I have spent one week in May at the Falconara in a junior suite.
It is located about 20 km from Gela and 120 km from Catana airport. It is a good base to visit the Piazza Armerina villa (recently reopened), Agrigente, Caltagirone and Ragusa.
The hotel has a fine small beach, on two levels : the beach, and somewhat higher, a row of fine gazebos for those who seek a quiet place. By the way, the reservation of the gazebos at 35 EUR/day is a pure rip-off, when it is not high season.
From the beach, there is a fine view on the old castle and the sea; this area is absolutely quiet and mostly enjoyable.
Next to the gazebos, is the "Fattoria", a fine ancient building with presumably the best rooms with seaview; unfortunately, it was closed till mid-May.
Then, there is a large garden damaged by paths covered by orange tarmac (probably a cheap option to reduce maintenance costs).
Close to the road - but there is not so much traffic noise - is a large swimming pool; I do not understand why this pool has not been positioned closer to the beach.
The reception staff is kind and helpful.
The food is absolutely great; the chef Domenico uses local fresh products, and the service is efficient. The wine list strictly Sicilian, which is not an issue; the local production is worth exploring.
And then comes the building that ruins your experience : the hotel's main building, a bland contruction looking like a cheap seventies holiday club. The rooms are so-said "minimalist" ... I would say "minimum" : they lack lighting, and are made even darker by the black pavement; the curtains are some synthetic thing, yellow and lilac; matter of taste. The bathroom is ok, and everything is clean.
It is a pity that a place with such a potential is damaged by poor architecture and interior design.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Falconara is situated on the south-eastern coast of Sicily, between Agrigento and Ragusa, in an enchanting position overlooking the sea. Its neighbour is the magical medieval castle of Falconara, erected in Norman times to repel the invasion of the Moors. The famous Valle dei Templi of Agrigento, the Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina with its splendid mosaics, Caltagirone with its craft made ceramics and the pearls of the Sicilian baroque: Ragusa Ibla, Modica and Scicli are all within easy reach. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Falconara Charming House Hotel Butera
- Falconara Charming House And Resort
- Falconara Charming Hotel
- Falconara Charming House & Resort Sicily/Butera, Italy