About This Listing
B&B Al Salvatore is a country house situated on a small plateau overlooking the sea, just minutes from the center of Lipari, one of the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean, rich in both nature and history, a true jewel of the Aeolian archipelago.
The 'archipelago, home to ancient civilizations, is the ideal destination for those who want to enjoy a temperate climate and more beautiful and attractive places.
Recently opened and in a new construction, the house takes the strictly rural Aeolian architecture, with the "loggia" supported by "pulera" columns, spacious terraces, rooms furnished with attention to tradition make for pleasant hospitality in a family dimension.
The colors of the rooms are inspired by those of the surrounding natural elements, the true wealth of the B&B Al Salvatore: the sea, the soil, the sky, the flowers ... enhanced by the scent of jasmine and Pomelia coming from the rocky garden.
B&B Al Salvatore has three double rooms with possibility of extra bed, in a cool and ventilated space.
The family furniture is back to life giving the right touch of lived life.
Every detail is looked after by the hosts, Marcello and Paola, deep and passionate connoisseur of the place, the one for being born there, the other for having "married" it.
All rooms open directly onto the "baglio", typical open area of the Aeolian country house.
Here, the sunrises and sunsets, blend with the rhythms of nature and ancient campaigning activities provide the fruits of the earth, the wood oven bread, preserves the hostess ...
Everything arrives on the table of the fragrant breakfast on the terrace, overlooking the bay of Lipari.
Guests at the B&B Al Salvatore can choose from freshly baked or "caliato" bread with home made jam and marmelade, cakes, tarts and savory pastries, yogurt, fresh fruit, milk, coffee, tea ...
Thanks to its wide open spaces, the house is available for organizing courses and holidays for most people, with the possible involvement of other accommodations.
The family atmosphere, a bit rural and remote from the city traffic, allowing extensive relaxation, thanks to the traditional hospitality of the islands and the initiative of hosts.
The frame table is available to create simple weaven objects, with Paola's suggestions.
The center of Lipari lies within three kilometers of road, traveled by an hourly shuttle bus, which stops 200 meters from the B&B Al Salvatore. The old road, once the trail, you walk down into town in 20 minutes.
Suggestive, a footpath from the house leads to an exclusive beach (Praia Ferrante) bathed in the sea, surrounded by clumps of flowering gorse, prickly flowers and capers.
In the evening, upon the solar terrace of the house, you can touch the stars. As the nights are warm and filled with the smell of jasmine, the sky, encrusted with thousands of little lights, under Marcello's guidance, invites to study the stars and the movements of the planets.
Scenic trails allow hiking and trekking up to the most exclusive beaches and the mountains of the island. A few steps from the house, there is the "Old Sea Light", today a volcanological observatory, which offers one of the most extraordinary views of the Aeolian Islands, overlooking the canal of Vulcan and thr coast of Sicily.
Paola and Marcello in a thousand ways, able to convey the charm of the island by bringing in guests who share a unique eye and heart.
Prices and services
• doors onto the terrace with a beam-zone reserved for life outside
• washing machine (fee)
• each room has private bathroom with shower or bath
• outdoor hot shower in the garden
• 10% discount for stays of at least one week
• Free shuttle service on arrival and departure
• Convention of confidence for rental scooters, cars, boats and rafts
• Conventions guides, excursions, trekking
• Pets accepted
• It is available to guests an outdoor kitchen with barbeque
- The philosophy of the house is for a sustainable hospitality, with the use of renewable energy and natural resources
- Water is a precious commodity, even more in the islands, attention to saving it is welcome
- Use of solar water heating
- The rooms are cleaned daily, linen change on request
- Please smoke only in open places
- They offer organic produce from the kitchen garden
- Bread, cakes, pies, jams and preserves homemade products
- La filosofia della casa è per una ospitalità sostenibile, con l'utilizzo delle fonti energetiche rinnovabili e delle risorse naturali
- utilizzo del solare per il riscaldamento dell'acqua sanitaria
- L'acqua è un bene prezioso, nelle isole ancora di più, è gradita l'attenzione al risparmio
- La pulizia delle camere è giornaliera, cambio biancheria a richiesta
- Si prega di fumare solo nei luoghi aperti
- Vengono offerti prodotti biologici dell'orto
- Pane, torte, focacce, marmellate e conserve prodotti in casa
Il baglio inferiore, con la pergola coperta a vite, che dà accesso alle camere con le rispettive zone esterne, e anche una cucina comune a disposizone degli ospiti
This was to be the beautiful end to my Italian journey. The reviews, pictures and description had me sold as soon as I found B&B Al Salvatore.
