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“Comfortable and Clean hotel with a Huge Swimming Pool area and park”
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Blu Hotel Kaos
Ranked #9 of 23 Hotels in Agrigento
Reviewed 21 April 2014

It's more a nice resort than a hotel. You need to have a car to get there and visit something interesting around.
One minus - you can't reach sea/beach on foot inspite of the hotel located less than one km from the sea.. :(

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 January 2014

If you're looking for a place to use as a home base while exploring Sicily, this is NOT it. That being said, if you're on an adventure like we were, this place is perfect for two nights. Your mileage may very.

Having landed in Palermo at the beginning of a 14 day trip organized by a friend with a group of coworkers and their spouses, it was our first stop. 9 Hours from JFK, one hour lay over in Rome, one hour flight to Palermo, One hour to clear customs and get luggage. Two hours in Palermo for lunch and a quick peek around the city, and then two hours plus drive to Agrigento. You do the math.

When you add all the times up, it = we are all about to fall on our butts from exhaustion.

What better way to de-plane, de-stress, and cure jet lag, then by grabbing a beer and sitting in one of the best pools I ever saw in my life…and I have seen some pools. It's huge by any standards.

Blue Hotel Kaos (pronounced Cows) is a magnificent property overlooking the Ionian sea at the very bottom of Sicily. The rooms are new, nicely appointed, and if you're lucky (like we were) some have balconies which overlook the pool and the ocean. Past the pool, walking toward the sea, are groves of lemons, olives and almond trees. You never can reach the sea..legally. You can reach the cliffs by climbing through a hole in the fence. The pools is surrounded by flowering bushes of all sorts.

Since there really is only one thing to see in the area, we weren't compelled to push ourselves to the breaking point the first day. We didn't have far to go to reach it after traveling. One stop in any church would have had me excommunicated from a variety of religions for my language. The hotel, it's bar and it's pool made for a perfect first day.

The next day we woke to the smell of fresh baked bread. The food here is often a main topic of conversation. I found breakfast great, and so did my picky as heck wife. It was buffet, and had many offerings more like what we consider "Antipasti". Fresh cut meats, fresh baked bread, a vast amount of cheeses, scrambled eggs, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit. The bread was to die for, and we ALL grabbed napkins and made sandwiches for later. We left for the temples about 8:30AM

Valley of the temples is a very, very short drive and is MAGNIFICENT. We went the very end of July and it was HOT. But Magnificent.

Go early, while the temperature is only at "can fry an egg" and hasn't reached "I think I'm going to pass out".

We spent three hours exploring the breathtaking ruins with no crowds what so ever, and then caught lunch in the town of Agrigento. By 2PM we were back at the pool. The wonderful, wonderful, pool.

Dinner is by no means the God awful pig slop some have described. It was average, with some things very good, nothing awful. Breakfast, however, is the absolutely the star here. I enjoyed dinner more than my wife, because I eat almost everything that swims, and the antipasti buffet at dinner had lots of seafood choices.

To be frank, I also eat meat of dubious description on a stick, from New york pushcarts.

"She who must be obeyed" got by on salads, fruits, and whatever the pasta offering was.

The morning of the third day we were up early, stealing sandwiches from breakfast, and off on our way to Taormina for three nights.

If you need a place to start an adventure and work you way up, Blue Hotel Kaos and Arigento's Valley of the Temples is a perfect start. We Loved it! If you're looking to spend more than two nights there (and are not a resident of some other part of Sicily looking for a relaxing break) you may not be as happy.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with friends
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7  Thank zamgwar
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Spent 3 nights at Blu Hotel Kaos in the early fall of 2013. It seems to cater to bus tour groups as they were coming & going every day and 2-4 parked in the parking lot each night. We had a rental car so didn't feel isolated and enjoyed the quiet surroundings but others are correct in that there is nothing much else around except private homes. The room was clean and the bathroom functional. Breakfast buffet is included but same every day. Fruit (pineapple & peaches) was of the canned variety in sugary syrups. Cappuccino was good. OK if your bus tour group is only staying one night but it got a bit old for 3 days straight. We spoke only a little Italian but needed to call one of my wife's relatives who lived nearby and the front desk staff placed the call and interpreted for us, setting up a meeting in Sambuca later in the day. Friendly and helpful but I know better than to ask when they were checking in a bus load too.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2013

