We stayed in this hotel for a week and enjoyed it despite a few niggles. The hotel is small, clean and well furbished. Each room is decorated differently which I found to be a nice touch.
The room we stayed in was on the left side of the hotel as you face the building. We had a small balcony with a side sea view. The balcony overlooked a back garden to a local family home and a summer kitchen to a holiday rental home, rented out to large families. My husband and I enjoyed observing the local life but not all residents enjoyed the noise that family life generated late into the evening on a number of occasions.
The hotel has different terraces on each level which provide some amazing views of the sun setting on the sea in the evening.
The pool area is clean and surrounded by flowering shrubs. There is a covered seating area where you can escape the sun and a pool bar. The deck chairs around the pool are free but you must hire the sun beds. (They are not cheap) The spa is fantastic, the warm mineral water is really enjoyable. Remember to wear your bathing cap when in any pool. You can purchase them at the bar for two Euros.
Under the pool is an indoor pool at a warmer temperature. There is also another terrace for sunbathing with sea views. I found the pool area lovely.
There is a bathing platform above the sea. If you wish to sunbathe there you must book at least the day before and it costs around twenty Euros. A waiter will take orders from your lounger and bring them to you! If you are in the mood for luxury it seemed great. If you simply want to swim you are allowed to go in there.
The hotel’s restaurant is clean and light. The room is air conditioned but if you end up in the top corner it gets rather hot. Normally you will get at able to your party however, my husband and I were placed with another couple throughout our stay. We seemed to be the only people sharing.
The food was delicious, we particularly enjoyed the cold buffet starter offered on some evenings where you could help yourself to a range of interesting dishes before your main courses were served to the table by the waiter. I would recommend the fish dishes. There is a gala meal, which is candlelit, once a week. This is a very nice experience but be prepared to wait even longer than usual for your food. In Italy dinner is not rushed but at times the hotel took it to an extreme! (Be prepared to spend two hours)
The hotel is located on the promenade right by the sea. To reach Forrio you have a fifteen to twenty minute walk, normally no issue but in the heat it can feel a long way! There are plenty of bars and restaurants along the way. Forrio itself is pleasant and really comes to life in the evening. There are even some small fairground rides for children.
If you follow the road in the opposite direction you will reach Franceso Beach, which is quite small and busy but stunning and it has more bars and restaurants. If you feel energetic go right up the hill and follow the sign for La Mortella Gardens. The gardens are set into the hill and are stunning. In the eveings there are classical music concerts there too.
Local transport is cheap and frequent it is also packed and boiling! It is the easiest way to travel but for comfort I think it would be worth hiring a car to see the island.
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- Hotel La Scogliera Isola D'Ischia/Forio, Italy