We were part of the 200th Anniversary Dance Party celebrating Napoleon's first month on the island of Elba - and spent 4 lovely days touring the island, eating in a variety of different restaurants - and dancing (English Country aka French Court Style).
The Hotel Villa Ombrosa was our base of operations - we scored room 115 - which was reasonably large - and most importantly - offered a drop dead magnificent view of the fort, the ocean, and the beach.
We loved it. Totally loved it.
We spent 2 days enjoying the 'beach' - which is white stones not sand like we have in Maine or the Caribbean - but for European Beaches - was wonderful. The water was crystal clear - and the Villa Ombrosa had it's own private entrance - with our own private beach chaises, umbrellas, changing room, and shower. It was great.
The breakfast at the hotel was lovely - coffee that you 'made' yourself - but was freshly ground and delightful. Since you 'did it yourself' - you could enjoy 2, 3, even 4 cups with no comments. There were 3 types of cereal, fresh fruit every day, some ham and cheese, croissants, bread, rolls, etc. Perfect.
The bathroom was very very acceptable - I loved the funky shower with it's corner doors. Yes, it would have been great to have a bit more water pressure - but that's being extremely fussy. The towels were large - there were beach towels available for 3 euro a day if you needed them - but most guests brought their own.
I loved the garden in front of the hotel - but my favorite spot was the terrace by the breakfast room. Lots of nice tables, solid internet, great view - and shade. It doesn't get better.
There was even parking.
Needless to say - the Ombrosa was full - and this was pretty much off season. So making reservations ahead is probably a must.
We had friends that stayed at the Cristal - which is basically next door. They had a larger porch - but no view to speak of. I'm happier with the Ombrosa!
Elba itself is tiny - but the prices are so right, the fish so fresh, the gelato so refreshing - it's hard to find something to complain about.
Go - have fun - pretend you are Napoleon and visit his home and country place.
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- Also Known As:
- Ombrosa Hotel Portoferraio
- Hotel Villa Ombrosa Elba Island, Italy