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Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Gaeta
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

My wife and I and our three grown up children spent a week there and we loved it. great sea view from our suite, good and very reasonable food at the resturant and extremley friendly service, nothing was ever too much for the staff. Gaeta is not the best location in Italy , but if you want a good hotel, great gardens, great pool, and fantastic value for money, then try this small and friendly hotel, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We paid €220 for a night (admittedly during peak season at short notice). Certainly the grounds are well manicured and the orchard makes for a pleasant and relaxing environment. The pool is the highlight. Rooms are OK. Location is pretty lousy as it's on the main drag between Formia and Gaeta old town and there's precious little in immediate vicinity so it's a drive to anywhere decent i.e. Gaeta old town. We did not eat in the restaurants so can't comment there but they did pack us a picnic breakfast as we wanted to get on the road early which was a nice touch.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Reviewed August 18, 2012

Most travelers have mentioned already a lot about this hotel, so let me just focus on a couple of points that make this hotel definitely not a 4 stars property. First: there is NO beach-from the pictures on the website it is very difficult to tell, so I called the hotel and I got a very very vague reply saying that there is a beach, but not conventionned by the hotel etc etc. We arrived there to realise that the hotel is just off an area full with shipyards, the entrance of the hotel is just in front of via Flacca (don't even dream about letting your kid anywhere near the entrance, as car are passing at extreme speeds just in front of it), and if you are lucky to manage to pass the highway you will realise that you cannot access the (rocky) shore in front of the hotel. Further down at some 200m there is a sailing school but again, the beach is not good for swimming. So book this hotel if you feel like swimming in their (very good) swimming pool. Another negative point of the hotel while we were there was the non-functioning of the elevator. And that for three days! We have a little baby, so moving him and all the gear up and down every day, multiple times, it was a nightmare!! On the positive note, I'd like to make a special mention to the staff. They are all extremely helpful and warm. Really excellent. Particularly a small-posture gentleman working at the restaurant, whose name we did not catch, was absolutely lovely and helpful! Also the swimming pool boy was very good. On the negative side, the staff seems self-trained and although very helpful not staff for a four stars hotel (multiple times we ordered beverages that never arrived because they were busy at another part of the property (???)-very weird). The garden of the hotel is absolutely delightful and well-manicured and the restaurant is good (very pleasant as you can eat outside in the garden). Another note: dear travellers please make sure to get anti-mosquito and anti-flies sprays. Nature is very very present in this hotel. Flies are everywhere and they bite and our feet where full of mosquito bites all days. Why I would not assign a 4 stars rating to this beautiful hotel? On top of what I mentioned here above there was also the breakfast... The breakfast was until 10:00 am (on the early side), and every of the mornings we went for breakfast most of the items were finished and never replenished. I tried to arrive every day a bit earlier so as to make sure I can get some fried eggs, or cereals; well, no, every morning I was not successful: what was eaten was eaten, and never replenished! And not that the breakfast was of any quality or variety. Canned fruits (fresh fruit salad ball was somehow always empty), one type of ham and two types of cheese-one type of white bread and then sweets-which the staff was putting out day after day and they had become so stale, no one could eat. I am not peculiar but breakfast in this hotel is inexcusably bad. Would I go back again? only to enjoy the swimming pool.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed August 6, 2012

Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel is a small and very well maintained hotel between Formia and Gaeta. It is conveniently located approx. 1 h by IC train from Rome to Formia and then less than 10 min from the railway station to the hotel (bus stop is right in front of the hotel).

My room was spacious (especially the bathroom, although only shower), very clean and air conditioned. There is no safety deposit box in the room but I could use one at the reception. I had B&B but selecting the half board would have been an option.

The hotel's bar & terrace serves the breakfast, snacks and light lunch during the day (good choices and reasonably priced). The breakfast is very good, especially fresh fruit salad. The dinner restaurant is open in the evenings and has tables also in the garden.

Although the sea is on the other side of the road in front of the hotel, there is no beach. It does not matter because the hotel's pool is large and the heart of the hotel area. Both buildings and the garden are very beautiful and peaceful.

Staff is extremely friendly and helpful, and using English is not a problem at all. You feel genuinely welcome because of the great staff.

The hotel has wifi (access code available from the reception) but the connection is quite bad and slow. The same applies to the computer that is available for guests' use.

There is nothing really to do around the hotel itself but Gaeta and its beaches are only about 10 min away by bus (again bus stop right in front of the hotel and you can buy the tickets from the reception). Instead of going to crowded beaches I would still recommend to relax and spend few lazy days by the pool and enjoy the good service and atmosphere of Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel. The hotel also offers beauty treatments and massages that I would definitely try next time.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

This family owned and run hotel an hour + 10 minutes by train from Rome (to Formia + 5 mins in taxi) has been our haven in these hot months in Rome. The staff will bend over backwards to help accommodate needs (especially those of fussy children!). The rooms are fine, not all have baths ie some only have showers. The rooms we've had have been comfortable, cool, clean and quiet, not super luxurious sure but reasonably priced. The pool is beautiful, well maintained, fantastic for small kids with a large side pool that any 2/3+ year old can stand in safely. Fabulous food right from breakfast through lunch & dinner. Every person working here seems to have a genuine smile on their face. We haven't made it to the beach yet but we're going again so maybe this time...

