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Continental Mare Hotel
Ranked #24 of 70 Hotels in Ischia
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 22, 2010

My wife and I really enjoyed our fortnight at the Continental Mare. Our room was in a little cottage a bit up the hill from the original 30s house and the separate building that housed the reception, bar and restaurant. Very quiet, all we could hear was the slapping of waves a long way below, together with the beautiful chirping and trilling of the local finches. Our room was perched up on the cliff and had a balcony with fantastic views across the Bay of Naples. It really had the WOW! factor.
All the staff were friendly and helpful, although some understood English better than others (when asked at breakfast on the first morning if we wanted coffee, we said "later please"; what turned up almost immediately was a huge jug of hot milk - the waiter must have thought we said "latte please").
The food was good and varied without being outstanding, but it is quite important to get in early: many buffet items at breakfast and dinner are not topped up when they run out.
Our room was cleaned and towels were changed every day, with sheets being changed every two or three days. The air con worked fine, but without instructions it did take us a while to get the hang of it.
The two pools are good. The lower (almost too warm) one is quite small, does not have much of a view, and gets quite busy. The upper one (quite warm enough) is less crowded and has a great view over the Bay.
Going down to Ischia by road is not much fun and quite a long way. The alternative footpath from the hotel gardens is much better, and gets you straight to the port, with tiny lizards dodging off the path all the way down.
We loved both Ischia Porto (newer) and Ischia Ponte (older), and also got around the island a bit, using two-week bus passes (25 euros each - but cabs cost 15 euros just to get from Ischia Porto to the hotel!). Well worth it, even though the buses are crowded at peak times. Also well worth getting to know all the bus routes.
The island is very green - partly because of the green volcanic rock that it is made from, but also because it does get its share of rain. We had a monumental Mediterranean night time storm half way through, and that must have "helped the garden" quite a bit. Every tiniest bit of land is cultivated, so all the hotel's fruit and veg are as fresh as you could want.
Day trip to Negombo spa was fantastic, with pools fed by hot springs coming straight out of the rock. La Mortella gardens are also a must.
We loved our fortnight and would certainly return.

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Reviewed June 18, 2010

Excellent week spent in Ischia, a beautiful lush Island to see by bus found the taxi's over priced. The staff food clenliness and views at the hotel were outstanding. THe thermal pools were a great asset too. Cant wait to return. Give it a whirl.

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Reviewed September 21, 2009

I have just spent a week at the Continental Mare in Ischia with my parents (69 and 74).

This hotel is beautiful with great views. We had very good rooms at the top of the main 'villa' style building - the stairs were steep and tiring but the views at the top well worth it and as we had both room 117 and 119 we had an enormous terrace between us.

We were half board and enjoyed a very good standard of food with a large buffet at breakfast with everything you could want and a choice of dishes for each evening meal. Other guests ordered dishes not from the set menu sometimes at a cost I think but everyone was catered for. The wines etc are not cheap (12 - 21 Euros - 25 for Prosecco) but no different than other hotels; we liked the Ischia Bianco from Pietratorchia.

The staff at the hotel were very helpful and friendly. My mother had locked her case and had no key(!) and we immediately had someone to break the padlock for her. I wanted to change rooms to b nearer to them and after the first night was moved next door to them (the room was occupied on the first night).

We got discounted entrance to Negombo (which is heaven with 22 thermal pools, private beach and massage) bought with cash from the hotel reception. They helped with information on buses too we bought a 7 day pass fom the bus garage.

All the staff including waiters, barman, porter, cleaners, gardener, reception and Manager were friendly jolly and helpful.

The only down side is the steep slope up to the main road if catching a bus (there is a short cut to the port from the hotel gardens). The walk is fine not a long distance and not a problem for those who are fit but for my parents it was a bit tiring - they did it but anyone less mobile would find this hotel quite difficult.

The two pools were good - the smaller one is warmer with a fountain over it, the larger one is cooler and up in the hill. The larger one had some damage the day we arrived but this was repaired by the next day.

