Pagoda Hotel and Residence appears to be just that - a residence and a hotel. There are definitely long-term guests that live there.
From the boat, the hotel is difficult to find. We had to ask a few people along the way as it away from the main road. Follow the road around to the west side of the port and keep walkikng, then turn right at Il Mattino (a bar), or just ask people as you exit the ferry from the mainland.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay, but found the hotel to be fairly nice - not fantastic. Upon arrival, the staff was good to us and let uschoose between two rooms. The location of the hotel is quite good. At fist, it appears far away from the action, but it really isn't. In just a 5 minute walk, you're right downtown. There is no need for a taxi.
The grounds are nice and quite well kept with a good pool, but the pool is cold - in fact, it was too cold to use, which was disappointing. The sea crashes up onto the grounds and you can swim there, but it might be a bit dangerous. There is plenty of room to lay out in the sun by the sea or by the pool...but both bodies of water are a little precarious because of what I mentioned above! There are also two hot-tubs that are in a great spot to view sunsets, except that the temperature of the tubs is very cold. Again, we found them too cold to use. So, nice idea to have them, but why have them if they are too cold to use?
Breakfast is included with your stay, but it does leave something to be desired. Breakfast includes coffee, tea, some juice, no-name brand cereal, yogurt, and bread. We choose to eat in the town most of the time because the food was much better.
The hotel does offer wi-fi internet service, but you have to be by the pool for spotty reception. For better reception, you have to go to the restaurant or sit just outside it. There are not computers offered by Pagoda.
In summary, the price is pretty good, as is the location, and on the whole, the experience was alright, but I would consider other options before choosing this spot.
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