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Don Ferrante

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5 * Hotel in Monopoli, Puglia
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We love Monopoli and if ever there were a small and perfectly formed boutique hotel in a perfect location, then this is it. We adore Don Ferrante.

Wedged between the azure Adriatic and Monopoli’s whitewashed houses, the boutique Don Ferrante is breathtakingly lovely. A tangle of intricate narrow alleyways and streets wind their way through Monopoli’s centro storico, passing important historic buildings, tumbledown churches, magnificent palazzi and quaint houses, often with people sitting outside nattering with neighbours. Meander through and, on a narrow street with a glimpse of the sea at the bottom, you find Don Ferrante. Viewed from the street, the hotel seems unimposing, giving little idea of the exclusivity and seclusion lying beyond the white humble façade of this unique building. Near to the castle and right on the sea, Don Ferrante was formerly a sixteenth century fortress, built into Monopoli’s defensive walls. The ancient complex of buildings is notable for its fourteen chimneys, beautifully illuminated at night, and gleaming white during the day. Never has a chimney been more photogenic!

In fact, everything about Don Ferrante is photogenic and picture postcard pretty. Against the backdrop of a bright blue sky and equally blue sea, its white exterior just sparkles in the sun. Narrow steep stone stairs squeeze (literally) between sturdy walls, taking you to terraces, which open up with a vast breathtaking view of the sea, and form the restaurant terrace. Not only is everything painted white, but also white outdoor furniture and large umbrellas emphasise the brightness. In a “secret corner” is the charming terrace with the perfectly dinky pool. Looking out to sea and hidden from passing view by a substantial part of the defensive walls, small it might be, but it seems perfect. Plant pots, with prickly pears and aloe, are dotted about adding splashes of colour and forming architectural silhouettes against the whiteness.

Don Ferrante’s interior is no less impressive. The stark white has been tempered with décor based more on mellow natural colours, to blend beautifully with the honey-coloured stone. Superb lighting has been used to magnificent effect, to create a wonderfully cosy atmosphere, without being dark. The breakfast room, once the gunpowder store, has a stone barrel vaulted ceiling and tiny windows. Serving also as the indoor restaurant, it is perfect for retreating from the heat of Puglia’s sun or the strong sea breezes, which can blow up at times. And….you just have to visit the amazingly beautiful loos!

The bedrooms are stunning, capitalising on what Puglia has to offer. Shiny Pugliese limestone floors contrast with the more natural stone of the barrel vaulted ceilings. Typical white handmade Pugliese ceramics adorn niches and shelves. Shower rooms are a dream. A handful of rooms have a sea view, but we also really like the ones with street view, which are often larger and are just as charming.

Don Ferrante prides itself on the level of service it offers guests. It is superlatively discreet, but attentive. It seems as if Alessandro, the Manager, never leaves the place and that he has made it his passion to attend to his guests’ needs. With two members of staff for every guest, and Alessandro in his element discreetly organising them, it is not surprising that the service is top notch. It certainly is not pretentious and cold. It is professional, but with a warmth typical of Puglia. Don Ferrante is a place to be comfortable, to feel that you can entirely relax and be looked after.

Monopoli is a wonderful destination to choose for a holiday or part of a longer trip to Puglia or a winter break even. Almost equidistant and less than an hour from Bari and Brindisi airports, it is easy to get a transfer and avoid the need for a car. The town has everything you could possibly need – a modern part with chic shops (Don Ferrante will even get you a personal shopper); a sheltered harbour, with traditional fishing boats; and a quaint centro storico, with some great trattorie and restaurants. Full of character, houses seem literally crammed into the narrow streets and alleyways and it is a joy to stroll around. Along the walls from Don Ferrante is just one of Monopoli’s pretty little rocky coves, with some golden sand and crystal clear water, and overlooked by the incredible 1000 year old Castle of Santo Stefano.

So, Don Ferrante offers unpretentious luxury, unobtrusive service and modern elegance, in a unique building. Its colours are the bright blues of sea and sky, mellow honeyed tones of natural stone and stark gleaming white. It is a stunning hotel – as boutique as you can get and strikingly beautiful, with bucket loads of Pugliese character. Give us one good reason NOT to go?

