The Hotel location is superb. The view from the balcony and restaurant are stunning.
Unfortunately the Hotel shows its age, mattresses are worn the interior design if you can call it that is dated, 1 closet which has not been cleaned in some time and a lovely picture of the fire escape route!!
The bathroom is at best small. Taking a shower is an act and flood's the rest of the bathroom. The fixtures are old and barley functional and you have a bidet to share the shower with (see pictures).
Breakfast and dinner is served in the dining room or terrace weather permitting.
If you have to sit indoors or close to the indoor dining area the persistent humming of the ice cream machine will make it difficult to have a relaxing dinner. On top of that the evening food is very basic and was served cold numerous times during our stay.
Breakfast is ok, except for the fact that coffee has to be drawn from an old 80's style coffee machine which makes a horrible tasting java. Juice is dispensed from a similar device and taste is par with the coffee.
The owners are an elderly couple and like to lie around in the reception area taking naps.
The hotel has potential but is currently not worth a stay. There are nice hotels in the area with only a slightly higher $$$ tag. Considering all the deficits this establishment presents a worthwhile investment to a comfortable and enjoyable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel L'Oleandro is a simple but enchanting hotel, situated on a small hill at 50 meters over the sea, at the Cotoncello, very near to Capo Sant'Andrea. The panorama is simply fantastic - 'a the terrace over the tuscan arcipelago' - Corsica, the Capraia island, the tuscan coast line are there, just in front of you, giving this sensation of absolute well-being and relax. The transparent and crystal clear sea is less than 100 meters away and can be reached over a small private path through the mediterranean macchia vegetation, or following the small street direction Sant'Andrea, at just 400 meters there is the beautiful small Cotoncello beach with its gorgeous cliffs, and from there with a small walk of a few minutes you can reach the sandy beach of Sant'Andrea. The hotel offers Bed & Breakfast or Half Board accommodation. In the morning our breakfast is served inside or on the panoramic terrace during the warmer months with a rich buffet. For dinner our kitchen offers genuine mediterranean dishes with fresh fish and meat and the choice between 3 starters, 3 main dishes, 2 side dishes and deserts. Our 16 rooms are simple but welcoming, all with independent entrance, large terraces (equipped with table, chairs, deck chiars and sun umbrella) or balconies with sea view, private baths, TV, hair-dryer and air-conditioning. The hotel is also the ideal departure place for those who love trekking, in fact, numerous walks through the beauties of the 'National Park of the Tuscan Archipelago' simply start here, or for those who are fans of snorkeling: the small pebble beach just under the hotel can be the beginning of fantastic excursions along our coast... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- L'Oleandro Elba Island/Marciana, Italy