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Hotel TOTTO and Basta Trattoria Wollongong Review [updated 2024]

Are you planning a visit to Wollongong in NSW? Wollongong is located on the South Coast of NSW a short drive from Sydney.

The newly opened Hotel TOTTO and their Italian restaurant Basta Trattoria located within the hotel premises have gained popularity with locals and visitors since opening in January 2023.

In our article, Hotel TOTTO and Basta Trattoria Wollongong Review, we help you decide where to stay and dine during your next visit to Wollongong.

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About Hotel TOTTO – the best accommodation in Wollongong

Hotel TOTTO is located in the heart of Wollongong at 60 Market Street. A few minutes walk is Central Mall and 10 minutes away are the beaches of Wollongong. There are so many things to do in Wollongong and this is the ideal location to base yourself.

Lounge area of Hotel TOTTO
Lounge area of Hotel TOTTO

You are in good hands when you stay at Hotel TOTTO. The hotel is managed by the EVT Group which manages Rydges, QT, Atura, Lylo and Independent Collection by EVT. In total, they manage 75+ properties across Australia & New Zealand.

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Map of Hotel TOTTO and Basta Trattoria

Map of Hotel TOTTO Wollongong
Hotel TOTTO location in Wollongong

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TOTTO means ‘come together’ in Latin; you feel this as soon as you arrive. The very warm welcome from the staff makes you feel as if you are family immediately. The Reception and Lounge Area creates a very comfortable space for relaxing with a coffee or a drink from the bar before or after you check in. The area faces west and it felt very cosy and warm in the chill of the winter afternoon.

Hotel TOTTO offers 150 rooms made up of King, Queen, Twin and accessible rooms. I loved the muted tones used in their interior design. The rooms are simply decorated and minimalistic in style. The beds are extremely comfortable and I had a great night’s stay snuggled in their luxurious linen.

Facilities include:

  • Air-conditioning/heating
  • Tea and coffee maker
  • Flat TV
  • Mini-bar
  • Urban Jungle 100% vegan luxe toiletries
  • Self-check-in and check-out 24 hours a day
Queen Room Hotel TOTTO
Queen Bedroom at Hotel TOTTO

My Queen Room on the 4th floor had great views over the Church and beyond to the coastline.

Secure parking is available on-site for 100 cars.

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Basta Trattoria – the best place to eat in Wollongong

Basta means ‘enough’ in Italian. You definitely will not complain about the size of the dishes on offer at Basta Trattoria.

All products are sourced locally where possible. Enjoy craft beer from Barons Brewing in Kiama and their excellent coffee is from White Horse in the Shire.

Do you love a good margarita? Order the Italian Margarita made with Jose Cuervo Reposado Tequila, Amaretto, Triple Sec and Lime Juice. Maybe order two! It was that good! There is a great wine list available.

If you are a lover of olives make sure you order a bowl for starters, the marinade is to die for.

Antipasta and Margaritas at Basta Trattoria
Olives, wood-fired bread with garlic oil and an Italian Margarita at Basta Trattoria

Well, what can I say about the pizza dough that is used for the wood-fired bread with garlic oil and pizzas? Watch the chefs as they prepare the dough that has been made with love, fermented for 48 hours and each dough is given a name and treated like a baby. I can highly recommend their very tasty wood-fired bread with garlic oil. If you can, watch how it is made in the wood-fired pizza oven – it is really a performance (check it out in our Youtube video). I did not try the pizza as the pasta – casarece capers chilli and aqua pazza caught my eye – and it tasted just as exquisite as it sounded, silky smooth and the chilli gave it the right kick from the first mouthful.

Main meal - Pasta casarece, capers, chilli, aqua pazza nd dessert of white chocolate tiramisu
Main meal – pasta casarece capers chilli aqua pazza and dessert white chocolate tiramisu

Not one usually for desserts, after checking the menu I could not bypass the white chocolate tiramisu.

Breakfast of buckwheat pancakes at Basta Trattoria
Breakfast of buckwheat pancakes at Basta Trattoria

You won’t go hungry with their excellent breakfast menu. There are so many delicious choices it did take me a while to decide. I chose the buckwheat pancakes with ricotta, maple syrup and fruit, which I could not finish as it was very filling and delicious.

Good to know:

Alfresco dining at Basta Trattoria
Alfresco dining at Basta Trattoria

We would recommend booking in advance for Basta Trattoria. There is alfresco dining available with heating in winter.

There is live music on a Friday night.

Are you looking for a Venue for a Meeting or Special Event?

There is a function room available that can have 80 – 100 guests for a cocktail party and 48 seated for lunch/dinner.

Location of Hotel TOTTO and Basta Trattoria

Distances and driving times:

Sydney to Wollongong – 84 km and an average driving time of 1.5 hours

Canberra to Wollongong – 244 km and an average driving time of 2 hours 45 minutes

Bowral to Wollongong – 75 km and an average driving time of just over 1 hour

Campbelltown to Wollongong – 52 km and an average driving time of 50 minutes

The closest major airport is Sydney International Airport – 74 km away. For the latest airfares to Sydney click here.

Shellharbour Airport is located 20 minutes from Wollongong and has regular regional flights with Linkairways from certain destinations.

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In conclusion, Hotel TOTTO and Basta Trattoria in Wollongong offer a memorable experience for anyone looking to indulge in luxury accommodations and fine dining. The hotel’s contemporary design, exceptional service, and prime location make it an ideal choice for tourists. Basta Trattoria’s delectable Italian cuisine coupled with its cosy ambience and friendly staff create an unforgettable dining experience. We highly recommend checking out Hotel TOTTO and Basta Trattoria to elevate your stay to the next level.

We hope you have enjoyed our Hotel TOTTO and Basta Trattoria review. We would love to hear from you if you have a question or if you have stayed and enjoyed a dining experience there.

My stay was hosted by Hotel TOTTO and Basta Trattoria. As always my opinions are my own. I thank the team for a memorable stay.

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