On the positive side, this hotel has some of the better rates in the area of La Biodola, which is a beautiful bay with a lovely sandy beach and crystal clear water. So overall, the beauty of our location made our stay wonderful.
The hotel however is distinctly average and if you stop to remember the price you paid, you will neither feel that the room or the food is worth what you are paying. The service, will good for Italy, makes it feel like you are in a Formula 1 race when eating. You barely sit down and your appetizer is already there, as soon as your plate is empty, the main course arrives. It's like they are trying to get rid of you ASAP. The food was adequate, pasta and fish, and as is typical in Italy, very salty. The portions were tiny but to our waiters credit, he did ask if I wanted some more every time, which I declined. Doesn't hurt to be reasonable! ;) The breakfast spread was bare minimum, we usually skipped it.
The hotel was very close to the beach so that was great, the pool was very nice and quiet. Be prepared to fight for people to respect your space on the beach, even if you rent a space. It seems the Italian clientele has no respect for your space, as soon as you leave they move their chairs into your area with no bother, was kind of annoying to me but apparently normal here. The beach attendant Claudio was very good and helpful.
The pizzas at the hotel's Taverna were good and the beer reasonably priced!
You are staying here for the location, location, location but if we come back to Elba, we will spend 50 euro more and try the Hotel Biodola which looked fantastic and a bit more recent. But this hotel was perfectly adequate, just not memorable.
Finally, it seemed like the Italians don't like foreigners too much, we have never had any trouble any where else being from Canada, but we did not seem to be appreciated by the people here. Never felt that anywhere else, but I was not surprised for various reasons...
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