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“excellent, central location in Catania”
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Hotel Etnea 316
Ranked #7 of 49 Hotels in Catania
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 1, 2014

We stayed 3 nights in Catania and had a great experience there. The rooms are spacious and clean, the staff is gracious, helpful and accomodating. They all spoke good English. The hotel is centrally located and is within walking distance to the major sites in Catania. Marco was a fabulous host., funny, intelligent and informative.

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

So far, in Catania have I stayed at around six different hotels. I find Hotel Etnea 316 to be best of all of them in the class of medium-price hotels. Among many other reasons, that was due to the kindly and helpful personnel. Moreover, it was the first hotel in which it was really easy to communicate in English with each personnel member. I liked also the fact that the Wi-Fi signal usually reached my room even though it was supposed to work in the lobby only. I stayed in a room from the backyard which is why I was able to sleep very well.

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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 12, 2014

We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Hotel Etnea 316. Marco and Gaetano couldn't have been more helpful, even arranging for a lovely cake to be waiting there for my boyfriend's birthday. It made it so special. We went on a tour of Mt Etna with Marco for a great price. Marco really knows his stuff and is full of useful information, I would highly recommend it. Thanks Marco and Gaetano for a wonderful holiday!
Dave and Geoff, Brighton

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Davey9
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

My wife and I spent three nights at the hotel at the end of April.We had asked for a quiet room as we had read the reviews about noise. Our room was at the side of the hotel but was very noisey,sleep was difficault fo us both. The staff were lovely,the position on Via Etnea was super so easy to explore Catania.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

The hotel itself is nice and comfy but there is no elevator so beware. The rooms were very basic but we weren't really expecting the ritz Carlton. They were big though. They only have 1 pillow per bed. We requested extra ones which they addressed immediately but we weren't told that we would be charged for the extra pillows.

About Marco the owner, he is great and is obviously passionate about what he does. He gave us a tour of Mt Etna and Taormina for a great price. He was very knowledgeable about Etna but for Taormina he just dropped us off and let us wander ourselves (which maybe explains why it was cheaper). The next day he was doing another tour of Siracusa and asked if we wanted to join, my mother had booked another tour company for The Godfather though. He became almost petulant, when our other guide rang the bell to ask him to let us know he was downstairs he apparently was very rude and argued with our other guide. and while Marco was helpful getting our bags up (no elevator) when we checked in, when we checked out he told one of my companions that the 'taxi driver' should go get it instead (although he knew we arranged a transfer with the other tour guide) I understand it's a competitors thing but it seemed very unprofessional.

These were just our observations. It may not be bothersome for other guests but for those who want to just be at a hotel and not be bothered by the staff, this place may not be for you as Marco's zeal and eagerness to please can go over edge sometimes since we felt pressured to give him our business. It was almost like he wanted us to only take his suggestions.

Also my mom didn't think he was a very safe driver during our tour, he was always taking his eyes off the road.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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4  Thank brokewilltravel
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

My wife and I recently spent six days based at Hotel Etnea 316 whilst exploring Oriental Sicily with Marco. The hotel is in central Catania within a short distance of all major cultural and tourist features of the city. Our room was reasonably spacious, clean and comfortable, although the shower was "characterful" and took a bit of getting used to. Breakfasts were excellent as were the staff, who were always willing to help and offer advice for travellers. I had the misfortune to become ill with flu during my visit. Marco (through his mother, a medical doctor) kindly assisted us to obtain appropriate medication from the local pharmacy.

Highly recommend.

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
2  Thank rowlat
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Reviewed April 14, 2014

Abundant energy and enthusiasm, Marco fits the bill as a welcoming host. He parks your car in reserved area and moves baggage to your room. The room was nicely appointed and close to all the major sightseeing. As a previous guide, Marco points you in the right direction, whatever your interest.
Recommend this hotel and its proprietor.

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3  Thank Roger622
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Additional Information about Hotel Etnea 316

Address: Via Etnea 316, 95129 Catania, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania > Borgo-Sanzio , Centro Catania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Catania
#3 Romantic Hotel in Catania
#5 Family Hotel in Catania
#10 Business Hotel in Catania
Price Range: $39 - $110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Etnea 316 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy Catania, not only as a visitor, this is the philosophy of Hotel Etnea 316. A prestigious location, downtown Catania, offers the possibility to exploit the real Sicilian tradition. Thanks to the staff's helpfulness, the guest will live in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Romanticism , history and functionality are indispensable details, that produce an extraordinary harmonious result. ... more   less 
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