First impressions always say a lot and we were NOT disappointed! Greeted by Giovanni the manager, he showed us to our suite - room 110 - on the second floor. Instantly we could see how clean and bright the place was. We were also pleasantly surprised to note how large the suite was. A very large kitchen/dining/communal area with a very good sized toilet/shower room and a more than average bedroom with a KING SIZED bed! Storage was in abundance and the kitchen even had a proper full sized tall fridge which really did "chill" the drinks properly! For families, there is a comfortable single sofa bed in the communal area which converts to a nice double if required. From our bedroom we had a nice balcony with fantastic views directly ahead to the soft sandy beach and tranquil sea just 50m away! We also had great views of Cefalu old town and "La Roc", a 200m rock dominating the skyline behind the town. The "free" air conditioning had to be the best I have ever used! Previous reviews called it "the freezer" and they weren't wrong!
As the hotel was purely a B&B, there was no kitchen and subsequently, no means to cook. Obviously! Some previous reviews have complained at the lack of breakfast choices and "hot" food. Personally - with a varied choice of cereals, juices, jams/preserves, hams, cheeses, breads, fruits (limited) and pastries, who needs a full English anyway! My only criticism, was the coffee machine which broke down almost every morning! Nevertheless, a quick repair and it was slurping away merrily again!
Without a doubt, the cleanliness of the whole hotel was simply perfect. Our room was thoroughly cleaned every morning and actually smelt lovely (unlike some hotels who's cleaners use the same water throughout all the rooms). Even the lift smelt of Lemon cleaner.
The hotel pool was rather disappointing in that it was so small. Personally - I like to have a proper swim so my legs don't touch the bottom at both ends, but not so with this one! Nevertheless it was lovely to get in after a session on the beds in 30+ degrees! There is also a small Jacuzzi but this is very expensive at 5uro's for 15 minutes.
Overall - the hotel was Immaculate, clean with VERY friendly staff. Thanks to ALL of them (even the chatty/friendly cleaners) who took the time to wave and chat every time were caught their eye. Being only 2 years old, the hotel is still in pristine condition and I would whole heartedly recommend it to couples and families alike.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Astro Suite Hotel is a new Hotel located on the Cefalu Sea Side a few meters from historical center. Hotel offers the following guests services:Reception 24 hours, breakfast room, bar Hall, tv room, garden with sea - view, solarium terrace, small swimming-pool, inside garage, equipped sun beach.Our rooms offer the following services:22 nice suites en modern style and private bath room with panoramic view on the Cefalu Sea.All with balcony, heating and air conditioning self control, TV Sat, Wireless, Phon, Mini Bar and another inside room with kitchen.Our welcome will get of your stay an unfergettable memory !! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Astro Suite Hotel Cefalu, Sicily