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La Rotonda Sul Mare
Ranked #3 of 35 Forio B&B and Inns
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Durham, North Carolina
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“Best Place Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2012

My sister, our boyfriends, and I stayed here for several days this past summer and LOVED IT. Amerigo and his brothers moved our location from the Ring Hostel to accomodate our car (free parking!) and were the most hospitable people we encountered all summer (which is saying something! We had a great road trip). The private deck makes your stay very peaceful, keeps the loud crowds at bay, and there are plenty of deck chairs and tons of fun things (snorkels etc) to play with. Easy walking distance to town and the supermarket, which is convenient for those traveling on a budget. Additionally, rides were offered every evening to the family restaurant and the food was AMAZING. I cannot emphasize enough how friendly and nice everyone at both La Rotonda Sul Mare and the restaurant were. We wish we could have stayed forever! Hopefully we'll be back soon.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

When we got to this charming place, we were shocked when we saw the rooms (studios). It is the first time i have got a room without a window. We were 2 couples. My friends had got a updated room so it was a bit bigger. Our room was so small that you could hardly walk between the bed and the kitchenette.The bathroom was also very small.We complained and 2 days later we got a much bigger room.
Amerigo is a very friendly and helpful host. You could not find a better one.The cafe and the beach was good.
The rooms and everything else was very clean. Amingo was the ideal host, friendly, helpful and eager to please his guests. He took us one evening to his parents hotel where we had dinner. The environment was nice and the food was ok.
I will absolutely recommend this place but be sure that you don't get the smallest studios.
It is located a 10-15min walk from the centre and you can enjoy the tranquility at night.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2011

Rotonda lived up to our great expectations once again. The weather was perfect for sun, swimming, walking, glass of wine while watching fabulous sunsets, and when we chose to eat out we enjoyed the amiable manager, Amerigo, taking us uphill to the Colella family restaurant called Casereccia. The cooking there held up its high standard - from the beautiful ante pasto starter to the ice cold lemon cello at the end of the meal, everything was delicious. One lazy evening Amerigo catered to us with a carry out meal that he brought. Fabulous place to stay and to remember all year until we get there again in the fall of the year ahead.

Room Tip: Bring a camera. Walk to Forio for ice cream every day. Know there are two grocery stores nearby...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2011

Like the previous review by AussieinQ8, I am one of the "distressed friends" as described in that review. I and my adult nephew arrived on Ischia for a family wedding to be warmly welcomed to this wonderful property on the waterfront. We were having a marvellous time until an unfortunate accident happened, and in the very late of night, our host Amerigo came to our aid and rescue early hours of the morning. Amerigo saw us through what was a very distressing time and did everything possible to assist with translation with the hospital staff. Grazie Amerigo!

But things DID end on a positive note. Amerigo was there to take me and my nephew to see and discharge our friend from hospital. His responsiveness to get out of bed so late at night to attend to an emergency that was not even on his premises, find us in the dark roads and transport us to the hospital, when we had already stopped other cars seeking emergency help, and who drove away ... it was scary!

This creates the background though of what was a fun and ordinary night, where we had called a taxi which never showed, and our decision to walk down a dark steep road to our accommodation back to Rotonda. [However, taxis can be reliable on Ischia, but it seems not always]

All the same, my friend is recovering and doing fine. We had a wonderful time on Ischia and at Rotunda. Everyone who visits Ischia must meet Amerigo and his family who run other places, even if you do not stay at their places. We had a family lunch of 30 people (including young children) who were well catered for at La Casereccia, the family’s restaurant, which means “home cooked”. This was a wonderful afternoon and we could not have been looked after better. I asked if we could be moved from the inside to the outside garden and they happily met my request to re-arrange the seating several times. Thank you Tina, Salvatore, Giuseppe and Lorezno for a memorable lunch and afternoon. I will send you the photos soon of our day spent with you.

Lastly, THANK YOU Amerigo and family for a wonderful time and the generosity of your compassion, friendship and hospitality for which you are so well regarded.

