We ended our 8 days in Sicily with 2 nights at the UNA Hotel Palace. We booked their Volcanic Package which gave a number of extra benefits including a tour of Mt Etna. Other benefits included early check-in, late check-out, upgraded room, free wifi, cocktail and canapes free on one night as part of their 'Happy Hour' promo.
We arrived around lunchtime and were glad that we had the early check-in. We got shown straight to our room which looked out onto Via Etnea with a small balcony which if we leaned out we got a great view down to the Duomo and up towards Etna.
We were checked in by Rita, the Guest Relations Manager and she was very helpful throughout our stay - thanks Rita!
Room was a good size with a small minibar and decent bathroom.
We had breakfast at the buffet one morning and then paid for the roof-top brunch on the following day. Both were good and set us up for the day.
Our tour of Etna was a bit of a surprise as we expected to be travelling as part of a group but instead we were met by our guide at reception, shown into his car and then whisked off on our tour of the volcano, volcanic cave and a farm shop selling local honey, oils etc (no hard sell which was nice). We arrived quite early so missed most of the crowds.
The guide was great, spent time answering all our questions about Etna (and Sicily) and gave us lots of good tips. Effectively we got a private tour as part of our hotel package which was great value (although I think you could find you are on a tour for 4 people and be travelling with 2 others which might have been a bit cramped)
The hotel location is great for exploring Catania. The airport bus stops across the road from the hotel (buy tickets at the Tobacconist shop for 1 euro each and validate them on the bus)
On our first night we went up to the roof top bar and enjoyed a complimentary cocktail as part of the room package with free canapes. From around 730pm to 1030pm every evening when you buy a cocktail for 10 euros you can eat a wide variety of canapes and we happily enjoyed a few cocktails and didn't bother going out for dinner! (Good mojitos)
So all in all we had good value stay, central location, friendly service and good food and cocktails with a tour thrown in for good measure. If you are in Catania I would recommend the UNA and don't miss a trip to Etna.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A prestigious building dating back to the early 1900s, in the artistic and commercial heart of Catania, was already an historical luxury hotel. The restoration project has been carried out in the view of maintaining the Sicilian style and traditional cultural heritage. The hotel provides 94 rooms and 9 meeting rooms, fitness centre, Turkish bath, indoor parking, elegant banquet room, roof garden, panoramic terrace with restaurant and American bar. SERVICES: SKY FREE in all the rooms.Internet connection with Wireless system.Pillow Wow:a pillow for every need. All our pillows are made with natural, anti-allergic fibres,Neckroll Pillow, soft and relaxing, filled with wheat chaff Kapok pillow with a soft and elastic covering to fit perfectly around the neck of each guestFirm latex pillow for those who suffer from neck acheGoose-down pillow – extremely soft and naturalFree use of fitness roomTurkish bathLaundry and ironing serviceCovered pay car park6 large rooms equipped for guests with impaired mobility Voltage 220 V UNA RESTAURANTThe UNA Hotel Palace has two large restaurants serving Sicilian specialities and fresh fish as well as a wide selection of wines from our cellars to enjoy with your meal.The UNA Restaurant is situated on the first floor and, in keeping with the tradition of old city buildings, looks out onto an internal courtyard of lava stone. The ample size of the dining room, together with its minimalist décor, makes it the ideal for business lunches and private parties. It seats up to 120.The Roof Garden, an “à la carte” restaurant, is on the 7th floor. From here you can enjoy a unique and spectacular view of the roofs of the city as well as the outline of Mount Etna to the north and a glimpse of the sea to the south. It seats up to 30.A special menu is available with a selection of the chef’s specialities.Open every dayBreakfast: from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m.Lunch: from 12.30 a.m. to 2.30 a.m.Dinner: from 8.00 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.UNA CAFÉThe UNA Palace Hotel has two delightful bars.The UNA Café next to the hall, is perfect for a coffee break or as a meeting point, especially in the colourful Mediterranean style Privè .The Roof Garden with a unique view of Mount Etna and the city rooftops.ROOF GARDENThe Roof Garden on the 7th floor offers guests a unique view of Mount Etna and the city rooftops. Here guests can enjoy our barman’s carefully prepared cocktails, or sip one of the drinks from our vast selection on the drink menu.There is also a wide selection of teas from all over the world and of delicious hot chocolates.From 7.30 p.m to 10.30 p.m. the bar provides the most fashionable Happy Hour in the city, with a rich buffet of appetizers to satisfy even the most refined taste.Open from 10.30 a.m. to midnight. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Una Hotel Catania
- UNA Hotel Palace Catania, Sicily