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“Decent location, not a very nice hotel”
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Hotel Tourist
Ranked #17 of 36 Hotels in Cefalu
Motta Sant'Anastasia, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Decent location, not a very nice hotel”
Reviewed 22 April 2013

The hotel is directly across the street from the beach, but it's a rocky beach. The nicer beach is about a 20 minute walk, which isn't bad unless you're schlepping little kids and all that they require. The hotel smelled a little funny, which I think can be attributed to their water. It smells and tastes terrible. The shower water alternated between spurts of ice-cold and scalding-hot every five seconds or so, and the actual shower was pretty gross - some mold/mildew and rusty spots. All of the quadruple rooms have a view of the "courtyard" instead of the water. The "courtyard" is the concrete center of the building, with rusty steps and lots of noise from the kitchen. The beds were ok. Lots of storage in the room. Decent breakfast provided. Overall, I don't think it was worth the money. Lots of other, nicer options.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Pacific Palisades, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2013

About a 20 minute easy walk to Old Town Cefalu and therefore less congested and easy parking.
Large clean rooms with comfortable bed and balcony with ocean view. Good breakfast. Bar and sitting area but no restaurant. Swimming pool was not open during February.

Room Tip: Room 206 is a large Double/Triple with ocean view from balcony.
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mariehamn, Finland
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

A nice hotel and a good location near the beach. After having dinner in the centre you had a healthy walk back to the hotel. The reception staff was friendly and helpful, the room was clean. The only complaint we had was the breakfast and specially the egg-and-bacon-table. Either there was only fried eggs or only bacon, in three mornings we had to ask for them, seemed just somehow as the staff had forgotten to bring them to the servingroom. Overall a good stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Middlesbrough , U.K.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2012

Stayed at TOURIST from 18/10 to 22/10....only wish it could have been much longer!
Staff are polite and friendly , and always ready to help with a smile.
Our room (102) was a lovely sea view , with beach just across the road.Plenty of space
and storage , flat screen tv , minibar , lovely bathroom with bath and shower and most
importantly , a comfy bed!
This hotel is in a quiet part of Cefalu , but a short stroll gets you to main town in approx
10-15 minutes.
The pool area was peaceful and quiet with plenty of sun beds – however can appreciate
It would be much livelier during the summer months.
We had no complaints about the buffet breakfast – there was something there for all
tastes ...especially liked the fresh pastries & croissants.(If you want your bacon and eggs
cooked just as you like it – stay at home and do it yourself)
I cannot comment on lunch/dinner as we were only on B & B basis
This was our 3rd trip to Cefalu and certainly won’t be our last...our favourite restaurants
are Da Nino’s and Lilies Club , for simple and delicious Sicilian food.
We hope to return to the Hotel Tourist next year .

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2012

The location was good, the pool excellent. The room was good but a bit faded and jaded. Breakfast was not very good, why is it not possible to provide fresh orange juice on a Mediterranean Island, and why oh why attempt bacon fried eggs and sausages!

Room Tip: Check the meaning of "superior room"!
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oulu, Finland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2012

We has a two-week holiday in this location, and it was worth all that money we payed for half-board holiday. The hotel is just on the sea front across the Lungomare, and only a few minutes' walk to the centre of Cefalu.Everything was clean, the furniture was basic, but again the room was clean, the staff were friendly and helpful. One of the best things during our stay were the evening meals, delicious indeed. And once a week they had a fish night, buffee with all kinds of fish dishes, and once a week a gala night with roses and candle lights, the meals served. The view from the balcony was towards the pool, again clean with not too many people hanging around, and partly towards the seafront.

Room Tip: Higher floor, towards the pool
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bergen op Zoom - Holland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2012

We stayed for one week with my wife, in September last year, and we are coming back again this year in September for two weeks. The hotel offers more than any other hotel in Cefalu area. Private beach, sea view rooms, good food , large swimming pool and a very friendly personnel. Starting from Daniella at the reception to Pindaro in the swimming pool, are all very friendly and helpful. I remember I wanted to see an opera at the famous teatro massimo in Palermo and I ordered the tickets through internet by the help of the staff. A true Sicilian hospitality!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Tourist
Address: Lungomare G. Giardina, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
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Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Cefalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Cefalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Tourist 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a few metres from the sea, Hotel Tourist offers an equipped private beach and an outdoor pool. It is on Cefalù’s promenade and most rooms overlook the sea. The hotel’s restaurant specialises in international cuisine and Italian favourites, all accompanied by local wines. Rooms at Tourist Hotel are air conditioned and come with a flat-screen TV and a balcony. Some have either partial or full sea views. ... more   less 
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Hotel Tourist Cefalu, Sicily

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