Accommodation on the island of Ponza trends towards simple to rustic. This is not a destination for five star resort seekers. Most accommodation here is private apartments and villas that are rented year after year by Italian families but we have discovered the best hotels ranging from a full-service spot with a spa and multiple pools to a rambling place modeled on traditional fisherman homes.
This simple hotel has some of the best views over the port area of the island. Book a room with a small balcony at watch the action from there. There is WiFi, air conditioning and the rooms are spotlessly clean. The patterned terrazo tile floors and oil paintings of island scenes lend an old-fashioned homey feeling. Breakfast is included and you do not want to miss the lavish spread of homemade cakes, fruit tarts and doughnuts. The breakfast room is built into the rocks and decorated with charming ceramics. If you fall in love with the ceramics, there is a small shop at reception where you can start your own collection.
This historic property is a short uphill walk from the port and was once part of a 18th century defensive tower. There are 48 air-conditioned rooms, most with views over the cliffs, Roman ruins and the sea. There are large double storey family rooms that are perfect if you are traveling with tweens and teens. The hotel pool overlooks the port and out towards the popular beach in Frontone.
This oasis is hidden a short walk away from the busy port area in one of the island’s only four star hotels. With ceramic tile floors and simple furnishings, this is not a luxury hotel, but a quite comfortable one. Not all rooms have a view of the sea, so make sure when booking to ask for a room overlooking the port with a terrace. There is a spa on the hotel grounds that includes two seawater pools built into caves. Swim back and forth between the Frigidarium (66-76 degree F) and the Calidarium (35-38 degree F.) There is also a Turkish style Hammam bath. The Il Melegrano restaurant hosts a popular aperitivo in the early evening and serves creative island cuisine.
This hotel is in Le Forna which is a 15 minute bus ride from the port and is the neighborhood that boasts the best sunset views on the island. The 27 rooms are decorated simply with wrought iron frame beds and dark wooden wardrobes. Each room includes air conditioning, a mini fridge and almost every room has a balcony with a sea view. The on sight restaurant is family run and where breakfast is included with your room. You can also choose a half board option or eat as you choose a la carte. The native Ponzese staff and family speak perfect English and are happy to help you discover their favorite places on the island. There are three beaches within walking distance of the hotel.
Overlooking the Cala Feola in the Le Forna neighborhood, this hotel is designed in the style of the island’s typical fisherman’s cottages spread out over four separate buildings. With pastel blues and crisp white walls, the rooms have a coastal feel and all have a view of the sea. Rooms have air conditioning, minibars, telephones, internet and satellite TV. There is a restaurant on the property and you can choose between a bed and breakfast or a half board (dinner) options. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to the port.