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“A little gem” 5 of 5 stars
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Belmonte Hotel
Via Sottotenente Saieva 4, 92026 Favara, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Favara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A little gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This hotel is amazing. It's clean, modern and minimalist. The staff were really helpful and welcoming. We chose it due to its proximity to the Valley of the Temples.

The only downside is the actual town of Favara which is very run down. However there are signs that attempts are being made to make improvements in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.

Room Tip: We had the room at the top of the hotel beside the rooftop terrace which was great as the hotel was...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Island of Malta, Malta
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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Stayed one night, as had read the reviews about the food in the restaurant, and how stylish the place was, and so it was perfect for us, we love to eat, and we were dying to try out this much acclaimed restaurant.Found the hotel easily, with GPS, and parked in the side street, off the Square,The hotel is well signed and 'up an alley way' off the street where you park.We were greeted by the owner, and taken to room 301 on the roof, and we were offered an alternative room, but on first glance we were happy to have the roof terrace , off the room. Room was spacious, clean, but the curtains were hanging off the rail, the bed had a horrible itchy blanket on it, so we took that off ( duvet would have been cleaner and nicer).TV was all in Italian, and we could not get the wifi to work, so we left it. No glasses in the room, only plastic cups.
Seemed we were the only guests in the hotel, it was a Sunday, and we were informed that the restaurant was closed, such a disappointment, as we had come to eat! We were told they would do a 'set menu' and we are Ok with this, as we had asked for 'half board' when we booked online, as at 20 euros per person with water and soft drink or wine, we thought it was a 'good deal' and it suited us. We came down at 7.30 to be greeted by owner. We were told the menu consisted of risotto, followed by swordfish and a caponato? ( olives and capers sauce). Not mad keen on risotto, and do not like capers and olives, but went with the 'flow' and asked if we could have some 'french fries' as well. That was not well received and we got one portion of french fries to share ( maybe a language problem here, who knows?) Risotto was ok, and the fish was beautiful, but we were still hungry, and like ' Oliver Twist' we asked for 'More' We were offered fruit, which we did not want, so we settled on a selection of cheeses.We had water and a lemon drink, and no mention of wine. We felt as though we were 'in the way' and we left as soon as we could to go to bed. Food bill was 44 euros, plus we paid extra for the drinks, so not sure what the 'half board at 20 euros consists of?)
We were looking forward to breakfast as we were hungry, but what a let down. We could not believe our eyes, when we were ceremoniously delivered of a plate, by a young lady, with 4 of the smallest, plainest cakes possible ( 2 unwrapped, and 2 wrapped in cellophane?) Some little pots of jam, and nutella chocolate spread, and a pot of coffee and that was it. We sat and waited for the rest of the food, but nothing came, by this time knew that was the extent of the breakfast ( there was a bowl of fruit on the big table but it did not appeal to us) and we honestly felt insulted by the lack of food,again, as we were the only guests, we felt ' in the way' We booked a 'Bed and Breakfast'...not just a bed, and breakfast in Sicily, can be a beautiful cake, maybe some hams, cheeses etc...excellent coffee..does not have to be a banquet, but what we were offered was not a breakfast . Paid the bill, and for the night and the food it came to well over 130 euros.
We went and found the nearest cafe and had a good breakfast.
This is a stylish place, and they have put a lot of thought into the decor etc, but with us being the only guests, maybe they could have made more of an effort, e mailed us and asked us what we like to eat, seeing as it was only us ( that would have been a nice personal touch and made our stay more enjoyable) Instead, we were given food they wanted us to eat, and we paid good money for it,but it was not our choice.
Oh yes, we had to laugh, for an extra 5 euros, you could have breakfast in your room? Most expensive cakes in Sicily ( have read reviews and people said breakfast was good here..were we in a parallel universe? )
The owners tried their best to be amiable towards us, and they were, we just felt let down by the food experience. At the end of the day, it was their choice of food, for us, but our money that paid for it.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Basel, Switzerland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The room and bathroom were spacious and clean, bed is comfortable. The food in the hotel restaurant was very good, too.
Downside:
- the TV was annoyingly tricky to switch on
- the holder for the shower head had broken off
- the church is right next to the hotel and the church bells are incredibly loud, better make sure the windows are closed before mass starts
- Favara is a pretty depressing place, if you can find something in Agrigento instead (I couldn't) then that would certainly be a nicer place to be.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

