This was a gem of a place to stay. We arrived at midday and because of a festival had to walk down the causeway with out luggage - quite a novel way to get to our accomodation. Be warned that the taxis are very expensive - the buses are a much cheaper option. For 30euros you can purchase a weekly bus ticket that gets you anywhere on the island!!
We had reserved a superior room - the private balcony with the most spectacular view really mae this room. Otherwise the bed was possibly the most uncomfortable I had ever slept on and the walls, as you would expect in an old castle, were a little damp. The bathroom was very seventies! On the whole I think that the standard rroms were all refurbished and to a very nice standard - although a lot smaller with no balcony - how long do you actually spend in your room when you have this beautiful island to explore!
Breakfast was lovely - only taken on the terrace three times (which was a joy) unfortuantely the time of year meant that it was a little chilly the rest of the mornings. he homemade cakes were delicious!
The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful and able to give some great tourist information.
Ischia has got some amazing beaches and spa's - we'd recommend Ngombo and San franscisco. A trip to the summit of Mount Epomea (i think it was called) is worth the slog uphill for the amazing 360 degree view from the top - the restaurant near the summit did the most amazing tomato and mozzerella salad.
In all this was a fantastically relaxing holiday and the port was a great place to dine in the evening. If you are lucky enough to go at festival time - then I suggest drinks on the terrace to watch the fireworks! Truely a magical place to stay - you feel like you have the island to yourself when you let yourself therough the gates to the lift! great stuff.
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