1. Hotel itself LOOKS nice
2. Amicable staff
3. Generally good service
4. Nice pool (there is only one)
5. Nice, new elevator
1. Horrible location:
a. No way of getting anywhere outside the hotel without a car since the public transportation is totally unreliable. YOU MUST ARRANGE A RENTED CAR BEFORE GETTING THERE
b. Hotel states it is 5 minutes walk from shops and restaurants - NOT! The hotel is located 5-10 minutes walk from a nearby tiny town, and in August that means climbing up hill from the hotel's front door to the main road and then a perilous journey along a narrow road with no shoulders where wild drivers drive like madmen. Then, you reach a dormant town where you have almost no shops except for a single kiosk and a fairly good fish restaurant. So, if you feel like shopping or browsing through a choice of restaurants, forget it. Also, please note the town is closed (literally) from 1:30PM till the evening.
c. Using cabs would cost you ~15 euro to a nearby town (Acireale) where you can bye some basic provisions or if you want to see a more developed city which is Catania, you better prepare to pay some 40 euro in each direction
d. Hotel itself provides no reasonable commute to the main road (and believe me it is quite a climb) or to any other location
2. Meals - don't bring your kids. The hotel relies on pastry and eggs, no fresh vegetables and almost no fresh fruit. Same menu every day. If you plan to have lunch, you will pay a good 50 euro for a pair for a distasteful food (again - no fresh vegetables or fruit), not including wine or beer.
3. Wi-Fi - probably a local joke, some feeble AP that the hotel installed and calls it "Wi-Fi" which is inaccessible most of the time in the lobby and totally inaccessible in the rooms
4. Rooms have no visitor information folders, basic information like phone numbers, room service options is no where to be found not to speak of coupons or such. On our last day they remembered to place a bar price ticket
5. Air conditioning in this hotel as in the whole area is very weak, a feeble whisper of temperate air. Not something you want to get after spending all day in the hot humid outdoors.
6. The hotel publishes it has a "private beach". This beach is basically a small (30m x 30m) of a rocky shoreline with a stairway leading directly to the water (no sand or something, if you thought of bringing your kids to play)
7. No "Do not disturb" cards. I guess you just get start and hope the cleaning lady does not step in while you're at it.
- Also Known As:
- Santa Tecla Palace Hotel
- Hotel Santa Tecla Palace Sicily/Province Of Catania
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