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Fresher than fresh fish, right by the sea and great value. Ray loves the great location and fantastic food. Annie loves Rosa, who really knows her stuff.
Close to the small village of Acquafredda, and really tucked into the Basilicata coastline, this delightful family-run hotel is in a splendid location, nestling into the curve of its own bay, right by the sea and backed by cliffs. You could probably tuck Positano into this bay and it would attract thousands of visitors. Instead, relatively few find this hidden coastline and it is a real treat. The beach is shingly and lovely. The sea is wonderful and crystal clear.
Quite Mediterranean in style, the Hotel Gabbiano rooms are bright, modern and functional. There is a comfortable bar area, with a shaded terrace and the dining room overlooks the sea. Pretty gardens stretch along the beach, to the beautiful swimming pool, creating a very private oasis of greenery, pool and sea. What more could guests need?
Rosa, the owner, controls every detail of her hotel, with passion. Staff have worked for her for years. Stefano and Lucia, on reception, are always there with a smile and a helping hand. The "bagnino" Salvatore helps on the beach. Only family, with a love for what they do, could produce the sort of excellent food that comes out of the kitchens, which is why Rosa has her brother-in-law as head chef. Even the head waiter is her nephew!
Rosa's roots are Calabrian and her cuisine is a wonderful mix of what is best in Basilicata, with a hint of Calabria. The food is genuine, traditional and wholesome, based on the very best of fresh ingredients. The menu features fresh fish - so fresh that it is delivered by a faithful group of fishermen, right to Rosa's door (to her beach, anyway). You may see them delivering their catch - all of it - to the hotel. Rosa takes the lot, from swordfish to sea bass. So, it's pot luck, depending on the weather and the catch. The menu will offer what is fresh, whatever has arrived direct from boat to kitchen - if it isn't caught fresh that day, you don't get it! No wonder it's so good! You don't need to be fancy with such raw ingredients. You just need to know how to treat them right - and Rosa and her chefs certainly do. She surely serves the best fish along the coast.
Acquafredda Di Maratea
Places of Interest:
Maratea, Redentore, Meraviglie Grottos
Distance to Coast:
On the sea
- 39 rooms, all en-suite
- All rooms with safe and hairdryer
- Restaurant & bar
- Swimming pool open all season, weather permitting
- Pool towels provided free of charge but on request
- Beach open all season (no charge for sunbeds or umbrellas, except 30/07-26/08/16 when €12 per day, payable locally)
- Wi-Fi at extra charge, payable locally
- The hotel hosts weddings and functions, usually in a separate dining room or on the terrace
Hotel Gabbiano rooms are bright, modern and functional, with most featuring a sea-view (occasionally through trees) and balcony. Some of the rooms are larger than others, with space for up to 4 guests, making them ideal for families.
All rooms are ensuite and air-conditioning is available.
Woman's Own said, "You may be a long way off the tourist map, but you're still firmly on a foodie one….The family-run Hotel Gabbiano has a dramatically beautiful bay to itself. The outdoor pool has a brilliant cliff-backed setting, and the hotel restaurant is superb - see the fish, caught daily, being delivered from beach to kitchen. "
"The Gabbiano is my most favourite hotel in Southern Italy - it has spoilt me for any others! It is a very special place and the staff are really special." Roderic, London
"The Hotel Gabbiano was really lovely and the staff most attentive and helpful. I've never seen cleaning staff work so hard and for so long - they were around all day sweeping or washing corridors!" Rodger & Barbara, Bristol
“We have stayed at the Gabbiano before and nothing has changed, thank goodness. Wonderful views from the balcony and a real home from home – very comfortable and stress-free, everything just works at the Gabbiano & staff anticipate our needs. Good value!” Pamela & James, Newark
“This hotel was a total delight! Everyone was friendly & extremely helpful and the food was excellent – we both managed to eat too much!” Andrew & Sheila, Milton Keynes
Our 2016 prices are now available.
Half-board from £357 per person, per week, including car
Or full-board from £471 per person, per week.
Free night offer:
- For stays in all periods except August – stay 7 nights pay for 6; stay 14 nights pay for 12.
- For stays in September and October - Stay 4 nights or more, 1 night free.
Free bottle of sparkling wine in room