After reading all the positive reviews we decided to stay for a full week at Aragona as we wanted to get some quality time without children. The decision was good as Aragona really is as good as advertised. The service is great and pretty much everyone working in the hotel seems to have a five-star attitude towards clients. And I don't mean five-star as in five star hotels, but informal, friendly and still polite which is exactly something I enjoy on vacation.
We paid extra to have a seaside room and it was worth it as it was very nice to watch what is going on in the harbor and see the luxury yachts. However, our balcony was very small, just about 50 cm wide so there was no chairs or anything in it. Had I known this when booking I might have asked for a room in the main section of the building where there seemed to be larger balconies with two chairs, but not so good view of the sea. On the other hand, the rooms in the main section are perhaps not so high, our room was 3+ meters high with nice arches on top which is always nice.
The rooms are perfectly clean and the cleaning lady seemed to visit twice a day at least on those days we did stay in the room after the first cleaning. Some have commented here that the bathroom tiles are in bad condition, but at least in our room they were OK, but naturally not new. Also the decoration in the rooms is very nice.
Our favorite place at the hotel was the roof top pool and especially garden where we often stayed watching the sun go down. The view from there is magnificent. The water in the roof-top pool was some days very warm, but on some quite cool. That was a bit strange as the days were all equally sunny. The water in the pool was not crystal-clear, but for quick dips it was still OK. Nevertheless it would look a lot nicer if the water was clear.
The location of the hotel is perfect on the harbor as the bus station, ferries and car rental agencies are all there. Also most of the restaurants and bars of Ischia Porto are located on the harbor street starting right from the hotel. However, this also means that there is a lot of noise due to the street-life.
We stayed in room 207 two floors up the street, but there was a music bar on the street level and especially on Saturday night they did play music very loud until 3 am. There were also perhaps hundreds of people on the street and terrace and Italians do talk loud. The hotel windows are double classed and can be closed tight, but on saturday night that did not help much. The bar seemed to be open until 3 am every night, but the level of noise was not so bad on other nights. Fortunately we are good sleepers so this wasn't a big problem to us, but I can imagine it might be a major problem to others.
Also considering location it is good to understand that Ischia Porto is quite large and the walk from the hotel to the other end to the castle is almost two kilometers. There are quite a few good restaurants (according to Tripadvisor) on that end, but after a long day at beach two kilometers back and forth was too much walking for us and we never got to visit the restaurants on the other end.
Also worth noting is that the closest beach from the hotel is just around the corner, but it is also the city boat harbor where the water is not very clean and it is very crowded. The closest good and quiet beach (and our favorite) is Carta Romana which is opposite of the castle, the same two kilometers and a boat ride away.
Therefore while we enjoyed Aragona Palace very much we will must likely go to the other end closer to the castle the next time we visit Ischia. However, if you are visiting Ischia for the first time and want to use buses to see other areas of the island and enjoy some night life I would definitely recommend Aragona Palace as their service will make you feel at home right from the start!
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Aragona Palace
- Aragona Palace Ischia