We stayed here for 4 days in July, this being our second stay, the first in 1998.
The concept of the hotel is a chic and bohemian envirnonment set on one of the world's most beautiful and relaxing islands. This is true if you forget the concept of value.
The rooms are basic at best which is how they should be in the environment they are in but, they are a cheap basic when you consider that the price for the room is €400 a night in mid season. The view from the room is exceptional, the view in the room much less so.
On our first evening we ate in the restaurant and it was the last time. When we first stayed here the food was good value and portions hearty. This time we were shocked at how overpriced the restaurant was and the food was not good at all. If you are staying here then you are not on a budget (room rate alone shows this) but at the same time it is not an excuse to take money from people. The service matches the restaurant, our waiter did not understand Italian or English and was basically rude!! There are much better restaurants on the island and we would suggest trying these.
At night the bar and disco are open to everyone so do not be surprised if at the gates you have to fight your way into the hotel reception/bar/disco area and fight your way out after. This really needs to be sorted out, paying guests and we that have to push and shove through people is not a great look.
It is a fair walk to a from the hotel and main "town" but in good company you do not notice it. There are some taxi services if required.
In short we will definitely not return to the hotel. There are much better alternatives such as the 3 star next door. After all on Panarea you do not spend too much locked time in your room. A pity because the place could be amazing.
- Also Known As:
- Raya Hotel Panarea
- Hotel Raya Panarea, Sicily, Italy