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“A good base for sightseeing” 3 of 5 stars
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Nike Hotel Sicily
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via Calcide Eubea 27, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #32 of 38 Hotels in Giardini Naxos
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“A good base for sightseeing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2007

Booked directly with the hotel, they have a website etc. Did a bit of haggling and got a double room with sea-view AND Etna-view on the fourth floor, with sunloungers, aircon and breakfast included for just under 80 euros a night. (Although we went in September, which is out of season, so I expect it'd cost a lot more in July).
Hotel is at the far end of Giardini, as far as you can get from Taormina, and 15 euros by cab from the train station. A classic Italian 3-star hotel, (about 2-star UK standard), we were generally pleased overall. Lobby is clean and comfortable if a bit dark. Reception staff extremely helpful, but sometimes limited in their English. We always got there in the end though. Lift is in an odd place, and TINY!!!
Room just big enough, but not quite enough storage. Furniture was something you'd buy for a teenager's room - all white with blue trim - but functional. Bed, wardrobe, desk with drawers and a couple of bedside tables with drawers. Also a low cupboard for your suitcases and a TV. Aircon on wall. Balcony a nice size, good views, plastic chairs and table and plenty of room for drying clothes etc.
Sound-proofing not brilliant, but we were only disturbed once by the couple next door having a huge row at 2am. Otherwise quiet enough, but again, I expect that when the hotel is busier in July, you might need earplugs.
Breakfast room and bar were in the basement, leading out onto the garden and patio area, and the jetty. Breakfast OK, a reasonable amount of bread and pastries, cereals rubbish, limited choice of cheese and meat, but adequate amounts. Patio nice. Sun area rocky, you'll need flip flops or shoes. A bit of sand by the loungers, but then more rock and concrete to get into the water. Sea quite choppy due to rocks, not suitable for children at all. Small boats pull up to the jetty offering trips to Isola Bella, better snorkelling down there.
The Nike dive school is NOT onsite, it is in Taormina, but they'll come and pick you up for no charge. There are a couple of other dive places in Giardini itself. Tours to Etna, Agrigento, Syracuse, Eolian islands etc can be booked easily through hotel, and prices are the same as if you book them in town.
Restaurants - we ate at the Royal and found it excellent. La Cambusa was OK but overpriced and the waiters were lazy. The place on the Rotunda (just next to the statue) had good food but inattentive service. All the food we had was good, and it's more or less the same everywhere. In Taormina, the Grand Duc was excellent.
Supermarket is about 10 mins walk away. Had to deduct points from the hotel for not having ice-cream (quote: "we only have it kin July, it's not hot enough in September" - as the tempeature touched 38oC!!!!) but you can buy some just down the road.
Overall, a good base, could do better on one or two points, but reasonably priced and with helpful staff.

  • Liked — Helpful reception staff and grea views
  • Disliked — A bit lacking in some areas
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2007

Just returned from 2 weeks at Hotel Nike in Giardini. It is a basic hotel but this was reflected in the price of the overall holiday. The view from our room on the third floor was excellent but we did meet people who had a ground floor room who were very dissapointed. Be prepared for "extras" such as daily charges for air con, room safe and use of sun loungers - they do add up. The hotel staff were friendly and rooms kept clean. The best aspect of the hotel is undoubtedly the afternoon "snackbar". This title really doesn't do justice to the excellent lunches. The pastas are superb. Please go armed with at least some basic Italian as the staff do not speak any English.
As for the resort itself all previous reviews are spot on - quiet, unspoilt and a great choice of restaraunts. However, I must take issue with the review of the Royal restaraunt. After reading this review we decided to visit the Royal on our first night - what a disaster ! Sicily was basking in a heatwave and we sat at our table parched and looking forward to a drink before eating. Approx 30 mins later I had to almost physically grab a waiter to be asked for our order. Other, local people, had arrived, orders taken and been served whilst we were waiting.We noticed most other diners also appeared to be local and they were all given complimentary bruschettas that never appeared on our table. The food was acceptable but nothing special compared to every other establishment we visited. The waiter collected our plates then "Basil Fawlty" style dropped the lot of them over my wife ! Shortly afterwards an almost empty bottle of Limencello was plonked on our table, I presume as an apology. We decided to leave and asked for the bill. This took another half hour and numerous reminders to arrive. Eventually my wife went into the kitchen to grab somebody as I was at the point of just leaving without paying. A very animated lady then made a big show of trying to embarrass us. Interestingly she said "This is a very busy night for Italian people, what is your problem" This convinced me that we were unwelcome due to being English, despite our well intentioned attempts to speak our night school Italian. The bill was provided, in full, despite my wife's T Shirt being ruined. We subsequently spoke to two other English couples who had similar tales of awful service at the Royal (admittedly without the plate throwing).
To sum up - Hotel Nike pleasant, great views above ground floor, fantastic lunches, expensive extras. Royal restaraunt - just don't go there.

