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Ischia: Hotel Torre Sant'Angelo

Via Fumerie 14 Forio (near Panza), Phone: 081.90.7698
www.torresantangelo.com

Reviewed by: debp1 from Italy, review #2684

When: August 2009

Quiet small hotel with pool and terrific water-view. Within walking distance of a natural hot springs beach. Without a car it can be difficult to get around.

Three star hotel near Panza in the Forio region of Ischia. About 15 minutes by bus from the Forio ferry port or a 30 euro taxi ride. If you take the bus you call the hotel from the last Panza bus stop and they come and pick you up.

The view was stupendous from our water-view room and the dining room. A tranquil setting great for relaxing. Not convenient, however, to go shopping, to the ferry ports or to the big water parks such as Negombo (a shuttle ride to the bus stop and then a 25-minute bus ride on a crowded bus).

The hotel itself was clean, air conditioned, and had a nice pool. The breakfast was standard continental buffet--coffee bar with the usual, lots of sweet breads and cornetti, cereal, yogurt, juice, fruits, toast, ham and cheese. No eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, etc., which aren't really standard in most Italian hotels anyway.

We had a special order lunch which was very good (swordfish, pasta with tuna, mixed salad), but were less happy with the seafood dinner included as part of the half board - tiny calamari that made the whole pasta dish smell too fishy for my friend, then large prawns which were overcooked (the dinner that included meat was better). We only ate there one night and opted to eat out our second night, for which they credited our room bill 20 euros.

The only attraction that we found nearby was quite nice - a natural hot springs beach a short walk away, and then down a big wide staircase to the literally boiling water, with little bridges that take you out farther where the hot springs mixes with the cooler sea water. The snack bar there requires that you not bring in your own picnic while they are open.

A nice small hotel for those who want a quiet, air conditioned place with a magnificent water view. Other reviewers I've read liked the food, so perhaps we didn't give the kitchen a fair chance.

It's probably best if someone in your party speaks some Italian as the only person who appeared comfortable and fluent speaking English was the maid. Most convenient if you have your own transportation--small car or scooter-- as the buses are crowded and the taxis expensive if you want to go sightseeing.

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