We chose this hotel for its location and availability of rooms at the last minute in high season. There are definitely some pros and cons to consider before making a reservation.
Pro: The hotel staff were extremely nice and helpful - even before we arrived. A *great big thank you* to Nicholas who was in email contact with us and helped make our anniversary dinner extra special. They spoke English and French and were ready to help us with anything we needed. The restaurant staff was incredibly patient (with the demands of so many people in one location), worked extremely hard and were absolutely lovely. We enjoyed using our broken Italian with them.
Con: Checkout was very slow on the Sunday. Consider leaving before the 10am deadline. Often the two staff members were helping one person checkout which slowed the process quite a bit. And there were many hotel patrons who cut the line and the staff didn't take notice to redirect them to the back of the line.
The hotel seemed to be the ideal location for families and small groups. There are activities for children (during the day and in the evening) as well as for the whole family. There is a beach which has plenty of chairs, a dock to jump off of and the kids area is separated from the more quiet section.
Con: The only issue is, we don't have kids, so if you're looking for a quiet, romantic getaway, this isn't really the best choice. We could hear children running up and down the hallways early in the morning and late at night and parents didn't seem to care they were disturbing the entire floor. Sound proofing was terrible.
Pro: The comfort on the beach was fantastic. The chairs were very comfortable and the sun hit the dock the entire day. There is a café but it closed for food service at 3pm. There's another smaller café below it that serves drinks and snacks. The water was clean and crystal clear. Absolutely no signs of jellyfish (as previously reported in another review).
Cons: the comfort of the bed in the room was nonexistent, I'm afraid. Monastery-hard mattress with equally hard pillows.
The terrace at the top of the hotel was practically unused which was where we took shelter from the noise of the groups and children. The views up there are spectacular and the seating was incredibly comfortable. A special thank you goes to the bar staff on the ground floor for bringing up champagne on a busy Saturday evening.
In conclusion, if you're traveling with kids, this is a good place to unwind and have everything available to you in one location. But if you're looking for a quiet romantic getaway, go for a smaller B&B elsewhere on the island.
- 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