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Crystal Sea
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Forza d'Agro
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 15, 2014

We enjoyed to stay in this hotel. The hotel staff is very nice and helpful. They even remembered kids names. :-) Our Room was big enough for three. It was very clean and silent. Food was nice. Views were stunning and terrace was huge. It is best for couples but also for families with children who can swim cause pool is not okay for small kids. Anyway pool is very nice even though it is not so big. The view from pool is perfect. Its also very silent because of size of hotel. If you are looking for hotel with peacecul hotel not too far from Taormina and beaches this is a very good choise. Even hotel has a very good shuttle service I recommend hiring a car for some days. They help you even in that.

Room Tip: Our room was in third floor. There are rooms in 3 floors (3-5).All the rooms have seaviews.
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled with family
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Thank Markus M
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Crystal_Sea_Hotel, Manager at Crystal Sea, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2014

Dear Markus,

Thank you very much for choosing Crystal Sea and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a smooth flight home.

We are delighted to see, how much you enjoyed your well deserved holidays in the peaceful atmosphere of our small hotel. Your kind words for the whole team are a big motivation to continue giving just the best to our guests.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again, if one day you return to Sicily!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Crystal Sea Hotel Management

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

we stayed 10 days at the hotel Crystal Sea at Sicily Italy. Great location, value for money and great service with very customer oriented staff. They gave us nice advice, what to visit and nice restaurants that make the difference (Da Nino Letojanni and great at Taormina (must do to visit Amphi Theather and climb all the steps to Taormina Castle at top of the mountain that orginated from Greek times) and conclude with dinner at Nettuno da Siciliano). Visited impressive Etna, the largest vulcano of Europe that looks like a moon landscape at the top. Great island, very nice people - Sicily you impressed really.

Room Tip: best rooms lie on the fifth floor with astonishing free see view
  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank AJ M
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Crystal_Sea_Hotel, Manager at Crystal Sea, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2014

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for choosing Crystal Sea and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a save trip home.

We are pleased to see, how much you enjoyed your trip to Sicily and your stay in our hotel. The satisfaction of our guests is our highest aim and it's nice to see, that you also felt this.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again soon!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Crystal Sea Hotel Management

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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Comfortable and clean with amazing views over the bay. Its position saves it from being a very average hotel. Breakfast was ok - plentiful but ordinary. The purple and white decor dated the hotel terribly. Staff were friendly and helpful. Good value for money.

Room Tip: Sea view rooms worth booking
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank JandJ568586
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Crystal_Sea_Hotel, Manager at Crystal Sea, responded to this reviewResponded April 30, 2014

Dear guests,

Thank you for choosing Crystal Sea. We hope you had a safe trip home.

We are pleased to see, that you enjoyed especially the cleanliness and the unique and amazing views from our hotel, the friendlyness of our staff and the good value for the money. The location, the views and the quietness that we offer is the secret for a relaxing stay.

It was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Crystal Sea Hotel Management

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

We had a fantastic stay here. The staff and level of service you receive from the moment you arrive is particularly noteworthy. Staff were always very friendly and willing to provide assistance (and are fluent in English and German amongst others it would appear!).

The room was lovely with a nice big bed, tv etc., but upper floors probably have better views. This is less important however since the restaurant and pool areas have the views anyway. The pool area was great for some morning sunbathing and swim before going to Taormina for the afternoon/ evening.

There are free shuttle buses to Taormina that you can arrange at reception as well as the local bus service that stops only a short walk from the hotel - getting to and from Taormina/ Letojanni is pretty easy, which was great for us.

We didn't stay for dinner but the buffet breakfast was really good with a vast array of options and all of good quality.

If I were to pick faults it would be that the wifi is only available in the main public areas (not in the rooms), there are a few places that could do with a touch-up of paint (which is flaking a bit), and our room didn't have air conditioning. However, none of this was an issue for us and as a base for Taormina/ Etna we couldn't have asked for any more. Thanks for a lovely stay.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Justin F
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Crystal_Sea_Hotel, Manager at Crystal Sea, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2013

Dear Justin,

Thank you very much for coming to Sicily and for making Crystal Sea the hotel of your choice. We hope you had a pleasant flight home.

We are pleased to read that you enjoyed your well deserved holidays and that you found the relaxation you were looking for. Your kind words for the whole team are a big motivation to continue giving only the best for our guests.

Thank you also very much for your remarks, which help us to improve. Please be sure that we will check these points, as all our rooms have aircondition and WiFi usually is working in most of the rooms as well.

It was a big pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again!

With sunny regards,
Yours sincerely
Crystal Sea Hotel Management

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

I had great vacation at this hotel, was surprised by the size and cleanness of it, the staff including the Director were very friendly and helpful.
Great view over the Taormina bay.
The only problem was the elevator which was very noisy when in use.

