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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Myself and my two daughters spent one week at this hotel the day after the schools broke up.

It is in in one word beautiful.
In many more, it's charming, takes you back to older more stylish days, yet the hotel is beautifully clean and well run.

The gardens are sprawling and well kept, yet you feel at any moment could be swallowed up Sleeping Beauty style. The air is heavy with scented Bougainvillea.

We stayed B&B the breakfast was sublime.
We never opted for any cooked extras as the options available were endless. Bread, toast, croissant, pastries, vast amounts of cheese cold meats, cakes, cereals, pancakes.

The breakfast was ran by stylishly dressed efficient waiters who were always happy to help.
The hotel itself, the three pools we used were all warm as so clean, the water was beautiful not a hint of a chemical and yes you do have to wear hats. We went down the Joan Collins turban route.

It was an easy enough walk to the restaurants in the port but the taxis were reasonably priced.
Mario on reception the concierge could get you tickets for local bus services to beaches or boat trips or tickets for the hydrofoil back to Naples.Everyone should have a Mario, a well travelled gentleman with endless knowledge and charm!

Visit the castle which can be seen in the background of The Talented Mr Ripley, it's wonderful, great views, artworks and a decent terrace for a lunch and a glass of wine.

Eat out along the Port or outside along the Ponte for a real atmosphere, drink Lemonchella and Aperol Spritz

We spent an night In Naples as the flight was so early and that too is amazing with lots of atmosphere and friendly faces.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
2  Thank CateGr
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Reviewed 23 July 2017

My wife & I came here for a week in July. We were a bit apprehensive about the trip over on the Hydrofoil, but it all worked out fine in both directions (bit choppy on the return journey!). Ischia Port & Town are a delight, typical italian busy streets, dogs on scooters, cases on scooters, texting on scooters, 3 people on scooters - not sure what counts as a traffic offence on Ischia - didn't see any accidents, so maybe this is the future of driving!

Arrived at the hotel & quickly we were taken to room 145 overlooking a small swimming pool & the school opposite. Good size balcony with plants growing on wall, great view of the schoolkids playing basketball every evening before dinner.
Had a quick recce of the vast grounds, there are two outdoor pools, one almost olympic size for swimming lengths & widths, a kidney shaped pool for kids to play in, a tiny pool to wallow in next to an indoor pool if the weather is bad. Think there are 2 more in the spa. Hotel rooms mostly overlook the pools spread out all around the grounds. We were in the reception block where there is a lovely boutique selling women's wear & jewellery, from here it's a short covered walk past the big pool to the bar & then on into the vast dining room where breakfast & dinner are served. Breakfast was continental, but if you asked they would make you something hot, boiled egg, scrambled etc. Dinner was 3 courses & a buffet salad if you could manage it. Food was typically italian, lots of pasta, veal, fish etc - we tried things we wouldn't normally eat at home & were happy with all our selections, octopus, shark, sea bass etc.

After dinner, on the terrace by the outside bar there was a singer/electric organ player every night. In my experience these can be cheesy, but on the nights we were there they were very good & there was some dancing out there too.

The only downside to this holiday for us was there is nowhere in the immediate vicinity of the hotel that you can go for a stroll after dinner. Ischia town is a 20 minute walk away along a busy road with a narrow pavement - we did find a traffic free route but you've still got a 10 minute walk to get to there & I don't think you'd want to walk along there at night. There are buses, but they were mostly full when we were there, so the only alternative would be a 10 Euro taxi ride there & the same back, which would eat into your holiday budget. After overcoming this disappointment we settled in to enjoy a relaxing week at the Continental Terme. We found a simple little bar next to the hotel which was open all day until about 10.30pm which seemed to be mostly used by taxi drivers. They didn't speak any English in there, but were friendly & we didn't have any trouble ordering snacks, drinks & cappucinos in there. Outside it was another good spot to watch the Italians breaking all the rules of the road! The other side of the hotel was a little bakery that sold pizzas, snacks & pastries - this also sold drinks & was open in the evenings too. If you travel with Thomson, you'll get 2 free massages in the spa - my wife bagged both of them & said they were great.

We only did one trip - a half day to the Mortella Gardens which was a semi-tropical paradise in a really secluded part of the island. Although you could do this yourself, it looked like quite a walk from the bus stop, so we were glad we did the trip - also we were the only 2 on the mini bus there & back so it was like a private tour. You need to be able to climb steps at this garden, but you will be rewarded with some amazing views from the top. The garden was owned by the composer William Walton & his wife until their deaths - there is a really lovely museum / theatre half way up which is well worth a visit.

Most days, we had a little walk after breakfast & spent the rest of the day lazing around the hotel & pools which is what it's all about really. If that's your thing too, you'll have a really great time at this hotel, every member of staff (including the owner) were friendly & had a smile & "bon giorno" or a "bonne sera" for us. Despite the position of the hotel, we would definitely return here if we wanted another relaxing week in the sun.

Room Tip: Rooms near reception are away from the music which typically finishes at midnight
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank Charlton_Heston
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Reviewed 29 May 2017

What a wonderful hotel!! The ambience is relaxing and friendly with staff and management that could not do enough to make our stay the best it could be.
There are 5!! thermal pools at different water temperatures.It is a joy to relax in each one of them. If it is a beach you are looking for then this hotel is a bus ride away but there are shuttle buses provided for guests.
The food was superb with great choice and service that was second to none and I have to mention Roberta a waitress, she was sooo lovely and kind to my wife and I but ALL of the staff from Mario Il directori 'down' were so friendly and efficient too. Could not fault this hotel at all!!
PS
it's best to ask for a room away from the main pool if you want to be in bed early as every night there is music which was of a good standard

Room Tip: Ask for rooms around the 150/155 range for a quieter part of the hotel
  • Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Richard D H
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Reviewed 5 December 2016

My husband and I came here for a week in September on a late Thomson deal and enjoyed our stay. The pools are the best I've ever swan in. Don't be put off by having to wear a swim cap. Plenty of sun beds available.
The restaurant was adequate. We enjoyed the pasta rustic style. Our room was situated next to the evening entertainment which went on until midnight and was extremely loud.
The town is about a 10 minute walk with some lovely shops, bars. The castle in the town is a must. The island is very easy to get around using the buses.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room
  • Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Mandy B
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Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This place is located a little outside Ischia port and not walkable for the elderly. There are two large outdoor heated pools and an indoor pool and spa. The staff are smartly attired and efficient. Unfortunately it is a typical business/conference type place so the food is mainly 'institutional', rarely hot and mostly warm. The breakfasts are uninspiring and if you like your toast only cooked on one side and your coffee lukewarm this is going to be fine. The 'fresh' fruit is brick hard, more ceramic than organic. On the other hand it was inexpensive, the room was all you could want and the bathroom had all you needed. Yes, it was a little noisy and the walls are thin but Italians are quite vocal but they tend to retire early.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
2  Thank RestingEngland
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