We had some friends that had stayed at the Hotel Desiree in 2007 and recommended the hotel. After reading some of the reviews on here on tripadvisor.com we were a little worried.
Wow... we had absolutely no reason for concern. Daniel Terranova and his staff were great! I asked him today how long he had been at the hotel and the answer was four years and that much of the staff had been switched out since his arrival. We weren't here in 2007, but our friend that were said it was a different hotel and staff by comparison.
Our room was terrific, exactly as billed. The rooms at the end of the building have a view from the bathroom as well as the bedroom, a great surprise. The rooms were well appointed and had awesome views!
The beach was great, but as noted by others, make sure that your reservation includes the beach access. If you buy the discounted cheap room you may not get the reserved beach, so be sure at the time of your reservation.
The tennis court and pool as well as the kids play area looked awesome. The workout area is a small covered, but open building looking at the pool with a few machines...
The internet still has the odd 90 minute coupons. But the staff provided as many as I asked for. In fact we had a little problem with the login and when I went to the front desk I was greeted by the GM. Unlike other situations where I have pointed out a problem and was told it must be me or my computer, they looked at the problem and took action to correct it - and I can write the review.
We would come back. It was a great experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Désirée was established in 1957 and recently refurbished, is a four star property , placed in the charming and intimate bay of Spartaia with a direct access to the private sandy beach and surrounded by a beautiful Mediterranean vegetation .The Hotel Désiree is 15 minutes away, by car, from the main harbour of Portoferraio, the capital of Elba Island and 5 minutes away from Marciana Marina. Procchio, the nearest urban centre is walking distance at approx 800 meters and a courtesy shuttle service is provided.Classic rooms enjoy either garden or mountain view while all other rooms (Superior, deluxe, Junior Suites and Family Apartments) enjoy a magnificent sea view. All rooms are mediterranean/colonial style with private bathroom facilities and shower box, Most of rooms have a balcony.All our new Suites and Deluxe rooms are overlooking the exclusive Spartaia's Bay; inspired by the colours of the Mediterranean greenery, they are all fitted with balcony, Jacuzzi, air-conditioning, satellite tv and fast internet access.Direct access to private beach (included in the room rate) with lifeguard, swimming pool with lifeguard, fitness room, kid's park with baby sitting,tennis courts, sea sports on the beach (on request), 4 different bars, 2 restaurants, shuttle service, concierge service (ferryboat reservations, excursions, boat rentals, car hire, restaurant reservations), WI-FI connection in all rooms and public areas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desiree Hotel Marciana
- Hotel Desiree Elba Island/Procchio, Italy