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Hotel Villa Melodie
Ranked #47 of 81 Hotels in Forio
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“peaceful, tropical gardens, and one I want to return to”
Reviewed 24 July 2010

A peaceful hotel in tropical gardens, excellent air con.

It is close to the free beach, spa and town. But use the buses, and take the boat trip round the island. My highlights were the mature tropical gardens surrounding the villa and the pool, it uses water from the thermal spring.

Ask the proprieter about the restaurant at the top of the hill, it has breathtaking views and was the best we experienced, well hidden.

Views from the rooms of the sea and large balconies to sit and watch the stars were a welcome addition. I am recommending this place to friends and hope to go back at different times of the year.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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English first
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 7 July 2010

I highly recommend this hotel. The room we stayed in was beautiful and had a view of the Mediterranean from the balcony. It also had a view of the pool which is another huge plus about the hotel. The property is gorgeous and well taken care of. It is located a short walk from the beach and the bus stops right outside the hotel. I would definitely come back to this hotel and can not say enough nice things about it and the awesome service that we received.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2010

Come for the pool, if you must, but don't stay for the dysfunctional family drama that plagues this inhospitable villa owned by the precious heir and son of a nightmare of an Italian mama. He has never grown up and doesn't know the first thing about running a business; she is his overbearing mother who reigns terrifyingly over the place, speaks not a word of English and would not lift a finger to help you with queries or simple requests, especially if it disturbs her peace and quiet, and it does, always it does. If my caution doesn't deter you, make sure you make plain your desire for air conditioning - it is not forthcoming unless you explicitly request it. Trust me. I learned this lesson after a sleepless night in an airless, hot tomb of a room.

Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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new york
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2009

Villa Melodie is an endearing family run hotel set in a leafy residential neighborhood outside the town of Forio. Buses stopping a few steps from the entrance to the hotel take you virtually anyplace on the island; the ride to Forio center takes about 10 minutes. You can buy your tickets from the driver if necessary.

Villa Melodie is a favorite of German- and Czech-speaking guests (most in the 50s to 70s age bracket) who return year after year. Nevertheless, as Americans we felt welcome. The hotel is a former family residence that is run today by two brothers, Gianni and Franco, and their mother. Gianni is fluent in English, as well as German and French.

While the hotel offers a meal plan, we choose the B&B option. Breakfasts are basic; there is a choice of breads, jam and butter, packaged cheese and ham, along with hard-boiled eggs. A machine supplies the coffee.

For dinners, we took the bus to Forio and beyond. There is also an excellent trattoria located a very steep, 20-minute uphill walk away from the hotel. For those who choose to rent a car, Gianni will arrange for the vehicle to be brought to the hotel.

Our room was spotless and the mattress was firm and comfortable. Furnishings are quite basic; our room had a small shower in the attached bathroom. There is a small tv with a couple of English channels.

The hotel is set within lush gardens and there is a large, rectangular non-heated pool ideal for lap swimming, although the temperature was a bit chilly in late September. The hotel cautions guests not to use room towels at the pool, so bring your own to use both here and at the island beaches and thermal resorts. There is also a funky, underground thermal pool in a stone grotto.

There is a hotel computer with internet access available for a small charge.

A good option for self-sufficient guests wishing to discover the charms of this magical island.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2009

Booked this hotel to relax for 3 nights after a hectic 'touring around Italy' schedule with my young daughter and relax we did. This is THE best ever hotel I have ever stayed in!! The rooms were large and very pleasant to stay in, from the floor to the ceiling - a lot of thought has gone into this hotel down to the finest details. Plants a plenty indoors and outdoors - so relaxing and stunning.

Indoor spa pool (hot thermal water) and large outdoor pool with water fountain making lovely trickling sounds to relax you. Fantastic views from the garden (sea) and pool (mountains). Pure bliss!!

We paid for the half board option and were not disappointed with the daily set menu. Dietary restrictions for my daughter were happily accommodated so long as you tell them as early in the day as possible.

Great value for money in out of season (June) too.

Top tip: take the boat straight to Forio - a much calmer arrival and departure than arriving in busier Ischia port.

To get the bus from Forio port o the hotel: Exit the port, turn left and buy your roving bus tickets from the newspaper stand. Then continue walking in the same direction further along to the bus stop just ahead of you (near the newspaper stand on same side of road). Take the bus (ask at newspaper stand - I forget the number/s) that turn up the little road up the hill (if you have your back to the sea the road in question is almost straight ahead of you. The hotel is up this hill but you wouldnt want to lug cases up it). Ask the driver to tell you when you get to bus stop called 'via Bocco' (pronounced Vee-a Booco). Remember to put your ticket in the machine to get it validated - the bus inspectors are rife. When you get off the bus walk in the same direction that the bus continues on to - down the hill for just a few metres only and there is the entrance to Villa Melodie).

Ischia is a lovely island - we loved it. With the bus stopping a few metres from the hotel you can access so many lovely beaches and different villages etc from this hotel on a 3 day (or 7 day) roving ticket. You can even travel to the other side of the island or do a round trip in 90 minutes. Lovely views all the way.

I cannot wait to return to this relaxing and charming hotel and tranquil island. This hotel is a hidden gem and is very, very, very special.

  • Stayed June 2009
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Chesapeake Bay
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Reviewed 25 September 2008

My daughter and I backpacked through southern Italy and spent two nights at the Hotel Villa Melodie on the Island of Ischia. It was most relaxing because the family that runs the villa were very attentive and very busy making sure guests have what they need. The rooms and the views were beautiful. There is a very relaxing, large swimming pool and therapeutic pool as well. Breakfast and dinner are available on-site as part of the room reservation as long as you book both meals in advance. Very clean!!!

  • Liked — peaceful and relaxing
  • Disliked — location- not as easy to use public transportation as in some places
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Calgary
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2007

I can’t say enough about the fabulous service we received at Hotel Villa Melodie when we stayed there this month! From the moment we arrived, we felt pampered. Gianni and his sister Gisa were always available for help, and made great recommendations for where to travel, and even arranged scooter rental for us. Although some of the tour books recommend travelers to not opt for the half-board (room plus breakfast and dinner), advising travelers to just book for bed and breakfast and to check out some of the great restaurants Ischia has to offer for dinner, we did go for the half-board and were not disappointed. The food was simple yet very good, and they were very accommodating to guests with dietary restrictions. The room was clean and large with a nice balcony, the gardens were lovely, and the pool was awesome (we skipped the beach and just hung out by the pool). I would definitely go back and will be recommending Hotel Villa Melodie to all my friends and family.

  • Liked — The service
  • Disliked — That their credit card machine wasn't working when we were there.
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Villa Melodie
Address: Via Capizzo 6, 80075 Forio, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Isola d'Ischia > Forio
Amenities:
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #47 of 81 Hotels in Forio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Villa Melodie 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Offering an indoor and outdoor pool, a restaurant and garden, Hotel Villa Melodie provides traditional-style rooms with air conditioning. It is 2.5 km from the centre of Forio, on the island of Ischia.Rooms at the Villa Melodie all come with satellite TV, a safe and private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms feature a garden views or a balcony, and Wi-Fi is free in public areas.A sweet Italian-style breakfast of pastries, hot drinks and fruit juice is served daily, while savoury items are available upon request. The restaurant specialises in typical Ischian food.The property is a 15-minute drive from the port of Ischia, where ferries link to Naples and Capri. Free private parking is available on site. ... more   less 
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