We stayed at Villa Diana on Lipari as a base for island- hopping for the other volcanic islands.
It was a very relaxing place to stay: quiet except for the birdsong which gave the impression of being in the country. Set in gardens of orange and lemon trees and flowers which added to the view over the town and the sea behind.
Our room was very clean and had an open terrace in front but it also had some original Edwin Hunziker paintings as well.
Breakfast was quite adequate and we especially enjoyed the fresh bread and homemade orange and lemon marmalades. On windy days this was served in a beautiful room full of paintings and old furniture and on calmer days on another terrace again with the gorgeous view.
Having free WiFi was useful and everyone was happy to help and did not fuss.
I quite agree with the comments of "lorisz" but would add that yes it is a walk from the main street but not so tiring for a 67 year old and one can appreciate the silence when you return.
In my opinion 2 stars does not do it justice in particular when compared to a 3 star hotel on Stromboli, what a difference !
I would certainly recommend to friends and anyone wanting to visit the fascinating Aeolian Islands especially in Springtime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It's a little hotel realised in 1950 by the swiss painter Edwin Hunziker from an ancient eolian house renovated and enlarged, immersed in the green of a wide garden of citrus and olive trees. Today, it belongs to the artist's family that runs it with the same spirit of simple and warm hospitality of its founder. From its garden and the wide terraces, you can enjoy a view of singular beauty of the sea, the city of Lipari and its acropolis. Thanks to its delightful position, the wide spaces, the peacefulness of the place, Villa Diana is the ideal hotel for relax. The hall and part of the rooms are furnished with antique furniture and a real art gallery of the founder's works. All the comfortable rooms overlook the gardens and the terraces and are equipped with bath or shower, telephone, TV, air conditioning, hairdryer, safe and wi-fi, fridge. The hotel is about 400 meters from the main road and about 1 Km from the harbours and the sea. Private parking, bowling green, and tennis court. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diana Hotel Lipari