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Trani: B&B Ai Carrettierri

Via Carrittierri 28, Phone: 0883.487204; Cell 349.1637592

Reviewed by: Dorit from Israel, review #1876

When: May 2007

A fairly new B&B right in the middle of Centro Storico.

This fairly new B&B is in what looks like the basement floor of an old and beautiful apartment building. You have to use a key to open the main door to the building, then another key to open a heavy steel door which opens into a private outdoor patio with some tables and chairs. (We could never really use because the weather was somewhat rainy.)

All three of the B&B apartments are accessed from this courtyard which are used only by B&B guests. When the owner, Nicola, opened the next two doors to our apartments, it looked like quite a palace. We each had an entire apartment to ourselves. It included a very large bedroom, a large dining room/kitchenette/foyer, a bathroom, lots of halls, mirrors, antiques, small stairways, etc.

The fridge is stocked with some water and juice. Pre-packaged cakes and wafers await us "for breakfast". I believe that there were facilities also for cooking if one were interested.

It is wonderfully situated right smack in the old town center, we had free parking on the street right in front of our building. It was very convenient to walk anywhere in the city from here. Air conditioning and heating were included, we needed neither one of them. The cost was 50 euros for a couple and 40 euros for a single.

There were several drawbacks, however, which I am not sure would be the decision-factors for me on whether to return here. There were no windows, almost like a cellar/grotto-type place, no reception for cell phone and no regular phone in room. The room was somewhat damp and had a bit of a moldy smell but it was not terrible at all.

On our second night (of three) apparently a family rented the third and last apartment available in this B&B. They were Italian, very noisy and had a baby which cried most of the time. The walls, even though made of thick stone, were not very effective at keeping out the noise and it was very bothersome. Thankfully, they were only there for the one night.

I had to call the owner on our last night to ask him what to do about the keys the following morning when we were leaving. He said to just leave them on the table and he would get them sometime during the day. We had paid for all three nights up front.

All in all, a good place to stay and not expensive.

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