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed July 31, 2012

We liked the place so much that we forgivethemfor the dreadful room we had the first night. We had booked a king size room LOL it had a full bed and one night stand and was crowded. The shower was a nozzle over the toilet with a draini in the floor . In fact. Y poor husband stood up for the loo and smashed his head on the shower !
There was a beautiful wedding by the pool so they were full and could not move us, but the next day they put us Ina gorgeous suite . They were very gracious.
Grounds were spectacular, pool enormous andspotless, staff wonderful.
Difficult to find And you need your own air as it is way out of town.
They micro control your thermostat and would not let us lower it to our comfort level!!

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 30, 2012 via mobile

Villa irlanda is a little piece of luxury. It's a little bit off he beaten track but the amazing pool, beautiful room and gorgeous food more than make up for it.

The key to the hotel though (like any good hotel) is its service. The staff are fantastic, can't do enough. In particular Elena at reception was excellent. She provided us with so much information, tips and recommendations. It's people like this who make a hotel stay great.

Overall lovely hotel experience......will be back.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Property: Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel
Address: Lungomare Caboto 6 | Localita Vindicio, 04024 Gaeta, Italy
Location: Italy > Lazio > Province of Latina > Gaeta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Gaeta
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Gaeta
#3 Romantic Hotel in Gaeta
#3 Family Hotel in Gaeta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel "The History" An authentic jewel of elegance and style, set between hills rich with Mediterranean vegetation and the waters of the Gulf of Gaeta, "Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel" provides an exclusive ambient where the ancient world of roman villas meets the modern world of private holidays along one of the most romantic coastlines in the world. The hotel complex, immersed in a park measuring 60,000 square metres is the result of a meticulous restoration, undertaken the family by which today manages it, of five buildings half destroyed by war. The architecture, today brought back to its antique splendour, tells ancient tales and transports one's imagination back to the 1st century B.C. The hotel sits upon the Gulf of Gaeta facing the sunrise in the area known as "Arcella", conveniently reached by the Via Flacca. Just a short walk away, one finds the beach. "The Reception" Passing through the main gateway of "Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel" this is the first building we encounter. Realised by the restoration of an old rural structure, itself built within the walls of an antique Roman villa (1st Century B.C.). In its time this villa belonged to Marco Filippo, adoptive father of the Emperor Ottaviano Augusto. Erasmo Gesualdo, historical researcher of 1700, had no doubt about the origins and ownership of the Roman ruins, and he describes in one of his texts the places now occupied by the hotel's Reception and hall: << ... Passing Via di Flacco, along the Arcella beach; ... at a few paces there are the foundations of that road called Arcella di Andrea del Sole, along side which one finds the wonderful remains of the famous villa of M. Filippo, Azia's husband, M. Azio Balbo Pretore's daughter; and of Giulia, Julius Caesar's sister. When she married M. Filippo, she was C. Ottavio's widow, with whom she had given life to Ottaviano Augusto ... therefore I am certain that M. Filippo frequented this, his Villa - as we can see from the writings of Cicerone - and it seems to me more probable, for reasons of climate that this was the home of his childhood, rather than the Pontine marshes...>> The recent restoration works on the ancient building have given birth to the reception and hall or Sala Octaviano which serves as a small meeting room. The guests are welcomed in a bright environment, where the new pavings and furnishing meld seamlessly with the ancient walls of the Imperial Villa. Specialised personnel assigned to the front office are always available for our guests from the moment of their arrival to the moment of their departure. Information is available at the reception on the hotel services, the curiosities worth seeing in town and in the surrounding areas and on how, in general, to best enjoy your stay. At the reception, the hotel provides currency exchange services and the possibility to make payments with credit cards, cash or travellers cheques. Those of our guests that arrive by car can make use of our ample car park situated within the hotel complex. From the reception a ramp leads to the pedestrian area of the hotel, rich in Mediterranean vegetation. Here the gardens and the avenues surround the swimming-pool, the solarium and the other four buildings of the hotel. "The Villa" "The Villa" is a building in neo-classic style built at the beginning of 1900, by Earl Stembock Fermor, a Russian officer of the Cossack Regiment related to the last Tsar and Military Attache to the Russian embassy in Italy. During one of his frequent trips to our country, he was fascinated by the beauty of the Gulf of Gaeta and particularly by the area of Arcella where one could still admire precious traces of ancient Rome. A cultivator of art, antiquity and natural beauty, he decided to settle down with his family here and, between 1907 and 1912, he had The Villa built, according to his own designs, upon the beautiful Roman cryptoporticus which can still be visited and admired in all its particular beauty. Projecting his residence, the Earl took advantage of all his aesthetic and technical experience acquired in many years of travel. For example he ordered the construction of an irrigation system, very innovative for those times, based on techniques already used by the ancient Romans, of which there are