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Hotel Rio sul Mare
Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Rio Marina
Reviewed November 30, 2012

I can't complain and I can't compliment... everything was pretty average. The hotel seemed on par with the others that we saw on the island and the room was an OK size and was clean. There's a pretty good gelato place outside of the hotel. The best part about this hotel's location was that is was pretty much right accross from the ferry, so you don't have to walk far with your luggage.

If you are looking to explore the island of Elba, I would recommend staying on the other side at Porto Azzurro. Rio Marina wasn't very tourist friendly and had a real small town feel, but Porto Azzurro was much more hospitable to tourists (at least in our experience). We explored the island by bus, and the other side seems to be a bit more fun (not that this is an exciting place... it is more of a relaxing and laid back place).

Do I recommend Elba? If you need a vacation from your vacation like we did, then absolutely. Do I recommend Hotel Rio Sur Mare? If you want to stay on this side of the island, then yes. For what is was, it was OK.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

We arrived on Elba having having booked a hotel. We found the Hotel Rio sul Mare in the picturesque port of Rio Marina. Everything was excellent, from the comfortable room to the extensive breakfast. Also very convenient position for the beach and harbour Great value for money - we couldn't believe the prices! If we return to Elba, we would definitely seek out this hotel again

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

The owners of the hotel were very nice. But, the hotel is over rated, and the claims are somewhat dishonest. Unless you want to sit in the lobby, right next to the main desk, NO, they do not have Internet!!! The town of Rio Marina offeres free internet, but, it is weka, they want you to send some sort of tect message to set up log in... in Italian, and if not, it will constantly log you out. It is very slow, also. The breakfast was Ok by European standards,, but I do not like to be gaurded while I eat and that is how ther staff made me feel. In fact, it was bad enough to be there alone, but when I ventured down to breakfast the first day and set up my cafe , I was told that because I was only one person,, I had to go to a different table. She moved my cafe and plate, but I just wanted to leave... and,. the dining room was only half full. My room was a single , which is fine, except that the shower was simply a drain inn the floor beside the toilet. The shower curatinn pulled in around it and itf you did it right, the TP would not get wet. However, after 3 monutes the entire floor filled up with water because the frain was slow, so I felt I was taking a shower standing toilet water. I was able to hand my netbook out the window and sit on top of a desk, leaning way out, to check my email. But, I could not view Google maps to plan where I wanted to go take photos, etc. The hotel has to know that we are prisoners there as we have pre- paid for our ferry and I got a deal on the hotel for 5 days,so I was stuck. I wondered if that was how Napoleaon felt, too.
The hotel is right beside a bar on the water front,, an outdoor bar. They palyed loud music constantly. The town had some live music going on in the harbor which I preferred, right beside the bar, but the bar just kept thier music going. It was hot, but I had to close the windows, turn on a fan on high and use earplugs to sleep. Like most cheap mattre4sses in italy,, the bed is very hard. The free beach very near is a little depressing if you have ever been to a real beach like we expect in the USA, however the water is beautiful and warm, the harbor is beautiful, with lots of activity.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 10, 2011

We were so looking forward to our trip to Elba and booked this hotel mainly because of the reasonably good reviews on TA, unfortunately however the whole experience was a massive disappointment and we managed one night on the island before seeking solace back on the mainland.
Although we booked and paid for a night in the Hotel MIS-E-RIO, we turned on our heel and left (well reversing, as it was so small). The mono-syllabic, unfriendly receptionist in the soulless lobby was probably a clue and the room followed suit; cramped, cell-like, no air-con (sweltering), hard unwelcoming out-dated furniture and on and on; awful. My boyfriend said “maybe if I was on day release from prison, it might be acceptable”….
We told the receptionist we couldn’t stay in this room and her response was “you’re already paid” – sums it up really.
Rio Marina was a tired slightly depressing place, maybe it was due to end of season fatigue but nothing about the place compelled us to stay.
Arrivederci Elba. We won’t be back.

Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

Don't do it. It's awful...Unless you've just got out of prison or are looking for work on the ferries in which case it's just ok. Honestly, the town is terrible too. Beyond dreary. Better off staying on the mainland.

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2009

Hotel is near the port and near everything. Breakfast included the price. First time in Italy coffee was bad. It was weak like tea. With extra pay (1,30 EUR) you could get real coffee.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with friends
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Address: Via Palestro, 31, 57038, Rio Marina, Elba Island, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Elba Island > Rio Marina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #6 of 10 Hotels in Rio Marina
Price Range: $78 - $213 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rio sul Mare 3*
Number of rooms: 35
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Rio Sul Mare Marina
Rio Sul Mare Hotel
Hotel Rio Sul Mare Elba Island/Rio Marina, Italy

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