I stayed at the Semiramis (which is in the part of Ischia called "Citara") for a week at the height of Italian holiday season, in August. I was apprehensive, as that time of year is notoriously crowded and chaotic in many resort areas, and we really wanted some peace and quiet.
We needn't have worried - it was quiet and peaceful, and a very pleasant and relaxing experience overall.
Some key positive points:
- we stayed in the more expensive "sea view" rooms: I'd recommend these as they're particularly quiet
- the hotel is built from local stone, not thin curtain walls, resulting in very quiet rooms and little noise from neighbours
- breakfast is exceptionally good with a wide range of food; the owners are Italian and German, so both cultures are well-represented at breakfast
- the (private) beaches opposite (about 300m walk) had space for us, even in mid-August, at €20-25/day
- there's a very large thermal pool at the hotel if you get bored with the beach
- the rooms are very well maintained; beautiful majolica-style tiling everywhere, and very good quality furniture. Bathrooms are particularly good and clean, beds comfortable and not squeaky!
A few minor niggles
- air-conditioning is a daily extra charge of €10, even for the more expensive sea-view rooms. However, there is a ceiling fan in every room, and it worked well enough that we didn't need the air-con
- similarly, fridges cost €5/day
- the hotel is only bed and breakfast, but priced similarly to other half-board hotels at the same standard; however this hotel is one of the very best in its band (3 stars). You pay your money and take your choice!
A couple of hints and tips
- the "Gabbiano" restaurant is slightly more expensive that the partner restaurant (Sirena del Mare), but offers a 10% discount for Semiramis guests, and is in a different class to Sirena del Mare: much, much better than it!
- if possible, take a bus from Ischia Porto (where you'll arrive by hydrofoil or ferry) to Citara, as taxis are very expensive, and many drivers, sadly (although not all: some are honest), exploit tourists as much as they can
- you can buy bus tickets in advance at the bars near the port, and in Citara. Buy yourself at least 2 for everyone in the party, so you have a return trip to somewhere in advance!
All in all, although we ended up paying more than we would have for a full/half-board 3 star hotel, we thought this was very good, and will go back when possible. Highly recommended.
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