Hotel Review: San Montano Resort & Spa

In few words I can sum up our stay at the San Montano Resort & Spa in Ischia:
„The hotel staff are exceptional friendly and helpful. The Food is excellent – an excellent Hotel.“

We had choosen the San Montano Resort & Spa for our holidays due to the very good reviews
at tripadvisor and the attractive photographes on their website.

This time we booked a normal standard room (not with sea view as the year before) with halfboard.

The hotel

The hotel is located 108 metres above sea level of the village „Lacco Ameno“ in Ischia.
As I heard they have about 70 rooms (so not too big and not too small).
At the first floor you will find the recepetion and the hotel Lobby with the hotel bar.
Outside there is also a big terrace with enough seating area and fantastic views over the Island.
On the ground floor there is the restaurant. When it’s not raining breakfast (lunch) and dinner will be served outside.
We ate twice inside, because it rained.

Cuisine

Even I preferred to book the hotel just with breakfast my boyfriend was insistent that we book with halfboard this time (there was not much difference) and so we did.
Breakfast starts at 7.30 until 10.00 o’clock but you can also get a „late riser“ breakfast.
For the breakfast we could choose from the free tables, at dinner we had a fixed one.
Breakfast buffet was manageable: some different cookies, brioches, rolls, fried eggs, bacon, yogurt, millk, muesli, honey, nutella, different jams, cheese, freshly made omelette, cold cuts, small choice of fresh pineapple, melon, grapes. For drinks you can choose between coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato, prosecco, different juices, water. Honestly for a 5* Hotel we expected more and even everything was fresh and good the „small“ choice was a bit disappointing.
Therefor dinner surprised us: everyday you had different antipasti to choose from the buffet, first and second dish with each 5 different choices ( fish, meat, vegetarian ) and 3 choices for the dessert. The food was to-die-for: all fresh and „buonissimo“. The hotel offers also lunch starting from 13 o’clock –  we never tried it as we had lunch in town. Just twice we decided to get a snack at the pool bar ( Caprese, saprese Sandwich, spaghetti al pomodoro ) and it was really good with good quality products.

Drinks

Well, the prices were quite high: a beer was about Euro 5,-, coke Euro 4,50, Pina Colada Euro 12,-, Bellini Euor 11,-
In contrast a bottle of Ischian white and red wine was with Euro 25,- – Euro 30,- really „cheap“.

Service

As I already wrote at the beginning the hotel staff are exceptional friendly and helpful. The receptionist helped us with organizing a taxi Driver to Mt. Epomeo and a day trip to Capri. The service staff in the restaurant is always good for a joke and you feel immediately welcome. The poolman always looks for sunchairs and gives you fresh towels. I think we seldomely stayed in a hotel with such friendly staff.

Pools & Wellness

We didn’t use the pools and wellness area that much. Mostly we stayed the whole day somewhere exploring the Island. When we went back to the Hotel we enjoyed 1-2 hours relaxation at the pools. There is a big main pool just next to the dining room. At the right side there is another big one, which we never used (unfortunately!). There are thermal pools too with fanstastic views!

I can recommend the hotel to everyone: it has the best view over the island, the staff is fantastic and the cuisine is very good too: just have a look at the Pictures:

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