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Il Principe Hotel
Ranked #13 of 50 Hotels in Catania
Certificate of Excellence
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
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16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“1 night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2011

but it was wonderful. They upgraded us to the suite and the room was great, bet large, cable tv, nice view. Staff is friendly and breakfast also very good. The position is perfect for having a look at the city center and a wonderful dinner, parking a bit difficult unless you don't pay the 20 € / day plus. It was a great stay.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Marco B
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PrincipeHotel, Direttore at Il Principe Hotel, responded to this review, 2 December 2011
Thank You for your wonderful review regarding your stay at Il Principe Hotel Catania. I will be delighted to share your compliments with our Team. We always strive to provide outstanding service to our guests.
I hope you'll come back in Catania and visit us soon.
Sincerely,

Marco De Pinto
Hotel Manager
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2011

A typical four star hotel, staff okay but not over attentive, breakfast adequate but nothing special, however location for central Catania, restaurants and the fish market superb.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Stuart D
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PrincipeHotel, Direttore at Il Principe Hotel, responded to this review, 30 November 2011
Dear Stuart D

Thank You for taking the time to write a review regarding your stay with us. We continually strive to improve our hotel and your feedback is important to our success. Thank You for your specific feedback regarding our free continental breakfast so we can correct these issues for the future. We hope you will think of Il Principe Hotel if you are in Catania in the future.

Sincerely,

Marco De Pinto
Direttore
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Helsinki
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2011

We have stayed many times in Il Principe and have been very happy with the hotel. The breakfast is one of the best, not because of the selection which is quite traditional but because of the atmosphere made by the stylish setting combined with the highly motivated personnel. A special thanks goes also to Giovanna and Simona at the front desk, they have always been more than helpfull and offer best reception service one can ask.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Timpax
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PrincipeHotel, Direttore at Il Principe Hotel, responded to this review, 30 November 2011
Dear Timpax
Thank you for your review regarding your stay at Il Principe Hotel.
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us.
It is our goal to provide great value for our guests
We hope you will stay with us again when back in the Catania area.
Best Regards

Marco De Pinto
Hotel Manager
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Copenhagen
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2011

Very good, quiet location in Catania, close to cathedral and fishmarket. Very friendly and helpful staff. Free internet connection and very good breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank perden
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PrincipeHotel, Direttore at Il Principe Hotel, responded to this review, 13 November 2011
Dear Guest,
Thanks for sharing your experience.
we are happy you appreciate our services and invite you to join us on Facebook.
We hope you'll come back soon in Catania and visit us.
Regards
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2011

We stayed at the Principe hotel for 4 nights and had a very good time. The people at the reception desk always try to do their utmost to please their customers. Don't hesitate to ask for recommendations on restaurants in the surroundings as well or get tours organised by the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Europeantraveller12
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New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

For our last night in Sicily, facing an early-morning flight to Rome, I chose Il Principe Hotel because I wanted to squeeze in an early evening "passeggiata" in downtown Catania as a last bit of tourism in our very tight five-day swing through southeastern Sicily. The choice turned out to be perfect. First of all, location: The hotel is situated just a couple of blocks - a few minutes - from the magnificent baroque Duomo and its piazza; the area is partially pedestrianized at night; and there is a wide selection of restaurants nearby. As for the airport, in early morning light traffic, it was only half an hour away. Second: the hotel itself is excellent, professionally run as well as very comfortable. Although it is centrally located, Il Principe is set back slightly from a busy small street, at the foot of a broad stair-street, so it is quiet (although we didn't need quiet since we spent just a few hours there given our early-morning departure). Our room was at the rear in an area that has been carved out of a neighboring building, so access was a little complicated, involving a ramp and stairs - not good for someone with mobility issues - but the room itself was very pleasant and elegantly furnished, with a comfortable, well-designed bathroom. Our travelling companions had an even better room in the main building, facing the street, with a large bathroom and tub (Room No. 201). Our rental car was valet-parked and positioned so we could leave at 5 am without any problem the next morning. Overall I would recommend this hotel without hesitation to anyone wanting to spend time in downtown Catania: judging by what we saw in our short time there, we definitely plan to give the city more than just a few hours the next time we're in Sicily, and would definitely try to stay at Il Principe Hotel. As for the booking process: I contacted the hotel directly online after researching choices through TripAdvisor, and received an immediate, courteous response in English with a good price. To our delight, the final price we paid on checkout was slightly lower than that we had been quote: it came in under 100 euros per night per room. My ONLY complaint has nothing to do with the hotel: we were driving, and it is very hard to make your way from the autostrada to central Catania and the hotel. I was the designated driver because I speak Italian and have great eyesight for the miniscule signs that point - more or less - to the center if they are not pasted over with advertising. Thankfully, at a certain point we picked up signs for the hotel itself; otherwise it would have been very difficult to find, given the maze of one-way streets, lack of clear signage, and swarming traffic in the old city.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Sybil101
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PrincipeHotel, Direttore at Il Principe Hotel, responded to this review, 6 November 2011
Dear Guest,
Thanks so much for the review!
We always do our best to guarantee to all of our guests the most pleasant stay.
Our location is ideal for visiting the city of Catania on foot (the best way) and as starting point for organized excursions discovering the beauties of the surrounding: Mount Etna (the highest active volcano in Europe), Taormina and many other destinations.
Our young team is made of special individuals all working together for a common goal: to take exceptional care of you!
As you well said, book directly with the hotel reservation department is the best way to find the lowest price and it is very easy, quick and safe.
I really hope that you will come back for visit us again.
I’ll be glad to welcoming you personally with a special drink.
Sincerely

Marco De Pinto
Hotel Manager
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Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

We were a party of three and took a suite in mid-October for two nights. The service, the room and the breakfast were good. The place is a little bit difficult to find if you go on your own, so it is better to take a taxi to arrive there, but it is well located in the center of the old city.
I would highly recommend this hotel for families on vacation
Octavio-M

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Octavio M
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Property: Il Principe Hotel
Address: Via Alessi 20-26 | Centro Storico, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Catania
#4 Romantic Hotel in Catania
#5 Family Hotel in Catania
#9 Luxury Hotel in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Il Principe Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Il Principe Hotel is surrounded by baroque architecture in Catania's historic centre. Located on the Alessi Steps between Via Etnea and Via Crociferi, it offers free Wi-Fi. The rooms at Il Principe Hotel Catania all have parquet floors and elegant furnishings. Each room includes satellite TV and a private bathroom. A continental buffet breakfast is served daily in the dining room. Guests can also relax in the hotel's American piano bar. Il Principe Hotel lies 1.5 Km from Catania Centrale Train Station. The airport is a 12-minute drive away. ... more   less 
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