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“The Start of a Terrific Italian Get-Away” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Aurora B&B
Ranked #83 of 298 Lecce B&B and Inns
Kingston, Ontario
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5 reviews
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“The Start of a Terrific Italian Get-Away”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2009

We had a wonderful three-night stay at the Aurora Bed & Breakfast in Lecce. The accommodation is very-well appointed and gives the sense of a higher-end hotel, even though the rate of €60/night for a double was the lowest we found in Italy. The rate included breakfast, served by Anna Rita each morning.

The Aurora is on the immediate perimeter of the ancient walled city of Lecce, which made it very easy to spend time exploring. We also took an easy day’s driving tour, heading south from Lecce to Maglie, east to the coastal town of Otranto, around the southern tip of the Italian “heel” at Cape San Maria di Leuca, up to Gallipoli and back to Lecce. It’s a route we’d highly recommend. After watching the sunset in Gallipoli, we discovered the low-beam headlights on our rented car we’re not functioning. We very much appreciated that Raffaele took the time the next morning – Christmas Eve – to line us up with an appropriate car dealership.

If you’re heading to the Aurora B&B by car, carry a copy of the map off of its website or program the address into your GPS system. Italian drivers show no mercy, so you’ll want to minimize the need to slow down looking for street signs. Having notified Raffaele in advance, we were able to park our car in the secured, underground parking lot of an adjacent building for a total additional charge of €20.

We have no hesitation in highly recommending the Aurora.

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  • Liked — Very well appointed, clean and close to historical sites
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2007

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. We stayed at the Aurora for 3 nights whilst visiting our daughter in Italy. It was without doubt the most firendly and welcoming place we have ever stayed. The owner couldn't do enough for us, he met us at 11.30 pm to welcome us on our first night, he invited my daughter to join us for breakfast each morning and wouldn't accept payment for it. The room was large, bright, clean and well equipped with T.V. DVD player en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. There was a fridge in the corridor with a selection of cold drinks, a well equipped kitchen for use by all the guests, a huge terrace where breakfast was served each morning and where we enjoyed wine each evening. It's a simple as this. IF YOU ARE GOING TO LECCE, STAY AT THE AURORA.

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2006

We booked for 3 days and paid 100% of the 3-day tariff upfront to secure our booking. We advised our arrival time (lunch-time) and gave the owner our mobile numbers (which unfortunately were not working while in Italy).
We arrived around 1.30pm and tried calling him for over 1/2 hour and only got a message bank in Italian which we couldn't interpret. When we eventually found the block of flats we rang both the external and internal doorbells but again, there was no answer. We remained at the property for quite some time hoping someone would turn up. We decided to seek alternative accommodation as we had nowhere to stay (it was peak-season) and it was getting late. It was most unfortunate as we were on our honeymoon. We contacted the owner the following day via email to find out why he was not there to meet us. He said we had not answered our mobiles. We didn't understand our booking was dependent on him telephoning us as we had advised our arrival time and paid for 3 nights accommodation.
To date, after many requests via email, we have not received a refund of any kind. He has kept all 100% of 3-night's tariff and never provided us with accommodation.

Stayed July 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2006

Excellent rooms fully renovated.... full air conditionated, brand new baths, good doble bed and a good collection of movies.... my husband and I had one of our best trips in our lives!!!! Raffaele is a wonderful owner... he was always taking care of us!

  • Stayed June 2006
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2005

If you are visiting Lecce there is no better place to stay than the B and B Aurora. Four of us travelled around the Puglia region, spending a few days in Lecce, the Aurora was by far the best place we stayed in our entire trip. It is located within a short walk of the walled city and the train station thus it is ideal. There are only a few guest rooms, all doubles and of an exceptional modern standard with en suite, fantastic marble floors. There is a fridge in the hallway where you can help yourself to drinks, there are dvd’s to watch in your room and the kitchen is free to use. We didn’t have breakfast on our stay but I have heard that this is fantastic. There is also a huge roof terrace for you to sit out on. The Aurora has such a welcoming, friendly feel, its like staying with a real Italian family except you are left to your own devices. Raffaele who’s family runs the b and b is great, extremely helpful and has thought of all the questions you could possibly need to ask as a tourist, about Lecce and the Aurora, his English is excellent too which makes it easier for those not great with the language! The prices are unbelievable too, I think we paid approx £18 pppn, which they could easily charge double for based on the high standard. If you visit Lecce you must must stay at the aurora!!

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Property: Aurora B&B
Address: Viale Marche 11/F | pressi Stazione-Centro Storico, 73100, Lecce, Italy
Region: Italy > Puglia > Province of Lecce > Lecce
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #83 of 298 B&Bs / Inns in Lecce
Price range (per night): $70 - $135
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The B & B Aurora is a place to spend a pleasant and comfortable stay in the beautiful city of Lecce.The rooms are all equipped with bathroom, air conditioning, TV and DVD. In addition, always available to all guests, a comfortable and well equipped kitchen with a large terrace at leisure. ... more   less 
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