We stayed here during the busiest time in mid August. Our rep told us that the hotel was completely full, but that didn't impact on the brilliant service we received.
The location is superb - a 10 minute walk to Cefalu town centre and a private beach just across the road. As the beach belonged to the hotel, we were shown to four free loungers by a member of staff once we got there. This saved the usual stressful hunt for space! The beach also has toilets and a bar. The hotel actually gives out free beach towels to guests, so you can save room in your suitcase by not having to pack one yourself. The pool was also lovely, just the right temperature, with plenty of loungers free.
Our rooms were spotless and the maids serviced them with new clean towels everyday. The shower was particularly good. We also had a nice balcony. We asked for extra pillows at reception and were given them immediately. All the staff at reception and the restaurant were friendly, talkative and helpful. Wifi is also free in every room and quite fast. Useful if you can't tear yourself away from your smartphone...
We picked the half board option, so had breakfast and dinner in the hotel. The food is great - a good mix of authentic Sicilian stuff and familiar favourites (e.g. bacon and eggs for the Brits!) The rooftop restaurant has amazing views across the bay. We went up there for 7:30 on a few nights to catch the sunset. Our stay also coincided with an Italian bank holiday, when an amazing seafood buffet was served on the private beach, along with live music. You could see everyone had worked hard preparing it.
If I'm picky, the one thing I didn't agree with was how strict the hotel is in regards to food/drink in rooms. They said not to use the mini bar for personal use, but I think it would be better if guests were at least allowed to store their own water in it (rather than having to pay for the mini bar bottles each time). This is only a minor thing though. On the whole, I enjoyed our stay here and would definitely recommend it!
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- Also Known As:
- Cefalu Sea Palace Hotel Cefalu
- Sea Palace Hotel Cefalu
- Cefalu Sea Palace Sicily