The description states there are three rooms with private bathrooms/ ensuite. Each of those rooms has an internal, attached bathroom with shower and a sitting area immediately outside. I was given a fourth room with a communal kitchen immediately outside. As the hosts were away, their friend happily took me (and the torch I was given) past all the other rooms to my outside bathroom- with cold shower! The bathroom had not been cleaned.
The choice to allocate me such accommodation appeared to be fundamentally dishonest and probably discriminatory.
When I contacted the host asking for a better room, they offered me an alternative apartment in the town. Months ago I had chosen to stay in this more rural location, with gardens and views in B&B-style accommodation. I did not want to be in town. The hosts should have contacted me well in advance, if they knew they were unable to guarantee the provision of the advertised standard of accommodation, to allow me the time to seek similar accommodation with proper facilities.
Many of the advantages of staying became apparent- the rural, rustic charm, wonderful views, peaceful location and delightful fellow guests. The very favourable reviews I had read proved largely accurate.
Upon their return, Marcello and Paola were very hospitable and kind hosts. This, unfortunately, did not remove the elephant from the room (as I traipsed back and forth from my room to my cold shower at the opposite end of the premises.)
The breakfast was one of the best of any B&B I stayed at in Italy- plenty of homemade food including savoury options. Despite this, the whole experience was leaving a rather bitter taste in my mouth.
Finally, when I heard the room I was allocated, having booked 4 months prior, referred to as an "emergency" room I sought an explanation and some reimbursement. After some time and a less than satisfactory explanation about conflicting requirements of other booking services, it was agreed that I should be given for free a car service normally paid for. It was an adequate outcome.
It was explained to me that future incidences like this can now likely be avoided.
B&B Salvatore was indeed beautiful, in many ways a unique experience but I would recommend prospective guests seek a guarantee of accommodation standards- and then relax and enjoy.
When every 30 guests who write a review, there is one not completely satisfied, it might seem statistically acceptable. For us it is not so, because we want the relationship we establish with our guests always attentive, personal and exclusive. And so a not satisfied guest, even though we did everything to satisfy him/her, always represents a small defeat. Thus it happens also in this case.
It should be emphasized, however, that for some people Al Salvatore is not suitable. The B&B is considered a cosy and gorgeous house, the host’s management friendly and accurate, the location amazing. Yet Al Salvatore is a country house, 2 Km from Lipari via the short route and 3.5 via the parkway. If you have trouble walking (even physical problems for the age, some difficulties for your own or even just because you do not like it) the only solution is to use a means of transport. Most of the guests rent a scooter or a car (mostly expensive), someone choose a bicycle, even an electric one. Everyone chooses the mean of transport one prefers. Paola and Marcello (the hosts) for example go down town and back home mostly every day walking (30 minutes to get to the centre, 50 to return home), because they think it's very healthy, and because they like it.
In this case the room that was assigned to our guest is a completely regular one where many other guests have stayed in, and continue to stay in this moment, with great satisfaction. There are no "emergency rooms" Al Salvatore. The bathroom was not inside the room but accessible via a hallway, as it also happens with other rooms. In any case the bathroom, is dedicated to that room, not accessible to other guests. This bathroom commonly receives hot water both from solar and the central gas heated boiler. It may therefore happen that early in the morning, when the solar system is not efficient, the water may appear cold because the water arrive from the gas boiler, a bit far away.
We are very sorry that this guest was so angry due to this details, and as it was not possible to change the room, we thought that offering a solution, extraordinary indeed could help to demonstrate the seriousness of the host and could assure a completely satisfying vacation. But we were wrong.
We have proposed two solutions: the first an exclusive residence in the town centre, in the old Kasbah, in a quiet area of the ancient Lipari. A completely new structure with rooftop pool. But this proposal was rejected because she wanted to stay in our B&B and she preferred the countryside for her holiday. We made this proposal because from the first day the guest had emphasized that she couldn’t accept some conditions, for example the distance to the city centre, which is mentioned in our description. As a favour, therefore the first day it was our pleasure to help and to drive her up and down. Further more, we offered her, for the maximum guest satisfaction, our little service car for the duration of her stay, with no additional cost. All these solutions was considered adequate but has not served to remove the "elephant” from her mind. It’s a matter of fact that sometimes it’s not easy to satisfy all the guests.
