Puglia is dotted with fascinating towns and villages, many of which make good bases for exploring the region, and you’ll find some of the area’s best hotels in Puglia’s towns.
Some travellers prefer coming back to a peaceful, rural spot after a hard day’s sightseeing, but there’s a distinct advantage to staying in one of the best hotels in Puglia’s towns. As well as being in the thick of things, you can stroll to a local bar or restaurant, rather than navigate the remote roads around your masseria, and the region’s decent public transport means you may not even need a car.
Puglia is long and relatively narrow, stretching more than 300kilometres from north to south, with highlights include glorious Baroque Lecce (known as the 'Florence of the South'), Martina Franca, Ostuni, Locorotondo, Otranto, Gallipoli, Trani, Polignano a Mare and Galatina. Even if our Guru’s don’t have a recommendation for one of the best hotels in Puglia’s towns in each of these places there’s bound to be one not far away.
The Patria Palace in Lecce is right in the heart of the old town, surrounded by lovely facades outside and lovely frescoes and stucco work inside. Also in lovely Lecce, the Risorgimento Resort is a stylish, five star contemporary hotel with an elegant restaurant, a spa and roof garden.
The La Sommità Relais Culti is a ten room hotel in an ancient white town right on the seafront, with minimalist decor and a lovely restaurant and spa.
The Corte Palmieri iin Gallipoli has 22 stylish and sun-drenched rooms, converted from a fascinating old building with plenty of charm and original features.
The Palazzo Personè in Lecce, is a great value six room B&B offering modern interiors behind a 16th Century Baroque facade. Or for a great value beach break try the Palazzo de Mori in Otranto, a stylishly Spartan B&B with ten rooms just above the old port and spectacular views.
L'Orangerie d'Epoque in Puglia has just three pretty rooms and a gorgeous garden, with two of the rooms having kitchenettes and direct garden access, and the largest suite sleeping four. La Riviera in Gallipoli also has suites sleeping up to four, along with private balconies overlooking the sea and a beautiful collection of art and antiques.
Traditional comforts and great hospitality in the heart of town. Behind the lovely Lecce stone facade the bedrooms contain frescoes, stucco work, cherry wood furniture and rich fabrics. A lovely little restaurant, small spa and gorgeous roof top terrace with views of Lecce.
High-tech luxury and stylish contemporary design in a lovely old building. The five-star hotel combines earthy hues and local materials with sleek modernism. Elegant roof top restaurant serves local dishes, and has great city views. Spa and meeting facilities. City style for the mainstream.
Minimalist luxury in an ancient white town. Stunning views from the terraces and a lovely restaurant serving fantastic food with immaculate presentation. Large comfortable beds in airy bedrooms. A small plunge pool perfect for cooling off. A gem of a hotel.
Stylish rooms with sun-drenched terraces in a fascinating old building in the seaside town of Gallipoli. Arched passageways and courtyards lead to cool bedrooms with white washed walls, wooden beams and stone floors. Dine on the large roof terrace with stunning sea views. A relaxed beach style.
Located in an old 16th-century Synagogue, this charming B&B has bedrooms with original stone walls, high ceilings and calming natural colours. Palazzo Personè also boasts an extraordinary Baroque facade, cafe and cellar restaurant with wine bar. A great spot for exploring this ancient city.
An old family home, steeped in history overlooking the charming port. Elegant white interiors with lovely sea views. A pleasant terrace with comfortable seating and shady umbrellas. A romantic little spot to enjoy the beach and close to the sights. A relaxed and calming home.
Three pretty bedrooms and a gorgeous garden in a family palazzo. Antique furniture, stone fireplaces and period vaulted ceilings - two bedrooms have kitchenettes and access to the garden. Plus there is a larger suite ideal for families. A great value choice.
Waterfront location and historic setting with good value rates. A great choice for families or groups on a budget. Beautiful townhouse with private balconies overlooking the seafront and small beach. Public spaces are decorated with beautiful murals, painted ceilings, chandeliers and antiques.