There is a lot more going on in Favara than is immediately apparent, and the owners of this hotel are part of the changes that are happening there. Urban regeneration is their focus,and they will guide you to several examples of this which are worth seeing. For example, some ruined houses in the old area have been renovated and are used by visiting artists to exhibit their work. A really interesting experiment in urban renewal. And to find it in a place like Favara is very unexpected. Check out the castle also, two minutes from the hotel.
The hotel is not very easy to find, but worth the effort. It is very modern and fresh, itself renovated, quite design-y. Yes it is furnished with Ikea, but so what. There is parking outside.
The owners are genuinely concerned that you are happy and comfortable, and anxious to make sure you know all the best places to visit in the town and the environs.
We had the only room on the top floor, accessed by a lift to the rooftop terrace. We effectively had our own room with private garden, really great, especially for sitting out after dinner. Favara would not be the place to look for exciting night life. The main square is small but beautiful, lots of older men sit there, just like in a Bertollucci movie, and it can be a bit intimidating to walk around, as you will be looked at closely.
We ate in the hotel both nights, which we would not usually do, preferring to see what is on offer locally. We didn't find anything in the town anyway, apart from Cafe Umberto, again on the square good for a pre-dinner drink and a sit out, but would highly recommend the hotel restaurant. The food is very good, at each meal a complimentary glass of prosecco and a couscous starter were served with a smile. The wine list is very good and reasonable.
At 90 Euro per night it was perhaps pricey for the area, but worth it.
The numerous church bells add a lot of flavour to the place, you will not over-sleep anyway!
We would highly recommend this hotel if you are in the area visiting the valley of the Temples, so much nicer than Agrigento.
This is my longest review ever, there is a lot to say about this hotel and the environs!

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reading
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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

The hotel is a 'designer' jewel, tucked away in a corner of the old town of Favara. The building has been sympathetically modernised and new features (such as a lift) have been added. The old and the new work very well together.

We very much enjoyed our three night stay: the Belmonte offers top quality and very good value. It's a good place to be based for access to Agrigento's temples, or for the beaches nearby. Our top-floor room was excellent, with direct access to the sun terrace, good air-conditioning, plenty of space, and an amazing bathroom, with a double shower, a real eye-opener. Good, free, wifi is always welcome - and the Belmonte has it.

Although parking in Favara can be difficult, especially on a Saturday afternoon, when there were many weddings, we always found a spot close to the hotel. But if you have a problem parking, the hotel will park your car for you. Service is very good - but subtly understated. If you wish to discuss what is happening in the area the owner has many good suggestions to make. And if you want to be left alone, that will also be accommodated. I like that style.

The Belmonte's restaurant is top-notch: it's a little more expensive than an typical Italian dining venue, but also of a much higher standard. In two weeks of staying in Sicily we never saw a more attractively served meal. The fish dishes were particularly good, and the house red wine is superb. You can dine outside in a little pedestrianised alley in front of the hotel, or in the elegant, modern, dining room. We chose outside on each occasion.

The Old Town in Favara is undergoing a transition, and seems to be re-inventing itself, bringing empty old buildings back into use. The Belmonte is an important part of this process. Just a few minutes away by foot is the not-to-be-missed Favara Farm Cultural Park - an excellent night time art installation / exhibition which uses some of the abandoned houses as a venue for modern art displays. The Belmonte Hotel seems to fit right in to this arty context.

Favara's central square is the heart of the town, and the hotel is one minute from the square. During our stay the feast of San Calogero was in full swing, which meant we saw the plaster statue of the saint being paraded round the square, followed by a spectacular firework display.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 301 - the only room on the top floor, next to a wonderful sun terrace, and a supe...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Julian's, Malta
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

This bed and breakfast was the best. we have been there for 5 nights, 2minutes away from piazza cavour. in this piazza you can find 3/4 bars/restaurants, church, Castello Chiaramonte, Farm Cultural Park .. and a 15/20 minute ride from Agrigento Centre.

It has been the best, and staff were very welcoming. Peaceful B&B in amazing FAVARA :D

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Castellammare del Golfo, Italy
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Favara has been a nice surprise......we went there last saturday as a friend of ours had her 40th birthday party. We stayed in this very cute hotel (near piazza Cavour) with modern furniture and a great attention to details. Our room was near the terrace and the view was absolutely amazing.....it reminded me Andalucian cities like Seville or Granada. The location is great......many interesting palaces overlooks Piazza Cavour....above all, "Castello di Chiaramonte" (Chiaramonte's castle), which is a great example of post-norman (suabian) architecture in Sicily.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Sottotenente Saieva 4, 92026 Favara, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Agrigento > Favara
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Favara
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Number of rooms: 9
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