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“Fine location, nice proprietors, improvements needed” 3 of 5 stars
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Via del Cotoncello, 74 | Capo Sant'Andrea, 57030 Marciana, Elba Island, Italy   |  
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Ranked #8 of 22 hotels in Marciana
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“Fine location, nice proprietors, improvements needed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

The hotel is on a relatively isolated headland from which the bedrooms overlook the small private beach at the bottom of a steep path. From the dining room terrace we enjoyed magnificent sunsets over Corsica and a 180 degree view of the sea. From the hotel paths lead to another more popular and accessible cove and along the coast and inland. The dinner is OK (we were on a half pension deal), but even better à la carte. The proprietors and those who work there are pleasant and helpful. However, the rooms (or at least ours and another we saw) are beginning to show their age. As the mattresses rest on wood planks, I found the bed too hard to sleep on (and had to find a cushion to protect my hip). There are no mosquito nets; and no way to keep insects out of the bathroom. There also some mean touches: half broken plastic shop coat hangers (as IKEA wooden ones are so cheap, there is no longer a reason to skimp on these). At breakfast, you have to pay extra to get real coffee, the fruit juices are the ersatz supplied by cheap hotel chains, and the jams are factory products in small pre-packed portions. In Italy one expects better.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

The only good thing about this place is the location high above the ocean at the western tip of Elba near Sant'Andrea. Still, the location alone does not compensate all the negative aspects, such as
- primitive room (uncomfortable bed, furniture looks like a teenager room from the early seventies, no pictures just a fire escape plan on the wall) and bathroom (miniture), super clairaudient!
- The terraces (in itself nice with a nice view onto the ocean) have no privacy since the sides to the neighborings terraces are open, no good to relax with everybody else watching and listening.
- terrible Restaurant with waiting room asmosphere, way too bright neon lights and disturbingly loug humming ice cream counter (the humming never stops)
- unfriendly / unintestrested / owners who spend the day sleeping in front of the TV, obvioulsly feeling disturbed by guests coming to the reception
- Food ranges from solala to terrible, side dish (vegetable out of the bag) has been served ice cold on all three nights.
- English spoken only between 3.00 pm - 10.00 pm (by one ermployee), otherwise bad luck! No German at all to my knowledge.

The pictures on the internet are deceiving, there is a reason why the bathrooms are not shown anywhere...

It seems cheap (60 € p.P./N incl. half board but considering the nasty food and terrible rooms it's not even worth half this price!
There are much better options in Sant'Andrea which are just slightly more expensive, so don't waste your time and money at the Hotel Oleandro

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

My boyfriend and I went here in July 2013 not knowing what to expect and we had a fantastic time. The hotel was exactly what we were looking for to have a romantic weekend. The beach was private, the food delicious, and the staff were very accommodating. I can't wait to come back someday to Elba Island, and when I do I want to stay here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via del Cotoncello, 74 | Capo Sant'Andrea, 57030 Marciana, Elba Island, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Elba Island > Marciana
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Marciana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel L'Oleandro is a simple but enchanting hotel, situated on a small hill at 50 meters over the sea, at the Cotoncello, very near to Capo Sant'Andrea. The panorama is simply fantastic - 'a the terrace over the tuscan arcipelago' - Corsica, the Capraia island, the tuscan coast line are there, just in front of you, giving this sensation of absolute well-being and relax. The transparent and crystal clear sea is less than 100 meters away and can be reached over a small private path through the mediterranean macchia vegetation, or following the small street direction Sant'Andrea, at just 400 meters there is the beautiful small Cotoncello beach with its gorgeous cliffs, and from there with a small walk of a few minutes you can reach the sandy beach of Sant'Andrea. The hotel offers Bed & Breakfast or Half Board accommodation. In the morning our breakfast is served inside or on the panoramic terrace during the warmer months with a rich buffet. For dinner our kitchen offers genuine mediterranean dishes with fresh fish and meat and the choice between 3 starters, 3 main dishes, 2 side dishes and deserts. Our 16 rooms are simple but welcoming, all with independent entrance, large terraces (equipped with table, chairs, deck chiars and sun umbrella) or balconies with sea view, private baths, TV, hair-dryer and air-conditioning. The hotel is also the ideal departure place for those who love trekking, in fact, numerous walks through the beauties of the 'National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago' simply start here, or for those who are fans of snorkeling: the small pebble beach just under the hotel can be the beginning of fantastic excursions along our coast... ... more   less 
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L'Oleandro Elba Island/Marciana, Italy

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