We stayed in Lipari for 4 nights and as we hesitated between 2 hotels we spilt, 2 nights here and 2 nights in another hotel.
Villa Enrica in itself is lovely, it does feel like a villa/ house. There arent many rooms so it feels like a nice size. Im not sure if they have sea view rooms but we had 2 connecting rooms on the mountain side. The rooms were big enough, each with french doors onto a terrace. there was one bathroom which we found a bit small, specially the shower cubicle...dont think i have seen one this small. The neighbours have dogs that bark early morning which was annoying.
The staff was indeed very friendly and very very helpful.
The main negative is location; although it seems close to two on the map the main road is actually at the other end of the port, and the hotel is also at the top of a steep hill. We walked down with our two children and it was not easy even going down, it ended up being a bit too far and also dangerous as there are no pavements for some of the way.
They organise free shuttle from the port and back on arrival and departure but thats it. Taxi to or from town cost 10 euros, we took one back to the hotel. So basically its fine if you are planning to rent a scooter or car but otherwise it may turn out too far.
Then as there is no restaurant the same problem recurs in the evening. They do provide free shuttle to their sister hotel which has a restaurant but that limits the choice of restaurant! Plus as it is a upper scale restaurant, not sure everybody wants to pay a high amount each night. We did it once. then the second night we asked if there was a pizza delivery service. As the staff is so helpful, they helped us and we ate a nice pizza in our room. ;-)
The second slight negative is the pool. I agree the view is fantastic but the reason is that you have to walk another steep hill to get there. Once at the top, there is an infinity type pool and a small bar. The pool however is not the standard pool, its finishing is concrete and paint. paint flaking off in part and we did not find it particularly clean either. Some debris were washing off the edges. It was just a bit inconvenient and also strange to have to walk up there for a swim.
They have an animator for children. Its set up behind the pool area, under a kind of wooden roof. She was very good with the children and we thought she did very well with the limited area/set up she has.
Overall, a nice stay, but they could do with setting up a free shuttle to town like the other hotel we stayed in the subsequent 2 nights, it made a world of difference. I would not say its the best in Lipari but not a bad choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Villa Enrica Country Resort is a Boutique Hotel located on the island of Lipari. Villa Enrica is the right choice for a holiday in the Aeolian Islands, with its unforgettable panoramas and colours that vary from the deep blue of the sea to the immensity of the sky. The villa which follows the Aeolian style architecture, is just 10 minutes walk from the centre of Lipari, surrounded by a park with Mediterranean vegetation, rich in lemons, oranges, almond and olive trees. The hotel is equipped with a bar, breakfast terrace with sea view, swimming pool, pool bar, free internet wifi, conventions with the best restaurants on the island, and more. Please read the Services page for more information. The rooms are divided into Classic, Superior, Deluxe and Junior Suite, all with private safe, minibar, hairdryer and air conditioning. Here you can spend some wonderful time in a warm and welcoming oasis of relaxation and wellbeing. This is the ideal place for anyone looking for a very special and romantic holiday. ... more less
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