We too were attached to Riviera Travel as the itinerary ticked all the boxes we wanted to visit. Our experience of Kaos- perhaps a name-change would sound more attractive to potential English guests, was satisfactory & we were well pleased with most of the facilities on offer. Everyone remarks on the wide sweep of the illuminated steps down to the really attractive pool area , shame there is no access to the sea . Our room on the ground floor was more than adequate for our 3-night stay, rooms clean & comfortable, but totally agree with the comment re the out-of-reach wardrobe; do the people who design these places actually get to live in them ? but shower-room excellent. We not too keen on some of the food offered; buffet breakfast was OK , but I do have one major gripe & this is it. Travelling mid-autumn & during day-light hours noticing the vast acreage of orchards, also being aware of the well-known fertile properties of volcanic lava, I would have expected to be offered a wide range of fresh fruit at mealtimes. Not so, all we had was a choice of tinned peaches, pineapples & horrendous fruit cocktail which went out of fashion just after WW2. Dinner was pretty much the same although I did spot an apple & a grossly unripe peach which is an insult & needs attention. Meals were only OK & II did comment on this to our tour-manager but was fobbed off with some excuse which was forgettable in its ambiguousness. Maybe I'm making too big a thing of this but I expected far more from holidaying in Southern Italy during harvest time. Having said all that we were pleased with our 3-days there; the visit to the Valley of the Temples being a serious highlight. Decent tour-manager, bit too much info sometimes though Michelle, but coach-driver Angelo was brilliant, always felt safe & was always there to offer a hand when necessary on disembarking. We would also agree with the comment re out-of-town location, confined to barracks is a bit strong but unless you enjoy propping up a bar post-dinner, then maybe not for you. Barmen in the cocktail-bar a bit heavy on the whisky in our Gaelic Coffee, but I'm not complaining. We then moved on to Excelsior Palace in Taormina. for the remainder of our holiday.

Room Tip: We were more than happy with our allocated room on the ground floor
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank JamesW17
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

the 2 good things about this hotel was the reception staff and the road away from this awful hotel.
Sicily is known for good food, whoever said so never visited this place. Green scrambled egg!
How about pea soup, yes it was pea soup, imagine a tin of garden peas in water heated up and then a bit of dry bread placed in the middle. If that is not enough to whet your appetite then there was the steak,cut very thin but still not thin enough to chew. The gardens potentially could be good but were overgrown and unkempt, the childrens playground could be great but was covered in weeds and had not been upkept. It is isolated and so you cant go out on foot to find a restaurant or entertainment.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank nick H
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

A clean, modern hotel with good pool and extensive somewhat run down grounds.From the terrace the sea is visible across the pool but it is not possible to get to. By going through a hole in the wire fence at bottom left of garden you can stand at the top of the cliffs and enjoy a splendid view of the beach. It is also possible to walk across the fields towards distant high-rise blocks and buy wine and beer from a small taverna.
Why are the wardrobe hangers about 8ft off the ground?

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank lizandianp
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We were on a Riviera "Classical Sicily" tour and had flown into Catania in the early evening enjoying the spectacular views of Mt Etna as we did so. We were then coached for over 3 hours halfway across the island to this hotel close to the coast near Agrigento unable to see very much, seemingly going around a continuous roundabout, except for the illuminated temples as we approached the Kaos. We were invited to partake of some cold food at around 11pm and packed off to bed with a warning to be on the coach prompt at 9am in order to visit the Valley of the Temples at our appointed hour. This seemed to set the tone for the remainder of the week, with a time-bound itinerary, and with little free time to really get close to the real Sicily. This hotel was presumably chosen for its general proximity to the temple site, but it offers a cheerless experience and apart from an excellent pool has little to engage guests. The rooms were idiosyncratic, with odd wooden floors in the bathroom and shower areas getting very slippery when used, wardrobes which almost needed a ladder to use and air-conditioning rattling away throughout the night. If you like your food this hotel is one to avoid and beware the high prices for wine and soft drinks as you are a captive audience, there is no where else.

Room Tip: Try to get into the older part which has lifts to the upper floors, and much nicer views.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: via Giovanni Gentile 11, | Contrada Cumbo Villaggio Luigi Pirandello, 92100, Agrigento, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Agrigento > Agrigento
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Agrigento
#5 Family Hotel in Agrigento
#9 Luxury Hotel in Agrigento
Price Range: £105 - £180 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Blu Hotel Kaos 4*
Number of rooms: 105
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