My husband and I have just returned from a six week tour of Italy and it's islands. We'd already been to Capri so this year we decided to stay on Ischia. This place leapt out of the Rough Guide as a great place on Ischia in the Ponte area not far from the port but still quieter. Also when we did our research on Trip Advisor it just seemed the perfect place for the week while we were away that we were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and also our birthdays! We weren't wrong. Don't have any illusions about this place. You're staying in what were the cells of the original residents and are such the rooms are fairly sparse and the bathrooms can be really quite tiny. There's a lift that gets you so far and then you walk through and up mostly up the Aragonese Castello to get to the hotel. There are no TVs in the rooms. But the hotel restaurant, the service, the free towels, the discount to the spa, the location, the prosecco! I could go on and on and we really can't thank Giulio enough for his kind and wonderful help during the week we were there! Do you aspire to be the king of the castle? Go stay at Il Monastero!!