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Hotel Mercanti di Mare
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“The best place to stay in Salina!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2014

Without doubt the best place to stay in Salina - Hotel Mercanti di Mare is a beautiful little hotel with so much charm and is fantastically located just by the piazza. We stayed in one of the rooms which had it's own private terrace - the room was spotless and so comfortable. The hotel bar is an equally lovely place to spend time and have an aperitivo before heading out for dinner, with beautiful views overlooking the town's piazza and beach - with Billie Holiday playing in the background (excellent touch!) there really is no better place to relax and enjoy this beautiful island. Dario & Serena are so lovely and proud of Salina - they are always on hand to suggest what to do and see and by the end of your trip you feel like you're saying goodbye to friends. We can't wait to go back! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2014

We chose to stay at Mercanti di Mare because of its proximity to the port in Santa Marina. It is a short and easy walk to the hotel - far enough from the bustle of the arriving ferries to be relaxing and close to everything including the bus stops. Dario, our host, was extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel has a relaxed laid-back feel that suits this beautiful island. We too
K one if the front balcony rooms and certainly enjoyed sitting outside watching the world go by and the sea lapping against the small pebble beach in front of the hotel. The room was clean and comfortable with a pleasant blue and white decor. Breakfasts are adequate. An enjoyable and convenient spot to enjoy this beautiful island.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Devon, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

We enjoyed our brief stay in this lovely hotel.It was comfortable,clean, well-appointed and most of all we enjoyed having our own private little terrace overlooking the beach, with marvellous rattan chaises longues to sit on. It was end of season and hardly anyone around so it felt as though we had the whole place to ourselves. No breakfast offered at this time of year (even though the Booking.com page includes it), but that didn't matter as there is a great bar almost next door.

Room Tip: We had room 8. That and the one next door are the two best in the place as both have these gorgeous...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zoeterwoude, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Excellent location, great atmosphere and extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff (Dario and Serena). Highly recommended and the perfect place to start your vacation/visit to beautiful Salina. Regards from a well travelled couple who are Italy lovers residing in the Netherlands.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We just lobbed on Salina with nothing booked. As we trudgedt toward town from the boat we saw this wonderful little hotel right at the port. Luckily there was a vacancy and the lady even gave us a discount because we were late. Later on we attended the bar and were given friendly and prompt service including snacks by Dario and Serena. We only intended staying two nights and ended up staying six. The room was great with a large balcony and the atmosphere is very laid back and friendly.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2013

A terrific place to stay. Close to the port and the best gelato on the island. We had a room that slept four people. It was a little tight but the room had a very large balcony where we had lunch and could watch the passing parade of people as it overlooked the piazza and a little bar next to the church. Dario recommended Trattoria Cucinotta for dinner. This was the best meal we had the whole time we were in Italy! Salina truly is a beautiful place to visit.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Eden Prairie, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

I was extremely sick when we got to Salina for our two night stay. So, I wasn't able to see much of the island or enjoy the trip too much.

However, I did think Hotel Mercanti di Mare was an excellent location, the room was quite nice, and the staff was really friendly. The Internet was weird - it worked well on my Tablet but my phone wouldn't connect properly due to being sent to a webpage that was potentially too harmful and I couldn't figure out how to turn off that additional security.

No one on the island really knows much English (but this was standard everywhere we stayed in Sicily) and the hotel office was often closed. But, by going to the Tarnav office next door, hotel staff could be paged and then they were quite helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Mercanti di Mare
Address: Piazza Santa Marina Salina 7, 98050 Santa Marina Salina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Islands of Sicily > Aeolian Islands > Isola di Salina > Santa Marina Salina
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Santa Marina Salina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Mercanti di Mare 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Purpose of serenity where you can find moments of true hospitality and comfort, and feeling part of island’s daily life.Mediterranean lights and colors will just keep you company since sun rise on the characteristic absolute white terrace. In our location you’ll be dandled by the light sea breeze and by the luxuriant mountain’s scent breath. ... more   less 
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