Wow! What a steal for the 50 euros a night! I booked on www.booking.com and stayed sep 2-6. This property doubles as a hotel for business travel, and families. The outside of the property does the inside NO justice. The room itself was very spacious AND seaview, heck all the rooms are seaview as the hotel is located literally right at the foot of the ocean! The bed was extremely comfortable. There is a great hotel located in the hotel and i believe breakfast was included with the price of our rooms (if not, i think it's 5-8 euros per day). the breakfast is wholesome (not just bread) and includes the works: eggs, prosciutto, fromagio, a variety of cereals, yogurts, fruits, bread, drinks, etc. something for everyone. There is a business center/internet, etc. Lastly, the staff was exceptionally friendly, tremendously helpful, professionall, spoke english and did everything to please the guest! I'm big on service and boy did they aim to please. There is a bus stop right outside of the hotel near the restaurant so this is excellent for traveling guests. Don't fret, the location of the hotel is situated such that you don't see the street or hear any noises so no worries about the noise polution caused by traffic. I liked the idea of bus stop because we were traveling all over it was extremely convenient. Overall, this was a full-service hotel for a fraction of the cost! Totally exceeded my expectations.
The property is located in Acitrezza which is about 20-25 minutes outside of Catania and is on the coast. It's a beautiful small town outside of Catania so u get the best of both worlds. There are tons of restaurants, bars, etc on the water so there's plenty to do in the evenings. It's really a lovely town and just 5 minutes from Acireale, 45 minutes from Taormina and about 1 hour from Siracusa. Since Catania was our Eastern Sicilian base for excursions (day trips) to Mount Etna, Taormina, Syracuse (southern region), staying at the Galetea in Acitrezza was very convenient (and CHEAP) to cover all those grounds. I don't remember if there was a spa or a gym because we went out everyday. The hotel is family friendly and business traveler friendly. Our room had a/c, TV, hair dryer and kitchenette style with fridge and stove top. The grounds and pool area were very pristine. Lots of chairs near the ocean area for relaxing, sunbathing and dipping in the ocean. Really lovely views.
To no fault of the hotel, I realized after the fact that I mistakenly booked at a cheaper rate on booking.com which meant that we didn't have maid service everyday but honestly it was fine because we were only there a couple of nights and because we had a room for 4 people (and it was only two of us), we just alternated beds and besides the hotel gave us fresh towels anyway so it's almost as those we had maid service. It was really no big deal because we're not slobs but we saved 30 euros per night so that made it that much better!! If you want maid service it's extra and just make sure you carefully read what you book. Overall, I quickly came to realize that Sicily is an "a la carte" island so I got used to it.
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