Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
What We Love
- Fabulous location within walking distance of Bari's atmospheric Old Town and its historic sights
- Lounging by the rooftop pool and sundeck
- Italo Rota's bold and breezy design
- Excellent menu designed by rising Italian chef Diego Rigotti
What To Know
- Free-standing glass showers in some rooms may not meet everyone's privacy requirements
- The gym has high-tech equipment but is rather compact
- Pool area lacks umbrellas and a bar
- WiFi is free
- No on-site parking; street parking or an off-site parking lot are available
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Overlooking the azure Adriatic, close to Bari’s best sights, the Grande Albergo delle Nazioni blends a 1930s pedigree with the luxe trappings of a 21st-century hotel. The curved, streamlined façade recalls a grand ocean liner and is a fitting overture to Milanese architect Italo Rota’s nautical interiors. Built as a palace in 1932, it functioned as the legendary Grand Hotel Nations for more than 40 years, opening as the Grande Albergo delle Nazioni in 2014 after an extensive renovation. The lobby features a floor-to-ceiling metal sculpture inspired by traditional local fishing nets. A sparkling granite floor and giant vanity mirrors, meanwhile, pay homage to the hotel’s legacy as a filming location for Alberto Sordi’s 1973 movie Stardust.
Bed and Bath
Rota’s playful theme travels to the guestrooms, where the eye is drawn to the orange minibars, flat-screen TVs encased in white fiberglass, and armoires opened by butterfly-shaped chrome handles. Parquet floors and walls sheathed in sky-blue patterned textiles reinforce a subtly nautical feel. Stylish bathrooms come with walk-in rain showers, huge mirrors and a fabulous range of toiletries scented with myrrh, orange blossom, tea leaves or blue Tahitian chamomile. The best rooms have balconies for enjoying sunset views of the Adriatic and the silhouetted Old Town.
The shining star of the two restaurants is the appropriately named Polvere di Stelle (which translates as “stardust”), on the fifth floor. Settle down amid minimalist design and sweeping sea views while nibbling on squid ink–infused bread rolls and seafood delights brought in that morning by local fishermen. Evenings can start off in the well-stocked bar with a signature Bloody Mary made with juice from heirloom fiaschetto tomatoes. The buffet-style breakfast includes cooked-to-order eggs and a small selection of gluten-free items. The spa floor (served by a discreet guests-only elevator) has a small indoor-outdoor gym, beauty and massage treatment rooms, a mixed sauna and access to the petite rooftop pool and sundeck.
In the Area
Step outside the hotel to join locals on their passeggiata (evening walk) along Italy’s longest seafront promenade before heading for a drink at Dona Flor. This trendy restaurant-bar is attached to the venerable Teatro Petruzzelli, home to fine opera, ballet and classical music. For another culture fix, admire paintings by artists ranging from Tintoretto to de Chirico at the Pinacoteca Provinciale. Ease tummy grumblings by joining clued-in locals for antipasti and pizza at Enzo e Ciro or head to Ai Due Ghiottoni for such local tastes as riso, patate e cozze (rice, potato and mussel casserole).
How to Get There
Seems to have been recently renovated...room decor is very retro.
You feel more like a corporate guest that a holiday maker. We specifically asked for a room with some kind of view but got a view of an internal wall. The hotel was not busy so this was very disappointing.
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. The absolute best of our stay was the view of the 6th floor while having breakfast. The hotel is well centralized to the old town. The rooms are awful, unkept, dirty, and unfriendly. The breakfast was nothing special. The pool is small which defeated the purpose for our teenagers to enjoy. This hotel is mainly for business travelers from what I observed. I am sure there is other places to stay to travel to the neighboring towns. All of our day trips were a minimum of an hour to 2hours.
Headed to Bari to get some sun, hey it rained- Didn’t let it spoil our trip though!Perfect location for walking into the town, right on the sea front, lovely rooftop pool, for the little bit of sun we had- could do with an upstairs bar area, restaurant was lovely, excellent service, very nice food, hotel lobby bar was exceptionally quiet and often unmanned! Breakfast in bed was delightful, €25 from the airport in a taxi
Stayed here as part of a flight crew. Was relocated here due to no rooms available in Napoli. Very nice hotel. Great location. The Staff for the most part was very friendly and helpful. The gym has a great view and so does the restaurant. Breakfast is served in the restaurant on the 6th floor. The surrounding area is great with much to see and many cafe's to try.
We enjoyed our stay in Grand Albergo delle Nazioni and if ever be back to Bari, they would be our first choice. The room was so beuitiful and big. we had a terrace with wonderful view to the sea and the city. breakfast is served on the last floor, again with wonderful view. the crew was very polite and was happy to assist. Highly recomended