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“From Grumpy to Happy” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Villa Rita
Loc. Colle d'Orano, 57030 Marciana, Elba Island, Italy   |  
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Ranked #15 of 22 hotels in Marciana
Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland
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“From Grumpy to Happy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We arrived in a grumpy mood following problems with our car. But our family room cheered us up: a wide firm double bed, two single beds, and plenty of room to move around rather than having to shuffle past each other. A nice big bathroom too. No view from inside the room, but by going out onto the spacious terrace we had a splendid view of the sea.
The children (8 and 10) loved the swimming pool, which is salt water rather than chlorinated. One day we were the only people there, so it was like our own private pool.
Breakfast was plentiful, and the evening meal was the Italian format of antipasto (no choice), primo (pasta etc, choice from three options), secondo (two meat options, one vegetarian, plus salad and cooked vegetables from the buffet) and cake/icecream/fruit/coffee. There was plenty to eat, and all of our requests for changes were perfectly dealt with (less for the children, no prawns with that one, etc). We drank wines from Elba, which were good and about 15 EUR per bottle.
There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, and although we normally went out in the car, one day we took the Marebus. It isn't very frequent, but it is fun, and saved us a lot of aggravation parking in Sant'Andrea. It also introduced us to Patresi, which we might not have discovered otherwise.
Our last night there was Thursday 15 August, the Assumption of Mary religious festival. So there was a special meal, much more elaborate than normal, which made an excellent end to our holiday. I don't remember our first Thursday there having a themed dinner, contrary to the website.
The staff were all very pleasant and helpful, and the hotel (which has a spacious site) was all well-maintained and immaculately clean. Paola dealt with emails immediately, which was particularly appreciated when I was late organising the ferry.
Someone recommended this hotel to us, and we would highly recommend it too!
Thank you!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011 via mobile

The staff is wonderful. The breakfast is decent, dinners were amazing. Very affordable. There are more interesting towns to stay in on Elba, but if you dont mind the treacherous drives, you can see them all easily. The only downside is that the rooms are a bit barren and loud (all tile in hallways and rooms).

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

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.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

We had a wonderful time at Villa Rita!
The hotel itself is beautifully located on a slope close to the road. The view from the hotel is amazing. You can see all the way to Corsica and Capraia. But the most beautiful view is that of the sunset. We have traveled to many places where people told us to watch the sunset, but never have we seen more beautiful ones than here, sitting on the terrace drinking a prosecco or an Elbanese beer!
The rooms are spacious with A/C and a fridge. The bathroom was small but clean.
This is a good hotel, but the difference between good hotels lies in the details. And this is exactly what makes Villa Rita an outstanding hotel. Paola and Davide run this hotel from their hearts and you can tell. They are genuinely friendly and helpful, well organized and know exactly what they are doing. They gave us information about the beaches, places to visit and helped us arrange an excursion to the island of Pianosa. (A bizarre but highly recommended daytrip)
Finally I would also like to congratulate the chef. The dining was superb! We always had a choice between three starters, three mains and three desserts. Honest, genuine, well prepared local dishes. (Also remember to taste one of the Elbanese wines!)
Everything just right! Thank you again Paola & Davide!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2009

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights and wished it had been for longer! Paola and her husband were so friendly and helpful- nothing was too much trouble and their English is excellent. The food was fantastic- 3 courses, freshly prepared with a salad/vegetable buffet and the dining room had lovely views. It was also incredibly good value with the half board rate (57 euros each per night).
The pool is very nice, with great views- it was quiet when we went and we were the only people by the pool. You can order lunch or drinks there too.
We had a big room, which is simply decorated with a nice bathroom and a fridge and TV in the room. There was a balcony too.
There are 2-3 beaches a short drive away, so this hotel is lovely and quiet as it is not too near the beach.
Highly recommended!

Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Loc. Colle d'Orano, 57030 Marciana, Elba Island, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Elba Island > Marciana
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Romantic Hotel in Marciana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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Rita Hotel Marciana
Hotel Villa Rita Elba Island/Marciana, Italy

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