I have to say that Mel's April 29 2013 review nailed our experience as well (also, our shameful lack of Italian was not treated with disdain). Vincenzio is great and very helpful. We also didn't have a car, so took the 90 minute bus ride. It is a beautiful ride, so did not feel like a waste of time or frustrating. The views to Patresi (where Hotel Belmare is) are amazing. You should try to find the bus schedule ahead of time, though, since it does not run on a regular basis throughout the day (at least from what we gathered).
The rooms were clean and comfortable. We had a balcony with an amazing view. Mirko's dinners were delicious! Local food from the garden, local fresh caught seafood. Mirko speaks some English so was very helpful in giving tips and acting as a translator (in matters beyond making us delicious meals). Everyone was so nice. We had our breakfasts and dinners on the patio. It got cool in the evenings, but eating on the patio is well worth bundling up a bit. I wholeheartedly recommend the Hotel Belmare. We went on some great hikes up mountains, in view of the sea, and were able to do this without a car. That said, getting to the beaches or other parts of the island necessitate a car or the patience for a bus.
We came to Elba, for the first time, after 8 days in other parts of Italy, and we might just have loved Elba the most.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Belmare Elba Island/Marciana, Italy