Hotel La Palma
What We Love
- Undeniable Italian charm at a classically styled Ischia hotel, with a spa and breathtaking bay viewsThe feeling of being delightfully secluded on the island of Ischia
- The charming Italian tiles and traditional design
- Panoramic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea from the sun terrace
What To Know
- The shop right next door arguably serves the best gelato in Capri—don't miss out!
- Located just steps from Piazza Umberto and the funicular railway
- WiFi can be spotty, but do you really need it?
Hotel La Palma is located in the historic centre of the elegant town of Sant’Angelo, on the blissful island of Ischia. The hotel stands in the heart of the town, just a short walk away from the beaches, restaurants, cafes and shops.
Decked out in classic island style, with summery pale blue and pearl white indoors and out and classically chic arched windows and doorways, this almost retro Ischian holiday pad will bring out your inner 1960s Italian movie star in no time. Potted plants spill out of the pillared walkways onto the pretty tiled sun terrace, complete with comfy wicker armchairs, a statuesque palm and gorgeous views of Sant’Angelo’s port and rugged peninsula.
Expect freshly caught fish each day in the restaurant, alongside traditional local dishes, Neapolitan cuisine and nationwide Italian favourites. The hotel’s modern wellness centre lures you in with its long list of health and beauty treatments, ready to buff you into tip-top Italian island shape.
Hotel La Palma is part of the Tropical Thermal Park complex, which enables all guests free access to the park where they can enjoy its variety of swimming pools and saunas that overlook the striking bay.
How to Get There
The hotel is close to the beach in this quiet, attractive resort. Access to the beach involves steps so those with mobility issues could have a problem. Access to the lift in the hotel involves climbing stairs. Road access to the hotel from the drop off is tricky by foot. We paid 6 Euros for an electric buggy. For our early return flight the buggy would cost 30 Euros, so we pulled our suitcase up the steep hill - taking around 20 minutes.
I’d normally give this hotel 4 stars - friendly staff, clean room, air conditioning, small balcony, fridge, bathroom with bidet and small shower & wifi. The restaurant lets down the hotel. The continental breakfast was OK but the meats, cheese & eggs were not topped up. The evening meal had plenty of courses but not exciting - fish was best. The desserts had less choice as the week went on – only cake on our last day.
I hope the hotel sorts out these issues because, providing there are no mobility issues, it is a wonderful place to stay in a relaxing, attractive, quiet location. Nice bars and restaurants, a reasonably priced, hot spa and pools are close by. A regular clockwise and anticlockwise bus service leaves every 10-15 minutes during the day.
If you are visiting what is probably the best town to stay on Ischia, there is a wide choice of hotels.
They are nearly all located in the pedestrian zone and involve a lot of walking and step climbing even if you do avail yourself of the extortionately priced golf buggies that will ferry you around.
La Palma is an almost ramshackle collection of buildings joined together by endless staircases to make a hotel that struggles to be 3 star and is probably 2 star at best but for its location and stunning views.
There is a fine line between quaint and dated and this hotel often walks it. Our room - 336 - was as far as it is possible to walk from reception and involved a climb of about 150ft along no less than 14 staircases! Not for the elderly!!
Bathrooms are tiny, furniture has seen better days and parts of the construction are borderline to say the least.
Yet the staff are fantastic, especially in the dining area, and despite limited English will do anything for you if you treat them with courtesy. The hotel seemed to be almost entirely occupied by Russians who didn’t treat anyone with courtesy so we got great service.
The location and views are probably the best on the island, loads of fantastic bars and restaurants nearby make this a proper secret escape.
We had a half board deal and breakfast was basic and fresh and dinner couldn’t be faulted for service or volume. Perhaps a little bland by Italian standards but always a good selection.
There are better hotels here and probably a lot more expensive too, but for Friendly and authentic taste of Ischia it’s a good choice.
- helpful and pleasant staff, spoke multiple languages with ease
- comfortable bed
- AC works very well
- cleaning staff does a great job
- nice common balcony with comfortable furniture and great sunset (and fireworks!) view
- rooms are tiny, really tiny
- if you are not an early riser, breakfast choices are dwindling, staff doesn’t replenish anything, have to ask for fruit, juice, cutlery, yogurt, etc. It gets very tiresome after a few days. And you start to feel like a complainer.
- lots of stairs, there is an elevator, but you still have to climb a flight and a half of stairs to get to the elevator. And the hotel itself is perched on a hill, so lots of stairs just to get to the lobby of the hotel
- decor is really dated, not even a painting/print on any wall of our room, kind of depressing
- we stayed a week and half the time the WIFI wasn’t working on our floor (4th), but always worked in the lobby and restaurant/common balcony area