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Albergo Il Monastero
Ranked #8 of 70 Hotels in Ischia
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Montreal, Canada
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“Tranquility amidst fireworks!”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

In our search for places to visit and stay on Ischia, my wife came across Il Monastero and fell in love. We booked two nights, reserving our third night on the island for a hotel in Forio. As we were taking a car on the island, we were told to park in a commercial lot near the Albergo; there was a special price for hotel guests. Arrival on the island was easy, we did not get lost, and when we arrived at the parking lot the two ladies running the place were delightful. All went as smoothly as you could ever want. We did have a bit of a schlep to get to the hotel, but we were prepared for this, with wheeled luggage. (in Italy, especially when booking hotels in the Centro Storico of a city, be prepared to walk some distance from the parking to the hotel!)

We arrived at the base of the little mountain upon which the hotel is perched and took the elevator up. The peace and quiet, sense of calm of the place fully fitted it's monastic past! Check in was a breeze, the staff very helpful, cheerful and kind. Our room had a great view over the village of Ischia Ponte. It was, indeed, small. The shower area smaller. But it was impeccably clean, very quiet, and, in a word, perfect.

As we had two dinners before moving to Forio, we elected to have one dinner in town and the second at the Albergo. The staff recommended an excellent restaurant on the main street, Da Ciccio, and made a reservation for us. Good thing, too, as there was a religious festival in town and the place was packed! Both dinners were spectacularly good. The Albergo serves aperitivo on the terrace and there is a second place which is open to the public and serves light snacks and drinks. All very civilized, and great to be able to observe the goings on down in the village and on the water, from up on high.

Just to make things really special, the town was celebrating their patron saint. Every evening there were activities in town and at midnight, fireworks which we could observe straight out our window or from the terrace!

The day after our arrival, we decided to rent electric bicycles for the day, and tour the island. This was arranged directly from the hotel. To our surprise, the rental place was the parking lot where we left our car. We got to interact with the ladies managing the lot and the bicycles. They were great! It is possible to tour the entire island in one day on these electric bikes. We were a bit concerned about the traffic, but after a few minutes we got used to it and it went smoothly. I recommend this way of getting around, because when you decide you want to stop and visit something, or grab a coffee or lunch, you never have to worry about parking your car! And it really is a small enough island to tour completely by electric bike. If we were to return, we would definitely rent them again.

Now, if the Albergo could figure out a way to add a nice swimming pool, that would be absolutely out of this world!

All in all, nothing but good memories of Il Monastero and Ischia!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Location unbelievable. Given own key for coming home after castle gates shut so atmospheric ride up in lift and walk through castle to hotel in attached nunnery. Stunning views over town below and mountains. Night we were there spectacular lightening storm over mountains but guess that is not always an option! Staff a delight, rooms simply but tastefully furnished. Up market meal in evening and probably not more expensive than meal following night in restaurant below and better. Best breakfast of holiday with warm fresh baked cakes as well as usual options of cereal, bread, meat cheese, jam etc but all top quality. Set out on terrace overlooking view. The castle itself a fascinating visit. Only sadness is to reflect on the miserable and creepy lives of the nuns who lived there before but will leave you to discover the details.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2013 via mobile

You wouldn't think a hotel that is in such plain sight could feel like such a nice hideaway but Il Monastero manages this. Excellent service with superb staff made this one of the best e experiences on our recent Italy trip.

Please make sure to visit the restaurant in the hotel rather than hitting the resultant nearby - a true gem.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

Well the location is magnificent to say the least. And the staff is fantastic. The rooms are just fine. And I can't believe how reasonable it is. If you go to Ischia you'd be nuts not to stay here. The restaurant is also quite good. And you can swim right there in the Mediterranean

  • Stayed September 2013
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

Most romantic and breathtaking location in Ischia, superb views and a restaurant to die for. Do book the dinner with the room: supervalue! If you want to impress your partner you can also book a water taxi to get you at the entrance of the island castle directly from harbour. The rooms are basic, but very clean and with AC.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

We stayed on our honeymoon, it was brilliant, the castle is straight out of an adventure novel...think The Count of Monte Cristo!

Very helpful staff, nice breakfast, and fantastic views, and we loved the electric bikes.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

We spent several nights there in summer. The place is overwhelming, inside the castle/fortress called Castello Aragonese. It's a bit weird that to get there you have to take a lift next to the ticket office to enter the castle, and then you feel a bit disoriented until you find the main door, but... surprise! Incredible views, absolutely relaxing, and the best is at night when the castle closes its doors and only the people in the hotel stay there. The rooms are modest (small bathroom), lack of forniture, but this should keep you away from enjoying the place. Perfect for a honeymoon or a romantic weekend.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Albergo Il Monastero
Address: Castello Aragonese, 80070, Ischia, Isola d'Ischia, Italy
Region: Italy > Campania > Province of Naples > Isola d'Ischia > Ischia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ischia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Albergo Il Monastero 3*
Number of rooms: 21
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