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Hotel Belvedere 3.0

Torre Dell'Orso, Melendugno, Province of Lecce

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  • Breakfast served in basement instead of main restaurant
  • Not much within walking distance of hotel

Bottom Line

This sleek, modern hotel is located in a quiet, residential area on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic. The 40 guest rooms are contemporary and decorated in bold, beach-y blues and yellows; each has a private balcony. The glamorous rooftop provides comfortable lounge areas to enjoy beautiful panoramic views, and the rectangular ocean-view pool has an infinity edge. It's a short walk to the (busy) nearby beach and sleepy main town, but mosts guests choose to drive to explore the surrounding area.

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Scene

Modern, chic hotel with relaxing, laid-back atmosphere

This chic hotel, which was renovated in 2012, feels fresh and contemporary. The building itself has a modern design, with sleek lines and a white-walled exterior punctuated with glass walls and balconies. The lobby is spacious and filled with natural light streaming in through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Red-tiled floors, glossy walls, and unique details, like a glass chandelier, create a polished look. The restaurant has a casual, laid-back vibe, with both indoor and outdoor seating. The Belvedere is open all year and appeals to families, couples, and those traveling on business. Many guests can be found lounging on the elegant, stylish rooftop, taking in magnificent views of the sea.

Location

On a cliff overlooking the sea, within walking distance of the beach and town

The Belvedere is located on a cliff in Torre Dell'Orso overlooking the Adriatic Sea and opposite a 16th-century stone tower which once acted as a warning tower. The hotel is also on a quiet residential street, under a 10-minute walk from the turquoise waters at both the beautiful Baia d'Oriente and Torre Dell'Orso Beach, and also a short walk from the sleepy main town. There isn't much else to do within walking distance, but a plethora of sights can be reached via car, including:

  • Torre Sant'Andrea (10-minute drive)
  • Marina of San Foca (10-minute drive)
  • Alimini Beach (15-minute drive)
  • Acaya Golf Club (20-minute drive)
  • Otranto Castle (25-minute drive)
  • Otranto Cathedral (25-minute drive)
  • Stadio Via del Mare (30-minute drive)
  • Lecce Obelisk (40-minute drive)
  • Brindisi Airport (65-minute drive)

Rooms

Rooms are contemporary and cheerful, though on the smaller side

Bright yellow walls, blue stained furniture, and vibrant photos of nearby scenery create a fun, bold and beach-y vibe. Bed size varies depending on the type of room, and in some cases two beds are pushed together to create a larger sleeping area; bedding is a bit basic. All units include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and safes. Most of the rooms also come with a private balcony overlooking the road and nearby sea. Bathrooms are clean and stylish, with contemporary toilets, sinks, and bidets. The striped red, white, and blue tiled walls and deep blue mosaic tiled showers are a nod to the hotel’s nautical theme.

Features

Roof deck with pool and fantastic views

The most unique and standout feature of the Belvedere is the rooftop. With a raised pool, hammocks, covered beds, plenty of tables and chairs, and spectacular panoramic views of the beach, this is the perfect place for guests to lounge and catch the beautiful sunrise or sunset. The hotel's Ristorante Belvedere is bright and spacious with tons of seating both inside and outside, offering excellent views of the ocean. Guests can enjoy a free breakfast served every morning in the downstairs breakfast room. There’s also a large bar that serves snacks, ice cream, and cocktails.

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Address

Alessandro Volta, 37, Torre Dell'Orso, Melendugno 73026, Italy

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