The Best Hotels to Book in Bari

Be sure to visit the impressive Teatro Margherita when you stay at a hotel in Bari
Be sure to visit the impressive Teatro Margherita when you stay at a hotel in Bari | © Jeff Gilbert / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Alicia Miller
9 December 2020

The shimmering Adriatic Sea, honey-hued architecture – there’s a lot that’s brilliant about Bari, a historic port city on the heel of Italy’s boot. With a coastline punctuated by beaches and bobbing boats, the ruggedly charming Apulian capital is a hit with holidaymakers. But it’s also perfect for foodies, who flock here for bowlfuls of tender orecchiette pasta and steaming seafood risotto. Soak up the laid-back way of life at a hotel Bari is proud to offer you – the ones below are bookable on Culture Trip.

Dilman Luxury Stay

Four-poster bed in suite with four cushioned chairs by a table, plus sofa on outdoor terrace at Dilman Luxury Stay
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More London or New York than typical Bari, Dilman’s chic and modern rooms are a rare find in this historic city. The hotel is a prime pick for style-conscious couples or business high-flyers on expense accounts, with its angular, cool white furnishings and warm wooden floors. Floor-to-ceiling windows – in some cases, terraces – really let the southern Italian rays spill in, while the largest rooms come with kitchenettes and exercise equipment, ideal for longer stays.

Palazzo Calo

Sofa under brick archway at Palazzo Calo; an amrchair and table are through a glass door
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Wood beams and 16th-century stone walls add vintage atmosphere to Palazzo Calo. But the throw-back feel stops there: statement pendant lights, stone sinks and the occasional colour-pop from minimalist furniture thrust this collection of 12 apartments into 2021. Kitchens come as part of the package, but with breakfast delivered to your suite each morning, plus a prime location within the winding alleyways of Old Town Bari (Bari Vecchia) – minutes from osterie and cafes – you needn’t cook a thing.

Palace Hotel

Double bed in room with desk, three lamps and two cushioned and upholstered chairs at Palace Hotel
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A Bari classic since the 1950s, the Palace Hotel doesn’t bother with fleeting trends. This is a stay all about traditional comforts: courteous staff, sink-in leather armchairs, fluffy robes and a hearty breakfast. That’s not to say it’s stuck in the past, mind you. Rooms are splashed with contemporary art, while a roof garden lends timeless views across Bari’s basilica-dominated Old Town – on a sunny day, there’s no finer place in the city to sink a glass of prosecco.

Grande Albergo delle Nazioni

Shaded terrace dining area, with several metal seats and tables overlooking the sea at Grande Albergo delle Nazioni
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In this city, the sea is never far away from your hotel – Bari is a summer destination for a reason – but this waterside property really frames it, capturing the surf’s calm shimmer in the morning and gliding boats in the afternoon. The building itself, constructed in the 1930s, is just as striking, with its creamy, futurist-inspired curves, velvety lobby sofas and rooftop terrace pool. Sky-blue rooms continue the nautical vibe, as does the Adriatic-facing restaurant, which serves dressed-up treats such as lobster pasta.

Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci Bari

Double bed facing desk, chair and TV in room with armchair and circular table with two chairs at Mercure Villa Romanazzi Carducci Bari
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Is your holiday not a holiday unless there’s a pool? If so, book in here, where you’ll not get a mere puddle, but rather a rambling, turquoise slick, fringed with trees, stretch-out loungers and perfectly placed umbrellas for when the Apulian sun gets too intense. You might think that all this outdoor space means a compromise on central location, but nope – the hotel is just moments from the central station, and a short walk from the Instagrammable waterfront.

200 Rooms and Terrace

Double bed in room with deep armchair, small chair, two lamps and a suitcase rack at 200 Rooms and Terrace
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From the open-air, rooftop dining terrace – fringed in blooming shrubs and olive trees – to marbled corridors, livened with elegant orchids and snake plants, this stylish B&B merges the indoors and outdoors expertly. You’re in Murat, Bari’s bustling centre, but rooms maintain a zen-like calm with caramel woods and white everywhere. While it’s stylish enough for a coupley romantic break, both pets and children are welcome – there’s even a babysitting service on tap.

Hotel Bari Oriente

Five-storey, columned exterior of Hotel Bari Oriente, lit up at night, as seen from across the road
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Get ready for regality in this central Murat district hotel, housed in a palatial Art Nouveau building next to the famous, opulent Teatro Petruzzelli. Imposing stone columns at the entrance, sumptuous padded headboards, a marbled lobby with oversized arm chairs – ‘indulgent’ is almost an under-statement. Don’t leave without sinking an Aperol Spritz on the sweeping roof terrace, with unobstructed views to the neighbouring buildings and out to sea.

Torre Tresca

Double bed with three pillows and three towels in front of a partially exposed stone wall at Torre Tresca
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With just three rooms, all named after Hollywood glamour gals – Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe – book early to snag a spot in this romantic B&B in Bari Vecchia, a tangle of picturesque alleyways. Ancient stone walls are contrasted with millennial colour combos of dusty pink and olive green, with just as much care given to the single room (Sophia Loren) as the doubles. Perfect if you’ll be spending your time out exploring, and just want somewhere cute to crash.

For more options, discover our guide to the best boutique hotels in Matera and book now on Culture Trip.

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