I may have missed it, but can’t see a way to report that the mapping of this hotel is now wrong (the address is correct) – it’s quite a way away from the sea and port. Also, remember that this is hilly country, so the hotel is a good way up from the sea – hence the great views (see below for more things on getting there) and it’s pretty peaceful up there.
The hotel is quite large, though doesn’t feel big or impersonal as it’s spread over several buildings and levels, with a good sized garden and terraces for relaxing or sunbathing, as well as nice pools and spa (there’s also a wellness/thermal centre, though we didn’t use it). It is all well decorated and very clean. Rooms, or at least ours, are not large but perfectly adequate and all have a balcony or terrace – either sea or mountain views (either is good; we were lucky and got both). There’s also a very reasonably priced bar.
The staff are excellent – friendly and very eager to be of help. The hotel is particularly favoured by Germans - the Germans seem to love Ischia in general, and I think they’ve got it right (vs. Capri for example). This does, though, mean that German is spoken as much, or more than, English in many places. In the hotel they always tried to make sure we had an English speaking person to answer questions and ensured that we had a waiter in the restaurant who spoke some English too – excellent service (though it doesn’t harm to have some Italian!).
We did, in our wanderings, find one restaurant not too far away (closed Sunday) and there may be others, though the hills may put you off walking far. Luckily we had booked half board anyway, at an incredibly reasonable 55 Euros each per day – offered when I emailed to check availability and, it seems, taken by most guests. The (mostly cold) breakfast buffet was more than adequate, with a very wide choice, although the coffee (machine) wasn’t great (coffees from the bar after dinner, etc, are good). The antipasto buffet was excellent and huge, with several hot items – we rather wished we’d just doubled up on that. There was the usual choice of 3 for the main courses: first (pasta, soup or similar) courses were decent and, again, large; second courses were somewhat variable and the odd one not very good. Desserts were simple, though not particularly special. If these sound like complaints that isn’t intended – you can’t expect fine dining at the price we paid and there was plenty of good food alongside a few not-so-good dishes. Service at dinner was very efficient, if a little more brisk than we’d have liked.
There is a fairly frequent bus (No.3) from Ischia Porto bus station and then Cassamiciola (on the coast road just by the port, but check to make sure it is still on its outward journey rather than returning to Porto) that really does stop right outside the hotel (though there’s no obvious bus stop). Ask the driver if you can; to be sure sit/watch on the right and look for the hotel sign after you’ve climbed the long hill and a few minutes after the bus starts to go down again. If you see it but miss stopping the bus in time, the next stop is not far at all (where the bus takes a sharp left and just before it starts to climb again). Taxis are (really) expensive, from Porto at least (more than 20 Euros). The hotel does have a shuttle to the coast a few times a day, which gets you down to the main bus routes, although walking down isn’t bad (but get directions for the simple route); masochists can walk back up too – it’s steep and quite a long way.
This is a terrific, friendly hotel for the price.