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Hotel Antares
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Via G Chincherini, 98037 Letojanni, Sicily, Italy   |  
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Letojanni
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2005

We went to Taormina for 4 days and this was the best residence that there is. The hotel is situated on a hill and there are beautiful views. It is quite difficult to reach by bus but if you are driving or taking a taxi and ask the residents of letojanni they will help you out.

There is a shuttle service till around six in the evening but the buses are quite frequent and the bus stage is right in front of the hotel!

Food was incredible and we ate only from the hotel for Eur15 per person for a buffet dinner with 3 varieties of pasta each night, different antipasto, soup of the day, a selection of main courses varying from fish, seafood, poultry and meat and exquisite desserts. Food from Taormina qas really expensive so it was worth it.

The service in itself is quite lacking but if you ask, the staff will help you out but they do not offer themselves.

I will definitely return to this hotel!

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2005

My friend and I travelled to the Antares Hotel on September 10th returning on the 17th. The views from this hotel are spectacular, we enjoyed just sitting on the balcony and watching the funicular cable car go up and down the side of the hotel, the only way to travel to the Olimpo which is above you. You can use the facilities of both hotels but the Olimpo seems far superior, the swimming pool is much bigger, though saying that ours at the Antares never had more than 12 people around it the whole time we stayed there, no trouble ever getting a sunbed, we had one for relaxing and one for putting our stuff on! The only downside was that at the Antares there was no waiter or poolside bar so you had to go back into the building and up a flight of stairs every time you wanted a drink.

The food was average not a good vegetarian choice at all, and unfortunately the food was not labelled very well or not at all so you had no idea if anything contained meat or fish. The desserts were very disappointing always a variation of the same thing, custard filled tarts in different pastries or cakes with a strange tasting artificial cream! The best option is the ice cream which came in about 6 flavours and was heavenly!

Our room was average but very clean, the Olimpo rooms which we had a look at were far superior as was the layout and design of the whole hotel.

I certainly would not recommend this resort or either hotel to the less able bodied as it is all steps and climbing, there is a lift that goes from the car park right up to the Antares this is carved into the mountain and takes about one and a half mins to take you up. The resort is very average apart from a couple of stalls selling jewellry on the sea front there is nothing open at night apart from restaurants. The Etna tour is brilliant as is the Godfather tour and worth doing both. If you are on an all inclusive deal get the hotel to pack a lunch for that day as there is only pizza and pannini to purchase at quite a price at Etna.

Both my friend and I felt that the whole island was beautiful, it was as if all the prettiest bits of all the other islands had been put on Sicily, the only thing that spoilt it for us was that the locals did not seem terribly friendly or helpful, we would always say hello with a smile when out but only ever received a curt nod in return! Also we did have trouble making ourselves understood when ordering drinks when out of the hotel so a few words before you travel of the local dialect might be useful.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2005

Situated in Letojanni a couple of miles from Taormina. Hotel provides a limited free shuttle to the funicular that then takes you Taormina though it is easier to use the Interbus direct to Taormina or Funibus also to the Funicular.

If Arriving at the hotel by public transport enter via the car park and tunnel at the far end, hear you will find lifts to the reception. Only walk up the drive if you are mad!

Food, breakfast/ evening meal are buffets and generally good but dont leave it too late as the restocking seems to curtail fairly early.

Rooms are ok, cleaning is reasonable definatly holiday 4* rather than business 4* standard.

Pool is ok - also use pool at Olympio, bigger, but watch out for wasps.

Beach facilities Brolley and sunloungers nearby are good, beach clean, sea crystal clear but cold.

Onsite excursion booking - about the same rates as anywhere else so you may as welll use it - Etna trip inc jeep to top approx 70 Euro

Getting around the hotel needs the use of lifts, these seem to struggle to copr efficiently with the numbers at times.

Staff were friendly and helpful.

Letojanni, a few shops and restaurants but nothing special

Overall a good hotel for 7 nights if Letojanni is the place you want to go to.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Via G Chincherini, 98037 Letojanni, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Letojanni
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Letojanni
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Letojanni
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Antares 4*
Number of rooms: 136
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