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“Breakfast with a view”
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Hotel Santa Isabel
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Malfa
Geneva, Switzerland
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Breakfast with a view”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

I spent a few days here with my partner in July. The hotel has a wonderful location, on a green hill, in front of the sea. The decor is elegant and minimalistic with a lot of common spaces in the open air where to hang out.
I booked online on hotels.com and they assigned us a room on the ground floor with no view that looked like a cave. The manager was very helpful, the day after our arrival, when a nicer room was vacated, she moved us on the first floor in a beautiful duplex with a great view of the valley and the sea without any extra cost. Great bathroom and decent room size. My partner suffered from the noise that was coming from other rooms' air conditioners' units but he is very sensitive to noise in general.
What I really appreciated was having breakfast while admiring the seascape with Stromboli in the middle. Plus in the evening you could have a drinks in the same terrace and enjoy the view. We went to their restaurant just once: it had a nice lighting and a very intimate atmosphere but we found it a bit pretentious, expensive and the food was nothing special.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Stefania T
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2011

The hotel is in a very nice location with an amazing view. However, the rooms are generally poorly maintained (e.g., AC was not working properly, we ran out of hot water, the room was filled with ants) and the service is far from perfect. The hotel staff was clearly annoyed by any questions and requests we had. The only exception was the barman in the evenings, who was nice and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Luiz K
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Ljubljana
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed July 5, 2011

Second stay there within one year. And the hotel turned from nice into super nice. True relaxation central for people looking for peacefull, comfortable and cool vacation. The location and the view from the terrace and some suites are unbeliveable. Spacious and really cool'n'simple suites, cleaned daily. Everyone really friendly there, while there are still works on the beach below, they provide free shuttle to the next beach, which runs very punctually thanks to the excellent driver (& breakfast waiter) Jaminta. The true stars are the new chef & head waiter Laura & Paolo who improved the restuarant experience from poor to outstanding and now together with excellent barman Vincenzo form the pefect F&B team for the nicest terace on the island and the soul of Santa Isabel. Each day they propose you a different excellent tasting menu which is true value for money + the dishes on a'la carte menu change daily using only freshest fish and local herbs & vegetables.

Minor gripe is that while the breakfast is typically italian, plentiful and of good quality (great coffee) it could benefit from some Aeolian/Sicilian inputs and some more variety. Just a different fruit or item such as tomato or riccotta, or some local pastry that would be changing daily would make the breakfast really memorable. One minor point is also the unavailability of breakfast if you are departing earlier than 8 o'clock in the morning.

But all together perfect unpretentious place for people who wish to relax and enjoy the views and good food!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank volja
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Corona, California
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2010

Very friendly people, a nice happy hour out on the deck overlooking the ocean, excellent service, friendly people & good food at dinner------We somehow overlooked picking up our passports at the hotel we stayed at the night before on Lipari. These folks called the hotel we had stayed at the night before, made all arrangements to get the passports hotel to hotel at no cost to us, way above and beyond the call of duty. This hotel is a 20 minute taxi ride from the port so it wasn't just a matter of getting the passports on the ferry boat.

The grounds were very well maintained with people constantly doing clean-up work, our room, #2, was nice, everything worked as expected and there was a small refrigerator in the room. The beach below the hotel was very nice, a bit of a trek to get to but worth the hike.

Everywhere we walked was uphill so I appreciated the downhill coming back after a few beers.

I would definitely recommend this hotel but know this is a nice quiet peaceful area. It was exactly what we were looking for after having already traveled around Italy for 16 days................................JU

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank jwuleo
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melbourne
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 30, 2010

A friend and I had a great stay at Santa Isabel - it's location and views are unbeatable but it's quite noisy due to the motorbikes and its proximity to the road. Staff gave us very useful information (eat at Porto Bello in Santa Marina - fabulous) and were very obliging when we requested a change of room.

Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank twelve12
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
Reviewed June 18, 2010

Santa Isabel Hotel is well situated on top of a rocky cliff, above a perfect little rock beach. The rooms are large and luxurious, and ours had a view of the ocean from the bedroom. The spot is quiet and comfortable, so long as you're not bothered by the attached restaurant/lounge -- which is a great spot for dinner or drinks (or the included breakfast) -- which plays music till about midnight which we could hear in our room. Indeed, my only concern with the place is that they play too much music (though usually good stuff, beatles white album and dark side of the moon are ones I remember) and a bit too loudly. I suppose I would just prefer to hear the sound of waves on the shore. You wont regret staying here anyways, it's a great place in Malfa, my favorite place in the islands.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank mviero
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London
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed May 10, 2010

Me and my wife we happen to travel around Europe twice a year. After many years spent at Raya in Panarea I've decided to explore the islands nearby in order to find something more unique.
We chose Salina as our destination and we were so surprised by the calmness and the beuty of the place. We stayed at Santa Isabel and we hardly moved from there as we felt we were in Paradise.

Santa Isabel best represents the ''ESPRIT'' of the mediterranean culture, the rooms are not huge but super comfortable, the food is so delicious and the athmosphere is simply irresistible.

10/10

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Gianandrea F
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Property: Hotel Santa Isabel
Address: Via Scalo 12, 98050, Malfa, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Islands of Sicily > Aeolian Islands > Isola di Salina > Malfa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Malfa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Santa Isabel 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Santa Isabel Hotel, is located in Salina ( Aeolian Islands ) on a rocky promontory rising steeply from the Scario bay. Short paths close to the hotel lead to the shore below and the town centre is within ten minutes walk.Furhermore,the hotel has availability of a dependence/apartment with two double bedrooms (+two bathrooms) overlooking a nice panoramic terrace. ... more   less 
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