The Best Places to Stay in Ponza, Italy

Ponza offers a slow island pace of life with great restaurants, sea views and charming hotels like Hotel Torre dei Borboni
Ponza offers a slow island pace of life with great restaurants, sea views and charming hotels like Hotel Torre dei Borboni | Courtesy of Hotel Torre dei Borboni / Expedia
Photo of Gillian McGuire
30 March 2021

A real hidden gem, Ponza is the largest island of the Italian Pontine archipelago, just a three hour ferry ride from Naples. Swim in the turquoise Mediterranean sea, hike through the hilly interior and tuck into fresh seafood at a rustic trattoria.

While Ponza has attracted celebrities like Rhianna, Beyonce and Jay-Z in recent years, this is not a destination for five-star resort seekers. Primarily a fishing island, it offers a slow island pace of life in the heart of the Mediterranean. Expect family-run hotels, cosy B&Bs and great restaurants overlooking the fishing boats moored in the harbour.

Hotel Chiaia Di Luna

Independent Hotel
Map View
This sea-orientated boutique is the only hotel on Ponza to overlook the Chiaia Di Luna Bay, the island’s widest and most dramatic curve of sand. Rooms are scattered between the main hotel and a detached annexe. They are dominated by a bold Mediterranean palette of white and blue; most have beach views, either from private balconies and terraces or through postcard-shaped windows. Panoramic vistas of the bay can also be enjoyed from the seawater pool and restaurant’s terrace. Ponza town centre is a ten-minute walk away.

Piccolo Hotel Luisa

Independent Hotel
Map View
Set back from Ponza’s pretty port, Piccolo Hotel Luisa offers you the option of booking a speed boat along with your accommodation. Rooms are simply yet elegantly decorated and range in size from singles to quadruples; all have balconies with views over gardens, swimming pools and olive groves. Check out the restaurant, where a Neopolitan chef cooks up vibrant dishes with the best of the day’s catch. A breakfast of sweet and savoury treats is included in the nightly fee and free parking is available upon request.

Hotel Bellavista

Independent Hotel
Map View
Guests at Hotel Bellavista – an unpretentious three-star in the centre of town – have access to their very own private beach, as well as archaeological visits, cruises and hiking expeditions arranged by the staff. Although characterised by functionality rather than aesthetics, rooms represent great value (especially as breakfast is included) and all but a few have sea views. Also overlooking the water is the Bellavista restaurant, where the chefs devise daily menus based on what the boat’s brought in. All of the town’s main attractions are easily reached on foot.

Hotel Mari

Independent Hotel
Map View

This simple hotel has some of the best views over the port area of the island. Book a room with a small balcony to watch the fishing boats and yachts drift past. The patterned terrazzo tile floors and oil paintings of island scenes lend an old-fashioned, homely feeling. Breakfast is served in a dining room built into the rocks, decorated with charming ceramics, which you can buy in reception. Don’t miss the lavish spread of homemade cakes, fruit tarts and doughnuts to start the day.

Why Book With Culture Trip?

  • Free cancellation

    In these uncertain times, cancel or change for free on select properties.

  • Price-match guarantee

    Find a better price on your booking and we’ll match it. Simple.

  • Unbiased & trustworthy

    Book from recommendations handpicked by travel experts.

  • Hotel Torre dei Borboni

    Independent Hotel
    Map View
    Courtesy of Hotel Torre dei Borboni / Expedia
    The Torre dei Borboni is the only hotel on Ponza to occupy a historic building. Many of its whitewashed, contemporary rooms and suites are housed in the tower, built in the 1700s as a lookout for pirates. When you’re not reclining in your palatial suite, lounge by the pool on one of the most enviably-situated terraces on Ponza. There’s a light catering service, but no restaurant. Staff can arrange preferential rates at the island’s best restaurants, most of which are within strolling distance.

    Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla

    Boutique Hotel
    Map View

    Hidden short walk from the busy port area, the Grand Hotel is one of the island’s only four star hotels. Whilst this isn’t a luxury hotel, it’s certainly comfortable with simple furnishings and Vietri tiled floors. Ask for a room overlooking the port when booking, as not all have a view. A real highlight here is the subterranean spa, which 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.

    Hotel Ortensia

    Independent Hotel
    Map View

    Situated in Le Forna, a 15-minute bus ride from the port, Hotel Ortensia boasts the island’s best sunset views, thanks to its westerly position. The 27 rooms are decorated simply with wrought iron bed frames and dark wooden wardrobes; almost every room has a balcony with a sea view. Breakfast is included, you can also choose half-board or eat à la carte at the onsite, family-run restaurant. The native Ponzese staff and family speak perfect English and are happy to help you discover their favourite places on the island, plus there are three beaches within walking distance of the hotel.

    Hotel Villaggio dei Pescatori

    Independent Hotel
    Map View

    Overlooking the Cala Feola in the Le Forna neighbourhood, this hotel is designed in the style of the island’s 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. Dine on fresh seafood every evening at the onsite restaurant – ask for the local delicacy, sea urchin, as allegedly Ponza is the place place in the world to try it. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to the port.

    Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.

    These recommendations were updated on March 30, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

    Cookies Policy

    We and our partners use cookies to better understand your needs, improve performance and provide you with personalised content and advertisements. To allow us to provide a better and more tailored experience please click "OK"