Several hundred feed above the clear navy blue water, with a path leading down to a rocky little cove, Villa Rita has superb sunset views, clean rooms, friendly staff, and good evening meals at a reasonable price.
With relatives and friends of the owners managing the facility, you might expect friendly, personal service, and it is certainly available here. There is a decent continental-plus breakfast in the mornings and, particularly because of the relative isolation, we recommend the evening meals at an extra cost of 5 euros. There is plenty of exploring to do in the area, and all over Elba, which is a beautiful island that few Americans visit. With very few sandy beaches (nearest one about 3 kilometers away), most of which seemed pretty crowded, the island caters mostly to Italian tourists.
We did not have hot water in the shower in the mornings, which needs to be corrected, and there is a charge for using the wireless connection to the Internet, both of which were bothersome to us. Parking is a bit difficult, on an incline. But we enjoyed our stay thoroughly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is located in the beautiful natural setting of western Elba, at the foot of the highest mountain of the island, Monte Capanne. From the hotel you can enjoy a unique view of Corsica, and of Capraia, another of the islands in the Tuscan Archipelago. The hotel is situated in the characteristic village of Colle d'Orano, part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. At Villa Rita we offer you an informal and welcoming ambience: 17 well-appointed rooms, a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, and a fantastic location from which you will be able to enjoy unforgettable sunsets. The hotel has private parking for cars and motorbikes as well as for bicycles (covered for both motorbikes and bicycles). Sitting room with TV sat and a small library, bar, restaurant with sea view, swimming pool with wirpool section and solarium, and a sea view veranda where you can enjoy a Limoncino, read a book or just look at the beutiful sky full of stars. The TV room, the veranda and most of our rooms have WI-FI connection. You will immediately notice how in the hotel's vicinities there is a variety of attractions: from the most popular beaches to those that can be reached only by driving or walking along rough tracks, or even just from the sea; from areas of Mediterranean bush to mountain valleys, each of which has its own microclimate and ecosystem. These areas contain indigenous plant species such as the violet, the Monte Capanne cornflower, various types of orchids, the sea-lavender, and the yew proof of the existence of an ancient oceanic forest. It will not be difficult to spot in the more remote areas mouflons, wild boars, martens, green lizards, red partridges, crows and hawks. From the hotel, sea lovers can easily reach small solitary beaches of rocks and gravel, with clear and beautiful waters such as the beaches at Le Buche and the Polveraia and in a few minutes you can drive to some of the well known sandy beaches such as Sant'Andrea, Cotoncello, Fetovaia, Seccheto and Cavoli.To reach most local beaches in the borough of Marciana and along the Costa del Sole (Coast of the Sun), from mid June to mid September (dates subject to variation) our guests have FREE use of the MAREBUS SERVICE which stops directly outside the hotel. For walkers, birdwatchers and photographers, there are many well-signed tracks in the vicinity of the hotel. Discover historical sites, rare wildlife and splendid panoramic views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rita Hotel Marciana
- Hotel Villa Rita Elba Island/Marciana, Italy