Truely, the only negative of La Pineta is its location. It is a somewhat
rundown area behind the marina and a long walk from the train station on
a 35 degree day with 20kg of luggage. I arrived with small backpack and
I only just survived the walk. If you have a big Samsonite, better you
ask hotel to arrange taxi for you. There are no taxis waiting at the
station as it is a small rural town with an unmanned train station.
I stayed at Hotel La Pineta from 23-26 June 2014 in Room 4, booked on
Booking.com (3 nights EUR142.50/single incl bf).
First, let me say this review is based on the fact I paid under EUR50 a night in pricey Tropea. Other hotels were in the EUR70-100 range which I could not afford so I had to, well, "adjust" my expectations. Considering what I paid, I was delighted. This is a good old Aussie/American 70's style beach motel just behind the marina and approx 1km walk from the train station. The rooms were large, really well maintained (no paint chips or scratched old furniture) and the towels and linen were really good quality. I was totally impressed by the maintenance of the property as I have been to Italy 10 times now and maintenance is never a strong point - they build new and let run down to wrack and ruin. The bed and pillows were really comfortable.
The breakfast was perfect for me fresh rolls and cornetti, ham, cheese, yoghurt, cornflakes, cake, donuts, fruit and coffee made to order. I didnt need any more.
As you have read, the main tourist area (Centro) of Tropea is UP on the hill. The area around the marina is a somewhat run-down residential area with a few old grocery shops, bars and restaurants and hence the rooms are half the price of staying on top of the hill in the fashionable tourist district. That said, you only have to walk a short 200m to the Municipio stairs (walk up approx 100 steps) up to the Old town and then walk another 150m and you are right in the thick of it, Corso Vittorio Emanuel. Not too far to walk in order to save 50% room rate ...
Also the beautiful FREE beach of Mare Piccolo (below the famous Church, Santa Maria dell'Isola) is only about 400m from the hotel. You can also walk 300m in the other direction to another free beach.