After experiencing many other Italian hotels where the Star ratings is as much as a guide and testament to the hotels' quality as a long range weather forecast we were delighted to find that this hotel does come very close to its rating. I can't praise the staff enough.They were beyond exellence and very helpful. The hotel is physically located between the airport and the town but there is very little disruption from the airport.
Whilst the edge of Catania town is reasonable walking distance from the hotel the centre of Catania is not and the walk is made dangerous by the homicidal drivers on the roads. The hotel shuttle, which runs each way into town 4 times a day with a maximum of 8 passengers is very usefull but the last return is at 21.00 and a bit too early as the restaurants don't really start until 20.00.
The pool is excellent but some kind of mysterious system of reserving sun loungers exists with the pool attendant but we were unable to work out how it operates............
The beach is typical of the area, regulated, and the hotel has the use of one of the sections. It is too regimented and not clean enough for us and we avoided it.
The one big downside to the hotel is the room airconditioning. You DO NOT have control of the temperature or strength of flow, Reception does and it is set to the local taste - i.e. too hot. We had to ring Reception every day begging for it to be activated AND at a temperature that lowered the room's heat!! Eventually on day 3 or 4 we convinced them to set it to LOW and not have us ring 3 times each day to ask for it. I can't speak for other rooms but we had no control to turn it off - the room's controls had no effect.
Breakfast (included) was good and served at reasonable times - up to 11.00 am. The staff involved are worthy of additional praise.
All in all a very good hotel and we will return.
- Also Known As:
- Romano Palace Luxury Catania
- Hotel Romano Palace Luxury
- Romano Palace Luxury Hotel Catania, Sicily
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Romano Palace Luxury Hotel rises in an ideal location on the seafront of Catania. Immersed in 25,000 square metres of private gardens, where the arabics fountains and a swimming pool with Jacuzzi create a charming and relaxing atmosphere. The hotel is an enchanted oasis between the Baroque of the city and the sea, overlooked by the great and magic presence of Mount Etna .Just a few minutes far from Catania historical centre and Vincenzo Bellini airport, both easily accessible with the free shuttle service of the hotel and only three minutes away from the touristic port and motorway junctions. Romano Palace is the best place where to enjoy the attractions of Catania and the beauties of Sicily in absolute freedom and privacy.The style of the hotel is the result of a long search between West and East, thus creating a unique mixture of Arabic atmosphere that crowns in a huge Hall. One hundred and four are the rooms and suites, each with its own style and the top of all modern comforts.Outdoors and indoors spaces are all multifunctional, meant to reach the guest’s comfort and care his privacy. The gardens and the fountains, the lounge bar, the swimming pool with its bar, the summer restaurant “Tokai Garden” and the panoramic roof garden “Papavero Blu”, the gourmet restaurant “ Coriandolo”, with its intimate and refined atmosphere. The “Posidonia” restaurant ideal for banquets, gala dinners ,and business lunches.A great balance between elegance and modern technologies in the plenary meeting room with a capacity of 330 seats and control room. Exhibition areas, and eight break out rooms all equipped with blacked out modular panels , modern and comfortable in their style.Romano Palace hotel is the ideal place where to satisfy your wishes and needs: Come and find out the pleasure to be cuddled in a luxury Home. ... more less
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