Central Park Hotel Terme
What We Love
- A dreamy stay in picturesque Ischia, with breakfast, a room upgrade and moreUnwinding with a treatment or two at the spa – and enjoying a discount
- Savoring local fare at the hotel's restaurant or exploring the charming eateries nearby
- Visiting the stunning Aragonese Castle – one of the island's must-see highlights
What To Know
- Well-located between Ischia Porto and Ischia Ponte, right on the beach
- The spa offers complimentary access to indoor thermal baths and Turkish baths
- Free WiFi is available in public areas
How to Get There
We've just spent a week half board at this hotel. Our room on the third floor was spacious, had a comfortable bed and a balcony overlooking the pool area. Both the breakfast and evening meals were good If a little unadventurous but the service by Raffael, Fabio, Fernanda and the rest of the staff was excellent. The hotel is centrally located in Ischia town and and near to the main road and a busy roundabout, consequently the traffic noise was quite loud throughout the day and well into the evening. The local bus services are good if somewhat crowded and uncomfortable but give you easy access to the whole island. If you are looking for a peaceful break this is probably not the place for you although the hotels position gives you good access to the main town and beach. We came for the walking which was excellent although a decent map of the island would be helpful as the paths are not well signed.
Standard rooms are small and some guests were complaining they were shabby. We stayed in a superior room which was fine - clean, well furnished with a little balcony and great view.
The clientele are Italian, German and British in that order. Most have the half board option - breakfast and either lunch or dinner. The food is good but not great. The service is first class but the lunch and dinner options are served very quickly. These have to be chosen in advance at breakfast. Breakfasts were buffet style and more than adequate.
There was the thermal pool downstairs. The gym was very poor. The pool is good with plenty of sunbeds.
This just about deserves the four stars I've given. It has a good central location for Porto.
On arrival mid afternoon, we were more than annoyed to find that the room we had booked, as an upgrade from std to superior, was not available until the following day. The receptionist was apologetically telling us that the previous occupant had a travel problem and had to stay on an extra day. This we found unacceptable because someone else's problem was being made ours,, effectively this meant that someone else was sleeping in the bed we had paid for!!
They told us they had no other superior rooms available so had put us in a standard room, which was small with a poor bathroom and a balcony which we couldn't use, overlooking the dustbins. We felt that the other person should have been put there for his extra night, not us. For this inconvenience they offered us free drinks in the hotel for our first night. We did not consider alcohol, sufficient remedy for not being able to unpack, let alone the hideous shabby room, with an unusable balcony. We met two other groups who also had awful rooms allocated - my concern here is that the lowest grade rooms are offered to those who book an 'offer' package.
However, the following day as promised, we were given the appropriate room which was very nice, and very definitely better and more recently appointed. Beautifully clean, and a quiet respite on the 3rd floor with a great view. From that point on our enjoyment of the hotel was very much improved. The service in the restaurant was lovely, the breakfasts offered a varied choice. At breakfast you are offered to choose between having lunch or dinner and given the option to choose your meal, the range of menus was quite good and the quality was mostly very good. I felt overall that the hotel deserves a good review, there did seem to be a clear intention to give their guests a good service and our opinion is that they did. There are good facilities in terms of underground thermal bath, spa, steam room, a fitness room which was a bit shabby, and the outdoor pool and surroundings were very good Plenty of sunbeds, I was a bit surprised to have to rent pool towels and pool/spa robes, but these charges were to be waived to us. The pool bar, run by Antonio was great, he was by far the most obliging and friendly and jolly of the staff we met. The restaurant staff were similarly very friendly, Paulo stood out. Mariana on the desk was lovely and the most able English speaker, which is a bit of a problem when most of the non Italian guests were German or English and the other reception staff were difficult to engage if you had any problems. One particular older male member of reception staff was not only unhelpful but quite demonstrably rude and very intimidating, late at night, before our departure. He initially refused to accept my challenge to our bill, which included the drinks charges for our first night (which were modest), and the towel/robe charges which Mariana had waived on arrival for our trouble. Unfortunately he did not have a name badge like the other staff, so I cannot name him, but if you encounter his rudeness, you will recognise him!
Finally, if I found myself in Ischia in the future, I would stay here again as we did have a lovely stay. The location was great, halfway between Porto and Aragonese Castle, both of which take 10-15 minutes to reach on foot. Don't be put off climbing the castle as there is an elevator to ease the strain, the views are fantastic. Get a map, check out the 'parallel road' up from the port, which has much going on later in the day. Take a tour around the island by driver and by boat, so pretty either way.
Tip: if you do a boat trip to Positano/Amalfi, both of which are lovely, be aware it stops along the way depending where you board, and then again on the return which made our day 11 hours door to door, too long for me.
Tip: take Mozzie spray, the hotel is set amongst a lot of heavy foliage and the beasts are there.
Central Park was in an ideal location for the beach and the Argonese castle. The beaches were a ten minute walk away and the Argonese castle wasn't much further. The room was mostly clean. The bathroom was a nice size, however the shower door was broken and kept coming off of the track. The balcony outside of the room was beautiful and quiet. Overall, the room wasn't bad.
We were provided with a breakfast every morning. Although it was convenient to be able to have a breakfast when we woke up, the food was mediocre. We ate a lunch at the swimming pool during our last day. The food we had was a little better than the breakfast, but not excellent. Aside from the food, the wait staff was very friendly and made us feel welcomed.
Check in and check out was easy and fast. All in all, our stay was OK.
We have had a perfect week here very relaxing I couldn't fault anything food was excellent-we went with an open mind expecting to eat out most nights -at breakfast you are given lunch and dinner menu it's up to you which you have you put you choice in with the maitre d' we chose to eat out on an evening only twice and this was because we preferred the lunch menu the service is impeccable food presented well and the restaurant itself is superbly presented.
The bar is great with two great bar men who know how to serve drinks .
Our room was on the ground floor and I had read about thes looking at a wall and at first I was a bit put out but it was a really good size with a lovely terrace-the wall has a decorative mural it was so peaceful.
Outside pool fabulous as is the thermal pool and sauna ect .
The hotel is minutes from the main bit of town and bus stop to other parts of Ischia which I would advise anyone to use .
The reception staff and manager are so helpful .
My one bit of advice the restaurant-men are not allowed in on an evening in shorts -long trousers only -not a problem if you know in advance.
We enjoyed our week immensely and didn't do enough site seeing as we just relaxed so we would definitely return.