The Calanica is a charming village with nice bungalows, swimming pool, restaurant terrace and all located in beautiful surroundings! My story about my visit to Calanica is a little unusual! One cold Winter`s evening I saw pictures of the Calanica on the internet. I was impressed by the pictures and the description of the hotel. I knew I just had to stay there so I booked this hotel through a Russian tour agency three months before my planned vacation!
A few days before my trip, I emailed the Calanica directly to inform them of the bungalow that I wished to stay in. When they emailed me back to tell me that they have no reservation under my name, I was really surprised....shocked! After a couple of days and many emails and phone calls between myself and the tour agency and the hotel, it was revealed that the tour agency booked me into a different hotel! I was.... very upset....to put it mildly!
I emailed the Calanica again with my apologies and explained to them the situation. Unfortunately they were fully booked by this time, but told me to feel free to come visit their hotel during my vacation in Cefalu! So I had to book another hotel in Cefalu in the last minutes before my departure for Sicily.
While in Cefalu I called one day to visit the Calanica. What can I say? I was amazed! Wow! The Calanica is simply a beautiful place, nice and quiet... an idyllic place to stay in Sicily! I am really sure had I stayed here, my vacation would have been fantastic! However, thanks to the unprofessional Russian tour agency, it wasnt to be!
The reason I`m writing a review about a hotel that I didn`t stay in but only visited is because of the people who work in Calanica hotel! I have never met such nice and friendly hotel staff as those who work in the Calanica! It`s simply unbelievable how they tried to help a person such as myself who they had never met, and who wasn`t staying at the hotel! I say Bravo to the hotel General Manager - Domenico! He is a great personality and a great manager! The people in Reception were so nice to me also! I know that many hotel guests are people who come back here every year for many years for their vacation! It is a special place for them also and gives them the chance to relive great and special memories each year of previous vacations! I do believe its also because the staff at Calanica make their guests feel welcome at the hotel, which isn`t always the case in many hotels these days unfortunately!
I wish Domenico and all his staff at the hotel the very best! Although I didn`t stay here, I`v been in the hotel, met the staff, seen the area around and I can highly recommend this place for vacations to anyone! Just look at the pictures of this lovely hotel! Also Cefalu city is one of the most beautiful places I`v ever seen!! A Sicilian gem! Thanks so much to Domenico for your kindness! Also thanks to the unprofessional Russian tour agency for causing me so much stress and for making me miss the chance to stay in this amazing hotel... However, through their mistake, I got the chance to meet really nice Sicilian people with big hearts!
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