First impressions as we arrived at the castle really did say it all. It's spectacular setting overlooking Ischia from the sea is second to none - there's no way you could possibly better this - and for the price it was most definitely value for money. The staff are incredibly helpful and friendly, nothing was too much trouble, and they gave good advice and suggestions.
The lift up to the castle itself (walking up with luggage is not an option unless you're mad) is a little bit daunting - it's a tiny lift built well within the depths of the castle and is apparently prone to occasionally) breaking down (or so we were told).
The rooms are very basic, but if i'm really honest, you're not here for luxury or opulence - it's all about the view and the location, and you get that in spades. Saying that, our room was very clean and spacious, with air conditioning.
We only stayed one night - and to be honest that was enough for us. It's a bit of a trek to get to and from. After spending the evening in Ischia, we couldn't get in through the gate to the lift, so were essentially 'forced' to walk up the steps back to the castle. Be warned - there is NO lighting up the stairway - essentially a hazard if you had to leave in an emergency - and we had to use a torch on my iPhone.
The breakfast left quite a bit to be desired , but we found a similar situation across Italy.
But otherwise we had a fantastic stay and I would have no hesitation recommending it to a friend or family member. Ischia island is fantastic, so much to do and see - and would recommend it over Capri.
- Also Known As:
- Albergo Il Monastero Ischia
- Albergo Il Monastero Hotel Ischia