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Pignola: Hotel Giubileo

SS 92, Rifreddo (Potenza)

Reviewed by: valerie from Italy, review #2100

When: September 2007

Clean and decent; one of the few hotels in the area.

A modern 1980s style hotel in the midst of a major renovation, the Giubileo is one of the few hotels near my ancestral village. The agriturismi in the nearby town of Pignola are open only in the summer. Unfortunately, the reception at this hotel was not exactly welcoming but without many other options, we ignored the coldness of the desk clerk. There were precious few other guests occupying the rooms during our autumnal visit but they newly-redone banquet room seemed to be drawing meetings during the day.

The room was typical, modern, and sterile but with a window that opened onto the woods so it was rather quiet, although if the place had been full I think the thin walls inside would have meant a lot of in-house noise. In other words, itís nothing great, but adequate.

Breakfast was included and consisted of commercially produced pastries, bread with jams and nutella, canned fruit, yogurt and coffee. The waiter was very sweet and eager to please. The second morning of our three-night stay we had decided to opt out as we were meeting our cousin in town. The last morning he arrived at our doors with trays of goodies to ensure we would receive our breakfast before departing.

The hotel has an indoor pool with odd opening hours, a spa, and meeting room. (We didnít visit the pool or spa.) I imagine it will be nicer when the renovations are completed, which I hope will include redoing the guestrooms.

They have a website but without online booking; I called to reserve the room. If youíre searching for a place south of Potenza near the woods of Rifreddo, this is one of the few options.

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