My wife and I stayed at La Garconniere for 6 nights at the start of July to get away from everything and our stay in Salerno did just that. We arrived late on Monday night at 11pm and the owners were keen to welcome us and take our orders for breakfast the following morning. We managed to communicate through a mixture of international sign language and broken anglo-italian (we don't speak any italian at all, and the owners are developing the english but certainly good enough to be friendly!).
There are three rooms at La Garconniere, they have names but I can't recall what they were so I'm just going to give them arbitrary numbers (sorry!). All three rooms have external private bathrooms and the doors to each room are a form of translucent frosted glass(!):
Rooms 1 + 2 (on the left as you go into the B&B)
- Room 1: On the left again after turning let at the front door, this was our room: it was the biggest of all the rooms by some way. It is actually the room showed in most of the photos on the website's gallery. It has a small balcony, a fridge, hair dryer and lots of "vintage chic" furniture. It's very quiet. The bathroom it is allocated to is the largest of the three, across the hallway from the room, with a bath and reasonable shower. The rooms all come with aircon and a decent fan. We found the aircon very feeble but it had its effect after a couple of hours! The fan helped when it was particularly hot.
- Room 2: Straight ahead as you go left at the front door. This is another sweet room. It's about half the size of Room 1 and the bathroom it is allocated to is right next door. It has a standalone shower.
Room 3 (The "suite") is to the right of the front door. It contains similar furniture to room 1, is of equal size but does not have any windows. It receives some natural light through a translucent door that opens out into a small area just off the communal breakfast room. There is a sofa in the room but we didn't want to stay in the suite owing to the lack of direct natural light. It is worth adding that there is a terrace that the B&B has which I think the suite has sole access to during the day but that might be sued communally at breakfast time (see below!). The bathroom is across the hallway and is the smallest of the three, with just a stand alone shower like bathroom 2.
Our stay at La Garconniere was truly relaxing - it was a very quiet place to have as our base to explore the interesting town of Salerno and try and build on our pigeon Italian! Most people seem to stay here for 1 or 2 nights but we thoroughly enjoyed our 6 nights there. Your day starts with breakfast. The lovely housekeeper who,rather embarrassingly, I cant recall her name, is omnipresent to aid with anything you need. She seems to speak most languages that the guests there spoke including fantastic English which was a plus! The choice for breakfast includes a choice between "sweet or salt" which ends up being a croissant (plain/jam/chocolate) or some nice ham and cheese. On top of this, you get fresh coffee however you take it (espresso/cappuccino/americano/latte etc) or teas of various sorts. To top this off you have a selection of cakes to eat. The downside of being somewhere for 6 nights is that you notice the cakes remain the same through the week. There was a choice of 3 cakes a day and over the week we saw bout 6 types of cake.
After breakfast you are asked what time you'd like to eat breakfast the following morning and what you would like it (this is a daily ritual which some people might find a little regimented). There is an offer to eat breakfast on the terrace in the summer, but this never seemed to materialise which was one of the few negative points we noticed over the week. It would have been nice to have eaten outside each of the mornings that we were there. This is not just because it's nice to eat al fresco, but also as the tables outside are individual rather than communal and, being British, we would have liked to have that extra privacy in the mornings!
After breakfast, you're asked to vacate you're room at around half ten in the morning (ish) if you want it to be cleaned.
Whilst we were there, we asked about using the terrace during the day which was met with some confusion initially but the housekeeper kindly sorted this out for us by liaising with the owners who allowed us to use it as no one was in the suite that day. This extra effort was greatly apprecaited.
Summary: We had a lovely stay here - the room that comes with the bath in the bathroom is the nicest and we would recommend this one. Breakfast is nice, if not a little routine. It would be nice to be able to be offered breakfast on the terrace as a choice.
Quite, pretty B&B with lots of vintage chic touches and big beds.
Helpful owners and housekeeper
In the centre of Salerno
Very near the promenade
Cons (I'm nit picking)
Breakfast is a little regimented and it would be nice to have it on the terrace
The translucent doors take some getting used to
Feeble air conditioning
[Not a Con but speaking Italian helps! and it adds to the charm not being able to speak english]
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