Personally, I cannot wait to return to spend time with you at your beautiful island home of Ischia and see you and your famiglia again

Grazie e il nostro amore e l'amicizia! Paul Langdon and the extended Langdon and Loudoun’s famiglie!

Noi amiamo tutta la tua famiglia! Paul xxxx

Room Tip: The apartment 1 is fantastic. I do not want everyone to know about this, because I want it for me o...
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2011

The apartment (my #8) was very clean, comfortable with a full kitchnet if you like to cook...:)
Who in the right mind will cook in Ischia...hahaha!!!
The shower very tiny, clean and all the toiletries included, as well towels and bedding.
Very nice add-on is the in room safe.
It has a restaurant down below and a terrace on the second floor and to top it all off, an amazing terrace on the water...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2011

Over and above the call of duty is all I can say!!!
I arrived on Ischia to attend a family wedding, staying only for a couple of days.  I, and  two other friends, chose La Rotonda Sul Mare because of it's location on the beach and it's close proximity to the wedding venue. From the moment I landed on shore the owner, Amerigo was there to warmly welcome me and take me to the hotel.  The hotel position is amazing, it is on the seafront, literally on the water, tucked inside San Francesco bay, and  a very short walk to the village and the port of Forio. The hotel is family run and very relaxed and comfortable, everything you could want or need for an island holiday. The Owner/Host, Amerigo is born and bred on Ischia,  there is nothing he doesn't know about the Island.  His family even owns a vineyard and an exquisite restaurant, which the other wedding guests got to experience before I arrived, they were very impressed, the food, the wine, the aspect, the family and the hospitality was superb!
Unfortunate for me, but also fortunately for me, I had an accident on the 1st night, and being in a strange country without being able to speak the language, it could have been an absolute nightmare, however, Amerigo came to my rescue like I couldn't believe! He took me, along with my two distressed friends to the hospital in the middle of the night, and stayed by my side for
the whole ordeal, translating with doctors and nurses and comforting me and my friends! After a night in the hospital, 6 stitchers in my head, cat scans etc., he was there later in the morning to arrange my discharge and to get me to the wedding on time!! I can't say enough about this man's caring sensitivity, nothing was too much trouble for him! He waited on me/us, hand and foot from arrival to departure, providing transport, advice, food, coffee, painkillers, and friendship!
As I sit here in Roma having just left the island and still nursing a very sore head, I can't wait to return to Ischia and La Rotonda again, hopefully in the near future, to spend more time leisurely exploring this beautiful island and enjoying the company of it's beautiful people, hopefully next time there won't be any accidents on my part and I get to fully experience :)).
Amerigo, I can't thank you enough!!       

Room Tip: Room no.1 is fantastic with it's own rooftop terrace! 2 bedrooms and bellisimo views :)
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Warington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

Everything we had read was true and then some....Amerigo made us feel like family from day 1, nothing was too much trouble...his families restaurant was the best meal we ate during our stay and Mama Tina's Rabbit was truly delicious, not to mention Papa Salvatore's home made Limencello!. Never before have i booked a return holiday, but already in the diary for next year....Grazia Amerigo...see you next year...Jeanette, Clare & Denise x

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Property: La Rotonda Sul Mare
Address: Via Aiemita 29, 80075 Forio, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Isola d'Ischia > Forio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Forio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — La Rotonda Sul Mare 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome on holiday.....in the amazing Island of Ischia!!Apartments Rotonda Sul Mare offer charming and comfortable holiday apartments on the gorgeous island of Ischia. The apartments are available for 2 / 4 or 6 people. Fabulously located on the sun-drenched southwest coast of the beautiful San Francesco bay, it sits directly on the beach awaiting your quiet and peaceful afternoons spent in front of dramatic cliffs and sparkling blue water. We are delighted to welcome you to Ischia, and we are eager to show you all of the beauty of our island. ... more   less 
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