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Hotel Avalon Sikani
Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Gioiosa Marea
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 19, 2012

The hotel itself is quite nice and located on a mountain side. The pool area is fantastic. Food is pretty goos. Rooms modern and clean, with stunning views of Gioiosa Marea.
However...
To get to the beach you will need to use the hotel minibus. Theoretically you should make a reservation at the reception. In reality its a race of who can get on the bus first! The only better option is to rent a car.
Because the road to the hotel is REALLY steep - this means that travel agency coaches usually stop at the parking entrance of the hotel. You will find yourself climbing up 300m with your suitcases.

In the summer, on saturdays there is usually a wedding reception at the pool area (this means loud music till late hours).

Reception staff are polite and helpful. Waiters at the restaurant sometimes forget to come over to your table and take drink orders. This is strange - because guests pay additionally for drinks!!!

I would not recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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20  Thank fnk1234
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We have stayed (4 person group, SEP 17-24 2011). All of us liked the experience. Breakfast was adequate with fresh croissants and coffee machine delivering all types of coffee, some fruits, eggs etc. Same with dinners, we liked grilled fish & pork. We were looking for reasonable priced vacation with average, acceptable food and Grand Avalon delivered. If we wanted culinary experience of the highest caliber we would of course use some local restaurants and spend a lot of money to achieve it but what we found was acceptable and allowed us to relax and do some excursions ( Erice, Cefalu, Etna etc.). It was obvious to us (unfortunately not all reviewers share that view) that if a hotel has a elevated location on the mountain side, it will not have easy beach access and also approaching it by foot may present some problems to some people. We were OK with that and we have accepted that as the “price” for the views from the hotel which were truly exceptional. The strongest points: views, room standard, infinity swimming pool, central location in Sicily (good for excursions), free wired internet (you may want to bring your own network cable for your laptop if you plan to use it in the room, otherwise you can use in the lobby wirelessly or event obtain a laptop from the reception to check email, websites etc. There are four levels of buildings and height of each level is different but there is no walking uphill within the hotel, this is done using elevators. There is a free shuttle to a very nice beach that belongs to this hotel. Using city free beach (just down the mountain, very clear water, showers available) is also an option and we liked it. Based on the recommendation of other reviewers, we have rented a car (Europcar, center of Gioiosa Marea, no issues, all insurance options, only manual transmission available, reservations recommended but we did ours one day ahead and it was OK). Bottom line – the place is not for everybody, but the info in this review is probably enough to decide. As far as food complains – we found that to be exaggerated or the standards simply improved. Especially, I would like to underline that we have not encountered any issues with hotel personnel, they were all helpful and polite. Good communication point event if you do not rent. The city train station is in the center, use Travel Agency located also in the center to purchase tickets if you want to use train to go to Palermo or in the directions of Messina/Taormina/Catania.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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7  Thank awconsol
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

Don't even think about staying in this hotel!
- Staff is more then just rude (except few girls which were polite and kind).
- Food is really really poor. Almost the same every day, taste bad, runs our quicker then you come to restaurant.
- Don't accept credit card! Only cash! How cool is that?
- Bus which takes to the beach is always late.
And so on...

Room Tip: Doesn't matter which room you will get... awefull anyway
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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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13  Thank trucas
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Reviewed August 9, 2011

Beautiful hotel, nice location, lovely swimmingpool but terrible food!!! Horrible breakfast and buffetdinner in horrible hospital-like surroundings. Bar not open in the evening, poolside bar only has little snacks like toast and caprese for a few hours. It's a shame, such a good location....difficult to ruin breakfast but they do...this has nothing nto do with Italy!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

More details following after my first review and after 4 days which we spent there: as said before, the food is the weakest link of this nice hotel. Breakfast is the same everyday and that means one kind of cheese (bad), one kind of ham, tasteless eggs and some corn flakes. And bad croissant with marmelade. That really doesnt sound like 4star breakfast to me.
The dinner is another chapter of the same boring book- one type of pasta,one risoto,usually one fish and plain salad without any taste. Where is the famous itallian cuissine? Even the wine is bad there!!! We are so far skipping the dinner and walking to the village to get something tasty.

So far the food is probably the worst part of our stay. Otherwise the view is still amazing, swimming in the pool with view on the islands is just great. The staff tries to be nice,rooms are clean and thats it.

I deffinitely recommend renting a car,there is nothing around +- 70km and the village is nice but small with only two or three pizzerias so really nothing much to do. The beach is not 15min of walk as being said, more like 30mins downhill and then walk on the main road full of crazy drivers.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Adamroucka1
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Reviewed May 28, 2011

We are here only two days so far.
Day 1- being left on the airport waiting 2 hours for shuttle- no appology from hotel staff at all
Dinner- 3kinds of salat and by salat I mean only salat leafs without any other vegetable or sauces. One cold fish, untasty school like pasta (2kinds) and thats it.
Night- private party at the pool till 1am!! Birthday karaoke of someone who didnt even stayed at the hotel...music loud so it was impossible to sleep

Etc-internet in the room broken, tv signal weak.. Otherwise nice clean room wity a great view.

Going now in the town to rent a car because hotel cars are expensive (75eur for panda for one day..ehm)

Anywas,still 6to go,will see

  • Stayed: May 2011
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7  Thank Adamroucka
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

First of, we loved the rooms, and the pool, the view and the way the hotel looks is amazing.

Sunset at the sea view, and the rooms are very modern and clean. Breakfast is diverse and the staff is helpful.

However, there is no transport to and from the hotel, unless you have a car. There are no taxis. Mealtimes are very short, and in between it is not possible to have a snack or a sandwich, apart from chips/crisps.
Furthermore, dinner is an absolute NO! For €25 you get a buffet with very limited choice and poor food. Salad for starter, a cheap pasta or piece of pizza for main and fruit for dessert. It is absolutely not worth the price, but if you haven't made plans, you don't have a choice because there's no transport.

I regret to have to say this, because part from lack of transport/snacks and bad dinner, it is a fantastic hotel/resort.

  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled on business
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Address: Contrada Licandro SNC, 98063, Gioiosa Marea, Sicily, Italy (Formerly Grand Avalon Sikani Resort & Residence Sicily)
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Gioiosa Marea
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 9 Hotels in Gioiosa Marea
Price Range: $94 - $171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Avalon Sikani 4*
Number of rooms: 119
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Grand Avalon Sikani Resort And Residence Sicily
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