When I booked this hotel it was the number 1 hotel in Elba on tripadvisor. I am pleased that it isn't anymore as I really don't think it deserves to be. In fairness, I haven't stayed in any other hotels, but they can't be this bad.
It's in a good location and I expect it was really great in 1970 but things have moved on since then. The decoration felt quite old fashioned, in both the communal areas and our room. The beach area is good for sunbathing and adult swimming. There's a beach bar but I really didn't fancy eating there. There's also a restaurant overlooking the sea, but I was put off by the lack of a clear menu with prices.
The restaurant is reasonable for breakfast although I was annoyed that they reserve tables for some guests. There seem to be a lot of staff doing not a lot. The experience at dinner is very Fawlty Towers. Bad food, bad wine, bad service but for quite a lot of money. It's not possible to have a smaller, cheaper meal. I'd definitely recommend leaving the hotel to eat if you can.
I was irritated that there wasn't any information in the room apart from a price list for the spa. I never went to the swimming pool because I didn't know where it was. I know I could have asked at reception but I don't think this should be necessary in a good hotel.
There is free wi-fi available which requires a login and password. It was slow and didn't work with kindle or HTC mobiles.
Elba is lovely, I wish I'd found a hotel to match.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- You will be welcomed on arrival by the harmony of nature. The Grand Hotel Elba International is surrounded by lush Mediterranean maquis as a tiny jewel overlooking the Bay of Naregno. The light and perfumes of the island will immediately capture you and your children - who will also enjoy our special attention with all kinds of entertaining activities. Just a few steps from the sea, the embracing atmosphere, elegant details and qualified service will make your stay unforgettable. The Grand Hotel Elba International has 131 rooms furnished with natural, eco-compatible materials and enhanced by elegant technological services. Relaxation continues in our Fitness Centre, fully dedicated to body care to help you rediscover your psycho-physical equilibrium. A regenerative environment where the bouquet of essential oils, herbs and the steam of the sauna and Turkish bath work together to ensure true moments of harmony. Our cuisine combines Mediterranean flavours and Tuscan genuineness in a blend of pairings and tastes that will certainly meet all your expectations. The keyword is quality - in the selection of produce and presentations - to offer you a huge choice of menus every day, even for special diets. Our restaurants "Le Agavi", "Il Pirata" and "Peter Pan" (specially for our young guests) ensure supreme cuisine for all tastes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Capoliveri
- Best Western Capoliveri
- Capoliveri Best Western
- Grand Hotel Elba International Elba Island/Capoliveri, Italy