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“a let down for the whole of the Island” 1 of 5 stars
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Jolly Hotel Messina
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Garibaldi 126, 98100 Messina, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #19 of 25 hotels in Messina
UK
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“a let down for the whole of the Island”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2008

jomcvite your review sums the place up nicely,. mainly due to the fact i was staying thier with you. The worst hotel in Italy, Sicily, and second worst in Europe ive come across. I enjoy the italian hospitality far more than the french so when that guy on the front desk was the first italian interaction we got since a long day at work a drive from cornwall to stanstead to plermo and then the long train to Messina with limited sleep, i could have hit him.

If your ariving by train and walk along the water front either find a hotel before this one, or walk a little further, just dont stop.

  • Liked — finding the next hotel
  • Disliked — the front desk
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2008

Stayed here for 1 night in July - the hotel could really do with some modernisation but the rooms are clean and we weren't there for long so I suppose there's not much to complain about - other than the 70s/early 80s decor. Couldn't fault the location and parking was easy, right outside the hotel entrance (but I may have been lucky with that). Service was non-descript - probably a little on the stern side for my liking but for 90 Euro, wasn't too bad in terms of value (and it is 5 mins walk from most of central Messina's sights.) Breakfast was standard-fare but plentiful.

I'm sure it's not the best hotel in Messina but it's far from the worst at that price.

  • Liked — Location - Plum in the centre of town
  • Disliked — Horrible room decor
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2007

Unfortunately we arrived in Messina in the early evening with no hotel booked and came across the Jolly Hotel. Firstly the hotel reception staff are by no means jolly. The middle aged man was very rude and charged us an extortionate amount. No one offered to help with our bags and everytime we went past the reception he glared at us. The hotel is very basic and while it was sufficient for our needs (we weren't looking for a posh hotel) it did not justify the price tag. In the morning we decided to leave and try another hotel (The grande Hotel Liberty) which was cheaper and 4* rather than 3* it was very very nice and the hotel staff were extremely friendly and helpful, I would advise you stay there rather than the Jolly. On leaving the receptionist charged us an extra 10 euros for breakfast something he claimed was included the day before. .... PLEASE do not stay here.....it was the worst hotel of our stay in Sicily.

Stayed July 2007
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san diego
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2007

booked this tour using the jolly hotels throughout sicily by academic tours in ny. the trip was called sicilian fantasy but goes by many other names using the jolly hotels. it was mediocre to say the least. do not book this trip.but, the hotel in messina was by far the worst hotel we have ever stayed in throughout italy. it was dirty, old and not updated at all, dark and dreary, no air conditioning and the food was worse than most poor italian restaurants. the staff treated us like second class citizens. in general, the jolly hotels were not what they used to be years ago.

Stayed May 2007
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2005

On the Straits of Messina sits the Jolly Hotel. Unfortunately the location is the best thing going for this hotel. Although we had made reservations for 14 with names and rooming information we had to give the very rude desk staff the same information again. Passports were not sufficient. They needed complete names, city of birth and date of birth. The rooms were small, dank and dated. The elevator was slow and extremely small. The well known hotel restaurant only served until 10:00 the night we were there and the desk clerk could not provide any information on other restaurants near the hotel. Save your money and stay where you are welcome!

  • Stayed October 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Jolly Hotel Messina

Address: Via Garibaldi 126, 98100 Messina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Messina
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Messina
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Jolly Hotel Messina 4*
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Also Known As:
Messina Jolly Hotel
Jolly Hotel Messina Sicily, Italy

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