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“stunning view includin the one on the "rich and beautiful"” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Il Pellicano
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Localita Sbarcatello, 58018 Porto Ercole, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Porto Ercole
Bern, Switzerland
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27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“stunning view includin the one on the "rich and beautiful"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Built on a rock this is an interesting example of architecture of the 60s, but no fear, the building and especially the bathrooms have been updated and are perfectly comfortable which can be expected for the room rates.

There is no beach, but platforms in the rocks and a smallish, but well heated pool. Also the gardens are well kept and pleasant.

We staid here by accident because their sister property, the Posta Vecchia had the kindness to transfer our reservation to Il Pellicano to spare us the experience mixing with a Russian group having some kind of celebration there.

Il Pellicano being obviously a place for the rich and beautiful (who and this being a consolation are not so beautiful and rather bored and boring people to have as fellow guests), we have been despite not being part of their target group treated with a lot of kindness and attention. Of course I would rather not pay their room rates, but there is that fantastic chef Antonio Guida here who is worth a trip himself. (Read my report on the restaurant Il Pellicano).

This place can be highly recommended for people looking for privacy when money does not matter. I will be back for sampling Antonio's food.

(Strangely there is some nickel and diming with room service breakfast charged EUR 20 supplement per person which is outrageous. This is written on the order form - I did actually not try it as their terrace is fantastic. So perhaps they actually do no charge this for real.)

Room Tip: Coming for one night to sample the fantastic food ask for a normal seaview room in the main building...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

with my Husband and 2 friends we spent 3 wonderful nights in this amazing place the weather was not so nice
but everything else went perfect the staff was always ready for our requests ,the restaurant managed by Michele is well organized the food is excellent i have until today a copy from the menu that we had personally i like every sort of risotto but all Italian food is very different.
in the pool area wee had with other friends snacks and a nice bottle of Prosecco there we meted a girl that served us she was always smiling and very attentive it seemed that we were eating at the restaurant ,the second day we meet her at the bar near the restaurant and we know then that her name is Georgia each time she welcomed us with a big smile and toked care of us we appreciated everything every detail we will definitively come back
we had really a nice time in this structure .

  • Stayed May 2013, 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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Annecy, France
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

We spent 5 nights there on our way back from Rome. When seeing the pics on their website we thought that we will be disspointed compared to reality but we were not ! it is even more beautiful than expected.
We have been treated like we were home, the staff is extremely nice and attentive to your comfort. they anticipate all your needs.
the room was big and nice with a beathtaking view from the (big) balcony.

the food was great and they even managed to cook anything for us at the michelin star restaurant when we started to know all the menu.

special mention to Antonella who made our stay amazing by its professionalism and kindness (and very good french speaking), to Frederico who took care of us all day long anticipating all !!!! and to the lady sommelier who helped us to discover new vintages and that has such a passion for wines.

We will definitely come back since we felt at home being part of this big family.

Room Tip: we had G5 the sea view was great and very large.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

On a random road trip down the west coast of Italy October 2011 we, unannounced, pulled into this hotel after a long day on the road, (apologies for the delay in getting around to this review). I have to say it is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. As a hotelier myself I love to go to privately run places where you get that extra special feel to them, and this had just that.

The lady on reception couldn't have been more helpful, showing us around a few rooms first before we finally chose the one that we liked best (granted it was out of season so this was possible at the time), it was one of their suites, it was spotless and decorated very tastefully, with best of all a large sun draped terrace overlooking the sea.

The hotel is located at the top of cliffs and has a long walk down to the rocky beach below, where sun loungers are placed for use at your leisure (a little cold when we visited in october, but I can imagine it is perfect in the summer), which had a lovely quaint family run restaurant selling all kinds of seafood that we loved, and the walk back up to the hotel kept us nice and fit.

The restaurant in the evening is a MUST with a beautiful A La Carte menu that has just the right enough amount of choice, and great service. The head waiter looked after us very well both nights, and recomended two very nice bottles of wine that complemented our meals beautifully.

All in all a perfect stay and we wished we could have stayed for longer. Thank you all for your hospitality and if you are ever in the UK (wales) please come and visit us at Llanerch Vineyard and we will return the hospitality.

