A refined hotel - but with a sting in its tail
Posted Aug 30, 2011 on Hotels
I stayed at the Mion hotel for 7 nights together with my two young daughters. The hotel easily outsmarts its rivals in Silvi; indeed Silvi was disappointingly run-down with decrepit infrastructure and a rather threadbare feel to the amenities... more Scunthorpe rather than San Tropez. I would suggest that 7 nights was too long in Silvi, perhaps a short break to enjoy the hotel, warm Adriatic Sea and nice local pizzerias and Gelateria would have been better; otherwise, there is little else on offer.
Mion, on the other hand, is immaculate – beautifully maintained by its family owners and supported by a sophisticated multi-lingual staff. While the room was modestly proportioned, the hotel has a five star feel to it and a high attention to detail with a truly fabulous eating terrace which looks out at an immaculately clean swimming pool and private beach area.
We dined twice in the stunningly refined restaurant. The four course meals offered among the finest Italian food we had ever enjoyed with wonderfully prepared seafood complimented by a service that was second to none.
So, the Mion is worth sampling for its oasis like luxury in not so nice Silvi. But one sting in the tail. Understandably, the high level and quality of service does not come cheap, and there are a series of surprising surcharges for just about everything. However when I queried that my final bill appeared to overcharge me by around 300 euros, the reaction of the staff was hostile. Fortunately, I had kept a record of my expenditure and when I presented this they demurred and quickly rectified the bill. However, they did this very coldly and offered no apology – and the final goodbye was an uncomfortable awkward affair... not becoming of the level of service I had become accustomed to. Therefore, my overall rating reflects this unpleasant experience.