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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Elba Island, Napolean, the true Italian feel, Portoferraio town (the island's capital), great views and a majestic hotel - what more could we ask for having travelled all the way from Australia to this small island off the Ligurian coast of Italy. And the Villa Ombrosia in such a wonderful setting with gorgeous views over the sea, beach and little island and easy walking distance to the port with it's fort, little streets, cafes and lovely shops.
The hotel is first rate. The gardens are peaceful with a lovely terrace and comfortable furniture to while away the hours in dappled sunlight. Reception was smooth and we had two double rooms with lovely terraces and sea views. Our rooms were off a large wide corridor, very quiet and inside they were clean and spacious. There is a lift and that was very helpful with the amount of luggage we had. The free, covered security parking and free wifi were good too. We found the wifi worked best in the guest lounge and the hotel did not mind that we needed to be on skype calling Australia and talking at 1am in the morning. The night concierge was very helpful and polite.
The hotel has aimed at creating a very professional and exclusive feel and from the minute we arrived and walked through the immaculate gardens and up the wide stairs to reception we knew that this was the place for us. There is also a private beach down a few steps.
From the hotel we walked to the port, Napoleon's house, the fort and of course the exclusive shops and cafes. Our only regret was that we could not stay longer. The hotel, the town and the island are worth a visit, truly a gem in the hustle and bustle of life and travel.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Loutro12
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Elba Island - where Napolean was exiled - is a place where the Italians love to vacation. There are few English speaking locals and you got the feeling they were not happy with Americans showing up on their island. The hotel was nice - rooms were comfortable and clean. What took away from the experience was the treatment at breakfast and the one dinner. We were sat away from everyone (outdoor seating, trust me if it was indoors - we'd have been sat by the bathrooms I'm sure!). I don't know if it was deliberate or with malice, but it felt like they wanted us far away from their regular guests. Perhaps it's because we are fun? Know how to laugh, smile and have a good time?

We got this experience at other restaurants too. I truly believe we were unwanted Americans. That being said, the consierge was nice to us and helpful and accomodating. We had fun snorkeling and sailing.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SunshineBellevue
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

We spent 6 nights at Villa Omrosa. We had half board included and that was a nice experience. (We were 2 persons and paid approx. 100 euro per person per night). You could choose between lunch and dinner and always with three different proposals. The staff was very helpful and if you didn't want to finish a bottle of wine they saved it until next time. Breakfast was good. Sun chairs and umbrella is included and they had a good standard. You also have a "private" shower (your own key). The beach is mainly covered with stones so I recommend swimming shoes. We paid extra to get the sea view and that is well invested money. Third floor is top floor with the best view but also second floor seems good. First floor could in some parts be covered with trees. Free parking was included and the reception also was helpful with ferry tickets which included a good discount compared to regular prices when we made the booking. If we come to Elba again our first choice would be Villa Omrosa.

Room Tip: We paid extra to get sea view and that is well invested money.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank 249Stefanh
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Almost all the rooms at the Villa Ombrosa enjoy superb views (most from their own balconies) across the bay north of Portoferraio. It is very well situated for easy access into the port and the old town. The rooms are very small but immaculately clean and well fitted out. The food was not special but was absolutely adequate to our needs. There is a nice bay front terrace where one can gather in good weather and a fair sized bar if the weather is bad. The management was helpful and efficient and it all added up to good value for money - an experience i would recommend.

Room Tip: Insist on a seaview room if you can
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Christopher D
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

Well placed but the reception personelle not welcoming at all, no smile no nothing, you feel as you are bothering them (proprieter). Room on backside noisy and dark, furniture from the 50ties Towels did not dry you, very thin cotton like kitchen towels for glasses. bEAUTIFUL ISLAND but NOT THIS HOTELL. Food dry and non-interesting at all. Very dissapointed.
tHEY SHOULD SELL OUT AND TAKE THEIR RETIREMENT . Would NOT recommend this hotel to anyone.

Room Tip: Take another hotell!!!!
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank EVANITA
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