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“Would not stay there again”
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Hotel Paradiso
Ranked #8 of 25 Hotels in Portoferraio
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Reviewed 9 December 2005

We were very much looking forward to our trip to Elba to stay at the Hotel Paradiso during September 2005. As the hotel was not close to the local town of Porto Ferrairo we called ahead to check that the hotel's menu was sufficiently varied (as there are no other restaurants nearby) and were told that the evening meal consisted of three courses, including four choices (including a fish dish) for the main. Sadly we were disappointed, veal was one of the main course choices every night we were there and on one evening veal (cooked in two different ways) was on the menu twice! The anticipated delicious Italian desserts did not materialize either as the choices were generally cheap ice-cream (the plain sort you scoop out of a tub) or fruit. There's nothing wrong with fruit, I eat it all the time at home - but on holiday you want to treat yourself! The lunch time choices were very restricted and after spending time in Rome and Florence enjoying the Italian cuisine a few days before arriving in Elba, we were very disappointed with the few choices on offer (plain spaghetti with olive oil, sliced up fresh tomatoes and a few basil leaves was one of the choices, unarguably fresh but fairly unimaginative).

Whilst our room was clean and reasonably furnished it was absolutely tiny, with only a space of about 2-3 feet all the way around the bed (with a chest of drawers and wardrobe crammed into that space on one side) and the bathroom was tiny. If the weather hadn't been so terrible (it was stormy, cloudy and rainy while we were there) we probably wouldn't have been so bothered about the size of the room as we wouldn't have been in it so much. The swimming pool had a strange cloudiness in it so we didn't get in. The small beach (accessed via some steep steps) was quite nice but strolls along it would take you about 2 minutes as it is surrounded by rocks.

That said, the hotel does have several terraces from which you can view the sunset over the sea, and the views were undeniably breathtaking. If you want a fairly simple hotel with very little to do other than sunbathe during the day, and relax with a drink in the evening then this place is for you. If, after your dinner, you prefer to have a wander around shops, or around a port for example then you'd be better off staying in Porto Ferreiro.

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patriciaElba, co-proprietaria at Hotel Paradiso, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2007
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I heard about this photo of a bidet full of brown water simply by an Italian guest who couldn't thank me enough for a lovely holiday from 28th august to 3rd September 07 at our Hotel Paradiso. The lady said she was so impressed by the cleanliness of the Hotel,kitchen,grounds,pool etc. that she felt she must mention said photo as it was 'completely misleading!' If you look carefully at the bathroom, though not big,the sanitary parts are all new,same as the tiles and floor. That particular day, after the bad weather conditions we had to temporarily turn off the water to enable us to do some minor repairs. Hence the brown water - however perfectly drinkable as the water supply on the Island is iron rich. It certainly was not the colour of our normal water supply!
Food is always a big question mark when abroad, I thank this guest for his comment 'unarguably fresh' as this is what we consider important in these days of 'fast food' just sorry it wasn't appreciated.
I remember quite well these clients,they were very unlucky with the weather...the cloudiness in the pool had probably been noticed after a torrential storm - no other clients complained.

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Reviewed 6 November 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 September 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 September 2017
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Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 September 2017
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Additional Information about Hotel Paradiso

Address: Localita Viticcio 41, 57037, Portoferraio, Elba Island, Italy
Region: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Livorno > Elba Island > Portoferraio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Portoferraio
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Portoferraio
Price Range: £85 - £250 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Paradiso 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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Also Known As:
Paradiso Hotel Portoferraio
Hotel Paradiso Elba Island, Italy

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