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Il Principe Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Alessi 20-26 | Centro Storico, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #5 of 69 Hotels in Catania
Valletta
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Very comfortable and convenient”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I have stayed for 2 nights in this hotel and I must say that it definitely exceeded my expectations. The receptionists are extremely cordial and are always ready to go that extra mile to solve any issues or questions which you might have. In terms of cleanliness, the hotel was top notch and the same can also be said regarding the politeness of all the staff involved. The cherry on top is its location since it is situated right in the middle of Catania's historic and cultural centre, with very easy access to Piazza Duomo, good restaurants and other landmarks.

The only negative comment is that the receptionists weren't that informed about the cultural landmarks in the city (e.g. il Museo del Cinema situated right in the hub of Catania's cultural and economic centre).

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for just one night, before catching our flight back home the next morning. Anyway, our impression was good, the room where we stayed appeared to be brand new and very clean. It was on the inside of the hotel, overlooking a courtyard, so rather dark and not much of a view. If we would have stayed longer we might have requested a different view, but because it was just for one night it wasn't an issue for us. Also, the room was very quiet, even though this hotel is located right in the middle of Catania in a lively neighbourhood with lots of cafés and restaurants. Summarizing, a good experience, and we would book this hotel again if we were back in Catania. One minor remark: the shower was located inside the bath, which was slippery - we always put down a towel in such cases. We prefer a separate shower. But this is a very minor issue!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Walton on Thames
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

In September 2013 stayed two nights as part of a Voyage Jules Verne 7 day Sicily tour. Central location, a little tucked away. Our room was elegant and spotless and generally a lot of the hotel looked as though it had been recently redecorated. Fairly typical and adequate buffet breakfast with willing, happy staff. Two good local restaurants (suggested by VJV) used, the Cortile Alessi and I Crociferi. One right next to the hotel and the other a couple of minutes walk. Both enjoyed. Free Wi-Fi and safe in room. Our room had a small balcony onto an internal courtyard. Not noisy. Some rooms looked onto street. Ideal as a base for a couple of days.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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3 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

I was a tour guide for an Irish military history society visiting Sicily mainly to look at the WW2 heritage. The hotel Il Principe was an excellent base well situated in the centre of Catania. The staff were friendly and helpful and provided a first class parking service. Breakfast was the only meal we took but contained a varying selection of excellent Sicilian pastries as well as international breakfast choices.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brentwood, NH
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Renovated hotel in center of Catania, walking distance to everything, attentive staff, nice rooms and good value. I cant see a better place to stay in Catania and I looked around quite a bit...this was a good decision.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Although difficult to drive to (and from), this hotel was first rate. The staff were great at helping us check-in, park our car, and move our luggage. They also gave a great restaurant tip in the area. The room we got was very spacious which helped tremendously with organizing and re-packing all our luggage since we were flying out the next day. Area around the hotel also had lots to see with Via Etnea (2 blocks from the hotel) being the major sight-seeing street in the area.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Very near the University Piazza, it is tucked away down a side street. There is no passing traffic directly outside the hotel. All the basics were present. The staff were friendly and helpful. The rooms were clean, neat and well presented. And we were right beside two of the better touristy restaurants in the city. There is a bar, but we didn't get to use it. We used this hotel as a stop-over on the way back to the airport. We regretted not staying at least one more night as we realized there are many other sights to see in Catania

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Alessi 20-26 | Centro Storico, 95124 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Catania
#4 Luxury Hotel in Catania
#4 Business Hotel in Catania
#5 Romantic Hotel in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Il Principe Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Il Principe Hotel is surrounded by baroque architecture in Catania's historic centre. Located on the Alessi Steps between Via Etnea and Via Crociferi, it offers free Wi-Fi. The rooms at Il Principe Hotel Catania all have parquet floors and elegant furnishings. Each room includes satellite TV and a private bathroom. A continental buffet breakfast is served daily in the dining room. Guests can also relax in the hotel's American piano bar. Il Principe Hotel lies 1.5 Km from Catania Centrale Train Station. The airport is a 12-minute drive away. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Hotel Il Principe
Il Principe Hotel Catania, Sicily

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