Puglia, Italy

Don Ferrante

Rates from (ex tax)$204.46

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR210.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Stone-hewn maze


Seafront city walls

A charming labyrinth of steep staircases, breezy balconies and arched stone ceilings, hotel Don Ferrante is carved out of Monopoli’s ancient seafront ramparts. This Puglian hideaway has sweeping Adriatic views, a dinky rooftop pool, fresh Mediterranean food and just 10 serene rooms.

Smith Extra

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A bottle of Prosecco served on the terrace or, from June to August, an outdoor massage


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Need to know


10, including one suite.


11am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from $204.46 (€191), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.00 per person on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR210.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast of cereal, yogurt, local bread and cheeses, pastries, tarts, fresh juices and cooked-to-order farm-fresh eggs and bacon.


Startlingly white and planted with aloe and prickly pears, Don Ferrante’s terrace could give Marrakech’s blissful rooftops a run for their money. Striped deck chairs, low sofas and rattan armchairs are scattered at every corner – all idyllic spots for an idle afternoon in the Puglian sunshine. Book ahead for a tension-busting in-room massage; in the summer, an outdoor treatment area is set up on the terrace so you can drift away to the sound of lapping waves.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed annually in January and February.

At the hotel

Rooftop terraces. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, Carthusia toiletries free WiFi (in rooms only).

Our favourite rooms

Kept cool in the summer by the thick, stone city walls, Don Gabriel is the hotel's Superior room, with views of the old town centre. Ground-floor Deluxe room San Vito has a charming little private patio. Suite Don is an indulgent treat with a fireplace, hydro-massage shower and long balcony looking over the sea. All the stone-hewn rooms are soothing and elegant, with handmade ceramics, carved-wood headboards and vaulted ceilings.


Sheltered on one side by a striking stone wall, the rooftop’s unheated plunge pool is just big enough for a refreshing dip. Set on a neat patch of grass nearby, two bright white sunloungers let guests linger and soak up the sea view.

Packing tips

Monopoli’s one-way streets are best explored on foot, so bring some comfortable walking shoes.


One of the Deluxe rooms on the ground floor has a bathroom adapted for wheelchair users.


With its many steps and high perches, the hotel is best suited to grown-ups, but baby cots (€20 a night) extra beds can be added to Deluxe rooms and the Master Suite for €50 a night.

Food and Drink

Photos Don Ferrante food and drink

Top Table

In the summer, all seats on the terrace are lovely for watching the waves and savouring the sea breeze. Inside, grab one of the two tables by the window for breakfast with a view.

Dress Code

Embrace the Cretan vibe in this labyrinthine seafront retreat with maxi dresses and billowing white linens.

Hotel restaurant

Locanda Ferrante (open from June to August) dishes up tempting Puglian cuisine on a rooftop terrace with sweeping sea views. The menu changes every month to make the most of local seafood and sun-kissed Mediterranean produce. In fine weather, the all-white sea-view terrace is hard to resist. Breakfast is served in an atmospheric 16th-century gunpowder cellar.

Hotel bar

Head to the rooftop with a cocktail in hand, or sample robust reds and fragrant rosés from the hotel’s extensive cellar.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7.30am–11am and lunch 12.30pm–2.30pm, after which the dinner menu is available from 8.30pm–10.30pm.

Room service

A light lunch and full dinner menu are available during restaurant opening hours.


Photos Don Ferrante location
Don Ferrante
27 Via San Vito


Bari and Brindisi airports, both a 40-minute drive away, serve domestic and international flights from across Europe.


A 5-minute drive away, Monopoli station serves Trenitalia trains from Bologna and stations along the Adriatic Railway. The hotel can arrange free pick-ups from 8am to 7pm.


Parking in the old town is restricted to residents. If you’re bringing your own wheels, drop off your bags at the hotel first. There’s free parking 100m away, and the hotel will happily park your car for you between 9am and 6.30pm.

