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Reviewed 26 October 2013

We stayed here for three nights at the start of a week's guided coach tour and were very happy to return for the final night of the tour. Our arrival was slightly chaotic as 50 tired tourists tried to locate the rooms with 400 and 500 numbers when the hotel only has three floors with rooms. These rooms are all located in the annexe next to the swimming pool on the first and second floor and it is possible to cross over to the main building without getting wet in a thunderstorm by using a roofed footbridge.
After reading the previous reviews we weren't sure what to expect on our first encounter with Sicilian hotelry, but we were most satisfied. Our very spacious room (513) did not look onto the street, the pool or Mount Etna but had a large French window which allowed us to check on the visibility to Etna every day. There is a large panorama terrace on the roof of the main building and the annexe where you have a wonderful view in almost every direction.
On the first evening the restaurant and kitchen reacted immediately to my wife's gluten-free diet and from then on she was presented with alternative dishes without reminder. Even with a change of staff on our return for the fourth night there was no problem in this direction.
The food was among the best we had during the week on Sicily and the four-course evening meal was more than adequate. My only complaint would be the morning coffee, which was not up to the same standard. (In front of the hotel is a small cafe with an excellent alternative). The prices for drinks in the evening were very reasonable.
After one particularly violent thunderstorm we returned to our room to discover that the window which we had left ajar had been opened wider by the storm and the floor in that area was covered by a large puddle. The gentleman at reception appeared within two minutes with a bucket and mop and cleared up the mess without complaint.
Riposto itself is well worth exploring. Tourists out of the holiday season are regarded with curiosity. We enjoyed an afternoon and a morning wandering round the marina, the main square the fish market and the promenade by the sea front. The contrast to a tourist town like Taormina is enormous. The town is ideally located for day trips to Etna, Syracuse, Catania and Taormina.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank colinson
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Reviewed 7 July 2013

I stayed here for a week after booking a cheap getaway deal from England. I read the reviews and did not expect a big tourist presence in Riposto, but that did not bother me. During my stay, I didn't see any other hotels and it seems that Riposto is a holiday destination for Italians, largely. Having said that, the hotel caters for the needs of anyone choosing to visit this quiet fishing port.

Unfortunately I got off the a bad start, emailing the hotel twice for directions from the airport but not getting a reply. Thankfully a fellow reviewer on Trip Advisor advised to get the Alibus 457 from Catania airport to Catania Centrale and then get the train to Giarre-Riposto. From here its a ten minute walk down to the port. Unfortunately, I then had trouble locating the hotel (turn right when you reach the sea front, head past Marina Di Riposto, past the 'viewing wall' and its on the next right) but some very friendly locals helped us.

We were in a 'basic' double but essentially this means no balcony, but large friench doors that open anyway. We had a large, comfortable bed and a decent bathroom.

I've read poor reviews for the food but I disagree. Breakfast is from 7-10 and we went down after 9 each day and still had a full selection. Dinner is from 7:30-9:30 and consists of a starter, a pasta course from a choice of 2 or 3 dishes, a choice of a meat or fish dish, and dessert. Each course alone might be slightly smaller than average, but when you're having four courses there is more than enough! You pick your evening selection each morning at breakfast. The menu is in Italian and German but the staff are very helpful for those who can only speak English.

The pool is lovely, the hydro/sauna area does work, it just works on a button system so it doesn't run when it's not used. There were plenty of beds and parasols and the pool is cleaned daily.

The hotel is well located near to several supermarkets, bars, cafes and transport systems.

The staff were very helpful, even advising us that it would be cheaper to use public transport to visit certain places rather than book their affiliated excursions. The only downside is they have leaflets for attractions which are very had to get to via public transport, and have no alternative suggestion for those who wish to visit said places. But that's more a reflection on the lack of tourism in this part of Sicily.

Overall, a pleasant stay and you get what you pay for. If a quiet, relaxing holiday is what you want, then this hotel is ideal.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank terri_havill
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

the hotel was in a good position close to the sea and a supermarket.staff friendly, rooms really good and clean the only disadvantage the food because of poor breakfast and dinner small portions.but i would reccomend it definately!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank dimikouk
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Reviewed 24 November 2012

We were a party of four adults and had two spacious, clean rooms for a week last July. My dad was there as a returning WW2 veteran on the Hero`s return scheme. We were well looked after by the staff and ate and drank well. The hotel is well situated near the sea-front but still with easy parking if you have a car. Most important for Sicily , Riposto is on the flat coast plain so no steep slopes to negotiate, unlike some of the more well known resorts. Riposto also feels very Italian as it is a working town with no obvious tourist presence

Room Tip: A room overlooking the main street has a balcony were you can take in all the local street life , morning, noon and night. The pool area is sometimes used for evening functions.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank Philip_L14
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Reviewed 12 September 2012

Had a few days in Riposte and stayed at the Grand Yachting Place. Helpful staff who made good restaurant recommendations. A good base for day trips to Etna, Taormina, Catania and Syracuse. And Riposte itself is a really nice little place, as well. We liked it as tourism is still emerging here, so you get a slightly more authentic feel (and slightly cheaper prices). My advise would be to go there now, before it gets crowded with tourists!

Only downside was that there was no wi-fi in the rooms, but then this doesn't seem to be standard in most hotels in Sicily. There is internet in the lobby, though.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Michael T
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