still a few traces here and there in the hotel's garden. Villa Marina, as it was then known, represented for many years one of the most significant poles of the everyday life of the time, hosting, with elegant and exclusive parties, the most well-known and well-to-do families of Gaeta and Formia. After the restoration works, thirteen rooms were built in The Villa, floored with parquet, elegantly furnished and - like all the other rooms of Villa Irlanda Grand Hotel - equipped with air conditioning; mini-bar; television with satellite reception; radio and direct-line telephone. Six of the thirteen rooms are representation suites, each of which has two floors, connected by means of internal autonomous staircase. The halls are floored with inlaid marble, as is the room on the ground floor, where Earl Stembock hosted his guests. This room, now called "Sala Goethe", is used as a meeting room able to hold seventy people. Nevertheless, in the summer time, when wedding banquets are held in the hotel restaurant room, Sala Goethe resumes its original function of dining room where the hotel guests can enjoy our menus in an elegant and exclusive atmosphere. "The Convento" In 1930, the Pontifical Irish College, started to construct the building now known as "The Convent" and transformed what once was the residential property of the Russian Earl Stembock into a retreat and school for novice priests. With the outbreak of the Second World War the Irish, who had almost finished the building and already partially occupied it, were forced to leave the area. The buildings, occupied by the German headquarters of 274th Reg. Gran. and by a military hospital, were half destroyed at the end of the hostilities by the Allied forces. At the end of the war, the Irish priests began once more to frequent the once splendid buildings which, together with their beautiful gardens, had so stimulated their concentration before the conflict. Their spring and summer visits lasted until the 1960's during which time they tried to restore the damage the war had caused. For over twenty years the buildings and grounds stood derelict before being taken on by the family which now owns them and whose intention was to restore the buildings to their former glory as a tourist location.. The restoration works which followed brought to light the mural paintings on the internal walls of the old chapel dedicated to Saint Patrick today known as the Sala Ciborio. The paintings created by the religious students in retreat have allegorical meanings. The peacocks, painted on the upper part of the ciborium and on the panels of the side walls, refer to the soul's immortality; the vine-branch, to the branching of the Christian religion; the letters Alpha and Omega which hang from the Celtic crosses, represent the beginning and the end of terrestrial life; the thirteen sheep on the old choir baluster are the Saviour with the twelve apostles; the hooked crosses painted along the upper border, although originally used in pagan symbolisation by the ancient Mesopotamia civilisation, when their opposite rotary direction indicated on which side the sun would arise or set, in this religious context converge towards the image of an anchor, symbolising the soul's salvation. On the ground floor the restoration included the replacing of the wooden ceiling of the chapel; the laying of stylish marble flooring; the construction of arcades in the old refectory; the remodelling of the old choir and kitchen spaces with skilfully placed walls creating suggestive, fascinating environments. Thanks to the intense restoration works the dining halls on the ground floor are now used for banquets and meetings. The first floor, where once the students had their lodging, now boasts another, small meeting room, which can hold thirty people. The remaining space on this level is occupied by thirteen rooms with panoramic views over the Gulf of Gaeta or the mountains and Mediterranean groves. "Swimming pools and Pool bar" The swimming-pools, built recently, are surrounded by a large solarium and by a park planted with trees in a vast space overlooking the Gulf of Gaeta. Centrally placed in relation to the hotel buildings the immense blue sheet of water of the pools reflect the facades of the buildings hotel and like a piazza become the meeting place of the whole hotel complex where the guests almost inevitably converge to socialise and to spend relaxing and peaceful moments. Of the two pools one is rectangular and of Olympic proportions and mainly used for swimming. The other sprouts off from the first and is of a shallowness ideally suited for small children. A wide, curving stairway in this pool provides seating for the hydro-massage. A small island, containing two well-grown olive trees, visually separates the two pools. Alongside the main pool is the Pool Bar whose original function, before restoration, was that of a refuge for tame animals. Nowadays it serves as our pool bar during the summer months where breakfast, buffet lunches and of course refreshing drinks are served. During August evenings the bar serves wonderful cocktails to enjoy with the relaxing music of the live piano bar. "The Sister Residence" "The Sisters' Residence" was a building used by the colonists when the land belonged to Earl Stembock and by Irish nuns when possession passed on to the Pontifical Irish College. Like the other buildings, it was left to ruin from the period of the last world war until the beginning of the restoration works when it became part of the hotel. Made up of fourteen rooms "the Sisters' Residence" has ceramic pavements and tiling, hand-painted with decorations and colours which differ from room to room. The furnishings are in pastel colours and create a fresh atmosphere, typical of the ancient Mediterranean houses. "The Orange Residence" "The Orange Residence" situated in the most inner part of the gardens of the turistc complex. In liberty style it preserve an original "dovehouse" and the serene atmosphere of the ancient country houses. ... more   less 
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