This was my first time at Parco Aurora, although I have been to beautiful Ischia before. Most of the guests were older German couples and young Italian families; not unusual on the Island. The welcome at check-in was friendly yet sparse; I was not properly introduced to many of the amenities/facilities/services. However, the staff, some of whom speak English and/or French, is polite & helpful – the front desk personnel were happy to assist in planning excursions. The Director was professional when we eventually met, and open to hearing comments/suggestions for improvement. The website isn’t very descriptive; so best to call the hotel directly with any questions – they don’t necessarily respond to emails.
Despite some initial misgivings, the overall experience turned out to be positive. The pluses outweigh the minor hiccups, and depending on the period, I would recommend this hotel to certain family & friends. If the owners make some tweaks and continue to commit to client service, the 4-star rating will be merited.
Unique Quality: Optimal location for visiting the shops/restaurants of Ischia Porto & Ponte, as well as surrounding attractions. The building is well-maintained; interior décor typical, perhaps a bit dated. The single-occupancy, double room was spacious but simple, fairly clean & quiet, with an eastern side-sea-view balcony. The washroom was also spacious and shower pressure great; plus plenty of towels. At the time of my stay, there was a tiny TV with a few Italian and German channels. Wi-Fi wasn’t available in the rooms, only in public areas; wired internet was accessible in the management office – no extra fees, though.
From the rooftop terrace, there’s a lovely view of the Bay of Naples, and there are two outdoor pools – one heated, one mineral – unfortunately, info is lacking on whether the water is sourced from a natural geo-thermal spring and how the pools are sanitized. The poolside bar is open during the day until the lounge opens in the evening...everything shuts down by midnight. The bartenders are awesome, and there is a good selection of drinks! While I didn’t eat at the restaurant much, it is run efficiently and the food seemed local & fresh – breakfast can be eaten outside. Room service is limited, not 24-hour as indicated; special requests should be made in advance. Note also that Bagno Royal, the beach area reserved for Dico Hotels, is towards the end of busy Lido d’Ischia (close to the harbour) – not in front as pictured in the photos online.
Directions: From Corso Vittorio Colonna, turn left onto Via Ferrante D'Avalos. Hotel is at the corner of Lungomare Cristoforo Colombo.
One of the 13 churches within castle walls
Is one side of Ischia better to stay in? Does one have more nightlife, ie...clubs & discos? Planning on going this June.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Personally I like the Forio part more than Ischia Porto (Harbour). You will find more nature and nice beaches. But in the harbour area there is definitely more nightlife.
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I have stayed in Forio and SanAngelo and loved them both but the next time I would like to stay in Lacco Ameno, the other side of the island has a whole different feel to it. But its a small enough place to go anywhere on it as long as the bus is still running.
Ischia Porto (the harbour area) and Ischia Ponte (nearby) have the most nightlife. You can go to the so called "right bank" (riva destra) and find plenty of retaurants, bars and discobars. Many others disco, discobars and similar are in the area.
Casamicciola, Forio and Lacco Ameno are on the northern part of the island. They are smaller villages, with less nightlife, but much more tranquillity and less crowd, and you can go to Ischia Porto in about 15 minutes by bus.
In the southern part there is Sant' Angelo, small and cozy village with fine bars and restaurants and some nightlife.
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