We grew to like this hotel more and more over our 5 night stay. Like an earlier reviewer, we had room 119 and loved the huge terrace overlooking the sea. We were greeted at reception and told "you have a lovely room" and that is really what you want to hear after a long journey.
Before requesting this room (or 117/118), consider that there are 54 steps up to the 3rd floor of this building, with no lift. When you get there though, the view is well worth the climb. I would suggest choosing your room carefully as some appeared to have small terraces opening onto public walkways. Probably try for a sea or pool view if you can.
All in all, you do probably want to be reasonably fit to stay here. The larger of the thermal pools is set back up the hill and if you want to explore by Bus you need to get back up the hill to the bus stop. The lower pool is smaller and delightfully warm.
The walk into town through the gardens is only 10 minutes but ends with a 30% descent into the port. We managed the climb back up but there is the option to return by bus.
Much has been said about the requirement to order dinner choices at breakfast. Although this seemed odd at first, the advantages are that the evening meal is served very efficiently whether you turn up at 7.30 or 9.00. Also you don't find yourself having to choose for dinner what you also had at lunch.
Our room was clean and well maintained, reception was pleasant and the grounds are lovely. Against this we found breakfast a little disappointing and agreed with a previous reviewer who said that items in the buffet are not always replaced when they run out. The bar snacks at lunchtime were also disappointing.
Continental Mare has a lovely atmosphere and seemed popular with Italians. It was nice to have drinks charged to the room without ever being asked for a credit card first. Some may well argue that it a little short of 4 star standards but it was relaxed and we enjoyed our stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Continental Mare is situated on the hillside below the main coastal road approximately two kilometres from Ischia Town and from the resort of Casmicciola; frequent local buses run along this road. The hotel is set in extensive, lush gardens‚ with stunning views over the Gulf of Naples and Italy’s coastline. The island of Ischia is the incarnation of natural beauty and is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate with one of the many spa treatments available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Continental Mare Ischia