We stayed in the apartment with kitchenette as we were travelling with our 3 yr. old and 3 month old sons. Had read all the excellent reviews so did have high expectations and to be honest had a moment's disappointment on the night we arrived when the room felt a little basic. But that all vanished when we saw the breakfast spread the next morning! Plus the decor in the rooms is actually more eclectic than basic - simple but interesting and lived in. And the decor of the main house is incredible - right out of a painfully cool Elle Decor photo shoot but not in the least contrived.
The staff couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful - Florence went out of her way to suggest beaches to go to (providing maps, beach umbrella, inflatable lilo, etc). And when a piece of the baby equipment we'd brought with us broke, she hopped on her moped and headed off to the nearest pharmacies to replace it for us. Plus they sorted us out a packed lunch on the day we left in case we couldn't find anything suitable for the kids on the way to our next destination on the mainland.
I did question staying in a B&B not right on the coast when we were essentially going for a beach holiday, but when travelling with kids you have to get in the car for the smallest trip anyway just to transport all the clutter, so this was a much nicer and more grown-up option than a soulless hotel on the beach. Plus all Florence's old toys more than entertained my toddler for the week.
We left feeling like we'd spent a holiday at a very cool auntie's house, not a B&B.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Stanze del Casale is an historic 19th-century farmhouse located only 200 meters from the sea view of Portoferraio. The interior tastefully decorated with a mixture of French, Thai and Italian pieces that create a stylish yet comfortable atmosphere. The Casale has four rooms, each with a private bathroom. The friendly staff speaks French, Italian, Thai, English. Daily guests enjoy rich and delicious homemade breakfast. Pets are welcome. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Le Stanze Del Casale B&B Elba Island, Italy