  • Liked — Views, lunch
  • Disliked — extras
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2007

We generally pick hotels for a comfortable base for exploring, not for luxury so we don't have massive expectations but found Hotel Nike one of the most disappointing places we've stayed in Europe and poor value for money.
You should expect to pay extra for air conditioning, use of the safe in your room, use of sun loungers and car parking - this can add up when you stay for a week and it already costs more than £50pn. The breakfast is very limited, particularly out of season and mid-week when the hotel is not full.
The walls are paper thin and the hotel is extremely noisy when full. We could literally hear everything from the bathrooms of the rooms next to us and above us, televisions, a lot of noise from the corridor and shouting/noise from the hotel and bars next door at 2-3am. I actually bought ear plugs to get some sleep.
The management were unhelpful and unaccomodating when we asked to be moved to a different room due to noise. They did not accomodate our request, despite there being rooms available.
The rooms are clean but basic. The beds are camp bed style and pretty hard. The en-suite is basic too, with a very small shower.
Generally the hotel is very dated and not good value for money - we would not recommend.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The noise and hidden costs.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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midlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2007

We booked at short notice and were very pleased with the Nike. The location is at the far end of the bay of Naxos, but it is a totally flat walk along the sea front to reach the majority of restaurants. The hotel was slightly old fashioned but in a really pleasant
way. Although there is no pool, the terraces at the rear of the hotel are wonderful to use, there are steps down into the sea, which was easy to use. It is right on the waters edge, looking out to sea......just idyllic
There are uninterupted views and it is extremely quiet. The bar service provides snacks and drinks all day, Ideal to relax and unwind, no noise at all.
We found there were no small children there during our holiday, a mixture of adults all ages. Food was average, breakfast all very similar. Our room was a little drab, but cleaned well. The towels left something to be desired...they were like large tea towels.
Would recommend the hotel, the staff were friendly and helpful.
We did find Sicily a great deal different to Italy, they are a different culture. Our only problem was customer service in some restaurants was not so good. Several times meals came bit by bit...meat arrived, veg and pasta came 15 minutes later...be prepared for this, also found menus quite limited in some places....a case of watching where was popular.
Trips to Etna and the Godfather Trail into the small villages were lovely and Taoromina easy to access by bus, or about 15 euros by taxi...it does get very busy, but a great people watching place. All in all a lovely place, Giardini is slightly scruffy as soon as you leave the promenade area,typical of most places we visited in Sicily, it is still a working town......beaches are spotless and well catered for...Hotel Nike should suit most travellers , we thoroughly enjoyed our stay

  • Liked — quiet location, lovely views
  • Disliked — slightly old fashioned
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2007

my husband and I have just returned from 2 weeks at the Nike hotel in Gardinia Naxos ,we held our breath as we went into our room as it did smell of cigerette smoke ,but once we opened the curtains and saw the view from our balcony we were so happy ,,the decor in the room was "rustic" but the view made up for it ,the sea in front and Mt Etna to the side,The reception and cleaning staff were cheerful and very helpful (as our t.v. gave up the ghost even though it was replaced) but the restaurant manager could do with some personal skills,as he stalked the restaurant like a headmaster !! The steps down to the sea were (slowly) under repair , their season must start later as they were in no hurry to get things" ready",,but on the whole it was a wonderful location it felt very 50,s so laid back just right after a days sightseeing,, The main town was a short walk away ,a small price to pay for a perfect location, and yes the bus to Touramino and the train station were a 15min /30min walk ,but hey your on holiday,,, caught the train to Messina good value at 8 euros return but dont go on a monday as the museum is closed...The tompson trips are good but the one to Agrimento to see the temples is a LONG day Mt Etna ,,GREAT but say you will go to 2000 ft then see what the weathers like ... The restaurant we liked best was Angelinos great atmosphere if its good enough for 200 Italians on a Saturday night its good enough for us ! we shall definitely go back to the Hotel Nike as its location was perfect for a relaxing "grown up" holiday p.s. do not return without trying the almond wine !

  • Liked — lying on the loungers by the sea
  • Disliked — small bathroom
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2007

We have just arrived back from a very nice holiday in Giardini Naxos. The hotel Nike was a bit overdue for renovation but nevertheless, it was clean and a very good base for our stay. The reception staff and the cleaning staff were very polite and friendly but unfortunately you couldn't say the same for the restaurant staff, who were more bothered about talking loudly amongst themselves than seeing to the needs of the hotel guests. We would strongly recommend that anyone staying at the Nike hotel, or elswhere on Giardina Naxos, visit the Royal Restaurant. It is situated not far from the Nike hotel on the walk into the resort centre. The food at this restaurant was not only very, very good and the prices very reasonable, but this family-run restaurant was the friendliest and nicest place we've ever eaten in abroad. We ended up eating there every evening and they treated us just like part of the family and couldn't do enough for us. We would highly recommend anyone staying in Giardini Naxos to find this restaurant and give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

  • Liked — VIEW FROM BALCONY IN ROOM
  • Disliked — ACCOMODATION WAS SHABBY
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2006

We stayed at Hotel Nike in June 06 and was pleasantly surprised as we paid a fairly cheap price for this hotel and booked on very short notice. We were pleased to find a good clean room, if a little on the small side (with tiny window) with a very modern bathroom. The hotel is located at the end of Giardani Naxos which offered great views of the coast and water etc. The hotel facilities were good. Breakfast was a little limited in variety but quantity certainly sufficed. The staff were very helpful. Would def stay there again and happily recommend.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via Calcide Eubea 27, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Giardini Naxos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Giardini Naxos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Nike Hotel Sicily 3*
Number of rooms: 55
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