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Viale Giuseppe Berto, 89866 Capo Vaticano, Ricadi Italy
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  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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#1 of 24 in Capo Vaticano
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The Hotel is located in Capo Vaticano Ricadi on Viale Giuseppe Berto, very close to Tropea (8 km - 9 minutes by car). The nearest town to the hotel is San Nicolo of Ricadi which is about 750 metres away - about 10 minutes on foot. The railway station of Ricadi is 900 metres away and is 12 minutes on foot. By train you can get to North way: Tropea (8 minutes), Pizzo Calabro (25 minutes), and other beautiful places along the coast. South way: Coccoriono (5 minutes), Nicotera (10 minutes), Scilla (45 minutes), Reggio Calabria (60 minutes) and other places. Throughout the day there is a shuttle bus service which connects our hotel with nearby Tropea and others places to see. This bus service runs to a fixed timetable. It can be easily reached by car as it near the road which goes from Tropea to Vibo Valentia and is about 30 kilometres from the latter. It can be easily reached by train as the nearest Ricadi station is only 0,950 metres away. The Lamezia Terme international airport is 60 kilometres from our hotel, Reggio Calabria airport is 120 kilometres from our hotel. The nearest beach is "Torre Ruffa" (it is a sandy beach) and is 950 metres away; Here the water gets deep gradually. Our guests also have a beach shuttle service at their disposal to go to "Grotticelle" (Objectively the most beautiful in the all Calabria, gradual depth and with fine white sand). This service runs from the morning and continues throughout the day following a flexible timetable to cover the whole day (Every hour go/back). Grotticelle is only three minutes away by shuttle; At the beach you can take advantage of many services (at prices of the Convention) to name a few: the excursion along the coast (from Capo Vaticano, untill after Tropea with several stops in the most beautiful spots to make the bathing or snorkeling (equipment included), eat fresh fish with drink on board, excursion to the fabulous beaches of Capo Vaticano and many other activities and water sports. Our hotel offers you special beach service rates (not obligatory as the beach is not private one): 1 beach umbrella and sun loungers for € 9,00 per room, per day (2 peoples). It is possible to make a lump-sum payment. Price is exclusively reserved to our customers. Particular attention is devoted to the cleaning of the rooms, every other part of the hotel and to the guest. This is "three star superior" hotel, far 0,500 mts from the centre of the village of San Nicolo of Ricadi. The hotel offer an efficient shuttle bus service from/to the best destinations that must be visited. The hotel is very renowned for its delicious cuisine. We were guests in the italian TV SHOW "Domenica del Villaggio" on Channel 5, "Vecchia fattoria"on Rai 1, We have been reported on the main guides of the sector and on the italian daily newspaper "Repubblica", and we have also prepared the best products of our local gastronomic for some Italian actor of TV series "Gente di Mare" at the port of Tropea. The menu' of our Restaurant changes every day, both lunch and dinner. The pre-cooked food does not exist here, we cook all at the moment. Once a week they organize tastings of Calabrian typical products: "Calabria evening", a multi-course buffet feast during which the best regional specialties are served with popular music, songs and dances.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Free shuttle or taxi services
Infinity pool
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Swimup bar
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Banquet room
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, French, German, Italian


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Heiduli wrote a review Sep 2021
Levi, Finland9 contributions
Friendly, clean and so comfortable settings. Pool area really nice! Staff was just fantastic. Really enjoyed our stay, felt like home after 2 weeks. Bikes to borrow for free. Food was so tasty! Close by up by the church of San Nicolo is a pizza/arancino kiosk that a must 👌
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled
kat_thelgorion wrote a review Sep 2021
Princeton, New Jersey7 contributions4 helpful votes
Fantastic staff, romantic setting,great food. I have never been happier, this was The Best Holiday. I will be back. From morning to night we felt nothing but great joy. Everyone was so helpful and accommodating. Rooms are cleaner than in most of hospitals. Food is just beyond description. Eden. Paradise. Heaven on Earth
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled
Gina U wrote a review Jul 2021
Bucharest, Romania7 contributions16 helpful votes
First of all, I want to thank you for the wonderful vacation you gave us. This 3-star hotel offers at least four-star services. The rooms are spacious, nicely furnished and very clean. It is cleaned daily and there is exemplary cleanliness throughout the hotel. The garden and pool are magnificent. The hotel’s restaurant offers sensational cuisine and the service is impeccable. All staff involved offer services similar to a 5-star hotel. We thank Maria and Ocsana, who helped us with the problems encountered with the Alitalia company. Thanks also to the hotel staff who, together with my husband, organized a birthday party for me, which I celebrated at this hotel. Everything was wonderful. Calabria is a very beautiful region, worth visiting and I recommend to all tourists to choose the hotel La Bussola in Capo Vaticano. I spent 11 days at this hotel and left for Rome for a 4 night stay. We love Rome, we have visited this wonderful city before, but I can tell you that after our stay in Calabria at the Hotel La Bussola, I had the feeling that I left Heaven and arrived in Hell. These are our real and sincere impressions. My husband and I are passionate about travel and have visited many countries and capitals in Europe, Asia, Central America and the United Arab Emirates. We love Italy and we have traveled to various regions, but the holiday in Calabria was more special. I can tell you that the holiday in Calabria, at this hotel, was one of the most beautiful holidays I have ever had. The hotel is very well run by the Giuliano family, who are involved in absolutely all activities and work together with the employees. Many thanks to Maria, Ocsana Leone, Toni, Rino and Francesco for the wonderful vacation we had at Hotel La Bussola. By the way, Francesco makes some sensational cocktails. I haven't downloaded the photos and I can't attach them, but I'll be back to show you these wonderful places. Recommend this hotel to all tourists who love beauty, good taste and quality services.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: I recommend the superior double rooms which are very comfortable and have a beautiful view.
