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Albergo Il Monastero
Ranked #8 of 70 Hotels in Ischia
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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“Coastal Paradise!”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

We stayed here for two nights and would have loved to stay longer! It's an incredibly beautiful, historic and peaceful place to visit and stay. The rooms are lovely and simple and keep to the feeling of the castle. The staff is very helpful and always available to answer questions and offer recommendations. They're hospitality made our stay that much more relaxing. We are looking forward to coming back here someday.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 24 May 2014

From the time of booking to the time of checking out, the staff were extraordinary and the site was great. We stayed for three nights and had dinner on two of those nights. The room had a great view of the city and was very comfortable -- but not for everyone, there was no TV and no minibar, and the wardrobe door didn't work. The walls are thin -- so just as well there are no TVs. The setting is fantastic, inside an ancient monastery with gardens, churches, chapels, etc.

The food was extremely good and not very expensive. We took the waiter's advice about wines and were pleased with the results. Breakfasts were abundant and tasty. We were there in May and the fresh food from the gardens was part of the meals -- overall there was a focus on local ingredients and traditional preparations.

We were very happy with our stay and would certainly return.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

A great place to be outside the box! Arriving thru the town you have a great view of the Castle. Get the taxi to take you across the bridge if you have luggage. Easier than dragging it over the cobblestones. Leave your luggage at the gates and the hotel will transport them up. At reception, Guilio & Joseph treated us with friendliness and info about our stay. The rooms are simple, no tv, no fridge but the hotel brought anything you needed. It has a good restaurant, lots of choice, breakfast good which is included. We were in # 9.. The bed was hard by our standards but ok.
All in all an interesting and historical place to rest your head.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Amazing views in an historic location this is an amazing place to stay with staff who are friendly and very helpful.
I stayed at the hotel for two nights and found it delightful. You take the number 7 bus from the port and get off at the stop for the castle and then walk about 10 minutes. At the castle there is a lift that takes you 90% of the way up to the castle (not for the claustrophobic) the lady at the gate arranged for my bag to be delivered to my room. My room was simple but artistically decorated. I stayed in a single room that had a very firm mattress, however, I slept very well as there is great serenity and tranquility. The bathroom was simply appointed but again very charming. The views are magnificent. Breakfast is served in the restaurant area which has amazing views of the sea and the island's coastline. The restaurant is great, dinner was delicious and breakfast was simple but very nice.
I feel I must give special mention to the hotel staff who really made my stay special, I was not feeling well on Sunday night but needed to eat and did not realise the restaurant was closed, they specially cooked me some pasta and served it in the restaurant complete with music and a candle. They are great hosts and very friendly. This is a very beautiful place to stay.
Tip: best thing to do on the island is visit Negombo thermal park, it's awesome and has the best beach.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

There's no better place to stay on the island of Ischia than Il Monastero. The ancient castle, on its own private islet accessed by a pedestrian walkway, houses at its top this beautiful, modern small hotel. Views of the Bay and the island of Ischia from the large patio are extraordinary, and the staff truly cares about the satisfaction and comfort of every guest. Giulio is beyond helpful, and even provided for us a list of restaurants in other parts of southern Italy that we planned to visit after leaving the islands. He and Joseph were always available and eager to answer questions and offer suggestions. Staying in this castle was a unique and wonderful experience!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Seattle Washington
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

We stayed at the Albergo for three nights in September. Its a wonderful location...across a pedestrian causeway from Porto Ischia, high up with a wonderful view back to the island. I agree with other reviewers...getting the baggage up the stairs after the elevator was a bit tough. But once you get there, its wonderful. The views are great. The staff was just great as well. They were very helpful lining up activities for us (including renting a Vespa for two days...what a great way to get around). The food was extremely good....we ate dinner there all three nights...wonderful dining room.

The common areas were really nicely done. If I have one criticism, it is that the room we had (Number 9) was not up to the excellent level of the rest of the hotel. The bed was not great and the bathroom and shower average.

But overall, a really great (and interesting) place to stay.

Ischia itself is very nice...a lower key alternative to Capri.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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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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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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