We went mid-October after making a "last minute" booking and flew from Bristol a week later. Our choice of venue was partly dictated by the convenient fying times there and back with Thomson. There were no problems with the journey and it all stitched together well. But note that the ferry trip from Naples to Ischia (via a stop at Procida) takes the best part of one and a half hours. We concur with many of the favourable comments about the hotel. Our room and the hotel as a whole were very clean. We payed extra for a room with a balcony and a sea view. We got room 302, which is probably the best of the lot, with a good view over the pool and the sea and castle beyond. Yes, the rooms are quite small, but that did not bother us. The beds are quite hard and we brought an overlay with us which was put to good use. The shower was excellent with plenty of hot water. Now the food: breakfast couldn't be bettered - a large selection of everything you could want. The evening meal 8pm+- first, you are presented with a wonderful cold selection from countless dishes of delicious food, which seemed to change from one day to another. No wonder there was a queue to get into the dining room at 8! Then there is a selection of starters from the menu followed by the main course. As has been said before, the portions are small, but of excellent quality, but just, say, a portion of meat or fish decorated, but no accompanying vegetables. However, when we arrived, there was little, if any, vegetarian choice. We complained about this and for the rest of the week a vegetarian menu was pruduced - problem solved. When we arrived, there was a pianist in the foyer 7-11pm. The music was monotonous in the extreme and so loud that you could not hear yourself speak. This music penetrated into our room upstairs, which we found disturbing. We were not the only guests who did not like this. It took a day or two to sort this out. We spoke to the management about this and our excellent rep Mina did likewise. Peace reigned for the rest of the week. The outside pool is very good, if rather cold. The hotel is well placed with an easy walk down the main street past all the shops to the harbour and to the castle in the opposite direction. Ischia must be very busy in high season, but in October we found it quiet, populated largely by locals, which added to our enjoyment. We did a tour of the island and visited the gardens "La Mortella" on the other side of the island, both well worth while. We had several days of hot sunshine. We were disappointed that a trip to the neighbouring island of Procida was cancelled, allegedly because the sea was too rough for the small boat. Overall - yes, we did have a couple of significant problems, but the way the staff, always courteous and eager to please, dealt with these issues lead us to give this friendly little hotel almost full marks. Finally, our departure in the early morning and crossing the bay of Naples at sunrise was pure magic!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located close to La Mandra Beach and the ancient fishing village of Ischia Ponte, Hotel Villa Durrueli Resort offers a thermal swimming pool and a spa center. The grounds are full of exotic plants and flowers. The Resort overlooks the pine forest and has a fantastic view of Ischia's Castello Aragonese. Guests can relax on the sun terrace, take a dip in the large, thermal pool or in one of the smaller pools with hydro-massage and aromatherapy. Rooms are complete with all modern comforts, including free high-speed Internet access and wifi. Some rooms have a balcony or furnished terrace and an LCD TV. The spa center was opened in 2007 and includes an indoor pool, Turkish bath, and a variety of massages and beauty treatments. Meals at Villa Durrueli's restaurant are often accompanied by music from the piano. The dining menu includes fresh fish dishes, local specialties and a generous buffet of starters and vegetables. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Durrueli Hotel Ischia
- Durrueli Hotel Ischia