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Hotel Mercanti di Mare
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Reviewed 31 October 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.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 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.

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Reviewed 30 September 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 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, travelled with family
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1  Thank Liz901
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Reviewed 27 June 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, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

If you like a non-pretentious environment, simple but good taste décor, all comforts and friendly management, no need to look further than the Mercanti di Mare hotel when staying in Salina. We went to the island of Salina to relax and enjoy some peace and quiet. In October the island is quiet and we found what we were looking for. Maybe in full season the island and the village centre is busy with noise from people having a good-time holiday. We had one of the two rooms with a big terrace which had a limited but good view. The breakfast terrace has a superb view onto the sea and the other islands in the distance. We booked in for 3 nights, stayed 5 and would have stayed longer if transport for our return trip was available. Breakfast is good but does not include sausage, ham, cheese etc. Remember though, you’re in a part of Europe where this is not the tradition. If you are looking for this then you’d be advised to stay in a big hotel where you may find a large buffet breakfast with sweet and savoury dishes. There are rooms on the ground floor which I think are cheaper, without a view but still charming with the simplistic decor. On the first floor there are four rooms with two of them having a big terrace and view (more expensive). Maintenance on the hotel is up and date and everything is clean and well presented. Management is very friendly and helpful. All in all, simplicity at its best and at an affordable price. We’ll be back.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 October 2012

Although in our 60's, we were dying to do the Gregory Peck -Audrey Hepburn thing again and scooter around Salina. (Had done it on Lipari in '08.) Hotel Mercanti was the perfect choice to drop our backpacks and Santa Marina Salina was the best town -a lovely buzz to the place and plenty of eating-out options. Ask Dario -he knows the best. Booked last minute in late Sept. for 4 nights for only 120 @ night . Our generous sized room came with own huge private terrace overlooking the foreshore; pity the pines in front block most of the sea view. Downstairs the view from the breakfast terrace is not blocked by the trees (see photo). Yes, you couldn't be more central (and that's what makes it so convenient). Yes, there is coming and going of ferries, kids playing soccer in the street and chatter of the evening passeggiata, but that's also its charm. Dario and his genuinely caring ('old' teacher) assistant Teresa, were so welcoming; ultimately that's just as important as the colour of the curtains etc -if not more. If we're fortunate enough to return one day, the Hotel Mercanti di Mare would be our first choice. And by the way, hiring a scooter for the day to 'do' the island -the best 30 something Euro we've ever spent.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Address: Piazza Santa Marina Salina 7, 98050, Santa Marina Salina, Sicily, Italy
Region: 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: £70 - £119 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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