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Santa Barbara
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   C/da Santa Barbara,Via B/6 no 4, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #30 of 35 hotels in Cefalu
Surrey
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“OK but quite expensive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

I would rate these apartments as 2/3 star. Its a small property of only 6/8. There is no on site parking but there was plenty of street parking outside.The location is reasonable - about a 10 min walk to town although uphill on the return and it was good to have a pool albeit it a relatively small one with rather grubby sun loungers. The apartments also benefit from a balcony with plastic table and chairs and a sea view. However, the standard of furnishings within the apartment are basic and pretty old and the second bedroom is tiny with a set of bunk beds so only really suitable for a couple with kids, not two couples travelling together. If the apartments were refurbished they could be very nice. We felt the cost was high for the standard provided.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Helsinki
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

We stayed there few nights in June. It was a nice place though we didn't have a car and had to walk to the village everyday. The trip did take only 10min or less so it was no problem. It was great to have a pool and a sea/mountain view from the balcony.
The near-by grocery store had an amazing staff!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Reading, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2009

We stayed here in September 2009 in apartment 'C' which is the larger, pool-level apartment. We were five adults. I had done some research beforehand and already worked out how to get to the residence - we approached from the autostrada exit to the east of Cefalu which was actually pretty straightforward.
I'd booked through 'Authentic Italy' and check-in' was very informal - no one asked for a breakages deposit which I was expecting.
Be warned that the web-site photos make the pool and exterior seem a lot larger than they actually are. I'll post some photos that I took. The pool is quite small and would be crowded if the residence was full and there were lots of children around.
The apartment was of good quality and spacious - certainly big enough for our group although only one bathroom was an inconvenience. Another minor annoyance was that there were no things left for convenience, such as washing-up liquid, dishwasher tabs etc. (The previous week we had spent in another location where all that stuff had been left from previous occupants which was quite useful)
Towels and linen were changed mid-week, and the exterior grounds and pool area were well-maintained. The sun-beds etc looked a little worn, but it was end-of-season.
The location was OK although the immediate surroundings are a bit scruffy. We walked into Cefalu on 3 evenings - the walk was OK although it was necessary to cross the busy road a couple of times. It's all downhill into town, and all uphill back so wouldn't suit people of limited mobility. You can be in Cefalu central piazza within 15 mins.
The main problem (as always) is noise. Being in the largest apartment which spans the whole building, there were two apartments above. The soundproofing is hopeless and you can hear everything - particularly the scraping of the chairs on the tiled floor which is a sound I never wish to hear again! One of the apartments above was occupied by a famlity with a small child who seemed to be re-arranging the furniture continuously from an early hour.
Also, on the opposite slope of the valley about 200 metres away is a house with dogs - the dogs bark continually and at any hour of the day or night.
There's quite a hefty charge for linen and 'final cleaning' which I knew about, but it still seemed a lot! Parking was free on the road (plenty of space). The wireless internet access was a bit unreliable but was OK when it worked.
Overall - I liked the spaciousness of the apartment, the good quality fittings and the proximity of the pool. I was neutral about the location - it was walkable into town. I didn't like only one batroom in an aprtment for 6 and mostly the noise aspects which I've described, so for that reason I wouldn't choose to stay there again.
One last tip - it's quite possible to walk up to La Rocca from the residence, but don't start out too early - the path is closed until 9 a.m.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2008

After finally finding the apartments found that the place was very clean. The 2nd bedroom was quite small, but for 1 night it was quite adequate. Cefalu is a gorgeous little town, and to get into town you would need a car. The only issue was that the walls between the apartments are very thin, and can therefore hear everything going on next door and upstairs. Our issue was that our "neighbours" decided to start cleaning and washing up at 2am, and didn't stop until 6am.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2008

We stayed a week in Apartment C with our 2 children The apartment is on ground level, beside the pool and spacious, with intermittent internet access.
You really need a car to get around but it's a short drive down to the harbour and back route walk into town along the rocks beneath the lighthouse. Otherwise parking and traffic in town awful. A walk into town would take about 20 minutes but along some busy roads.
The apartments could be noisy, and there is a notice that the pool can only be used between 10-12 and 5-7. Fortunately this was not enforced during the time we were there.
An enjoyable and relaxing stay.

  • Liked — Spacious accommodation, pool
  • Disliked — Could be a bit noisy
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Santander, Spain
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2008

An excellent group of apartments on the top of a hill with excellet views over the sea (first and second floor). Near the city center and about 2 km the beach. Small but confortable and clean pool. All are very clean. Website with real photos, and good and fast comunication. Completly apartmets with aconditionating air. The personal are very kindly and work excellent. The bus arrive beside the door, but the timetable isn´t good.
For familys are the best.

  • Liked — the localitation and services
  • Disliked — indication to arrive not clear
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Herts, UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2007

We cut our stay short due to awful weather! which was a shame because Cefalu is a great base and Sicily would have been great in the sunshine!

As for the apartment....very clean and modern and within easy reach of the town on foot (10-15 mins to old city). Our 2-bed 2nd floor apartment was VERY small but had all we needed. Pool VERY small as well but luckily our 2 children were the only ones to brave a swim in the bad weather. The Holiday Lettings website advertised a microwave and dishwasher, we didn't have either of these.

We would stay again.

Stayed October 2007
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Address: C/da Santa Barbara,Via B/6 no 4, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Cefalu
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #30 of 35 hotels in Cefalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Santa Barbara 3*
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