 1978, so a lot has changed since then in terms of restaurants, but the local areas main dishes remain seafood. Many great restaurants were in the city center back then.
went to all of the above
So we did have a reservation at the Best Western Esplanade in Paestum, when we showed up, the front desk person informed us that our room had been moved next door to the Savoy Beach Hotel which appeared/seemed to be a nicer hotel than the BW. Turns out the same person owns both the Savoy & BW, there were so few people staying as it was low season, that the owner essentially shut down the BW & moves everyone over to the Savoy. I'm not complaining.
forgot to add a couple of activities we did while in the area:
On a side note, it was wonderful to move about the ruins of Paestum, there is an audio/video guide for 5€, it is essentially a small Samsung tablet that doubles as a gps guide while walking around the ruins as well as a video/audio guide when activated at various points around the ruins.
Another to do item while in the area is to tour a mozzarella (di buffala) farm, where after the tour you get to taste not only fresh made mozzarella but also yogurt from the yogurteria. The farm is Tenuta Vannulo an all organic farm that produces mozzarella from the Italian buffalos (not cows). Even if you don't have time for the tour, you can drive up the yogurteria and enjoy fresh made yogurt. The tour is 40€ for up to 10 people, there is no per person charge, only group.