The 10 Best Hotels in Puglia's Towns

Patria Palace

Puglia is dotted with fascinating towns and villages, many of which make good bases for exploring the region, and where 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.

Palazzo del Corso

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 10 best hotels in Puglia’s towns in each of these places there’s bound to be one not far away.

For Location, Location, Location

Paragon 700

  • Our newest find in Ostuni, Paragon 700, boasts a fabulous central location. This stunning boutique property has eleven rooms and suites, all of which ooze elegance and sophistication, and where period features combine effortlessly with sleek modern touches. Plus there's an excellent restaurant and garden with pool.
  • 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.

For Romance

La Sommita Relais Culti

  • The La Sommità Relais Culti is a ten room hotel in the ancient white town of Ostuni, with minimalist decor and a lovely restaurant and spa.

For a Beach Break

Corte Palmieri

  • The Corte Palmieri in Gallipoli has 22 stylish and sun-drenched rooms, converted from a fascinating old building with plenty of charm and original features. Or try Palazzo Guglielmo, located in a small town by the Salentine Coast. It offers a range of smart accommodation featuring plenty of light hues, as well as lush gardens and a private pool. Quiet and serene.
  • Or you could try the Palazzo Del Corso, a five star property on Gallipoli's peninsula. Enjoy elegant, traditional interiors with four-poster beds and balconies. Magnificent views from the rooftop terrace and an excellent seafood restaurant.

For Great Value

Palazzo Persone

  • 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.

For Families

LOrangerie dEpoque

  • 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.

Still not sure which to book?

  • Consider rural Puglia’s and our Guru's recommendations for 12 of the Best Hotels in Rural Puglia.
  • Refine your search to the best places to stay in Lecce, or the best places to stay in Savelletri di Fasano, or the best places to stay in Gallipoli.
  • Expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Puglia.
  • Alternatively, you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • Paragon 700 Ostuni 11 rooms from £260

      Local exploring  -  The white cities and Valle d’Itria Golf are 30 minutes away.
      Short fly break  -  It's easy to reach Puglia, fly to Bari or Brindisi.
      Honeymoons  -  Luxurious, quiet and private.
      Hotel  -  BRAND NEW OPENING 2020

      The only red palazzo in the white city of Ostuni, Paragon 700 is an absolutely stunning newcomer to the boutique hotel scene in Puglia. A timeless place where elegance and history are found in each one of the beautifully finished rooms and suites. Plus a gourmet restaurant & pool. Open year round. See More

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    • Patria Palace Lecce 63 rooms from £88

      Local exploring  -  Boasting an enviable location infront of the Santa Croce Church, with most of the major attractions a stroll away
      City Style  -  Fantastic service, elegant rooms and historic charm in the heart of Lecce
      Great walks  -  Take a stroll through the pretty Sant’Oronzo square
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Santa Croce Basilica

      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. See More

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    • Risorgimento Resort Lecce 47 rooms from £121

      City Style  -  A chic hotel with panoramic rooftop views of Lecce’s Baroque historic centre.
      Spa  -  Featuring a hammam calidarium with Turkish bath, multisensory showers plus beauty center for a range of body and face treatments
      Great walks  -  The Botanical Garden on Via Provinciale Lecce
      Local markets  -  Visit local craftsmen on Via Palmieri
      Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection

      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. See More

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    • La Sommità Relais Culti Ostuni 15 rooms from £121

      Foodies  -  A fantastic little Michelin starred restaurant and great wine list.
      Spa  -  Massages, Turkish baths and excellent range of treatments using SPA Gerard's methods and products
      Sights nearby  -  Nearby towns of Cisternino and Martina Franca
      Cooking classes  -  Cookery classes on offer at the hotel.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet

      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. See More

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    • Corte Palmieri Gallipoli, Puglia 21 rooms from £190

      Local exploring  -  Located in the alleyways of Gallipoli with many historical sights nearby
      Value chic  -  Great value hotel with modern, stylish accommodation
      Great walks  -  Many local walking and hiking routes
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.

      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. See More

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    • Palazzo Personè Lecce 6 rooms from £150

      Local exploring  -  Ideally placed in the heart of the city with most of the attractions within walking distance
      Value chic  -  Stylish accommodation at an equally attractive price
      Sights nearby  -  visit the nearby Amphitheatre Romano and Piazza Mazzini
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

      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. A great spot for exploring this ancient city. See More

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    • Palazzo de Mori Otranto 10 rooms from £69

      Beach Life  -  Located right in the heart of the old town but just a short stroll from the beach
      City Style  -  Quaint, stylish interiors in the heart of town
      Sights nearby  -  Cathedral of Otranto
      Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12

      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 all the major sights. See More

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    • Palazzo Guglielmo Vignacastrisi di Ortelle Lecce, Puglia 8 rooms from £91

      Families  -  Families and kids of all ages are welcome. Suites and self catering apartments are ideal accommodation options
      Foodies  -  Regular cooking classes, poolside BBQs and wine tastings are held
      Great walks  -  Wander through the picturesque town of Vignacastrisi
      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
      Recommended by  -  I Escape

      Seamlessly chic hotel in a small town near the Salentine Coast. Lush gardens surround a pool, a relaxing roof terrace looks out over sandstone rooftops, all-cream rooms and suites have private terraces and hot tubs. Perfect for families, couples, or groups. See More

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    • Palazzo del Corso Gallipoli Lecce, Puglia 14 rooms from £121

      Spa breaks  -  Indulge in the wellness centre complete with a rooftop hydrotherapy pool and good range of massages and treatments
      Local exploring  -  Perfectly placed in the old town, just a few km from the historical sights and within easy reach of Lecce
      Foodies  -  Dine in the fabulous seafood restaurant La Dolce Vita
      Sights nearby  -  The Greek Fountain of Gallipoli, Gallipoli Port, Greek Fountain and Gallipoli Castle are all nearby

      A fabulous five-star hotel on Gallipoli's peninsula. Stunning sea views from the rooftop terrace, lively bar, excellent seafood restaurant, and a top of the range wellness centre. Rooms and suites filled with romance have four-poster beds, creamy furnishings, and balconies. Luxurious on all fronts. See More

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    • L'Orangerie d'Epoque Lecce 3 rooms from £78

      Families  -  The suite sleeps four plus there are self-catering facilities
      Value chic  -  Stylish, relaxed accommodation at a great price
      Local markets  -  Visit charming local craft markets
      Great walks  -  Guided tours available

      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. See More

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    • La Riviera Gallipoli 6 rooms from £104

      Families  -  Some of the suites sleep upto four, making this a great choice for those travelling with young children
      Local exploring  -  There's plenty to do nearby from viewing historical sights to adrenaline fuelled watersports
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the Farmacia Provenzana, a beautiful 18th Century pharmacy
      Great walks  -  Take a stroll with the Gallipoli Guided Walking Tours

      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. See More

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Written by Nicky Swallow

posted Wednesday, 20th November 2019