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“Solid, but not worth the price”
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Il Principe Hotel
Ranked #14 of 50 Hotels in Catania
Chicago, Illinois
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Solid, but not worth the price”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

Clean, central location, but the room was not worth the price. It was a "suite" and as such was large with a separate bedroom, but it was very bland. There was no view except into other rooms and there was no personality or charm to the room. Could have been a chain hotel. Staff was very nice though.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Stayed here 5 nights and we have an excellent time. Everything inside the hotel looks pretty new, clean and the staff is allways very helpfull in any problem. Our room, on the 3th floor had a small balcony and we remaked the good job done by the roommaide everyday.
The breakfast was very good quality, variated ham, cheese, prosciuto, eggs, pastry, juice and, what i never seen until now, 2 kinds of fresh juice. They have a coffe mashine, but they also do italian espresso or cappuccino if you ask.
A lot of good restaurants near hotel for the dinner.
Piazza del Duomo is just 2 min from the hotel, and also there you will find, in the morning, La Pescheria, the fish market that you should not missed while in Catania.
Near Ptza Duomo you will also find the bus station and I suggest you to use the bus to Taormina or Siracusa.
We arrive at Il Principe from the airport by taxi, we take it from outside the airport, asked befor the price and the driver said 20-25 eur. It was 25. From the hotel, the staff called a taxi for us and it was also 25 to the airport, but a larger car, the kind used for transfers.
I think we will come back in Catania and definitely will stay at Il Principe.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2013

I did not see any hotel that looked nicer than this hotel in central Catania (the historic center). We got a great room on the 4th floor with a private terrace (there was hallway access and a fire escape around the back, but no one has any reason to be out there and we didn't notice any other humans on our floor of the hotel). The room very clean and quiet. The bathroom was tiled nicely in mosaic tile and the shower did NOT leak (the first and only on our Italian holiday). Staff very nice, mostly very good English speakers. Breakfast buffet more than adequate. I would definitely stay here a second time if I need to fly into Catania again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Valletta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2013

I have stayed for 2 nights in this hotel and I must say that it definitely exceeded my expectations. The receptionists are extremely cordial and are always ready to go that extra mile to solve any issues or questions which you might have. In terms of cleanliness, the hotel was top notch and the same can also be said regarding the politeness of all the staff involved. The cherry on top is its location since it is situated right in the middle of Catania's historic and cultural centre, with very easy access to Piazza Duomo, good restaurants and other landmarks.

The only negative comment is that the receptionists weren't that informed about the cultural landmarks in the city (e.g. il Museo del Cinema situated right in the hub of Catania's cultural and economic centre).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2013

We stayed at this hotel for just one night, before catching our flight back home the next morning. Anyway, our impression was good, the room where we stayed appeared to be brand new and very clean. It was on the inside of the hotel, overlooking a courtyard, so rather dark and not much of a view. If we would have stayed longer we might have requested a different view, but because it was just for one night it wasn't an issue for us. Also, the room was very quiet, even though this hotel is located right in the middle of Catania in a lively neighbourhood with lots of cafés and restaurants. Summarizing, a good experience, and we would book this hotel again if we were back in Catania. One minor remark: the shower was located inside the bath, which was slippery - we always put down a towel in such cases. We prefer a separate shower. But this is a very minor issue!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Walton on Thames
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

In September 2013 stayed two nights as part of a Voyage Jules Verne 7 day Sicily tour. Central location, a little tucked away. Our room was elegant and spotless and generally a lot of the hotel looked as though it had been recently redecorated. Fairly typical and adequate buffet breakfast with willing, happy staff. Two good local restaurants (suggested by VJV) used, the Cortile Alessi and I Crociferi. One right next to the hotel and the other a couple of minutes walk. Both enjoyed. Free Wi-Fi and safe in room. Our room had a small balcony onto an internal courtyard. Not noisy. Some rooms looked onto street. Ideal as a base for a couple of days.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2013

I was a tour guide for an Irish military history society visiting Sicily mainly to look at the WW2 heritage. The hotel Il Principe was an excellent base well situated in the centre of Catania. The staff were friendly and helpful and provided a first class parking service. Breakfast was the only meal we took but contained a varying selection of excellent Sicilian pastries as well as international breakfast choices.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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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
#10 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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