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Il Gelso Vacanze

Via Nilo, 98050, Malfa, Sicily Italy
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#2 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Malfa
Il Gelso Vacanze is a resort in the form of a Bed and Breakfast, situated in Salina, otherwise known as the Green Pearl, at the heart of the Aeolian Islands. Its strategic position, in a peaceful area, 200m from the sea, 700m from the Fishermen’s Marina and 300m from the inhabited centre Malfa, means that bars, restaurants, newsstands, pharmacies, supermarkets, banks and other commercial enterprises are within easy reach.Pass through the entrance road which is shaded by pine trees, and there is access to a private car park. The internal pathways, surrounded by flowers and flourishing plants, lead to the rooms, all which have separate entrances by means of a private terrace, complete with a sea view. The restoration of this ancient residence mirrors typical Aeolian architecture. All of the rooms face the bower terrace (bagghiu), the view from which is almost always directed towards the sea. Around the edge of this terrace, there are still the ancient masonry stone seats (bisola). The columns (pulere) hold the roof of the terrace, which is made of wattle and luxuriant bougainvillea. It was like this in ancient times, and it is still like this today.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Car hire
Breakfast in the room
Non-smoking hotel
Shared lounge / TV area
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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Ladybird13 wrote a review Sep 2021
Chesterfield, United Kingdom45 contributions2 helpful votes
Everything was wonderful! Gianfranco is a lovely host, more than happy to help with queries and to provide information, including lending us a walking map of the island. The room was spotless and was cleaned every day, including the private terrace. The room is well equipped including a mini fridge and wonderful shower. The room is large and has everything you need. The private terrace has an amazing view and breakfast is served on a communal terrace. It is only a 5 minute walk to bars and restaurants but is very quiet and only a 10 minute walk to the wonderful beach. A perfect spot for an early morning sunrise swim before anyone else is up. We would definitely stay again. A big thank you to Gianfranco too for letting us keep our room when we stopped over in Stromboli for 1 night with no extra charge. If you are in Malfa it’s the place to stay.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Mr Waterhouse wrote a review Sep 2020
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Gianfranco is the perfect host, we booked the morning of our first night over the phone. Rooms are immaculately clean and nicely decorated. There is also a nice terrace with an amazing view of the sea to eat breakfast. He gave us loads of details about the island, the bus time table and a travel guide about all the islands. He was also happy to book a taxi for us and although he will not admit it, his English is excellent!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
chiara z wrote a review Jul 2020
Milan, Italy36 contributions55 helpful votes
Incredible place, newly renovated in respect of the aeolian traditions. Perfectly clean and fully accessoried. Near Malfa centre and all the facilities, including the movida ;) The view from the room and the public spaces is magical and so romantic! The breakfast the best ever had! Gianfranco is an amazing host, 100% reliable and trustworthy. Cannot wait to come back soon. Totally in love with Salina and il Gelso B&B!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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SueStephensAus wrote a review Oct 2017
Brisbane4 contributions4 helpful votes
Il Gelso Vacanze on the island of Salina was just magic. Magnificent views over the water and a lovely free and easy feeling. Rooms were all very private and surrounded by lots of greenery. The hammock on the porch overlooking the water with the light breeze was the extra touch! Wonderful!
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Date of stay: September 2017
Trip type: Traveled with friends
Piccola_Oliva wrote a review Jul 2017
London, United Kingdom71 contributions22 helpful votes
Il Gelso came highly recommended to us by a friend, and we loved our stay there. It is a lovely B&B in Malfa, which is definitely the place to stay in Salina, and is a short walk from the best beach on the island. We had a lovely room with a balcony overlooking the sea. The bathroom is a bit outdated, but everything was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast is nothing to write home about, but that seems to be par for the course in Italy (and this is coming from an Italian!). Gianfranco, the owner, was very attentive and communicative throughout our stay. This place is perfect if you want to stay in a lovely place in Malfa, without the price tag of somewhere like Hotel Signum next door!
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Date of stay: July 2017
US$76 - US$175 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ItalySicilyIslands of SicilyAeolian IslandsIsola di SalinaMalfa
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Frequently Asked Questions about Il Gelso Vacanze
Which popular attractions are close to Il Gelso Vacanze?
Nearby attractions include Spiaggia dello Scario (0.08 km), Chiesa di San Lorenzo Martire (0.4 km), and Chiesa Dell'Immacolata (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Il Gelso Vacanze?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Il Gelso Vacanze?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Il Gelso Vacanze?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Il Gelso Vacanze?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Il Gelso Vacanze?
Conveniently located restaurants include Maracaibo, Il Bar Del Ravesi, and Bar Malvasia.
Are pets allowed at Il Gelso Vacanze?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Il Gelso Vacanze?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Il Gelso Vacanze?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Villaggio Preistorico Di Portella (4.4 km).
Is Il Gelso Vacanze accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.