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Roof Barocco in Lecce - has anyone actually stayed there?

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I'm just curious about the Roof Barocco B&B, because it's #1 on TripAdvisor, but there is not one other mention about it on the web, other than sites advertising it. Seems a little strange....no one has mentioned it here or on any other forum, on blogs, etc.

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    Sometimes there are small hotels that are quite lovely, maybe just taking off, and they get the tip that if they want to generate good word of mouth among English-speaking tourists, Trip Advisor is key. These places may only have half a dozen or fewer rooms. And if they are well-located, and provide wonderful service and lovely surroundings, the few people who stay there (and have been pampered and had a great time) are asked -- "Do you use TripAdvisor? Could you give us a nice report?" at the end of their stay. It happened to me, with Deko Rome this past fall.

    I had read some great reviews of B&B/Guesthouses on TripAdvisor, and looking for an alternative to a standard hotel, wrote a reviewer who had raved about another B&B, asking her how to get in touch with them, as they weren't listed on any of the big reservation services like Expedia, Venere, Hotels.com, etc. She gave me their website and I wrote them. While they were full, they sent me the info for similar businesses. I emailed about 3 of them (also booked for our dates), but one told me of Deko Rome, which was brand new. I corresponded with them, they were delightful. They gave me a great deal (100eu per night with CC, 90 for cash as we were staying for a week). As the time grew closer, I noticed they had shot to #1 on TripAdvisor! I started to wonder, but it did appear that the reviews were from real people. We went. We found it to be a fantastic place to stay with a delightful, personal touch, and of course gave them rave reviews. They deserved every bit of praise. They are booked solid months in advance. What a perfect business model for a small business in a big tourist city.

    Anyway, I suspect this may be a similar situation. Of course, the downside is that once established, there are unlikely to be highly discounted rates and it may be hard to reserve a room less than 6 months in advance. But honestly, I would go back to Deko Rome again and pay the full 150 and up/night rate they now command. If Roof Barocco takes as good care of their guests, then undoubtably deserve that #1 rating.

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