Book Holiday Inn Salerno-Cava de' Tirreni's Business Package to get discounts on meeting room hire and complimentary wireless Internet. Ask our friendly 24-hour Front Desk staff for help arranging Pompeii tours, Amalfi boat trips and personal shopping.
This hotel is worth visiting just for the amazing architecture in its construction alone.. Designed as part of the Vulcano Buono centre by STarchitect Renzo Piano (who also did the 'Shard' in[More]
London!) its design will leave you impressed.
Location: for those with a car its easy to access via a major motorway A30/A16.. for those on foot like us, its best to get the train to Nola (Trenitalia from Salerno) or the Circumvusivio train from Naples Garibaldi to Nola (different station!) Only way to Hotel from here is by taxi which the hotel will arrange for 15euro flat fare. (pay the driver directly upon arrival at hotel)
Hotel: Incredible! You approach what looks like a small Volcano! covered in shrubbery and grass. the carpark around it (2000cars) gives away its disguise. Entry to the hotel is along a drive cut out of the side of the Vulcano. reception is huge, 3 floor high ceiling, spacious and bright with open plan Bar, Lounge, Restaurant, seating area.
Reception and Check in: Staff had poor English, there was no welcome or even hello (though we tried our best Italian!). We were allocated room on second floor.. no info on amenities or services.. key allocated and lift gestured to. (to be fair we had emailed the hotel previous day ref; transport from Nola and the replies were friendly and courteous and in perfect English)
Room: was stylish but surprisingly small.. this is because over 40% of the room space is the outside balcony! There was no balcony furniture.. (this was only for guests on the 3rd floor!) Room was spotlessly clean and neat but missing the usual Holiday Inn touches of pen and paper, real glasses (they were plastic!) and had one sad childlike piece of art. TV had one English channel but the fast wifi made up for this. Beds were very comfortable and there was no noises or rumbling to be heard though we were in the middle of a shopping mall/volcano! A/C worked perfectly (and silently)
Bathroom.. Large (in comparison to the bedroom) clean and big soft towels and good range of hygiene products.
Meals: with a such a huge shopping centre attached, we didn't eat dinner at the hotel but at some of the many restaurants in the Mall. We did have breakfast which was extensive. Service was friendly and prompt though it was self service.. BIG buffet of everything with good range of hot cooked food, bacon, sausage, eggs etc plus lots of local cold meats and cheese. Unlimited quantities of all including great selection of pastries and cakes.. Best breakfast of our trip so far!
Location 2: The Vulcano has over 100 shops and restaurants so shoppers and foodaholics will have a great time. there is also a cinemaplex with latest movies and a HUGE gym, with pool etc (15€ extra for hotel guests). Shops and supermarket (Auchan) are open til 10pm.. Nothing to see outside of the hotel unless you go hillwalking 4 kms away.. or go back to Nola for train to Naples (35minutes) or Salerno (30 minutes). Nola town is small and quaint with some Basilica and other buildings of interest.
Overall very interesting Hotel and a comfortable stay but staff should learn a short checklist of services to explain to guest who don't speak Italian and 2 chairs on the balcony would have been nice to sit out on for some fresh air. Other than that an enjoyable experience. [Less]
My family stayed 2 nights in the Holiday Inn Cava using reward points. We were here over Easter weekend. We arrived by train, planning to use public transportation. We knew the hotel was a short walk[More]
away, but when we arrived it was pouring rain. I asked about taxis in the café in the train station, and was told there were none. A young worker at the café offered to drive us to the hotel (bless her heart!), which was a quick 5 minutes away.
The hotel is quite lovely. We were warmly welcomed and checked in. We had 2 adjoining rooms for the 4 of us. The rooms were large, bathrooms large and the beds were great. We ate breakfast both mornings in the restaurant, which offers a large variety of food with made-to-order eggs if you wish. We had dinner in the restaurant on Easter Sunday, and it was fabulous. Service was always good.
We had planned on using buses to visit the Amalfi coast, but since it was Easter Sunday & Monday, the buses were not running or were on a shortened schedule. This put a real wrench in our plans. Trains were running, and the train station is a 20-25 minute walk away. It is on a busy road, but not a problem. We were able to take the train to Pompeii with no problem, but due to rainy/cold/windy weather and the transportation issues, we did not make it to Amalfi or Positano. We did visit Salerno and Vietri su Mare by train, and loved both towns. When buses are running it will be easy to access all of the Amalfi Coast.
There are several restaurants, café and large grocery store directly across from the hotel. If you are traveling by car, it is right off the autostrada, making it very convenient. The front desk staff was very helpful in assisting me with transportation. They offered to arrange for a driver to take us to Amalfi, but we declined due to the high winds/rain/cold. All of the staff we interacted with spoke great English and were extremely helpful. [Less]