We stayed for 2 nights in early September, in the Hotel building which is a more modern building located behind the old Villa. It's very well maintained and very clean; our room had a nice balcony with a partial view of the sea, through the lovely, almost tropical gardens. But it also had slightly down-at-heel plastic patio furniture-at odds with the 5-star designation. The bed had an extra-firm mattress (like a plank), which we found a little much. The breakfast buffet was great-lots of choices.The beach is very pretty, but definitely pebbly-but no extra charge for the loungers so that was nice.The water in Elba is crystal-clear, really beautiful, and the beach has a lovely view across to Portoferraio, with the ferries zipping in and out (in the distance-it's very peaceful). All the staff were extremely professional and quite friendly but the overall feeling was more like an up-market health spa or recuperation clinic than a 5-star hotel. But--it has a really cool old-fashioned 1950's Mediterranean/Hollywood atmosphere, so just remember to play your part-dress nicely for dinner, mind your manners and try out your Italian if you're from elsewhere, however few words you may have! (Very few in our case.) Note--if you're looking for a sandy beach and have a car, the beaches in the Cavoli area are really nice. Bring a snorkel and mask. About 45 mins from Villa Ottone.
Another note-we tried to buy our ferry tickets to Elba online a day ahead--nothing but trouble. We ended up buying another set at the port just before departure-it worked fine.
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- Elegance is the keynote of a hotel which underwent large-scale renovation during winter 2007. New SPA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ottone Hotel Portoferraio
- Hotel Villa Ottone Elba Island, Italy - Portoferraio