Ryan Davies

Room Tip: The suites with the sea views were spectacular
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  • Stayed October 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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Pellicano_Hotels, Direttore generale at Hotel Il Pellicano, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Dear Guest,

many thanks for the time you have dedicated today to this Review you now decided to share with the TripAdvisor Travellers. You are kind to apologize but it's not necessary, I think your impression and experience is more real and more effective after exactly quite two years from your stay.
The Staff and me we are very glad to you and honoured for your description, the idea of your memory after two year is somenthing to write in our procedures book and a milestone as example of hospitallity and empathy with a place and the people making the place.
I really hope to have the opportunity to meet you at Il Pellicano personally, it's time after two year for a quality check.
Thank you very much, have a good summer season

Danilo Guerrini
General Manager
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New York City, New York
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We stayed here for what was supposed to be 3 nights but checked out after one night. We had tried to book a suite ( 8 months before our planned stay) overlooking the sea but none were available. We were told we would be very comfortable in one of their "garden suites". To say we were not is an understatement. The "suite" was tiny -- two people couldnt cross in front of the bed at the same time! The decor was non- existent-- think an I renovated Howard Johnson's. The "beach" is a concrete slab-- which is understandable given the topography-- all rock-- and scenic. But, the resort must have decided to increase revenue by jamming more guests into the place as lounge chairs were literally on top of each other-- privacy? Forget it. We travel a lot and have stayed at fabulous places throughout the world -- everything from the Bristol in Paris to Six Senses Zighy Bay in Oman, Mombo in Botswana, Twin Farms in Vermont, il monasterio in Cusco and certainly appreciate places that feel "of the place". But, Il pelicano is a disgrace-- truly one of those places I'd put in the category of "emperors new clothes". I must say dinner on the terrace overlooking the sea was magical-- but then you had to go back to the shack of a room.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Pellicano_Hotels, Direttore generale at Hotel Il Pellicano, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Dear Mrs Deborah,
many thanks for your review and the time dedicated. I really appreciate to be under discussion, especially reading the titles of the two last reviews about Il Pellicano.
Penultimate "Spectacular", last "Horrible!". This is the spirit of this unique, incredible, amazing passion, THE HOTEL LIFE WITH OUR CUSTOMERS.
I thank you to give us and especially to give me the opportunity to analyze this situation after long time, it was june if I'm correct. Just two months and the season 2013 will open, the right time to plan somenthing new and special for our Customers, the right time to create a new experience at Il Pellicano.
I only wish to specify the room you have reserved, was not a Suite but a double Garden view, that's why about the size of the room.
I take this occasion to apologize the fact I was not at the Hotel the day you have decided to leave, but as you know, we were in contact after your departure. Our philosophy is very easy: we are human and able to make mistakes or not able to meet our Customers satisfaction. We must always be able to offer solutions and new opportunities of experience.
You now have in your hands this opportunity, I really hope to have another chance with you, offering us the opportunity to show you that we are not so "Horrible".
Once again thank you very much, enjoy the amazing NYC and hope to meet you soon.

Danilo Guerrini
General Manager
Pellicano Hotels
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

It just doesn't get any better than this outrageously expensive villa. The food is divine, atmosphere unbelievable, grounds lovely and staff the finest.
Great place to hideaway or just indulge... Life is short -- and this beautiful place should be on your bucket list. *****'s

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 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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Pellicano_Hotels, Direttore generale at Hotel Il Pellicano, responded to this review, February 23, 2013
Dear Lady,

thank you very much for your kind review and the idea to share your experience at Il Pellicano with all the TripAdvisor Travellers.
Brief, focused on the main moments you enjoyed with us. A perfect description of the Pellicano's Experience.
You are right, life is short and we have to taste each single moment the Nature offer us daily.
Why not with the amazing food, wine and spectacular show offered by the wild nature of the Argentario Peninsula?
Good Idea!
We wait for you once again, I really hope to have the chance to have a glass of Brunello with you on the terrace.

All my best

Danilo Guerrini
General Manager
Pellicano Hotels
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Zurich, Switzerland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

Stayed for two nights in September. Great hotel, service was perfect. The rooms are located in the midst of the hill, we had a very quiet room on top of one building, giving free views of the mediteranean. The restaurant is spectacular - given my shellfish allergy, they did everything to provide still a top expereince and they succeeded. A place to definitely come back!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Pellicano_Hotels, Direttore generale at Hotel Il Pellicano, responded to this review, April 21, 2013
Dear Mister Michael,

thank you very much for the kind review you shared with the TripAdvisor Readers. I really appreciated your description and your judgement about the property.
I'm really proud about your evidence on the Restaurant Staff and the attention they paid to you. This is exactly our daily life. The attention on the small particulars which usually make the differents.
I hope to have a future opportunity to welcome you back.

Danilo Guerrini
General Manager
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Address: Localita Sbarcatello, 58018 Porto Ercole, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Grosseto > Porto Ercole
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 7 hotels in Porto Ercole
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Il Pellicano 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Il Pellicano is a member of The Leading Hotel of the World.Magnificently located on a terraced hillside in an exclusive and secluded corner of the Tuscan coast, IL PELLICANO blends beauty, luxury and tranquility with rare touches you will only find at an independent hotel: attention to detail, service witha genuine smile, and pride in delivering a uniquely gratifying experience to the world’s most demanding clientele. ... more   less 
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