Room Tip: All rooms have sea view, even those on the first level.
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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Thank PD0674
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Crystal_Sea_Hotel, Manager at Crystal Sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for visiting Crystal Sea and for asring your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a smooth trip home.

We are pleased to read, that you enjoyed your stay in our small hotel. We also took note about your advice concerning the elevators and will check, what we can do.

Please allow us to add, that all our 39 rooms have seaview - in this way our guests can enjoy the views, whereever they are.

For us, it was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again soon!

With best regards,
Yours sincerely
Crystal Sea Hotel Management

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

Good choice in Taormina area, 7 km. far away of the bullicious Taromina, but with stunning views over the sea. It needs a refurnishment but even with this, it's a very comfortable hotel. Nice & small pool with magnificent sea views. Excellent bed and a large TV. Reasonable restaurant, but poor breakfast. They have not solved the problems with bees which oblige you to have breakfast inside, without air conditioning and preventing you of the sea views.

Room Tip: Always ask for rooms with sea views
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Toni3452
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Crystal_Sea_Hotel, Manager at Crystal Sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 14, 2013

Dear Toni,

Thank you very much for staying in Crystal Sea Hotel. We hope you had a safe trip home.

We appreciate your kind feedback and are pleased to read that you liked the location and the view of the hotel. For winter time, we are already planning some renovation works, as each winter we are doing maintenance. At the moment, it's still too early to talk about details.

We are very sorry that you felt disturbed by bees on the terrace of the restaurant. As the terrace is open air, we cannot completely avoid that flying insects step by, but we are trying our best to keep them away.

Our breakfast buffet contains a (compared to italian standards and having in mind the size of our hotel) wide selection of different breads, rolls, toasts and croissants, cakes, fruits, yoghurts, cereals, marmelades, honey, chocolate cream, cheese, cold cuts, vegetables, scrambeled eggs, boiled eggs, ham/ sausages, juices, even prosecco, etc.. A lot of guests praise our breakfast and we think that we offer a good selection for all individual tastes.

Dear Toni, it was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again, if one day you decide to return to Sicily.

With best regards,
Yours sincerely
Crystal Sea Hotel Mananagement

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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We had a nice holiday here. The hotel is good, but for a 4-star rating there are some things that can be improved.

the staff at the reception is very friendly and helpful, at the restaurant they are also very friendly, but there are some things missing: when we arrived, no one had seen that we were new there, and no one explained how the restaurant works, so we got a menu with prices on it, but we had already paid 'half pension'. So that was very confusing. finally someone came to explain it. there are a lot of wasps during the meals!! The food is good and there 's more than enough! The bar next to the restaurant is very disappointing: to hot, not cosy, they don't know how to make a good mojito... so no one is going there in the evening, there's no fun.
the pool area is clean and the pool big enough (there's no space for little children!), but the bar area here is also disappointing, not cosy.
The elevator is quiet old I think and something was wrong: we were on the second floor and when we came down from the restaurant on 4, whe pushed at 2, but the elevator always stopped at 1 when you were with more than 1 person in it! Very scary!
The rooms are clean, but the airconditioning is very noisy and in the evening the rooms at the front of the hotel have often some noise of the disco-bar of the hotel next door! A lot of parties there!
Finally, a rental car is a must, when you want to explore Taormina in the evening or the surrounding villages.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Witteke
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Crystal_Sea_Hotel, Manager at Crystal Sea, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2013

Dear guests,

Thank you very much for visiting Crystal Sea Hotel and for sharing your experiences with other travellers. We hope you had a smooth trip home.

We appreciate your feedback, as it helps us to improve. We are pleased to read that in general you enjoyed your stay and liked especially the food and our service. Also the weaker points of your review found our full attention. Please accept our sincere apologise and be sure that we will check the weak points and do our best to solve them.

For us, it was a pleasure to welcome you and we hope to see you again, if you decide to return to Sicily.

With best regards,
Yours sincerely
Crystal Sea Hotel Management

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Additional Information about Crystal Sea

Address: Statale Jonica 114, km 39, 98030 Forza d'Agro, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Forza d'Agro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Forza d'Agro
Price Range: $92 - $499 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Crystal Sea 4*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a beautiful location in Marina d'Agrò overlooking the sea and with an amazing view over the bay of Taormina, the Crystal Sea Hotel is a modern structure offering its guests every comfort in a peaceful atmosphere.Its quiet and protected position makes it the ideal destination for a relaxing holiday, but at the same time the short distance from Taormina (7 km) offers the possibility of a charming social life.All the 39 rooms have a terrace overlooking the sea and are fully equipped (hairdryer, telephone, satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe).Also available for the guests: swimming pool with solarium, restaurant and bar with terrace over the sea, shuttle service to the nearby beach (1 km) and to Taormina. ... more   less 
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Crystal Sea Hotel Santa Teresa Di Riva
Crystal Sea Italy/Sicily - Province Of Messina

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