I was pleasantly surprised by the Albergo il Monastero and hope to return some day. I highly recommend this hotel to anyone, but must disclose that it may not be equally appreciated by those seeking 5-star-luxury and "frills." I appreciate the simplicity, beauty and efficiency of this hotel. You can trust the photos and information on the website. I emailed questions before booking and the staff always responded quickly.
The staff here is amazing: friendly, informative and always present. They speak perfect English, which was helpful on a number of occasions. We stayed in a double standard room for only one night. I wish we stayed longer! The room was small and simple - no frills - but comfortable. LOTS of storage and a good sized bed. The AC was tricky to figure out, but once we figured it out - it worked perfectly. The room had direct access to a shared balcony/patio with an AMAZING view of Ischia. This patio had plenty of seating for each room, and served as the "dining room" for the restaurant in the evening. It was a perfect place for dinner and drinks before, and also had wifi for guests. The front desk was also conveniently located by an entrance to the same patio, so it was always easy to find staff. The bathroom was also simply small but functional. Like many bathrooms in hotels in Italy, the shower was not separated from other areas (toilet/sink/bidet) of the bathroom, but did have a curtain if you chose to use it. I wish I had asked to see the other rooms, as I think they have "superior" rooms that may be a bit more "luxurious."
The restaurant was fantastic! I highly recommend eating here one night at least. It's not cheap, but reasonable, and the view, food, wine and service were perfect. The waiter made a small mistake at dinner service (a "lost in translation" moment that was probably my fault), and he apologized repeatedly - unnecessary, but appreciated.
Breakfast was also very good: yogurt, cereal, juices, bread, meats, cheeses, cakes, jams, nutella, etc.
The taxi from the Ischia port to the Castello was about 15 minutes and 15 Euros. The area around the Castello was nice for walking and shops and restaurants nearby were good. Taxis were always conveniently parked outside (as close as they can get) to the hotel. Although we didn't use them, the buses also seemed to run consistently and conveniently nearby.
Keep in mind that this hotel is IN the Castello and conveniently connected to the "museum." You will need to pay the museum entrance fee to explore the entire site. The grounds, history, and views are well-worth the time and euros.
The stairs: Yes, there are quite a few, but from the reviews I expected many more. Unless you are an elderly, injured, or handicapped you should not let the steps deter you. The general public will be fine. There is an elevator that takes you most of the way up, and they will take your bags to your room for you. We carried our own with little problem.
Overall, this is a wonderfully unique and highly recommended place to stay when visiting Ischia!
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- Also Known As:
- Albergo Il Monastero Ischia
- Albergo Il Monastero Hotel Ischia