Review

“The Don Ferrante Hotel surpassed our expectations. It’s setting is amazing…the room was fabulous.” Gina & Simon, Burgess Hill

“You could not have done better…5 stars. Fabulous, sums up the attitude, competence and friendliness of the staff. Perfect sums up the bedroom and view over the Adriatic. Very good sums up the menu and the standard of the cooking and wine. Fabulous sums up the décor of the place.” Richard & Philippa, London

“What a fantastic hotel, superbly appointed. The rooms were excellent and the bathrooms with his and hers sink and monsoon showers were bliss. Loved the roof terrace and the breakfast was really good. The staff were very helpful and gave us super recommendations as to where to eat or have a coffee.” Kenneth, Linda, Graham & Gemma, Southport

“Everything we expected and more. Don Ferrante is spectacular”.  Alison & Alex, London

“Just what we were hoping for – wonderful boutique hotel, superb location by the sea, fascinating little town and great rail access up and down this wonderfully unspoiled region – we’re already dreaming of our return”. Jane & Marcus, Coventry

Price/Offers

*Offers subject to availability and terms and conditions.

January

  • Was £751
  • From £657

February

  • Was £751
  • From £657

March

  • Was £751
  • From £657

April

  • Was £751
  • From £657

May

  • Was £1,050
  • From £988

June

  • Was £1,050
  • From £988

July

  • Was £1,210
  • From £1,137

August

  • Was £1,210
  • From £1,137

September

  • Was £1,050
  • From £988

October

  • Was £751
  • From £657

November

  • Was £751
  • From £657

December

  • Was £751
  • From £657

All prices are ‘from prices’ and can fluctuate during each month. All prices are subject to change/amendment. Prices are stated as per person, per week (based on 2 sharing, single supplements apply) and are inclusive of transfers. Flights can also be booked, allowing you to benefit from our ATOL protection.

Whilst weekly prices are shown, our holidays are tailor made and individual nights can be booked at many of our properties. Please call us or use the Enquire Now button above for our latest prices & availability.

Features

  • 10 rooms, all en-suite
  • Air-conditioning/heating
  • All rooms have satellite television, Wi-Fi, safe & hairdryer
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Restaurant (including terrace) usually open 01/06 to 31/08, weather permitting
  • Terrace lounge bar usually 15/04 to 31/10, weather permitting, open all day 
  • Restaurant open to the public
  • Restaurant closed on Tuesdays
  • Half-board guests choose from the à la carte menu. Please note there is a surcharge for fresh fish
  • Swimming pool from April to October, weather permitting 
  • Pool and beach towels provided
  • Shuttle to beach (free of charge), twice per day (usually leaving at 10:30 and returning 17:00)
  • Hotel arrangement with local beach lido, €25 per person per day, payable locally
  • Valet parking service available between 08:30-18:30
  • Cookery classes; Food & wine tours in masserie; Wellness treatments; to be arranged and paid for locally 
  • Late check-out possible, on request
  • Transfers from Bari or Brindisi airports, €120 each way (for up to 3 passengers), payable locally
  • Stone stairways to restaurant terrace are steep, narrow & partly without handrail

Rooms

The bedrooms are stunning capitalising on what Puglia has to offer. Shiny Pugliese limestone floors contrast with the more natural stone of the barrel vaulted ceilings. Typical white handmade Pugliese ceramics adorn niches and shelves. Shower rooms are a dream. A handful of rooms have a sea view, but we also really like the ones with street view, which are larger and are just as charming. 
 
The various categories of rooms depend mainly on size – the higher the category, usually the more spacious the room and, of course, the incredible and romantic Suite Don Ferrante is the most amazing of all – great for honeymoons and special occasions. So, choose from rooms categorised as JUNIOR (the smallest rooms), SUPERIOR, DELUXE or the DON FERRANTE SUITE.

Location

Reviews

“The Don Ferrante Hotel surpassed our expectations. It’s setting is amazing…the room was fabulous.” Gina & Simon, Burgess Hill

“You could not have done better…5 stars. Fabulous, sums up the attitude, competence and friendliness of the staff. Perfect sums up the bedroom and view over the Adriatic. Very good sums up the menu and the standard of the cooking and wine. Fabulous sums up the décor of the place.” Richard & Philippa, London

“What a fantastic hotel, superbly appointed. The rooms were excellent and the bathrooms with his and hers sink and monsoon showers were bliss. Loved the roof terrace and the breakfast was really good. The staff were very helpful and gave us super recommendations as to where to eat or have a coffee.” Kenneth, Linda, Graham & Gemma, Southport

“Everything we expected and more. Don Ferrante is spectacular”.  Alison & Alex, London

“Just what we were hoping for – wonderful boutique hotel, superb location by the sea, fascinating little town and great rail access up and down this wonderfully unspoiled region – we’re already dreaming of our return”. Jane & Marcus, Coventry

Extra Information

Available Board Basis
B&B and HB
Nearest Airport(s)
50 minutes
50 minutes
Nearest Town: Monopoli
Places of Interest: Monopoli, Savelletri, Polignano A Mare, Alberobello, Ostuni
Distance to Coast: Overlooking the sea
Internet Access: Yes
Swimming Pool: Yes
Restaurant: Yes