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Continental Mare Hotel
Ranked #28 of 70 Hotels in Ischia
Certificate of Excellence
Shanklin, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“a little gem we loved every minute !”
Reviewed 14 June 2011

Nando and his team did everything possible to make our stay excellent and they succeeded. The room we stayed in was basic italianate but lovely and clean and comfortable.The location of this hotel is beautiful and meals on the terrace early morning followed by excellent dinners in the evening in one of lovliest,cleanest diningrooms with stunning views that takes some beating at any price.The little pathway down to the harbour is a tranquil shortcut.The best of this hotel? the position,the staff,the food,the warm thermal pools, i could go on.The worst part was having to return home and leave a lovely place some lovely people and some lovelyweather! Well done!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Leander, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 June 2011

To get to this hotel you ave to get off one of the "bigger" streets and naigate a very curvy road to the property. If you are lucky, you get a room with a view of the bay, if not, the property is still very nice. The AC did not work, at least we could not figure it out. The restaurant was good, they kicked me out for wearing shorts. Breakfast left a lot to be desired.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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Kent, England
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2011

We spent two weeks with Thomsons on this beautiful, quirky little island where everyone is laid back and friendly. The transfers from Naples were made very easy, all the mini buses were comfortable and air conditioned - we never moved our luggage once. A 20min drive to Napoli port, an hour on the hydrofoil to Ischia then a 10 minute drive to the hotel which is wonderful - more like a large friendly house and so much nicer than the commercial high rise hotels. The private gardens are beautiful with amazing views, and everything is kept very clean and tidy. There are plenty of sun beds around both of the lovely pools. Breakfast is on the open terrace and consists of a varied buffet, fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, breads, meats & cheeses, pastries and as much coffee/tea as the waiters can bring you! We didn't have a problem with choosing our evening meal at breakfast - it was just something else to look forward to. Every meal was beautifully presented and tasted wonderful, again all waiter service. If you dont finish your wine with your dinner, it is kept and placed back on your table the following evening and we loved the fact that you are given the same table for your entire stay (especially as we sat at the window overlooking the bay!) The staff were great, from Mario the manager who wants to please everyone, the girls on reception who speak English, to the waiters who are very professional but so friendly - they are led by the wonderful Nando - such a great character. Even the cleaners, porters and gardeners always have a smile. We recommend the island tour with Thomsons, again a nice mini bus - just 6 of us with stops at Lacco Ameno, Forio and more - you could get out and admire the views and take photographs. Half way thru there was a tour of a small family vineyard where we had wine tasting and a lovely lunch on the terrace. We visited La Mortella gardens thru Thomsons, the taxi took us to the gate and asked when we wanted to be collected - we spent 6 hours there and still didn't see it all - beautiful. The castello Arogonese is not too be missed, and the boat trip to Capri (which we easily organised ourselves) was wonderful. On one or two occasions we spent the entire day in the hotel gardens, just sunbathing and reading, you ask for a drink and it is brought to you on a tray with fresh fruit etc We have absolutely no complaints about our holiday, we were sorry to leave but felt very relaxed and happy as though we had been away for a month. We had a lot of laughs, made some freinds and would recommend you give it a try. If anything went wrong the lovely Mina (Thomsons rep) is only a phone call away. We will defiantely return - it can only get better!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2011

We stayed there with Thomsom 2 weeks in summer 2009.

The spot is very nice and view from our room with balcony so no fault there.
The room itself has seen better days, but it was air conditionned, with 40oC outside you'd want that!

Only be careful with service you would have superb service from some and rudeness from others.
My husband being italian we understood all that was said and this might be ugly.

Entertainment... well go to town.

We had some issues but managed a settlement through our very professional Thomson rep.

Would I go back to the hotel: No.

To Ischia: maybe

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled as a couple
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Dorset
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19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2010

We travelled to Ischia with Thomson holidays. The hotel is in a nice spot overlooking Ischia Port and is a ten minute walk from the centre of town (which has a range of clothes shops, cafes and restaurants). We paid a little extra for a sea view - a great view but not a huge balcony. Although rated as four star, we did find the room a little too basic. Bathroom was small and a bit run down however a maid visited every day so it was kept very clean. We had a small fridge which we used to keep our shop bought water / drinks (mini-bar quite expensive). We also had a television but it only had one English channel and was very old - remote control didn't always work. Food was very good with three choices of starters, main and dessert. All Italian food so don't expect English! The gala night was dreadful - poor choice and not very well cooked and many of the guests went into town to try out the restaurants. We took advantage of one Thomson excursion - to a vineyard - but the majority on offer were very over priced and you are better using the local buses to get around. Resort is very Italian, and locals don't speak a lot of English. Thermal pools were very good and relaxing. I liked the resort and the hotel but felt it was on the expensive side for what you get (although accept that prices in Italy are a little higher). Weather was on and off, and if it had been a bit better we would have explored the island a bit more.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Chester, UK
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2010

Positives: the hotel (in my experience anyway) was clean and on the whole the staff were courteous and personable (with the exception of the disingenuous maitre'd). The location is both stunning and convenient for a walk into town and the bus routes on the main road. The gardens were very pretty and well maintained.

Negatives. Whilst breakfast was adequate, dinner was generally very mediocre or pretty nasty. Sure, freshly cooked, but in all honesty my Italian cooking is better. Quantities for those with a healthy appetite were poor, and as I only eat fish or veggie food, I ended up eating out on many an occasion as my meals were just not a pleasant experience.

Likewise, there is no atmosphere, music or mood lighting in the restaurant and it is run on a very weird basis of having to know exactly what you want at 9 in the morning! There is simply no attention to detail or finesse - it's about refuelling ( just! ) and not a dining experience, very weird for a country that prides itself on its' food culture.

Our room was spacious and clean, but spartan, and the bed was practically a torture instrument (two singles pushed together!) We actually ended up putting the mattresses on the floor which was more comfortable.

Finally, and this may not be down to the hotel as such, but I returned home with the worst mosquito bites all over my legs and arms. I don't think there's any attempt at spraying in the grounds, so take a lot of repellant with you and plenty of bite cream.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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loughborough
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2010

Stayed for a week here. Beautiful hotel. One of a kind. The cheaper rooms are OK. Some slight problems like shower pressure and damp but we asked to change room and it was lovely. Great views, nice and comfy bed, and nice decor. Swimming pools were great and it was not packed with people. The food was also good - a big choice and well cooked. The location was amazing - overlooking a bay and Naples. The island has an explorer feel to it but to get to places from the hotel you need to walk a bit or get a bus. Great hotel and I would go back again to the same hotel for its uniqueness and the location.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Continental Mare Hotel
Address: Via Baldassarre Cossa 25, 80077, Ischia, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Isola d'Ischia > Ischia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Ischia
#19 Romantic Hotel in Ischia
#21 Luxury Hotel in Ischia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Continental Mare Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 57
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Continental Mare is situated on the hillside below the main coastal road approximately two kilometres from Ischia Town and from the resort of Casmicciola; frequent local buses run along this road. The hotel is set in extensive, lush gardens‚ with stunning views over the Gulf of Naples and Italy’s coastline. The island of Ischia is the incarnation of natural beauty and is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate with one of the many spa treatments available. ... more   less 
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