Stayed for one night following a few days in Syracuse. A nice central position and easily walkable from the bus station ( although at the top of a fairly steep hill). All of the staff were excellent, pleasant and couldn't have been more helpful. A minor point but my e reader ran out of charge and the receptionist went over and above to find a battery charger for me- and succeeded! The hotel is quite traditional in many parts and the room was spotlessly clean with a beautiful shower. There were no tea or coffee making facilities but again the hotel obliged and provided us with a kettle. Rooms have been "updated" with technical equipment that you touch a pad and lights come on, curtains open and close etc. personally I found this a bit of a nuisance and spent more time playing with buttons to get the lighting I wanted! Check in and out were very good and the only reason I did not give this hotel a five star review is due to the lack of information about the facilities within the hotel and were they where. We wandered along a few corridors to find the breakfast area and unfortunately the top floor was "closed" so we were unable to experience the views of Etna or make use of the Jacuzzi. This may well have been because it is early in the season but all the same a bit of a disappointment. Breakfast was continental with a good choice in a lovely glass walled area with views over the town. I would be more than happy to stay here again and congratulations to all the staff for their pleasant and helpful manner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Royal Hotel is a four star hotel in the centre of Catania with 19 rooms. The rooms are positioned on three different levels. Each room is named after either an important Sicilian person or period of Sicilian history. The first floor is dedicated to Vincenzo Bellini. A world-renowned composer, born in Catania, and author of noted works like La Norma. The same Norma lends her name to our most beautiful suite. This suite boasts beautiful vaulted ceilings where, following a meticulous and complex restorative project, we were able to maintain the original frescoes, painted in the 18th century. The frescoes are not the only unique features of this suite, which could more accurately be called a royal apartment. It is almost 50m2 and has a fabulous bathroom, like something directly from the fabled Arabian Nights. The second floor is home to the rooms dedicated to Magna Grecia (Latin for "Greater Greece"): a very important period in the history of the city of Catania. The third floor is dedicated to Giovanni Verga. This author brought the name of Catania and of Sicily into the lives of many around the world with his historical novels, names that are kept alive today in names of the rooms of our hotel. All rooms are equipped with LCD monitor, WiFi, and a control panel for the electronic adjustment of lights, but most importantly they are very spacious. The Superior rooms boast either a splendid four-poster bed or a private terrace. One of the Superior rooms has a private access to the rooftop terrace with the possibility to book the exclusive use of the Solarium and the Jacuzzi. The Suites are particularly ample with separate, clearly defined living and sleeping quarters. The Suites also offer a relaxing shower with water massage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Catania
- Hotel Royal Catania, Sicily