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Hotel Villa Carolina

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Had a few nights here recently. Hotel is in a great location with plenty of nearby restaurants etc We used the bus to get around the island which was great although signage at the various stops is limited to say the least. We did have some language difficulties but they were soon overcome. Hotel was clean and comfortable with great staff although our 'room with a view' was very small with a 'sliver' of a view. Overall a god experience and the lift only got stuck once!

We stayed with my friend for a week. It was a clean good hotel but nothing special for 4 stars. Dinner was served outside, when the weather was good enough and the boxes full of empty cola bottles were next to our table. Good location, staff helpfull

Great location with wonderful views from the rooftop terrace. I am afraid it goes a bit downhill from there. The room is adequate and cleaned quickly and efficiently, most days while we were having breakfast. If you want a hot shower in the morning then please use it before 7.30 AM, as they are cold afterwards. Breakfast is OK if a bit dull and the service depended on if the staff could be bothered or not that day. We had the half board option and the dinner\lunch menu was very limited, but the meals were only occasionally good, mostly poor as was the service. Marco, who is on reception in the mornings, is extremely helpful which is more than can be said for the chap in the afternoons who could not be more unhelpful if he tried. Once out of the hotel then things look up as you are close to all the shops and restaurants and Forio is fantastic. You can spend hours just wandering around the seafront\marina and the shops. You can get a 24-hour bus pass (12 hours in reality) for 3.60 euros each to travel around the island. The public bus can be very busy however and a bit of a bun fight to get on. Taxi’s appear to be very expensive with a minimum charge of 12 euros and about 35 euros to travel to Ischia town the other end of the island. A trip to Ischia Ponte and Castello Aragonese is well worth the trip. The shops and restaurants appeared to be good value for money, but I am not sure if this is because it was October and if the prices are higher during the main holiday season. The local ice cream is an absolute must.

We would stay here again because the location is great, but would have bed and breakfast next time and not half board as the food is truly terrible. Breakfast is fine, but we have had to eat out each day since trying the food on the first two days. There are some lovely restaurants nearby serving good Italian food. Marco in reception deserves a mention for being so helpful.

We had a room that looked out on the sun terrace that is the main feature of this hotel. Wonderful views of the harbour and coastline and only a few minutes walk from the centre of town. The room was adequate and the bathroom and shower were fine. Clean towels every day and the cleaner was very efficient, cheerful and helpful. We had booked on a half-board basis meaning that we could select either lunch or dinner. We tried one dinner and one lunch and ate out for the rest of our stay!! We love Italian food but this was poor and served in the main by surly and uncommunicative staff in a characterless dining room. The breakfasts were exactly the same every day but were adequate and an improvement on lunch and dinner. We had some great meals out as there are a lot of great restaurants in Forio but it did make our holiday considerably more expensive. The advertised indoor and rooftop swimming-pools are no more than plunge pools and the roof terrace had plenty of sun beds and other seating.

This hotel is in a great location ; close to sea, shops, buses and restaurants. The room was adequate, but a bit basic. Our room was on the roof terrace and we had beautiful views. The swimming pool was tiny, but nevertheless welcome. The indoor pool was also tiny and in a dark and dingy space. Some of the staff were very helpful and friendly- some. The waiting staff left a lot to be desired; the first night almost throwing the plates down and snatching them up as soon as possible, making no eye contact less alone a friendly word- and this in Italy. However, Michele improved during the week. The food was very disappointing and at times inedible: burnt toast, fish that was described as cod that was a lump of very soft and slimey stuff. I did not recognise it. The head waiter greeted complaints with anonchalance and 'ok'. At times the menu was mis-translated. 'roast pork' was ham and 'roast beef' wasn't. They did substitute fruit for pudding on request. One day we decided to take lunch and eat out in the evening (we should have eaten out more) On this occasion I asked if we could eat outside. The dinning room lacked atmosphere and was mostly empty. I was told, very abruptly, 'No, as was going to rain in 10 minutes' It didn't. The room was always cleaned and towels replaced by the time we had finished breakfast. No complaints about that. As others have said, It is in a lovely location just enjoy it and eat elsewhere.

