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“Relaxed and easy hotel with amazing garden”
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Hotel Gallo Nero
Ranked #9 of 22 Hotels in Marciana
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Relaxed and easy hotel with amazing garden”
Reviewed October 6, 2010

We stayed two nights here and found it very easy and relaxing, if I you are over 40 you will LOVE this place. It almost felt like an island cruise for old europeans but in an island town.

The garden which you wander down through to get to the beach is massive and amazing and they produce some of the organic food you eat for the compulsory Dinner/Breakfast. These meals are included in the price of a room which is a little odd but we just went with it. It is kind of refreshing not having to research where to get dinner but there is little in the way of good restaurants in St. Andrea so maybe it's for the best. You get to choose from a few choices for Primi, Secondi and Dolce and the food was not amazing or mindblowing but it was good value. there was a massive selection for the breakfast.

All the staff spoke german, italian, french and not very much english which was a first for us but it made sense when you peeked at the other guests at dinner. They were very lovely especially the Maître d' who was really good at his job.

There are two pools and a spa which was great. The Spa has an amazing view and 'colour therapy' (ie lights that change colour) plus the staff brought us delicious fresh tea made with herbs from the garden. We did not realise the spa was extra so that was a surpirse when we paid but it is worth the 8 euro a pop.

Due to it being September and due to the overflowing grapevines outside the dining room the whole place was overrun with MASSES of wasps of all variety which were a menace at breakfast time. There was also a slightly diseased looking cat which terrorised my girlfriend at breakfast and this coming from a cat lover.

The whole place had a slight 'grandma' feel about it with a well maintained early 80's faded charm, big garden, the other guests (all over 50 it seemed!), flower themes for the room names and artwork on the wall. The room had a good ocean view, air con and a good bathroom and bed. The wifi was not free (in this day and age?!) and you had to sit in the bar to receive it and the signal kept dropping.

I wouldn't really recommend this place to my friends but I would totally recommend my mum and grandparents stay here.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 28, 2010

This is a very friendly and professionally run hotel on the slopes above Sant' Andrea. We booked a 'Country e Mare' room, which had an enormous balcony and a lovely view over the countryside and sea. Although the hotel (and Elba itself) attracts mainly Italian and German guests, there was an English speaking receptionist on duty in the evenings. The breakfasts are varied and plentiful, and can be taken on the terrace overlooking the sea. The dinners are very nice indeed, with a choice (made the night before) of three antipasti, main courses and desserts. Seafood and fish feature heavily. The bread is tasty and fresh. Unusually, the waiters come round offering seconds of the pasta - a nice touch. You also get an unadvertised starter. The swimming pool is large and usually pretty empty of swimmers due to the lure of the sea, which of course is the big attraction in Elba. When you wander down through the hotel's terraced gardens to the sea, ignore the smallish sandy beach where sunbeds, umbrellas, and bodies are packed in. Instead, take the path to the left or right. These follow the coastline to the most wonderful swimming and snorkling spots. We favoured the right hand option, following the coast for about 500m to the end of the path and a small bay. Although it is still very popular, you have more space here and can spend all day exploring the fascinating granite formations, and observing the fish on the sea-bed. The water is crystal clear around Elba and this must be one of the best spots to enjoy it. Bring acqua shoes to swim in as the granite is sharp in places. Many people bring sun umbrellas which they jam into pre-drilled holes in the granite with wooden wedges. Have fun spotting wierd formations in the granite - see if you can spot 'the alien head' and 'the brain'! If you are travelling by public transport, there are regular buses from the ferry terminal at Portoferraio to Zanca, which is on the cliff road about 1 km from Sant' Andrea. From there you can either walk or (perhaps) get another bus. The bus costs about 3 euros each. A taxi will cost you about 65 euros, but make sure you are taken via the northern route through Marciana rather than via the southern route through Marina Di Campo.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 11, 2008

We stayed at the Gallo Nero for four nights in June 2008 and wish we could have stayed longer.
Beautiful view of the coastline and the sea, short (albeit rather steep) walk down to the quiet beach through lovely well tended gardens.
We were a bit dubious about compulsory half board and expected to want to eat out but the food was amazing and offered a good choice every evening. Wine list was extensive.
Room very comfortable.
The staff were friendly and accomodating and proactively suggested activities and gave us information about walks in the national park. Limited English speaking on reception but managed to get by in German!

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  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Gallo Nero
Address: Via S. Gaetano 20 in Loc St. Andrea, 57030, Marciana, Elba Island, Italy
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Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Elba Island > Marciana
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Marciana
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gallo Nero 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Gallo Nero is situated on a gentle slope that embraces the St. Andrew Bay, surrounded by a park of 15 thousand square meters in extent.The renovated rooms furnished with care and equipped with flat screen TV-satellite, air conditioning with independent control, minibar and bathroom with shower/tub. All have balcony, terrace or garden, most of which overlook the sea.Every morning you can enjoy a buffet breakfast with homemade jams and cakes, cheeses, meats and organic products, while the evening at the elegant restaurant with typical ceiling with exposed beams, you can enjoy fresh fish specialties.You can sunbathe on the terraces equipped with chairs or by the pool. Or you can relax in the SPA pool with hydro and color therapy and view over the bay.The beautiful beach of Sant'Andrea, surrounded by rocks, is located 300m away and can be reached walking along a private path surrounded by vineyards, rosemary and lavender.Portoferraio (connected to Piombino) is the nearest port and it is 30km far from the Hotel. ... more   less 
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