Nice famiy-run hotel. All the staff were friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. Absolutely fabulous location. It felt far from the madding crowd even though Ischia Ponte was a few minutes away by boat. The bay is beautiful with a lovely view of the Castello Aragonese.
Lots of steps from the hotel to the restaurant and beach below so definitely not recommended for those with mobility issues. Would not recommend half board as the menu was very limited and monotonous. It is much better to have just breakfast so then you can choose from the a la carte menu for dinner and lunch. This menu had a much wider range of choices. Also, the restaurants in Ischia Ponte were just a few minutes boat ride away so you can easily try different places.
The hotel has an arrangement with the taxi boat service and the return journey to Ishia Ponte was 3 euros each and the taxi boat always waits to take you back to the hotel even if it is very late. You book the taxi boat via reception and settle up at the end of your stay.
Da Maria is situated on Cartaromana Beach. It has it own private area and also a small public section. This was great. Lots of italians visited the beach and added to the atmosphere. Also mainly Italians visited the bay with their yachts during the day and would visit Da Maria's restaurant. Dinner is served in the restaurant that overlooks the beach. Breakfast is served in the restaurant within the main building and had homemade cakes daily.
On the way back to Ischia Port to catch the hydrofoil to Naples, the taxiboat service charged us 20 euros, in total, from Da Maria. This was a bargain and a great way to end our holiday especially because a brand new speedboat picked us up and whisked us there in 10 minutes!
Just a few negatives about Da Maria. The restaurant could do with a revamp. The design does not make the most of the beautiful views. The plastic chairs are awful. Lastly, the beach toilet area and wash-hand basin should be kept cleaner. The soap dispenser was empty the whole time we were there.
The hotel has a pretty large terrace with lovely tables and chairs and magnificent views which is under utilised. The bar on this level was not open. Lots of people would have liked to sit on the terrace and had a drink rather than sit in the slightly dull main restaurant.
On the whole I liked this hotel and have recommended it to others, as it says on their website there are no frills but this is the type of hotel that we like. For once we really did feel that we stayed at the right place. The location is perfect.
Do try Ristorante I Pirati at the end of Cartaromana Beach too. You just walk to the end of the beach and follow the path cut into the rock. It is a pretty place, with great views and fantastic food and service. We ate there many times.
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