Worth getting out of bed for

A jumble of whitewashed houses, ornate church spires and picturesque narrow streets, Monopoli is a delight to explore. Take advantage of Don Ferrante’s free buggy tours to get your bearings in the postcard-worthy centro storico. Stroll down to the sheltered harbour to watch traditional fishing boats bringing in the day’s catch. Follow the sturdy city walls along the coast to a pretty little cove of golden sand just below Santo Stefano castle, once the Knights of Malta’s stronghold. The hotel also runs a free shuttle to private beaches and can arrange cookery classes and wine tastings in local masserias. While in Puglia, it’s worth hiring a car to explore the glorious green-and-gold valleys and Unesco-protected sites: Alberobello’s distinctive trulli dwellings, the imposing citadel at Castel del Monte and Matera’s breathtaking cliff-clinging houses are all within striking distance.


Local restaurants

Just outside Monopoli in the grounds of an old farmhouse, Angelo Sabatelli Ristorante (+39 0809 02396) has earned its first Michelin star.The eponymous chef plays deftly with presentation and tradition: classic egg and truffles sit alongside roast kid and sculptural desserts in an inventive 10-course menu. In the heart of the city, Piazza Palmieri (+39 0807 43265) serves spectacular shellfish, gutsy pasta, and hand-picked wine from its impressive cellar. Beautifully lit La Torretta del Pescatore (+39 0803 210390) takes on fairy-tale airs in the evenings. Built around an ancient wall tower, its terraces make an atmospheric setting for a sea-fresh feast from the daily-changing menu.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Monopoli and unpacked their wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses, a full account of their luxury coastal break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick postcard from Don Ferrante in Puglia…

Stepping onto the rooftop of boutique hotel Don Ferrante, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to the Cyclades. Dotted with succulents and blessed with a glorious little plunge pool, the pretty terraces look out over a sweep of startlingly blue sea. But this is the Adriatic and, built right into the ancient ramparts, this serene retreat is as Puglian as it gets. Inside this elegant cluster of whitewashed buildings, a photogenic maze of narrow staircases, sun-kissed patios and just 10 rooms awaits. Sheltered from the summer heat by rough stone walls, these hideaways are an understated study in soft creams and crisp whites. There are plenty of tranquil nooks and outdoor perches to make the most of sun-drenched Puglia: lay claim to a sunlounger, sip something fruity in the breeze and dine alfresco on the sea’s bounty. Beyond Monopoli’s sturdy walls, dips in the crystal-clear waters and jaunts around the countryside beckon – an invitation, if needed, to linger on in this aptly named ‘only city’.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Don Ferrante’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The view, the breakfast, the sheets, the people who worked there, the complimentary prosecco served on the deck when we arrived.

Don’t expect

...It was pretty perfect. We loved everything about Don Ferrante.


Stayed on 19 Oct 2016

We loved

The rooftop terraces and nooks.

Don’t expect

Check to see if your room will be a quiet one.


Stayed on 20 Sep 2016

We loved

The staff, the roof terrace, the bed was super comfortable and bathroom fabulous

Don’t expect

To get an early/ quiet night during August as lots of tourists and festivals


Stayed on 13 Aug 2016

We loved

The hotel and the helpful staff. Great fish restaurant and beaches

Don’t expect

Late night clubs and parties


Stayed on 22 May 2016

We loved

The whole hotel. The sea view from our room and the sea lashing the rocks below. The décor and furnishings of the hotel and the rooftop terrace. Excellent service. Good food at lunchtime. Go for a walk along the coast. 10/10

Don’t expect

A large hotel for families with children who want to run around and lots of luggage. There is no spa or beach.


Stayed on 15 May 2016

We loved

Location, Design, Staff recommendations. Il Guazzetto - good fish restaurant, Vini e Panini - fantastic atmosphere, great vibes and fluent English speaking staff. 8/10

Don’t expect

No view as rooms are built inside an old fortress. Deluxe room windows faces the inner courtyard so you cannot open these windows as other guests are sitting there, literally in front of you. Breakfast could be better with fresh orange juice and real coffee (not Nespresso - we are in Italy :). Overally I think the place is overpriced especially compared to other services - like bars and restaurants - in Monopoli and whole Puglia.


Stayed on 15 May 2016

We loved

The design and layout and location of the hotel

Don’t expect



Stayed on 22 Nov 2015

We loved

The hotel and the room - you can't beat the amazing rooms and the staff. Very friendly and helpful and very knowledgeable of the area.

Don’t expect

Monopoly is nice, however there isn't much there.


Stayed on 9 Nov 2015