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“Great stay in unfortunate circumstances” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Aktea
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Falcone e Borsellino, 98055 Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #9 of 33 Hotels in Lipari
Rochester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great stay in unfortunate circumstances”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed here for four nights as part of a tour of Sicily and the Aolian Islands. I had the misfortune to be taken ill whilst here and would like to thank the manager and all the staff that looked after me so well, cooking special food for me and providing a great service to our room. They all went out of their way to make our stay the best it could be in the circumstances arranging for a local doctor and providing translation. On a better note, in general, the hotel is smallish and family run which shows in the care given to the rooms which are lovely and very comfortable with excellent bath/shower rooms. It is very clean and the gardens surrounding the hotel and pool are lush and pretty and well looked after. The food is good too, and my husband enjoyed dinner here each night of our stay. I would recommend this hotel due to the excelent service and the close proximity to Lipari town, a matter of 10 minutes walking distance.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hilperton, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The old town of Lipari is charming. Full of quaint streets, great bars and restaurants and right on the sea. This hotel is within walking distance of all of it and the ferry port. The hotel is warm & friendly and the staff welcoming. The bedrooms are huge with large terraces or balconies. The décor is typical Italian and it has a great swimming pool that makes up for the lack of a beach near the town. The food is good and taken in the restaurant at the garden level where can eat indoors or outdoors. Most people seem to take lunch & dinner in the old town, so the hotel is fairly quiet and the bar is little used.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This hotel was ideal for a relaxing holiday and for wandering around Lipari.
Super swimming pool with bar and free beach towels.
We had a garden room with a patio but all rooms have balconies.
The dining room has open air tables with buffet indoors.
Staff took our luggage to rooms as well as taking cases to luggage room at end of stay.
The advice from receptionist helped us to have a super half day sail to Stromboli ending in a night viewing of the volcano. Locals are friendly and helpful

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

In June my wife and I had 3 most enjoyable days in the Aeolian Islands. A significant contribution to our brief holiday was the service provided by the Aktea Hotel in Lipari. A relatively new hotel, it is spotlessly clean and comfortably appointed. They provide a comprehensive and delicious breakfast. Enjoy to keep you going for much of the day. The dinning room is excellently managed with food and wine to match the service.
The key staff members are all very friendly and all speak English and other languages, so there is not problem in receiving assistance and advice. We used them to book an afternoon/evening boat trip to Panarena and Stomboli. However the day of the intended trip the seas were running heavier than this pair of land lubbers the would have been comfortable with. The staff agreed and cancelled the tour for us and enabled a full refund. This saved us the hassle of dealing with the tour company, which I hasten to say would have provided the refund.
Aktea is about a 5 minute walk from both the ferry harbour and the old city. It has lovely views over the harbour and the old city. The pool looks pretty good, although we did not use it.

In summary, an excellent hotel that, in our experience, could not be faulted.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Great pool, rooms are spacious and staff friendly. The hotel is walking distance from town so most of our time was spent between the pool and Lipari itself. Hotel was expensive but that's Aeolian Islands in summer! Easy access to port for onward journey. Lipari is a great town with wonderful restaurants and pastry shops, can get very busy with daytrippers and party goers as it's the main port to the other islands. Easy to work around that though!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed at this hotel on a wonderful trip to Italy in 2012. The front end staff was friendly and helpful! Our room was big and comfortable. The bathroom was a good size and clean! The port and the main street are a short walk up the road. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the port! The hotel offered a nice daily breakfast which we enjoyed! What we enjoyed most about Lipari was the friendly people! This little island is not one to miss!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

Stayed for 4 nights in June. Very friendly and helpful English speaking staff. Lovely large room with massive balcony with sea view. Very comfortable bed and excellent quiet but effective air con. Our room had a spa bath & shower. Very relaxing pool which was a real refresher after a 12h+ journey from the UK - a real bonus for the hotel as not so many on the islands have one. A ten minute walk to the town centre or port for hydrofoil / ferry connection. Good selection for breakfast too. Can't comment on the restaurant as we never ate there, but looked busy enough whenever we passed.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Falcone e Borsellino, 98055 Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Islands of Sicily > Aeolian Islands > Lipari
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Lipari
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Lipari
#6 Luxury Hotel in Lipari
#7 Romantic Hotel in Lipari
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Aktea 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From one of the onehundred daughters of Nereo, even before Poseidone the undiscussed King of the seas, the name of the hotel which rises on the center of the sea bank of Marina Lunga in Lipari is taken: “Aktea” the nymph of the sea beach and inhabitant of the sea cost.This modern and prestigious hotel, in few steps from the center ,consists of forty rooms including three junior suite, all with a private terrace.Each room have impressive hand-painted tiled floors, ceramic colors very according to the floors and are coordinated with those of the walls and ceilings, combining blue with white and blue with yellow. The rooms are equipped of: multifunctional showers , hair dryer , natural latex hypoallergenic mattresses, flat screen TV, minibar, safe deposit box,Telephone, internet access and air-conditioning.The Hotel “Aktea” has a comfortable bar, a mediterranean restaurant overlooking on the lovely pool made of mosaic with jacuzzi chairs, one more swimming pool for the youngest , a luxuriant Mediterranean garden , a big conference room with communicating rooms suitable for conferences and special events. ... more   less 
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