I guess this has been the place, where we got the best service. They were eager to tell us about things worth seeing on the island - which was a nice welcoming gesture.
We chose the place due to tripadvisor ratings and location - in Ischia port city. It was great to have chosen the city. You have people (athmosphere), shopping beach, bars, restaurants, sightseeing and hills all just around the corner. We needed that because we needed the teenagers to do whatever they wanted on their own hand.
The swimmingpool on the roof was tiny - it didn't matter - but the roof also lead to several terraces in different levels - they all revealed yet a better view - somewhat like Amalfi coast view.
Rooms were spotless.
Parking: The hotel has a deal with a manned parking lot 200 m walk away. 10 Euro / 24h - absolutely OK, since, there are nowhere closer you can park. The area is barred most of the day - by police - to keep it a pedestrian area.
There were a few minor downsides. One was if you had rooms (room 110 and 111) just over the bar - next door. Then the noise continues with music until 02 and noisy singing men until 03. You need at least ear plugs to ignore that. We went and bought some - next day we were offered other rooms. That saved the vacation.
The breakfirst was OK, but it was as if the bread was half dry - I would have preferred to have bought fresh bread from the supermarket a day before. That would probably have been equally fresh or fresher.
The Internet was given in hourly doses. Why didn't we just get one week access? And when changing from e.g. phone to tablet was often a nightmare, since you seldom got logged off from one device the correct way, so you could log onto another without trouble. This was really wasting our time.
It would be much better to buy a 3G data SIM card valid one month in the nearest telecom store and then connect your phone to PC or whatever to get internet access.
With the hotel solution you pay 5 euro for each (concurrent) access card you want. We had two - one for parents - one for the kids - this is where you might want to buy one for each person and maybe even one for each devise, so you would get less logon-trouble. The hourly fill-on time was free, but gave extra logon-hazzle.
In 2013 Internet should be a commodity like water - you don't want a dripping pipe like this. It leaves you stressed - who wants stress on a relaxing vacation?
Would I come back? Maybe - but not without having tried other alternatives in the city.
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