We arrived in a grumpy mood following problems with our car. But our family room cheered us up: a wide firm double bed, two single beds, and plenty of room to move around rather than having to shuffle past each other. A nice big bathroom too. No view from inside the room, but by going out onto the spacious terrace we had a splendid view of the sea.
The children (8 and 10) loved the swimming pool, which is salt water rather than chlorinated. One day we were the only people there, so it was like our own private pool.
Breakfast was plentiful, and the evening meal was the Italian format of antipasto (no choice), primo (pasta etc, choice from three options), secondo (two meat options, one vegetarian, plus salad and cooked vegetables from the buffet) and cake/icecream/fruit/coffee. There was plenty to eat, and all of our requests for changes were perfectly dealt with (less for the children, no prawns with that one, etc). We drank wines from Elba, which were good and about 15 EUR per bottle.
There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, and although we normally went out in the car, one day we took the Marebus. It isn't very frequent, but it is fun, and saved us a lot of aggravation parking in Sant'Andrea. It also introduced us to Patresi, which we might not have discovered otherwise.
Our last night there was Thursday 15 August, the Assumption of Mary religious festival. So there was a special meal, much more elaborate than normal, which made an excellent end to our holiday. I don't remember our first Thursday there having a themed dinner, contrary to the website.
The staff were all very pleasant and helpful, and the hotel (which has a spacious site) was all well-maintained and immaculately clean. Paola dealt with emails immediately, which was particularly appreciated when I was late organising the ferry.
Someone recommended this hotel to us, and we would highly recommend it too!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is located in the beautiful natural setting of western Elba, at the foot of the highest mountain of the island, Monte Capanne. From the hotel you can enjoy a unique view of Corsica, and of Capraia, another of the islands in the Tuscan Archipelago. The hotel is situated in the characteristic village of Colle d'Orano, part of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park. At Villa Rita we offer you an informal and welcoming ambience: 17 well-appointed rooms, a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, and a fantastic location from which you will be able to enjoy unforgettable sunsets. The hotel has private parking for cars and motorbikes as well as for bicycles (covered for both motorbikes and bicycles). Sitting room with TV sat and a small library, bar, restaurant with sea view, swimming pool with wirpool section and solarium, and a sea view veranda where you can enjoy a Limoncino, read a book or just look at the beutiful sky full of stars. The TV room, the veranda and most of our rooms have WI-FI connection. You will immediately notice how in the hotel's vicinities there is a variety of attractions: from the most popular beaches to those that can be reached only by driving or walking along rough tracks, or even just from the sea; from areas of Mediterranean bush to mountain valleys, each of which has its own microclimate and ecosystem. These areas contain indigenous plant species such as the violet, the Monte Capanne cornflower, various types of orchids, the sea-lavender, and the yew proof of the existence of an ancient oceanic forest. It will not be difficult to spot in the more remote areas mouflons, wild boars, martens, green lizards, red partridges, crows and hawks. From the hotel, sea lovers can easily reach small solitary beaches of rocks and gravel, with clear and beautiful waters such as the beaches at Le Buche and the Polveraia and in a few minutes you can drive to some of the well known sandy beaches such as Sant'Andrea, Cotoncello, Fetovaia, Seccheto and Cavoli.To reach most local beaches in the borough of Marciana and along the Costa del Sole (Coast of the Sun), from mid June to mid September (dates subject to variation) our guests have FREE use of the MAREBUS SERVICE which stops directly outside the hotel. For walkers, birdwatchers and photographers, there are many well-signed tracks in the vicinity of the hotel. Discover historical sites, rare wildlife and splendid panoramic views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rita Hotel Marciana