This is one of my favourite hotels. I'm not talking about sterile five star perfection but a combination of location and atmosphere that was just about perfect for me. In some respects the hotel has seen better days and if you looked for it you could spot where the paintwork or whatever needed touching up, but that just doesn't matter.
The rooms are furnished in an uncluttered functional way, beds are comfortable and you have a couple of "upright" chairs. There is enough cupboard & wardrobe space and almost enough hangers. The air-con is either on or off, OK for getting the heat out of the room but you can't set your own temperature. TV is available if you want it. There are no tea & coffee making facilities in the room, I didn't miss them but if it's important to you... The one thing I did miss was a safe in the room, using the hotel safe is alright but just not as convenient.
The bathroom had everything you need, I'd only criticise the shower curtain, it's the sort that holds you in a clammy embrace once the water flows.
The restaurant in the hotel is very nice, the waiters are welcoming and the views across the bay as you eat are superb. On the whole the food was good. The buffet breakfasts felt a little repetitive, but don't they always? There is a different menu each evening (waiter service), the pasta and the sea food were always top notch. Just to mix things up a bit there is a buffet night and a gala night where the food it eaten outside on the deck.
When you're not exploring the area it's great to idle by the pool or on the deck, soaking up the rays and watching the boats zipping round the bay.
The Marina Grande location is excellent, it feels like a village within the town. A gentle stroll get you to the "square" where there are bars, restaurants, shops and a church, as I said just like a village. It's picture postcard pretty, each building seems to be a different colour and they're all lit up at night. If we weren't staying half-board we'd have been happy to eat in the area. There don't seem to be a lot of tourists in this part of town but it does seem to be the place the Italians come to enjoy themselves.
Cheap lunch tip: get a sandwich made to order in the "supermarket", they're generously filled and reasonably priced. Walk along the road an sit in the shade outside the church to eat your ad-hoc picnic.
Whilst the location is a massive plus it does have a downside: if you want to go into the centre of town it's quite a climb. Obviously walking times depend on how fit you are but all the estimates given seem to be optimistic (and you will be distracted by the views on the way). I'm fat & unfit but did the walk most days so don't put off too much. On the other hand the climb was too much for my wife so if we both went into the centre we used the bus. (The bus runs often enough from early morning to late at night - it just kills the spontaneity of a stroll round the old town.)
I would certainly stay at the Hotel Admiral again, possibly for two weeks as one week isn't enough to do the area justice and relax as well. My only regret is that I'm such a tight-wad, I didn't splash out room with sea view and balcony when I should have done!
A final tip: travel as light as you can if you're not on a private taxi transfer. You'll swap from the airport coach to a smaller coach for the final leg down to Marina Grande, you'll then be dropped in the square and have to carry your luggage the final stretch.
(This is really down to Thomson to sort out - they should use people carrier sized taxis for the final leg.)
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