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Salerno: B&B Salerno Centro

Piazza Sedile di Portanova 10, Phone: / fax: 089.29.61.315 /Cell: 345.61.77.759
www.salernocentro.it

Reviewed by: GAC from USA, review #3074

When: May 2011

B&B Salerno Centro is wonderfully situated in the heart of historic Salerno

I spent two nights in May, 2011 at this charming B&B smack in the center of Salerno, and was delighted by the extreme courtesy, professionalism and personalized service of the Manzo family who own and run the property; its impeccable cleanliness, fantastic location, and good value.

Here are a few points to remember: 1) the property is located about 900 meters west of the Salerno train station: a simple and pleasant 10-minute walk along the pedestrianized Corso Vittorio Emanuele, then a short left turn at the Piazza Sedile di Portanova.

2) the property is also 350 meters from the magnificent Cathedral (Duomo) of Salerno, and 50 meters from the stupendous seafront promenade (Lungomare Trieste) which stretches two kilometers from east to west, affording stupendous views of the sea and the nearby mountains which form the backdrop to the City.

3) the property is housed in a former convent, which adds to its inherent charm and character. The B&B was opened about one year ago, after an extensive and painstaking upgrading and modernization of the private family apartment. 4) a full-service kitchen is available to guests, including a microwave, espresso machine, and large refrigerator.

A made-to-order breakfast is included in the daily rate, and special dietary requests are gladly accepted. Breakfast is taken from a communal table, where guests from the far reaches of the planet can share their travel experiences.

5) Salerno is a much underrated city. It merits a full day or more just by itself, and can be used as a base for daytrips to the Amalfi Coast, Paestum, the Cilento Coast, Pompeii, and Naples itself. The train, intercity buses, and ferries are all 10 minutes away.

6) The property has three rooms, each with its own private facilities (although only two rooms are en-suite, as the third has its private bathroom directly across a narrow hallway, with a private key).

I unequivocally recommend this B&B, especially for travellers wanting to spend time in Salerno itself, as it is located in the best area of town, seconds away from the medieval quarter and the seafront promenade.

There are many cafes, bars, restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity, and the local bus lines are just steps away along Via Roma. The SITA bus to Amalfi stops nearby as well (and at the train station). It represents an extremely pleasant alternative to the bland, impersonal hotels which one often encounters, and it will leave the guest with very positive memories.

My warmest thanks and congratulations to the Manzo Family, who make all this possible, and who, not coincidentally, contribute significantly to the revitilization of Salerno, a town with a great future.

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