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Grado: Hotel Capri

Via Vespucci, 1, Phone: 043.180091

Reviewed by: cobblehill from NY, review #1073

When: June 2005

Pleasant family-run hotel in the resort town of Grado. {3 star}

Sunset in Grado, photo by Tony Aiello

Five of us stayed at this hotel for three nights.

We chose Grado as a place to chill for a few days after traveling to Italy from New York, prior to heading into Croatia for two weeks.

Grado is a lovely resort island just 25 km from the FVG-Trieste airport. It is chockful of hotels and rental apartments. There is a massive beach fitted with terme, pools, aquatic park, rose garden, "parco giochi" for the kids, all kinds of lovely amenities to help you soak up the sun. Unfortunately the weather was overcast during our time there. But Grado has a lovely and well-preserved medieval core, now turned into a pedestrian only area complete with shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants. We enjoyed wandering that. And Aquileia is a short drive away; we spent a wonderful day touring the Roman ruins and ancient cathedral there.

The rooms at Hotel Capri are on the small side but nicely fitted with satellite TV and beautiful tiled bathrooms. Ours featured a "box shower" with six or eight spray heads. All rooms have a terrace; ours looked out towards the sea, though we couldn't see the water. My father-in-law was across the hall with a nice view of the lagoon that separates Grado from mainland Italy. The attached photo shows the sunset over the lagoon we enjoyed on Thursday, June 10.

The family that owns the hotel was very accommodating and most patient with our 30-month old twin boys, who can be a bit rambunctious. We chose the half-board option, eating breakfast and dinner at the hotel each day. Dinner featured excellent pasta courses but the secondi were rather weak. Still, the half-board rate was 45 per adult per night and for that price we felt we got very good value for our money. There was a small salad bar and nice gelato that accompanied dinner each night. We were the only Americans staying there; the two-dozen Italians at the nearby tables were very kind to our kids and offered courteous "buona seras" each night as we entered the airy dining room.

Grado is convenient to both Trieste and Venice. If you are considering a stay here, use the contact form at the Grado website to get offers from hotels. One e-mail generated twenty offers!

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