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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Some of the good things:
Exceptionally large and clean room with good toiletries, a multi-shower and disposable slippers etc at a fair price which included breakfast. Our room also had a massive sofa (which could probably become another double bed) and comfy chair as well as a desk, air-con and open Wi-Fi connection. We had a mini-fridge and a safe too.
We were just about off-season so not all the rooms were taken and I don't know how the various rooms compare, but we had a private shaded balcony/terrace overlooking the pool which was furnished with comfortable seating. This was accessed directly from our room through double doors and had the benefit of a small clothes-rail and pegs for drying swimwear etc.
We had brought pool towels with us but the hotel offered these at no extra charge. On the roof were two hot tubs but we didn't get to use these.
All round we had very helpful service. Great vegetarian pasta dishes in the restaurant, friendly and courteous staff. Parking was available directly outside. Breakfast was of the continental type rather than strictly Italian - so although there were cakes and pastries there was also plenty of fruit, meats and cheese, yoghurt and cold hard boiled eggs and so on. There was a good long window in which to take breakfast so this would suit both those who need to get off early and those with plenty of leisure.

Two reservations:
If you are looking to swim early or late I suggest you check that the pool will be open. Clearly this hotel makes most of its revenue from weddings and other celebrations as the number of celebration rooms is out of all proportion to the number of beds. We discovered that the pool area is often booked for weddings etc and so is closed to those in residence. This would have been incredibly annoying as the pool is always a big draw for me! This is the reason that I haven't awarded five stars.
Another reservation is the location. Not the village itself but the area around Taranto which is unbelievably flat. This means that the docks/steel/oil and other polluting industrial sites are almost always visible wherever you go. Taranto was, sadly, not a beautiful place to be - though the hotel is nicely tucked away. I knew Taranto had suffered greatly in the past - but was surprised how very worn out and industrial it still was. Obviously if you want to be near to Taranto this place is ideal. If you are on holiday - and Taranto is not important per se - you might like to look elsewhere.

  • Stayed: September 2015, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank QwertyEngland
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Reviewed 4 October 2014

The best place where to chill out.]
Good food, very good one, good wine, good landscape and weather, polite and very kind staff.
Neatness and elegance are what seems one of the most important for Il Villaggio San Giovanni.
I have been told that was one of the best in all Apulia and actually it's true, it is excellent in all its aspects.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank 559marzias
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

I stayed in the hotel for 4 nights and I had 4 dinners.
I had a real good time there, quality of accomodation and service are impressive.
The restaurant is just amazing (environnement and food) !
If you want to a have calm moment, enjoy good italian food, appreciate a non-intrusive and perfect service, do not hesitate to spend a few days there.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled on business
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Thank mulostb
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Reviewed 8 January 2014

We stayed in the hotel for New Year's Eve and enjoyed the hospitality. Rooms are ample and clean with the personnel nice and helpful. It is quite a bit out of town, but it is only 15-20 minutes drive to the old town (there is ample parking available) and it turned out a pretty good choice for us. Breakfast was a little minimalist and served in a fairly small room. On the whole, nothing really special (and perhaps a little gaudy...) but a good choice and good value for money.

Stayed: December 2013, travelled with friends
2  Thank CandS-8365
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Reviewed 30 August 2012

We stayed at Villagio San Giovanni for a total of 4 nights and were overall delighted with our choice. Prior to our stay, I contacted the Hotel in advance in order help prepare what i would hope be a perfect proposal. Throughout the process the Hotel and in particular Mariangela were extremely helpful and accomodating.
We took the option with half board and did not regret it for a moment. The hotel restaurant is exquisite with all products sourced locally and the food is devine. After every meal we were left incredibly satisfied and happy with our dining experience.
Located in the countryside just outside of Taranto, you are not far from all shops and super markets. They are certainly not within walking distance but that is the point of staying in quiet location.

If you are looking to stay in a very cosy, welcoming and reasonably priced Masseria then look no further. It is an ideal place for couples or families, the pool is amazing as are the staff and food.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Belgianbanker
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