We stayed at this hotel for six days in June 2010 as part of a longer holiday exploring Palermo, other Aeolian islands and Cefalu. The owner, Vincenzo, met us off the ferry and drove us up the long hill road to the hotel which is perched on cliffs above the main port. Our room was comfortable (huge ensuite shower room) with the best part being the small terrace which looked out directly over the sea to the island of Salina in the distance. We could also watch the ferries (a handful a day) arriving at the port directly below us. Breakfast was served in different places according to the weather - on the terrace, by the pool or indoors if wet/windy. We thought the pool area was nicer than it looks on the website. The hotel also does dinner - choice of pasta starters with different sauces followed by fish course with vegetables or salad and a simple desert (eg fruit salad). The owner speaks some English but the waiters didnt - we speak a bit of Italian (though we're not hot on the Italian names of seafood and fish) so sometimes we took pot luck -everything was delicious. I guess if you dont speak any Italian you could ask to go to the kitchen and look!
We wanted to try some other restuarants on the island but found the people in the bar/restaurant next door to the hotel very unfriendly (we walked out in the end as we couldnt get served) and the other restaurant in the village wasnt opening until July. The other option is to go the port which is a bit of a trek without a car - however there's no need to go along the long winding road as there is a mule track from the hotel down to the port - you can walk down in about 20 minutes - takes longer to walk back up and is only for those who are fit, have sensible shoes and you need a torch to get back in the dark. Down at the port there were three restaurants and on our last night a rather trendy designer bar opened serving cocktails and tapas style food whcih was nice for a change.
On the day we were supposed to leave it was very windy so all the ferries were cancelled - and this was June not November - It seems that the hydrofoils from Palermo are particulalry prone to cancellation but on this particular day nothing was running to any of the islands from Malazzo or Messina either - so something to factor in if you are planning a holiday hopping from island to island. Leave a day spare and stay on the mainland so you dont miss your plane home! As no new people could arrive there was no problem keeping our room. And Vincenzo phoned our next hotel to tell them we were stranded! There isnt much to do on Filicudi except walk, look at the great views and eat - and if , like us, you are happy with this, then La Canna is a lovely base to do it from. You can walk to all the villages on the island, and also take a boat trip round the island.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by vegetation in harmony with the landscape, thehotel, a traditional eolian house whose original structure hasbeen entirely presented, offers a splendid view. Common areasinclude fox example a parking area,a swimming pool with a solarium,and a coffeshop.The charming hotel is open the whole year long.All rooms have heating, air conditioning,private bathroom and shower, tv direct dial phone,security box and terrace with view to the sea. ... more less