Do visit La Mortella gardens if you go they are beautiful and the tea room is lovely. Negombo as I said before is stunning - so wish I was there now.

I cannot praise the Continental Mare enough for their help, kindness and professionalism during our stay.

Grazie!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 1, 2009

Just arrived back from a relaxing 2 week stay. The hotel was clean, friendly & spacious and the room was excellent, we would suggest that you pay the extra for a sea view as these rooms looked to be nicer.

The food in the restaurant at nights was good, but having to order in the morning became repetitive towards the end of the stay and we tended to forget what we'd ordered. We would suggest you occasionally exchange the evening meal for the lunchtime buffet and eat at 'Gennaros' in the port (around a 20 minute walk) or at the 'Mirage Hotel / Restaurant' (around a 15 min walk up the hill), both will cost upwards of 80 euros for 2 without wine. This will break up the monotony of eating in the restaurant.

The location of the hotel is great and the walk down to the port was fine, although the walk back can be a bit tiring, however the bus takes less than 5 mins, we wouldn't advise catching a taxi as these tend to be very expebnsive (15-20 euros from the port).

Both the pools, the grounds and the communal areas within the hotel were spotless and at times we had the larger pool to ourselves for the whole day.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank SheffieldJandS
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Reviewed June 27, 2009

hotel amazing but beware if you eat the lunch when you arrive you will be charged 50 euros for 2 people check your hotel bill early. Cheap wine in local supermarket, Food and service at hotel excellant, amazing views would recommend

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1  Thank norahairdale
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Reviewed June 26, 2009

We stayed here for 7 nights for our honeymoon during the 1st week of June. We had a lovely room with a panoramic view from our balcony across the bay of naples. We were delighted with the hotel. Our room was very clean and spacious and both the room itself & bathroom were cleaned everyday. The hotel was quiet during the day as most guests were on excursions so frequently we had the whole swimming pool to ourselves. This was utter bliss. The hotel as a whole had an informal friendly atmosphere but without losing the quality of a good hotel. The staff gave the impression that they all got on very well and were always smiling and helpful.(particularly the barmand 'Genaro' ).
The food at the hotel really was delicious and every night we ate something different and always tasty - the views from the restaurant are lovely.
The only negative point to this hotel is that if anyone is less able to get around they may struggle as there are a lot of steps.. Also - the hotel drinks can be a little pricey; the hotel puts drinks and extra's on your room throughout the week so take care to keep track of your bill as it could be a bit of a shock at the end of the week!
All in all though we had an amazing honeymoon and we cannot recomend this hotel enough and would certainly return there again.

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1  Thank gmags
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Reviewed June 13, 2009

Have just spent a great week on Ischia which is beautiful, very green and stunning scenery. The Hotel Continental Mare is in a lovely location set on a cliff side & overlooking the coastline, hotel very clean, beautiful well maintained gardens, excellent food and service, staff all very friendly and welcoming. Two thermal pools again in wonderful locations. The hotel is about 20 minutes walk to the harbour in Ischia Porte, a walk which keeps you fit but if you can't face the uphill walk back then there's a regular bus service. Lots to see and do on the island, and a great place for a holiday with easy access to Pompei, Sorrento & Amalfi coast via the hydrofoil service to Naples which takes about 50 minutes. Very small rocky beach accessible to the hotel however with the two lovely pools didn't really miss the beach. The beaches dotted around the island also tend to be busy.

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Address: Via Baldassarre Cossa 25, 80077, Ischia, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
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Location: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Isola d'Ischia > Ischia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#17 Luxury Hotel in Ischia
#19 Family Hotel in Ischia
#19 Romantic Hotel in Ischia
Price Range: $118 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Continental Mare Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Continental Mare is situated on the hillside below the main coastal road approximately two kilometres from Ischia Town and from the resort of Casmicciola; frequent local buses run along this road. The hotel is set in extensive, lush gardens‚ with stunning views over the Gulf of Naples and Italy’s coastline. The island of Ischia is the incarnation of natural beauty and is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate with one of the many spa treatments available. ... more   less 
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