We were two females (friends) and one 11-year-old child (mine). We stayed in room #121, which is on the second level and has a large, pretty balcony overlooking the beach.
My friend had lived in Italy and knew of Elba, so when our accomodations in Lucca didn't work out, we went to plan B and decided to come to a cooler spot (it had been hot,hot,hot in Venice, Rome and our one day in Lucca).
We choose this hotel after consulting a Lucca travel agent. We booked a basic room on the seaside. When we arrived (by taxi), we asked to see the room first. It was in an annex area on the bottom level. It faced the sea, but had no view of it due to it being too low on the ground. The room itself looked nice enough though.
We asked about other rooms, and ended up with 121, which I believe is a suite. We paid 225 Euros each for half-board (wonderful breakfasts and dinners!), so the stay ended up costing us about 700 euros per day (including taxes) , which seemed expensive, but in retrospect, seems okay because of the meals, the nice room with balcony and the nice beach and great pool.
The front desk staff were nice, more cool and professional than warm and fuzzy, but we felt welcome and respected. They went out of their way to help me package some books I had purchased in Rome and wanted to mail home. The local post office was out of all mailing boxes and I didn't want to haul these books on to our next destination (they were heavy), which was Florence. So, thanks to the kindness of the front desk staff, I was able to ship three packages at the local post office ( a five minute walk from the hotel).
Back to the room...It was large and had a sitting room with a pull out sofa. My friend (another adult female) slept here. The linens were very good ones and she claims sleeping here was very comfortable. My son and I slept on the big bed in the bedroom and we slept very, very well. The air-conditioning works well and is quiet. Nights were quiet with the balcony doors closed, but we could still hear the waves, nice! Actually, though, on our first night, I did hear a baby just screaming for several hours. The parents didn't seem to do much to calm this baby. I tried to ignore it and my son slept right through it, but I was glad it wasn't repeated the following three nights. Though the room is quiet to the outside noises, the walls are not so thick that you can't hear a baby cry (or coo, as I heard on other mornings :)
What I loved about the room was the beautiful, painted floor tiles. It made the rooms pretty and special. The other thing that stands out for me is the great balcony. We had room service coffee out there early in the morning, then we went to the breakfast room and had our usual.
The bathroom was large, perfectly clean and had everything one would need.
The breakfast was buffet style, with a really, really nice assortment of food. Lots of fresh fruit, breads, cheeses, meats- just everything. Coffee was good too and that's important to me!
Dinner was great every night. The waiters worked as a team and were very professional and helpful. I had a Cosmopolitan each night and even it was well-made, not always the case in Europe. We had the same table each night. I'm not sure if they saved it for us, or if we just happened to get it since we tended to eat at the same time? It was a good table with a good view of the outside and the sea. Food was always good and the service, great.
The hotel has chairs with umbrellas out on the beach and we used those. Beach towels are provided near the pool. The chairs/umbrellas/beach towels were all really good quality. We spent time relaxing and swimming. The sand here is good, but not powdery. It's comfortable for walking barefoot. The water is very clear and a pretty blue, though not Caribbean aqua! Most importantly, the beach and water seem very safe. Water was calm when we were here and I didn't worry about my kid in the water (well, not much :)
We used the pool every day too. It's large, not overcrowed, even in July, when we were there. Pool staff are nice. There's a pool bar, though we didn't use that. Water in the pool is salt-water. Very pretty pool and pool area.
There's an outside restaurant just off the beach and near the pool. We did go there for snacks or lunch. We were able to sign for everything and staff were very nice.
My son had a massage at the spa and I got my legs waxed. A very professional young woman did it. She didn't speak English well, but that wasn't a problem. We enjoyed the spa and the prices were low, considering other hotel spas (massage was 50 euros and it was 200 at our hotel in Cap d'Antibes). 30 euros for a leg wax, fyi.
We walked to town each day for something or other. My friend bought a bag, we all bought some espadrilles, we had gelato, I mailed my boxes of books, etc. I went to the local hair salon and it was great! It's all so close to the hotel. There are several places to eat there in town too, but since we had the meal plan, we didn't try them.
All in all, we really enjoyed Hotel del Golfo in Procchio. I'm not sure we'll return (I have Capri in mind for the next island place in Italy!), but if we do, we would stay here again, but only in the same or similar room.
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- Also Known As:
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- Hotel Del Golfo Elba Island/Procchio, Italy