If you’re looking for an island getaway near Rome, look no further. Ponza, a colorful island surrounded by aquamarine sea, is located halfway between Rome and Naples, and can be reached in under 3 hours from the capital. Read our full travel guide to Ponza with tips about the best bars, restaurants and beaches. Or discover the best hotels in Ponza below.
Hotel Chiaia di Luna
A pretty villa with stunning views, Hotel Chiaia di Luna is the most famous hotel on Ponza. It overlooks the picturesque Chiaia di Luna beach, which is closed to the public, but one of the prettiest stretches of sand in all of Italy. The hotel is located walking distance from the port but wear comfortable shoes because it’s an uphill climb. There’s a saltwater pool and several lounge areas to unwind after a day out at sea.
Rooms are on the smaller side, but bright and functional, and a few have balconies or private terraces. Even if you don’t stay at the hotel itself, it’s worth booking a table for a sunset aperitivo and dinner because the position is unforgettable.
Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla
Though it doesn’t have sweeping views, Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla is the most luxurious hotel on Ponza. The property has a gourmet restaurant, beach club, outdoor pools and plenty of curated details details. The spa and wellness program features a seawater frigidarium (cold pool) and calidarium (hotel pool) built into grottos, and a Turkish hammam with chromo-therapeutic lighting. Everything is curated here and the property reminds me of a smaller version of Borgo Egnazia in Puglia. It’s a 5-minute walk from the lively port area but located away from the bustle in a quiet oasis.
Piccolo Hotel Luisa
Set just above the Grand Hotel Santa Domitilla, the Piccolo Hotel Luisa is a short walk to the port and features fresh, contemporary rooms with a boho-style. It has a delicious restaurant on an intimate terrace and serves a wonderful breakfast. Cozy and homey, it offers great value for money and has everything you need for a weekend stay on Ponza.
Il Gabbiano Guesthouse
A small hotel set roughly in the middle of the island, Il Gabbiano has mesmerizing views. and is a great place to relax if you want peace and silence. You’ll have to catch a bus to the port (runs every 10-15 min) or rent a scooter, so this is a great property if you plan on driving around on two wheels.
Hotel Gennarino a Mare
A quaint blue house set right on the water, Hotel Gennarino a Mare is a short stroll from the port, making it one of the best family-friendly hotels in Ponza. The rooms are basic but have great views. And the property is strategically-located near the action — withoout being right in the middle of it. Gennarino a Mare also has an outdoor restaurant set on a balcony above the sea.