We stayed here for a week and based on other reviews were very much looking forward to it.
First, the location is great. Right in Casamiaccola centre, just a few doors down from the ice cream parlour.
We had booked ages in advance, and requested a ground floor room on other's suggestions here. I think we got the worst deal. Our room was tiny and crammed in a corner. We peeked into other rooms when they were being cleaned and they were much bigger than ours. Still, it was pleasant enough and very clean throughout, although as others have said, the shower leaked and beds are quite hard.
What wasn't so good?
Breakfasts were mediocre at best. Bread wasn't always fresh, no toaster, no make your own coffee facilities, which kind of limited us to one each in the morning (we'd prefer a couple). Some of the food made repeat appearances over a few days.
The pool has no shade. And it turns your bathers a rather attractive shade of yellow. (This wasn't just here - we had the same experience at other places, so it must be an Ischian thing, but don't take a white bikini).
The corridors were really noisy and they begin playing music in the courtyard just after 8, so don't expect a lie in. And it was the same music every day. Kinda sent us nuts after a few days.
No remote for the aircon. So every time it got hot at night, someone had to get out of bed to switch it on (or turn it off).
The spa is a joke. Hubby tried to book me a massage for my birthday, but was told the therapist wouldn't come that day as he was tired. (No wonder the economy is so bad there!). We did get a free 30 minute use of the jaccuzi and steam room. Except the jacuzzi was freezing - (the pool was warmer), and the spa itself is dark and dingy and frankly - smelt of sewerage - we left after 10 minutes.
Service was remote and offhand, rather than warm and friendly.
Given it's a 4 star, I'm baffled as to why. Especially when we moved to another 4 star boutique hotel in Naples and experienced the real deal in all it's glory. It's certainly not the worst in Ischia, but it's not what we hoped for and we wouldn't go back. Credit to the cleaner though, the place was spotless.
For my birthday trip, I was hoping for a real treat. Ischia is full of them, but this place wasn't it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located on the island of Ischia, in Casamicciola Terme,in a pedestrian area, in the main street, full of Gran Bar,nice restaurants and craftsmen’ s shops. .It’s situated in the centre of Casamicciola, and it is 100 m froma sandy beach.The special design of the interiors, the lights, colours and the furniture( unique pièces created by local craftsmen ) offer the guests a refined atmosphere. ... more less
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