This hotel is beautifully sited, overlooking the harbour and surrounded by shops and restaurants. Our hotel was on the roof terrace. Great position with lovely views. But there were disappointments. The room was basically furnished. The bed was hard and bedding and pillows left something to be desired. Storage barely adequate. Small tv. Bathroom needs a facelift, though the shower worked well. Poor towels. The room was clean but often noisy because tiled floors produce echoing sound. The swimming pools are both tiny. Two of the reception staff were friendly. Especially the one who looked like Kevin Spacey. The third less so. The waiting staff were slovenly and in need of training. The head waiter was useless. The worst feature of the hotel was the food. Dull breakfast with no fresh fruit. Limited selection. Dinner was just an endless disappointment. Cheap food poorly cooked. So make the most of the gorgeous setting; this is no four star hotel.

We spent a very enjoyable 7 days at the Hotel. The plus points are the staff, the roof terrace, the room was okay basic but everything you needed. Location was excellent 5 mins from a lovely village and 10 mins from a good beach. The downside was the food, plenty of it, was never hungry but only vegetable accompanying the main course was either chips and lettuce or cold spinach and lettuce it would have been nice to have more variety. Some other guests we spoke to were dining out in the evenings because of this. Because of the location would probably return again and just have bed and breakfast.

2 couples stayed half board for a week. The setting is beautiful; 15th century castle in the background and beautiful harbour/marina in front of the hotel. 10 minute walk to fabulous sandy beach with nice cafe for eats on front. 5 minute walk into the village where there are lots of cafes,bars and a mixture of souvenir shops and the more expensive clothes and jewellery shops. The 3* hotel itself was comfortable. The room was basic but had all you need. Not many hangers in wardrobe- suggest take few with you. It was cleaned every day and was spotlessly clean, with towels changed every day and bedding every 2nd day. The maid didn't speak much English but she made up for it with her cheery manner and smiles☺. Breakfast was the same every day - fruit juices, continental, pastries, cold meats, eggs, sausages and tomatoes etc. Disappointing that there was no fresh fruit; only tinned fruit in syrup, especially when you see the fresh fruit being sold in the market and grocery shop 2 mins away! Evening meals were ok. Most of the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Ischia is a beautiful island, which I would love to go back to. Enjoy!

A couple in our fifties, we stayed here for a week in September 2016. The setting is beautiful, on the harbour's edge, although there is a better evening atmosphere up in the main town. The best bit of this hotel is Marco on reception; he will tell you anything you need to know about the island as well as the hotel. The room was fine with all the basics you'd expect but a big let down was the restaurant. We stayed on a B and B basis and breakfast was the same basic offering every day with staff who were less than welcoming. No fresh produce despite the island growing a wealth of fruit and vegetables. The sun lounge area is clean with stunning views and a small plunge pool.

Via Marina 50/55 Forio d'Ischia NA

Hotel highlights

  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining
  • Health club

Hotel Villa Carolina places you next to Port of Forio and within a 10-minute walk of Soccorso Church. This 28-room, 4-star hotel has conveniences like free in-room WiFi, a health club, and a rooftop terrace. It's in central Forio d'Ischia and also close to Cava dell'Isola Beach and Ravino Gardens.


Dining

Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. Explore the hotel and meet new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge, or enjoy a bite to eat at the onsite restaurant. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


Rooms

Hotel Villa Carolina's 28 rooms are air-conditioned and provide minibars, safes, and desks. 21-cm TVs come with digital channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries.


Property features

At Hotel Villa Carolina, guests have access to a health club, a sauna, and a rooftop terrace. Transportation is made easy with a free area shuttle. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with dry cleaning/laundry and concierge services. Additional amenities include free WiFi in public areas, 30 meeting rooms, and a seasonal outdoor pool.

Room options

Classic Double Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double or Twin Room, Sea View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Triple Room

Full 1 | Twin 1 | Sleeps 3

Family Room

Full 2 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

68% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 227 reviews