We stayed at the Cetarium in October and loved both it and Castellamare. Unlike one of the previous writers, we found the staff to be unfailingly pleasant and helpful. They recommended restaurants, made phone calls for us (our Italian being virtually non-existent) and let me use the front desk computer to check email.
We also had a harbour view room and thought the view was wonderful. I must admit to having concerns about the bar next door (it was Saturday night) as we were in the corner room right next to it but with the balcony french doors closed and the air conditioning on, we slept just fine. I guess if you want to have the doors wide open, the noise could be a problem but ... If you are really concerned about noise, the rooms looking onto the interior courtyard appeared to be very pleasant. The rooms themselves are very nicely appointed and comfortable and the breakfast was good.
The two fish restaurants just along the harbour are both great if you love fresh fish (choose your fish in the afternoon from those bought at the dock in the morning)
And although the rest of the town doesn't seem to have too much to offer, Castellamare is a lovely (and not overly touristy) spot to use as a base for exploring the area - Segesta, Erice, Marsala, the Trapani salt flats. We would definitely recommend both the hotel and the location.
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- Cetarium Hotel Castellammare Del Golfo, Sicily