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“Ideal Family Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Gallo Nero
Via S. Gaetano 20 in Loc St. Andrea, 57030 Marciana, Elba Island, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 22 Hotels in Marciana
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Lausanne, Switzerland
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17 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Ideal Family Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Beautiful location on a hill over a small beach and holiday village with an organic vegetable garden and orchard full of delicious fruit. Family and friendly atmosphere during delicious and plentiful meals, combined with the quiet privacy of individual villas scattered around the area with sea views. Helpful and efficient staff. Just two points to improve: pave the alleys from the car park to the villas to avoid damaging and dirtying luggage on wheels. Clean up more often the rotting fruit on the ground.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cardiff
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25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We booked with Gallo Nero for a week of "getting away from it all" and were not disappointed. The hotel is situated on the outskirts of the tiny village of Sant Andrea, on the hill above the sea.

You can walk through the gorgeous garden (where some of the food for dinner is grown) to 2 really lovely beaches - one of which is just round the headland to the right (which is good for snorkelling) of the main one (which is good for swimming). There are also 3 swimming pools attached to the hotel, one of which is a spa pool which you have to book to use - but it's lovely and private.

We had a room in one of the little outbuildings with a spectacular view of the village and the sea, and it had a seperate outside entrance so it sort of felt like our own tiny house. The room itself was clean and quiet, the bathroom spotless.

We had halfboard and were glad of it, as Sant Andrea is SO small and we hadn't hired a car it would have been a nightmare otherwise to get dinner. It was really good value as well and undoubtedly saved us money. The food was fabulous 95% of the time, however on a couple of occasions the fish or meat was terribly overcooked, but when we mentioned it to a waiter it was whisked away and a replacement brought in moments, and we also had some of the best food of our 2 weeks in Italy at this hotel. Breakfast on the terrace was excellent, a really good range of food - and they had Soy Milk too!

The desk staff were very friendly and helpful, but they only spoke broken English. Luckily I speak a little German (my Italian is not as good as I would like) so we got by in a mixture of German and English.

Overall we'd definitely stay here again and will be trying to come back to Elba at some point in the not-too-distant future!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Prague
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50 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2011

We received a recommendation for this hotel. Food was delicious, very nice garden, friendly staff, clean accommodation with seaview and with a terrace. There is also a very nice jacuzzi (a reservation needed, but private and beautiful seaview). The way to a nice beach (relatively full but not overcrowded with s

I found three negatives, both related to our small kids. We were two families (together 4 kids in age 4 years, 3 years, 1,5 year and 1 year). The hotel is situated in a hill so there are many stairs so each way to the restaurant with strollers was like a gym exercise.

When we were staying by the pools, we were more nervous from kids potentially imagined in water than a relax on sunbeds.

The last thing we weren´t happy with was time of the dinner in combination with kids. The kids was naturally tired in the evening and we couldn´t enjoy dinners calmly. The dinner starts in time usual for Italy and finishes due to more courses lately what was not compatible with any of our kids. Due to this fact we didn´t enjoy the dinner as we wanted. The suits are in separated houses in the garden so there was no chance to use nurse transmitter.
Moreover, I think that the restaurant is not due to the romancy of this place suitable for small kids who have never eaten all served up food.

I would definitely go back but not with small kids.

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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Padova
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88 reviews
47 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

I booked at Gallo Nero in B&B, but after the first dinner there we changed in HB to the quality of the kitchen. Quiet place, kind staff.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

Really nice place in the middle of big hill, 15 mins walk distance to pictoresque small sea beach. Very nice compare to all Italian sea resorts what I know. Also quality of cousine is excellent, good food and wines as well.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2011

We had a great time in this beautiful corner of Elba. Room was very clean and with good AC. Big terraces in between fig trees and flowers with sea view. Very peaceful and quite with good food and service.
The walk to the beach is about 10 minutes and it can be a bit steep for those who may have health problems but we loved it.
The beach gets very crowded in high season but you can rent a RIB and find your own corner of paradise.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2010

We stayed two nights here and found it very easy and relaxing, if I you are over 40 you will LOVE this place. It almost felt like an island cruise for old europeans but in an island town.

The garden which you wander down through to get to the beach is massive and amazing and they produce some of the organic food you eat for the compulsory Dinner/Breakfast. These meals are included in the price of a room which is a little odd but we just went with it. It is kind of refreshing not having to research where to get dinner but there is little in the way of good restaurants in St. Andrea so maybe it's for the best. You get to choose from a few choices for Primi, Secondi and Dolce and the food was not amazing or mindblowing but it was good value. there was a massive selection for the breakfast.

All the staff spoke german, italian, french and not very much english which was a first for us but it made sense when you peeked at the other guests at dinner. They were very lovely especially the Maître d' who was really good at his job.

There are two pools and a spa which was great. The Spa has an amazing view and 'colour therapy' (ie lights that change colour) plus the staff brought us delicious fresh tea made with herbs from the garden. We did not realise the spa was extra so that was a surpirse when we paid but it is worth the 8 euro a pop.

Due to it being September and due to the overflowing grapevines outside the dining room the whole place was overrun with MASSES of wasps of all variety which were a menace at breakfast time. There was also a slightly diseased looking cat which terrorised my girlfriend at breakfast and this coming from a cat lover.

The whole place had a slight 'grandma' feel about it with a well maintained early 80's faded charm, big garden, the other guests (all over 50 it seemed!), flower themes for the room names and artwork on the wall. The room had a good ocean view, air con and a good bathroom and bed. The wifi was not free (in this day and age?!) and you had to sit in the bar to receive it and the signal kept dropping.

I wouldn't really recommend this place to my friends but I would totally recommend my mum and grandparents stay here.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via S. Gaetano 20 in Loc St. Andrea, 57030 Marciana, Elba Island, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Elba Island > Marciana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Marciana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Gallo Nero is situated on a gentle slope that embraces the St. Andrew Bay, surrounded by a park of 15 thousand square meters in extent.The renovated rooms furnished with care and equipped with flat screen TV-satellite, air conditioning with independent control, minibar and bathroom with shower/tub. All have balcony, terrace or garden, most of which overlook the sea.Every morning you can enjoy a buffet breakfast with homemade jams and cakes, cheeses, meats and organic products, while the evening at the elegant restaurant with typical ceiling with exposed beams, you can enjoy fresh fish specialties.You can sunbathe on the terraces equipped with chairs or by the pool. Or you can relax in the SPA pool with hydro and color therapy and view over the bay.The beautiful beach of Sant'Andrea, surrounded by rocks, is located 300m away and can be reached walking along a private path surrounded by vineyards, rosemary and lavender.Portoferraio (connected to Piombino) is the nearest port and it is 30km far from the Hotel. ... more   less 
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