Referring to her words and written lines, we thought that the free car service had solved the problem significantly. Apparently it was so, she herself while having lunch together had declared more than satisfied, but her hard comment on charges of dishonesty and discrimination are a disconfirmation of our relationship that we can not accept.
We are very sorry and astonished, especially because this fact has taken away from our guest the serenity of judgment and has triggered many contradictions in what she writes: Al Salvatore is a fantastic place (but as a score it is judged in the average), hosts are "very hospitable and kind hosts (but behave dishonestly and discriminatory), etc. But more over the guest herself , at the time to say goodbye, she stressed that the problem had been overcome and we would not have to speak about it any more. It seems instead that it was not (website hidden): We have carefully searched and did not find any elephant in the room. Actually, elephants do not stay in the Al Salvatore’s rooms, and if perchance we’d meet with someone (anything can happen in life) we would help willingly the guest to accompany it outside, so that even the elephant can be at ease, leaving the guest and thus avoiding the inconvenience, both for the guest ... the same for the elephant ...
We spent three nights at the B&B of Paola and Marcello and our experience has been very positive.
The house is beautiful and it’s perfect for spending a relaxing holiday. Our favourite corner of the house was the patio where you can chill out laying on the armchair while enjoying an amazing view of the sea.
Paola and Marcello like pampering their guests with gorgeous breakfasts made of freshly baked cakes, “pane cunzato” with tomatoes from their garden and home-made jams. Breakfast is served in the patio where all the guests sit at the same long table. Paola & Marcello like talking and stimulating the conversation between the guests and this helps to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. What’s better than beginning the day chatting with friendly people while having a freshly home-made breakfast looking at the sea from a beautiful location?
Be aware that the B&B is about 2 kilometers from the center of Lipari. There is a bus to reach the “Marina”, the town’s centre but it runs only once per hour and the last run is quite early, about 6.30 pm. Alternatives are: walking, taking a taxi or renting a scooter/car.
We suggest staying at Paola & Marcello’s at least 5 days to take the most out of it. We only spent four days and we regret we could not stay longer.
chi cerca un posto magico, accogliente, bellissimo, favoloso e chi più ne ha più ne metta, deve assolutamente andare da paola e marcello.
di persona abbiamo solo conosciuto paola ed una amico di casa carissimo, daniele. paola è fantastica! molto accogliente e disponibile, ma si ha anche tanta bella privacy! la casa è proprio come piace a noi, con un'aria di leggerezza e qui e li qualche mobile antico. la colazione fa sognare con pane fatto in casa, marmellate, joghurt fatto in casa e mille delizie. per pranzo e cena c'è la possibilità di cucinarsi in un carino cucinino esterno, dove è anche bello chiacchierare un po' con altri ospiti. per arrivare in paese o al mare c'è una navetta o un simpatico tassista, i proprietari se devono andare anche loro giù, o i propri piedi :) è una bella passeggiatina. è una bella miscela tra essere nella natura e un po' in disparte, ma poter anche andare al paesino vicino per andare a bere qc. bene, ci è piaciuto un mondo e certamente torneremo. noi, io, mio marito è le nostre bimbe di 6 e 3 anni, siamo stati benissimo. grazie grazie grazie!
Paola and Marcello from the first time we were in contact have been absolutely delightful and wonderful hosts. They have a unique and beautiful haven which makes you feel like time has indeed stretched.
The panoramic views from this location are spectacular and the way in which the home and rooms have been decorated are done so lovingly and artistically.
Breakfasts were so delicious, with homemade jams from the fruit coming from the gardens, home baked bread, scrumptious eggs, fragrant (email hidden)uly a great start to the day.
Paola and Marcello really make you feel so welcome, sharing history of their island, and their creativity. They are fantastic hosts who even drove me to the ferry in the very early hours of the morning.
I can highly recommend this place and staying with Paola and Marcello. They are super hosts! I am looking forward to when I return and stay for longer next time!
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About the Host, Marcello & Paola
Paola is graduated in Stage Design at the Academy of Fine Arts, green thumb expert, lover of many types of plants that I grow in my garden, expert in hand-loom weaving, cooking expert for natural products, bread with yeast, expert in pottery also raku.
Marcello is Lecturer at the Pegaso Online University (Italy); eLearning specialist, CEO at TECOM Multimedia Ltd ((website hidden)), an eLearning specialised SME developing virtual eLearning environments, contents and online services. Astronomer, expert in meteorology for which he took a course at the Italian Air Force, a keen sailor and skipper with experience in offshore races; photographer, videomaker and film director. Tourism expert and projects mentor for development of tourism in small Italian islands.