The building is somewhat rustic. Our room was ok. No shower curtain meant lead to regular flooding of the small bathroom. Nice terraces on two sides, but the furniture and sun beds have seen better days. No food available nor coffee for the morning. Breakfast is not readily available in the nearby restaurants, only coffee and croisants. On the positive side; plates and cutlery was provided and freshly baked bread, buns and croisants are available from a small but well stocked shop up the road. There is a small fridge in the hallway.
Andrea(owner) gave us a lovely welcome with a glass of excellent wine. He was helpful throughout our stay. Room had a lovely unobstructed view of the sea and Strombolicchio. Ceiling fan had a silent setting. Breakfasts were delicious on a lovely outside enclosed patio.
Restaurant is now closed but excellent choice of restaurants nearby. One of the well travelled guests had returned for her 18th year running! how lucky is she.
a warm welcome by Andrea, the charismatic owner, made a promising start to our stay at barbablu. The room had some quirky elements and the bathroom was tiled in a modern way. The long towels on the floor were a but of a mystery untill we used the shower and found that gravity and water ask for a different position of the drain, hence the towels on the floor. Still the view on the vulcano is great and so is the shared terrace. The breakfast in the pleasant garden was beautiful and involved apple marmelade with white wine and apricot jam with prosecco and more of these touches of style. Still the pricetag is a bit of a worry in july and especially August. It's a lovely place with a great host and an ecclectic but stylish feel but for our taste price-quality were out of balance. When we checked out Andrea said there were numerous hydrofoils from the island. when we arrived at the harbour we had to wait 5 hours though for the next one. This left us with a strange taste in our mouths: why did Andrea (who told us he had been on the island for over 30 years) not advised us to hang around a bit longer? instead we ended up waiting and waiting in the rather uneventful port. Tip: make a reservation online for a climb of the vulcano: an experience not to be missed.
On west side, the green slope of the Volcano which sneezes every ten minutes; on east side a garden overhanging the Eolian sea and the Strombolicchio rock which lighthouse marks every night. In between, stuck to the main narrow street of S.Vincenzo stands this colored house hold by a man of taste. Simplicity, charm and refinement are the qualities of this place and we felt these characters in the room furnitures, as well as for the morning breakfast on the terrace or when we had a chat with our host. The Church is next door if you search for God protection in case Stromboli gets angry with you. The team of guides (Magmatrek) is also settled close by Barbablu if you are willing to kiss the monster's red lips at night. Standing on the balcony, with the morning sun cooking up your head straight away and the volcano shouting at you, you can have a peep at the intense village activity out of the most touristic part of the village. There you intimately measure earth's life.
We had two wonderful nights on Stromboli. Island life is always a bit different, but Stromboli has a unique feel living in the shadows of an active volcano literally. Barbablu is a reasonable walk from the wharf up through the village, past the church and just down the hill a bit further. Charming roman/mediterranean/rustic feel to the place. The room had character and a magnificent view of Strombolichio (an old volcanic plug) popping out of the water.
Location worked out to be quite central, but that also meant being on the main thoroughfare. Cars are not common but there is a lot of foot traffic, particularly in the evening as climbers come down from the trek to see the volcano at dusk. They arrive back around 11pm and chatter excitedly about their experience. Add to this the restaraunt that becomes a bit of a late night party on the ground floor and it can be a bit noisy.
Breakfast is included and reflects the interesting style of the restaraunt. Fresh quality ingredients, beautifully cooked. No set menu, just what is in season and pleases the chef.