I spent a week at the Excelsior Grand Hotel in May/June of this year while in Sicily on business. The hotel was clean, comfortable, relatively well appointed and had large guestrooms, at least compared to many other European hotels that I have stayed at. The location in the centre of town is excellent, within walking distance of most of what Catania has to offer in terms of sights, shopping and eating. Traffic getting to and from the hotel can be quite bad, but it is no worse than any other large Italian city. Morning breakfast was good, with more than your typical continental breakfast available. Staff were helpful in pointing out areas of interest in the city and arranging for tours (such as to Mt Etna or Taormina). My one complaint would be about the water pressure in the showers; it was weak at the best of times. Note that because of its relative proximity to the Catania ring road and its size, the hotel does tend to cater to large tour groups. If this is a problem for you, then I would not recommend it, otherwise it is a great, central location to base a Sicilian visit from.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A PRESTIGIOUS FOUR-STAR HOTEL SITUATED IN THE CITY CENTRE. Welcome to the Grand Hotel Excelsior Catania, a prestigious four-star hotel in Sicily's beautiful second city which lies in the shadow of Mount Etna. Black volcanic rock and white limestone have given Catania its own striking visual aspect, which makes it an ideal tourist destination. Our hotel is also well-adapted to meet the needs of business travellers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Excelsior Grand Catania
- Hotel Excelsior Grand
- Mercure Catania Excelsior Sicily