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valtal wrote a review Feb 2021
california6 contributions1 helpful vote
This review is late in coming, since it was 2008 that I visited La Bussola, discovering it quite accidentally, and loving so much about it. AS others have said, the family is charming and welcoming and the dinner we had at the restaurant remains my highest restaurant experience in Italy, probably because the spices and presentation reminded me of my Italian grandmother's recipes. After dinner, the family offered us some of their homemade Lemoncello and then kindly shared their recipe, which I have made several times, never matching their quality. Our room was clean and basic, but comfortable, with a nice window. However, it looked out over the roadway which was very noisy and could be heard in the room and in most outdoor spaces. I wonder if that has changed for the better or the worse. It is the only thing that gives me hesitation of arranging another Italy visit for my family to La Bussola, from which we can further explore our Calabrian roots.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Sleep Quality
1 Helpful vote
Jozy74 wrote a review May 2020
North Hampshire, UK178 contributions66 helpful votes
We were due to travel to this hotel during the covid 19 pandemic. We had booked independently with them as they beat all the agents we contacted. Obviously we couldn't travel but the hotel were amazing offering us a choice to reschedule or refund our deposit. I will definitely be going to stay with them when I am able and would urge anyone to give them a call and see how competitive they are. Capo vaticano and tropea are both stunningly beautiful and this place is easy to get to both from.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled
2 Helpful votes
Jade wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom58 contributions48 helpful votes
Good, small, friendly hotel. Reception staff are very accommodating - arranged our airport transfers with no problem. Pool area & restaurant are lovely - although I have to say I’ve never been to a hotel that asks all guests to wear swim hats if using the pool. The rooms are ok, but basic. Some of our friends were placed in the main part of the hotel which seemed to have updated rooms, but ours was very basic and could do with an update - still had everything you needed and was clean so more than apt for our 2 night stay. I would stay again but would request a room in the main hotel for the cost. Good location with beautiful views all around.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled
2 Helpful votes
JStinson wrote a review May 2019
Dundrum, United Kingdom8 contributions1 helpful vote
This beautiful family run hotel is by far the best place to stay and or visit in Calabria, Southern Italy. Beautiful tranquil surroundings and top class accommodation await you on The Coast of the Gods including the stunning nearby beach of Grotticelle in Capo Vaticano. Swim in the warm clear waters & watch the sun setting over the active volcano Stromboli. The food is spectacular & carefully prepared for your enjoyment- the staff and management always ensure you have a wonderful visit and or stay. Highly recommend - 5 ⭐️
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled
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Володимир Б wrote a review Oct 2018
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine8 contributions3 helpful votes
A good location for a relaxing holiday.   The hotel is conveniently connected to the Ricadi train station. Nice beach and clear sea. Clean and elegant rooms. Very professional staff at the reception desk - speak Italian, English, Russian, German. Good breakfasts. Great restaurant and bar. Especially delicious dishes from the chef. The chef is a Ukrainian from Chernivtsi. Cheerful and friendly staff - at the bar, at the reception, drivers.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Travelled
Lina V wrote a review Oct 2018
2 contributions
We would like to thank the Giuliani family for their great hospitality, care and attention to render our stay a most pleasant and relaxing one indeed. All those working at the hotel gave their utmost to all travellers in our group. The atmosphere was very pleasant, the food abundant and delicious. We surely recommend this great hotel to all those who plan to visit la Calabria. Thank you again. you were all simply g r e a t !!!! Lina /Michael Vella - Granata group
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: would suggest installing of lift for accessiblity to those using wheel chairs.
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JoeandCarmen S wrote a review Oct 2018
Malta Europe4 contributions1 helpful vote
This Hotel is situated in a quiet rural area. The greatest friendly atmosphere we've ever met. We booked as half board, that is breakfast and dinner but as we were once to have dinner within an excursion, they offered us lunch instead which was as exquisite as always. Tidyness and cleanliness are the order of the day with not a single dust to see. Anything we asked for was immediately delivered. Customer care is their priority. The hotel boasts of a free shuttle service both with a mini van and a luxurious saloon car. It has spacious rooms with all windows and/or balconies on the outside. The rooms are fully air-conditioned with a luxurious bathroom. The hotel has a large restaurant and an outdoor surrounding area with beautiful landscaping. One of the best hotels we've ever been. Perhaps the only adverse thing one can say is that it does not have an elevator, since it only has just a first and second floor. That is the only reason that we did not give a five star to this one. Anyway, well done La Bussola.
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Date of stay: September 2018
Trip type: Travelled
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel La Bussola
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel La Bussola?
Nearby attractions include Torre Marrana (1.0 km), Tropical Dream (1.1 km), and Emporio Gioter (0.07 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel La Bussola?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a swimup bar, free wifi, and free breakfast.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel La Bussola?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel La Bussola?
Guests can enjoy a swimup bar, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel La Bussola?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel La Bussola?
Conveniently located restaurants include Donna Orsola La Dispensa, Live Fish & Sushi Restaurant Capo Vaticano, and Degusteria La Bussola.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel La Bussola?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Hotel La Bussola have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Hotel La Bussola offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Hotel La Bussola have airport transportation?
Yes, Hotel La Bussola offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Hotel La Bussola?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Hotel La Bussola?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.