When you finally arrive on The World’s Most Expensive Ferry © to Elba (which cost €117 and drops you on the Northern end of Elba), you must drive for about 20 minutes to the southern end to Lacona to get to the hotel. The drive is reasonably fun/terrifying with lots of corkscrew bends and lashing the car into second gear to get it up the hill etc. The hotel is very much like a Mediterranean apartment complex, big pool area (long rectagonal pool) with lots of outdoor seating and a man warming us all up with karaoke from 5pm onwards. He seems to have finished pretty early.
The room was fine, your average Italian hotel room, the bar is nice with cheap cocktails. The continental breakfast was a travesty though. Go outside, down the stairs into this Clockwork Orange-like “futuristic” room where everything is white, orange and plastic. It appeared that most of the tables were reserved (for breakfast?!) but we sat down anywhere and there was No. Food. That said, we did arrive at the tail end of breakfast service but seriously – No. Food. Or. Plates. Disaster.
When you leave the hotel you walk straight down to the beach, which is fantastic. Elba is like a Mediterranean resort without any tourism – any tourists are Italian (some French and Polish) but it is not in any way built up. You can see from the landscape that it’s quite inaccessible. If you turn left on the beach and stroll down a little bit (5 minutes) there is a fantastic restaurant (forget the name) on the beach which does terrific seafood.
Elba's great, worth a visit definitely and this is a totally grand place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel & Resort Lacona is only 100 meters far from the sea and is surrounded by a big park leading to the beach of Lacona. 90 comfortable and nicely equipped rooms, most of them recently refurbished. The buffet restaurant offers a wide selection of traditional Tuscan dishes but also international ones. Two tennis courts, a big swimming pool and the private parking give the chance to enjoy a holiday in total relax. Free wi-fi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Valtur Lacona Elba Island