The Nicolaus is a short bus-ride outside Bari, but with very regular buses. It is high-rise, but with well-kept rooms and small balconies. The coffee bar / bar is excellent and really reasonably priced. Gracious staff, not pushy or smarmy. Very professional. The restaurant has an excellent reputation and is also very reasonable: it's unusual to find a hotel restaurant classed among the best places to eat, but the Nicolaus is, at Bari.