Our room, whilst similar to the room allocated to us on an earlier visit in 2013, was accessed directly off the public landing on this occasion and the lack of a lobby leading into the room did make it feel a little claustrophobic.
The room facilities also met similar standards to our earlier visit apart from the absence of any English speaking tv channels. TV is not a holiday essential in our view but some holiday visitors do like to keep up to date with news from home if only when getting ready in the morning or settling down last thing at night.
Having had Sky News previously we enquired which channels were English speaking on our TV this time but were told that none were available. A suggestion by reception that we could always go down to the reception area and watch TV there was not helpful and maybe a consistent approach to providing all rooms with Sky would be better.
If English speaking TV is an important feature to you it might be worth checking which rooms come with Sky / English speaking and which don't before booking as the hotel description is not always clear on this.
The room folder appeared to have contained a page listing an available channel for our room but the page had been removed leaving only the channel 'ghosted' list image on the plastic wallet but no available channel on that number.
Food was again first class although those expecting a diet of pastas and pizzas should choose elsewhere as the 'half board' menu choices were more fine dining than comfort food, all of excellent quality though.
A massive wine selection was available although a bottle averaged around 30 Euros for a medium quality wine and a great deal more for some finer wines. A half bottle of a local red was 15 Euros, so not cheap compared with other hotels in Ischia Port according to some other TA reviews.
The poolside lunch menu offered some tasty food, quite adequate for midday eating, although priced a little above some very good water's edge eateries close by.
My previously reported deficiency in the poorly heated hot items of the breakfast still remains unresolved.
Water for showering on this occasion was perfectly acceptable with only one very early morning shower ( day of departure) which was cold.
Dining was Alfresco and, with daytime temperatures of 30 deg for the week that we were there, temperatures cooled only a little in the evening. The evening air temperature was comfortable for shirt sleeve dining.
The pool area was never crowded and there was never a reason to reserve sun beds. There were also only about two or three people swimming in the pool at any one time.
A bar was opened at weekends on the rooftop terrace but this unfortunately lacked atmosphere on the two occasions we had coffees / drinks there with newly made friends. This poor facility and the lack of a comfortable lounge for after dinner drinks are probably the only criticisms of the hotel public areas.
Outside drinks late at night can be acceptable during the summer / late summer months but we did suffer a number of mosquito bites so an inside lounge area, other than the lobby area would be desirable.
The initial room impressions nearly made me mark the hotel down a star on this occasion but I thought that would be unfair if prices remain competitive. If however prices start to edge closer to the very good 'Il Moresco' or 'Punto Molino' in Ischia Port I would possibly be heading back to one of those or indeed another hotel on a future occasion.
With next May and September in mind we will soon be weighing up the alternatives.
Our holiday was arranged by 'Thomson Holidays' and Mina once again looked after her guests completely, accompany us all from landing at Naples and returning again to Naples for departure. All done with Mina's enthusiastic efficiency which reassures us that booking with Thompson is a wise choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located close to La Mandra Beach and the ancient fishing village of Ischia Ponte, Hotel Villa Durrueli Resort offers a thermal swimming pool and a spa center. The grounds are full of exotic plants and flowers. The Resort overlooks the pine forest and has a fantastic view of Ischia's Castello Aragonese. Guests can relax on the sun terrace, take a dip in the large, thermal pool or in one of the smaller pools with hydro-massage and aromatherapy. Rooms are complete with all modern comforts, including free high-speed Internet access and wifi. Some rooms have a balcony or furnished terrace and an LCD TV. The spa center was opened in 2007 and includes an indoor pool, Turkish bath, and a variety of massages and beauty treatments. Meals at Villa Durrueli's restaurant are often accompanied by music from the piano. The dining menu includes fresh fish dishes, local specialties and a generous buffet of starters and vegetables. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Durrueli Hotel Ischia
- Durrueli Hotel Ischia