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Hotel Albatros
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Letojanni
Reviewed 4 May 2012

This is a nice little hotel located in Letojanni, a few kilometers from Taormina. I stayed here two nights while on a Cosmos tour of Sicily. The street was too narrow for the tour bus to navigate so we had to walk about 3 blocks to the hotel from a parking area. The front entrance of the hotel is located right across the street from a rocky beach. There are several restaurants nearby as well as a grocery store (Turn left as you exit using the back entrance; the address is #227.) The street numbering system is rather strange… one side of the street is about 100 numbers higher than the opposite side! We had two included dinners which were quite good: pasta, pork loin and vegetables plus a jelly roll for dessert. As usual, you had to buy water. The breakfasts were the standard cold cereals, juices, rolls, cold cuts, etc. TV is all Italian channels. You have to take the bus to get to Taormina; it stops near the back entrance of the hotel (street number 295) and runs every hour (except Sunday when it skips an hour). The cost is €2.80 for round trip and you can purchase a ticket on the bus. Be sure you watch where it stops in Taormina; that’s the pickup point for the return trip. There are several bus stops in the area and they are not too well marked.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled solo
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9  Thank dunewatcher
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

i think that most things are covered by others but i must point out that this hotel is not recommended for people with walking difficulties !!!!
on arrival at 20.30 local time we had to drag our suitcases down a road - no pavements - for 500 yards from the coach drop off point which is also an uphill walk to all the excursion starts!!
inside the hotel there are many flights of stairs in reception/restaurant/lounge & some corridoors
this is a 3* central hotel which can have traffic/delivery noise but its clean & 90% staff are helpfull

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MIKUK
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

Stayed for one week at this hotel just across road from beach. Rooms very spacious and everything spotlessly clean + air conditioning. Staff were friendly and helpful. We were a bit disappointed on arriving at being given a room on the main street with no sea view, but in fact it was not that noisy and it was interesting to view the local streetlife below. There is a walk to the hotel down hill from where the buses drop guests, but it takes no more than 5 mins. The only downside was that the food was disappointing, in particular the continental breakfast (as mentioned in previous reviews) which could easily be improved with addition of some fresh fruit, yoghurts etc. However, there are plenty of bars/cafes along the seafront within a short walk so it is probably better to just book B&B. There are no bar prices so beware - if you wish for a drink it is better to go out to a local cafe or visit the supermarket over the road. Also, there is an 8 Euro charge per day to use the beach facilities (sunbeds, umbrella etc) but as it was getting towards the end of the season lower rates could be had elsewhere along the beach as all the beach cafes have their own stretch of beach, some with changing facilities as well as shower, toilets etc. The beach is gravelly and shelves quite steeply into the water so perhaps not so good for families with small children. The resort itself is fairly unspoilt and quiet as a seaside base and seems to be popular with locals at weekends. There is a pretty town square with cafes and often some musical entertainment in the evenings. It was nice to see locals of all ages out enjoying the warm evenings as well as the tourists. Letojanni is a good base to visit Mount Etna, Siracuse and Taormina (which is incredibly expensive but easily reached by local bus), but beware a trip to Agrigento is over 3 hrs drive away. Sicily is lovely & I think we would go back just for the ice-cream!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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8  Thank Travelbunnydevon
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Reviewed 17 October 2010

We did like the stay and the service very much.
The staff is very friendly and helpfull.
Very close to Taormina, easy by bus.
Closeby a lot of nice little towns.
Closr to the highway.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank grapje
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Reviewed 6 July 2008

Hotel Albatros is located practically on the beach (narrow street between) and about 500-800m of the center of Letojanni.
Rooms are very clean, beds and mads are ok, but the problem can be the balcony. For some rooms balconies are connected through some narrow path and even to the side entrance of hotel, which looked to be locked . Although there is no burglar crime on Sicily, it is better to seak for rooms with proper balcony. On the back side all balconies are ok, but in that part it can be a little bit noisy because of the street. Generally, you can get a good sleep here.

