As I type this review on a cold,wet and windy September day in England,I can't help but wish myself back in the glorious Ischian sunshine.
The Hotel Byron was fine, despite some of the less than favourable reviews on this site. Rooms were fairly basic but were cleaned regularly. The air conditioning was efficient and there was plenty of hot water for showers.The towels took some getting used to - more akin to tea towels, but functional.
The pool-side was a little crowded at times and there was the odd pesky mosquito but really liked the sun-beds with the attached canopy. It made sun-bathing and reading so much easier.
The road outside of the hotel was busy but the hotel was set far enough back for traffic noise not to be a problem.
The town was quite vibrant at night with the shops open until midnight.
Food has come in for much criticism and I am a particularly "fussy eater" but there was variety and it was edible.(Perhaps excepting the octopus dish!)
It was plentiful (four course meals) and waiter service, always a bonus.And Enzo was ever there to provide an alternative ,if the available selection did not suit.( Usually a choice from three for main dishes). The tiramisu was particularly good.
Drinks were not too expensive and the wine was reasonable.
The hotel staff were excellent. All very hard-working, friendly and helpful.They certainly tried to ensure that everyone enjoyed a pleasant stay.
There is plenty to see on the island,although getting about and entrance fees can be expensive. The bravest among us could dare the squash of public transport.
Italian driving and parking is better viewed from afar . The narrow windy streets and roads seem to breed a "devil take the hindmost " sort of attitude.
All in all,though, a most enjoyable fortnight.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 3 Stars Hotel Lord Byron is situated in the centre of Forio d'Ischia, at 600 m from the beach of Chaia, and at 2 km from the well-known beaches of Citara and Cava dell'Isola as well as from the famous "Poseidon" thermal gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lord Byron Hotel
- Lord Byron Forio
- Hotel Lord Byron Isola D'Ischia, Italy - Forio