This was my second visit to the Aolian Islands, having stayed at the four star Tritone Hotel during my last visit.
This time we wanted something less formal, with a central location with a pool and this is what we got.
When you arrive on the ferry, walk out onto the road and turn immediate right along the pavement with the palm trees. Within a minute's walk, on the opposite side of the road you will see a brown sign with silver lettering up on the wall and a passageway which is the entrance. Once you get checked in you get a key which you keep to let yourself in and out to the gated apartments.
The apartments are in a great location just a ten minute walk through streets lined with shops and restuarants to the Marina Corta, where there are more bars and restuarants and tourist boat trips, and just a minute from the main port for the 'big' boats and ferries to the mainland and the other islands. It's cheaper to use the local ferries to hop between the islands (the ferries are also cheaper than the hydrofoils), but the tourist boats give you a closer look at some of the islands and a chance to swim off the back of the boats.
The staff at the apartments are very pleasant and welcoming although only a few speak English so it's an idea to try some Italian.
The apartment we had was huge with two bathrooms with showers, a double bedroom and a living area with sofas which become beds and a tv and kitchenette. The kitchenette includes a full size frigde, a gas hob and a tiny microwave size cooker and plates and cutlery and glasses etc. We brought our own English tea with us, bought somelovely Italian coffee in the supermarket and we would pick up the odd sachet of sugar in cafes. It was a shame the apartments don't leave washing up liquid and a tea towel under the sink as it means you have to pick some up from the supermarket.
There is also a coffee pot. We sometimes made our own lunch and kept bread and beer in the fridge. The supermarket is very nearby and cheap.
There is also a clothes drier on the balcony which has a table and chairs although beware of the mosquitos. We were badly bitten, a first in ten years of travelling all over Italy. The phramacy in town has a whole stand dedicated to mosquito remedies. Please take some with you and please be careful as they are fairly viscious and we had a bit of a miserable time the first few days with large angry, itchy bites which looked terrible. The only consolation was that many of the tourists seemed to have them.
The breakfast is very basic, bread rolls, yoghurt, ham squares, cheese squares but it serves a need. The coffee was very good.
The pool and gardens were lovely and a cute kitten was wandering about and clearly loved by the guests and staff who kept the whole apartments and gardens immaculate.
I liked staying here although at the weekend there was an influx of large Italian families having dinner on the balconies with lots of early rising toddlers playing and crying quite early in the mornings so be prepared this is a family environment.
All in all good, value and a good location and I would rate it as a good three star with excellent staff.
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