Breakfast is bad and always the same. At the other hand dinner is very good and I think that it is better to book HB instead of BB because there are no restaurants nearby but also in the hole Letojanni. Dinner is reserved at the breakfast, and you can choose of 2 or 3 choices. On the each menu you can choose fish, meet, pasta, or vegetables with desert (fruit, cake or ice cream). I recommend barbecued vegetables - it is perfect.

Beach is great, umbrellas are paying only in particular time of summer and that can be checked on the hotel site. Sea can be a little bit unpredictable because of a strong flow. We had great swim about six of ten days , but 2 days sea was to cold and 2 days full of medusas. You can use those days to explore the island because it is beautiful. Letojanni is a very cute place with old but nice houses, pretty church and cafes in the centre, but not so big. Nearby the hotel there is a bus station and about 20 minutes riding to the dreamland Taormina on the top hill. This is a biggest tourist attraction in Sicily but the hotels, food and shopping here are the most expensive in the area. In the bottom of the hill there is pretty tourist place Giardini Naxos with narrow streets but not so good beach. You can also rent a car for about 50-60 eur per day and agencies will drove it to the front of the hotel. 30 minutes car driving from the Letojanni is vulcano Etna, 40 minutes to the super Godfather hilly villages, and less than hour and half to the great town of Siracuza.

Sicily is like another planet, and Albatros can be a solid base for your island exploration or peaceful rest on the beach, but if you are expecting luxury, pools, additional accomodation etc, you should prepare much much more euros for some another hotel.

Stayed: August 2007
4  Thank Majstor
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Reviewed 27 June 2008

Having read all the other reviews we arrived with some foreboding however we were pleased with our large,clean, compfy room with views towards the sea. The hotel manager and staff were all very pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed ending our evenings with coffee and/or liqueurs in the bar served by very pleasant young ladies. However, you should be aware that you may have to bring your luggage down from the main road yourself as the coaches will not come down to the front of the hotel as there are rail tracks to drive over. The breakfast is not exactly anything to look forward to in the morning. We recommend also to eat out in the evening as there are so many little bars and restaurants to try. Letojanni is a lovely place to visit and we had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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5  Thank FrecklesSomerset
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Reviewed 15 May 2008

I have just returned from a weeks holiday at the Albatros Hotel, which I found to be very clean and reasonably well run. The manager was charming and most of the staff very efficient and friendly. The food was quite good for the class of hotel (I would mark it as a good 2 star rather than a 3 star). Unfortunately, my companion developed a rather nasty stomach bug and knee problems. Our representative organised a doctor who came within the hour at a cost of 100 euros plus 20 for medication which was really successful.

However, its not the place to go if you have any problems walking as even the reception area is on various different levels. The village does not allow tour buses to drop holiday makers off outside the hotel, but you can get the local bus from across the road which is very convenient (Taromina is only about 10 minuets away and well worth the visit)

On arrival we were dropped off at the railway crossing and had to walk the five hundred yards or so down the hill to the hotel. One of our party, who had trouble walking, managed to get a lift in the hotel car which was arranged by our representative. However, on our return trip during the night and in the rain, we had to hire a car to do numerous trips to the top of the hill with our cases.
I was a little alarmed when I realised that the hotel door could not be opened from the inside, without the use of a key by a member of the hotel staff - not sure what would have happened in the case of a fire!!

Although the position of the hotel is good and we had a lovely sea view the pebble beach was not safe for swimmers as upon entering the water you sank into lots of loose stones and then into about four feet of water. We were unfortunate with the weather and the sea was also very rough during our stay. I would not advise this hotel for families wanting a beach holiday. The restaurants and bars along the front were quite good but we found the few shops very expensive.

We did not go up to Mount Etna on the advice of our tour representative because we had not brought suitable shoes/clothing etc. only to find out later that these items were provided for 2 euros. This I found very frustrating as I would have certainly done this tour if I had been given the correct information.

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank LibbeyHerts
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Address: Via Luigi Rizzo, 98037 Letojanni, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Letojanni
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Letojanni
Price Range: £50 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Albatros 3*
Number of rooms: 77
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