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“worst experience of any hotel ever”
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Villa Augustus
Ranked #33 of 33 Hotels in Lipari
Reviewed May 1, 2009

We reserved a double room and arrived to be cramped into a single room. There was not evern room for our suitcases! The staff was rude, refused to change us, so we left. We settled the bill and found another place to stay. And then they charged our credit card again for leaving early! They robbed us and then threatened us when we complained! I have never experienced such rude and shocking behavior

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 21, 2007

We went in to this hotel as we would like to stay one more night in Lipari. The staff was nice and spoke English, the price was a "last-minute" price of 160 Euro (which by far was the most expensive hotel we stayed at in Sicily) For that money, what we got was little more than a hostel bed...

Our room was so small, that we could not even open the door to the bathroom completely. The hotel location is close to the island ferries, but our room was basically situated in a round-about - an extremely noisy location, and we did not get much sleep that night.

The bed looked very old and ´70ish and was indeed very uncomfortable, it did not even have a real mattress! Overall, the funriture would have been quite ok if it had been placed in a hostel (which I - comparing prices - would have preferred to this "hotel") The air condition did not work, a fan had been put in the room in its place. The shower was not really a shower, as you had to stand next to the toilet and put the shower curtain around you in order not to make the whole bathroom wet.

We had been on a nice trip to Panarea and Stromboli during the day and arrived rather late in the evening. The night portier was very rude when we arrived and not the least welcoming.

The only positive thing could be said about the breakfast buffet, which was ok. We will not return to this hotel.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Yaz73
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Reviewed October 14, 2006

We arrived in Lipari without a hotel reservation, picked the Villa Augustus because of a favorable mention in the Frommers guidebook and also because it was the first hotel in the guidebook that we reached walking from the ferry dock. The front desk staff were courteous, spoke English well. Our room was adequate but nothing special; there was a small sofa whose springs had seen better days. The shower stall seemed small even by European hotel standards, jumbo-size travelers should take note. There is a nice rooftop terrace with good views. Our room had a very small balcony but not much in the way of views. There was an air conditioning unit but we did not use it.

The hotel is just 50m off the main street in Lipari, and is maybe 200m from the ferry dock. The archaeological center and the tour boat dock are about a ten minute walk.

The breakfast service was a pleasant surprise; pastries, fruit, cereal, yogurt, meat, cheese, served in a covered courtyard area. We initially booked two nights at the Augustus and ended up staying four nights, as we found Lipari to be a good base for exploring the rest of the islands and we were satisfied with our accommodations at the Augustus.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank RangeviewRay
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Reviewed July 26, 2005

On my last day in Malta, I stumbled upon a page in a guidebook which devoted exactly three paragraphs to the archipelago. All my plans were hastily made from an internet cafe/phone center, but from the minute I arrived at the Hotel Villa Augustus, I was met with an overwhelming sense of calm. Despite my embarassing attempts at Italian, the staff welcomed me & patiently deciphered my every question, provided every answer, and accommodated my travel-weary self for three days. Like many visitors to Lipari, I spent my time away from the hotel; hiking about the volcanoes, ferrying back & forth, and drinking in the unique atmosphere of the Aeolian Islands. It was an immense comfort to know that I'd be returning each night to a room which felt like home. Well, home with a touch of luxury, that is... Truthfully, I could've stayed for three more days, and two weeks later, I did. I couldn't leave Europe without returning to the Aeolian Islands once more, and although I had seen quite a few other lodgings, I chose to return to the Hotel Villa Augustus. I would recommend it to my mother, and I recommend it to you. The hotel is located about as close as you can get to both nave & aliscafi points, and is situated at the foot of the main street, which is very convenient for dining and leisurely strolls. Also, the scooter rentals & bus point are here, and a five minute walk will put you at the archaeological museum. Still not convinced? Drop me a line...

  • Stayed: September 2004
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13  Thank BeeQueEee
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Reviewed January 11, 2018
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 18, 2017
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  • Stayed: October 2017, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 16, 2017
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Stayed: October 2017
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Additional Information about Villa Augustus

Address: Vicolo Ausonia 16, 98050, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Islands of Sicily > Aeolian Islands > Lipari
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 33 Hotels in Lipari
Price Range: $40 - $186 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Villa Augustus 3*
Number of rooms: 248
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Augustus Hotel Lipari

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