Monica Khemsurov

Hotel Il Pellicano

with Monica Khemsurov
  • Where:Porto Ercole, Italy

  • Why:A vacation from my vacation (a two-month artist’s residency at the Villa Lena, two hours north).

  • When:September 2016

  • Who:Me, my best friend, and the Villa Lena’s hotel manager, an Il Pellicano fanatic.

Highs & Lows

  • It’s a haven for relaxation — no kids, no overly persistent servers, no loud music.

  • Swimming in the pool (so warm!) and the ocean (so clear!) - with bonus points for pool rafts available seaside.

  • Very sleepy vibes at night, though we were there Sunday to Tuesday.

  • The non-persistent pool/beach servers were a blessing, until we wanted to order lunch - then we often had to hunt someone down.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 43/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury hotel

  • Vibe

    Seclusion and relaxation, plus the glamour of its history as a retreat for the rich and famous.

  • Location

    Tucked into a cozy, isolated pocket of the Italian coastline.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    Quiet, with amusingly incongruous ’80s music by the pool that occasionally dipped a toe in hair metal.

  • Year Opened


  • Designed By

    : Original owners Michael and Patricia Graham, then redesigned in 2006 by Marie-Louise Sciò, creative director and daughter of the current owners.

  • Pool/Gym

    Gym, spa, and a warm, mineralized swimming pool overlooking the ocean that feels like a return to the womb.

  • Restaurant

    A Michelin-starred restaurant that, by day, hosts an epic breakfast spread - plus a more casual lunchtime grill.

  • Bar

    A hotel bar plus a pool bar.

  • Minibar

    The artisanal sodas, potato chips, and chocolate bars in the mini bar are all free, which can help dampen your appetite for the €27 poolside sandwiches.

  • Wifi

    Yes, and it’s free.

  • Children

    No children under 12.

  • Price

    Very expensive.

In the lobby bar.


Località Sbarcatello, 58019 Porto Ercole GR, Italy

In the lobby bar.

Try the chocolate sorbet at Le Logge Gelateria in nearby Orbetello.

Indulge in sorbet

Corso Italia, 78, 58015 Orbetello GR, Italy

Try the chocolate sorbet at Le Logge Gelateria in nearby Orbetello.

From Porto Ercole to Forte Stella.

Go for a scenic hike

Porto Ercole, Italy

From Porto Ercole to Forte Stella.

Hotel Il Pellicano

Località Sbarcatello, 58019 Porto Ercole GR, Italy

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