As a last minute side trip, we decided to visit Paestum and found Tenuta Duca Marigliano available. When we booked, for a reasonable price, we saw they offered a shuttle from the train; however, when we emailed to arrange this, we were told that we needed to take a taxi (on our dime) or walk. It was only about a mile, so we chose to walk but were disappointed by the misleading information posted on hotels.com. From the train station, we went straight ahead, down a tree lined road, coming out in town, across the street from the ruins -nice!
The hotel is around the corner, about 2 blocks from the entrance. We arrived and saw the beautiful gardens, immediately looking forward to a nice bottle of wine in the gardens! Nadia was very helpful in checking us in and offering to get us wine when we were ready. Our room was average sized, clean, modern and overlooking the gardens - looking forward to a quiet stay with the windows open after being in cities all week.
After a visit to the ruins and checking out the restaurants nearby, we returned to relax in the garden with some wine. This was not as 'convenient' as it should have been. We were the only guests around, Nadia had gone home and the young man now at reception, seemed helpful enough but it took about 20 minutes for Miguello to come take our wine order. Miguello explained the wines of the region, but we had difficulty understanding some of the information, so we had him pick a white for us - by the glass. We told him we would be ordering another but he never came back. We saw him walk by a few times, without looking or acknowledging us, as did the man from reception. Two men who looked to be managers or owners, also walked by us and didn't acknowledge us. We were patient, enjoying the weather, but after about 30-45 minutes we stopped the man from reception to ask for another glass of wine. Miguello brought us the other white, but didn't take our empties away. He said he was the head waiter, which at that point, discouraged us from wanting to eat at the restaurant afraid we'd be forgotten (he never checked in with us, even though we had told him we'd have a second glass of wine and didn't clear our empty glasses).
The area would be perfect for a bike ride and there were bikes on the bike rack. When we asked about using them for about 20 minutes, we found the could be rented for 5 euro/day. They did let us borrow one for 10 minutes to run into town to make a dinner reservation.
It was a perfect night for having the windows open, but, as Italians are late diners, we were disappointed when outdoor music at a nearby restaurant started at 11:00 pm - no open window sleeping for us. Not the hotels fault, just a note of what took away from our experience.
Last comment is regarding breakfast. There was a nice selection of breads and fruits, but as another reviewer mentioned, the scrambled eggs were cold, as was the capaccino. This made us a bit glad we didn't have dinner here.
Overall, a great location, comfortable room, beautiful gardens but for us, service was lacking. It could be a gem of a place to stay if the service had been better and we could have slept with the window open. We would stay here again - maybe we just caught some folks on an off day.
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