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Sicily Country House & Beach
Zurich, Switzerland
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65 reviews
58 hotel reviews
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“It is ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2013

A nice property surrounded by tree plantations. Good sized room, parking, NO Internet. Stuff does not speak English, but communication is possible. Downtown Catania is 20 km away and the airport is 10-15 mins drive. Convenient if you have a morning flight. If you return late, you have to open the gate yourself to park the car. Breakfast is poor - not really a breakfast but coffee with a (not really good) bun.

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

We chose this hotel due to its proximity to Catania airport as we would be arriving late. We telephoned ahead to confirm our late arrival and although no English was spoken, we noticed right away the positive attitude to our hopeless Italian. Our arrival was further delayed, so when we got there it was around 11pm, but they insisted on opening up the kitchen and preparing dinner, and the price was very reasonable. The apartment was comfortable and clean, with aircon. Breakfast on the terrace was delicious and with lots of personal attention. Very helpful and friendly staff.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Siggiewi, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2011

We needed a place to spend the night in Vaccarizzo, Catania and we booked this agriturismo on the spur of the moment, a choice dictated very much by the proximity of the place to some Sicilian friends' house rather than for any other reason.

However, it turned out to be a very good find and a great place to spend more than one night. The place itself is immersed in a green area just outside Catania called "L'Oasi del Simeto".

Apart from being surrounded by greenery, it is also a stone's throw away from beautiful sandy beaches and it also boasts a good swimming pool and a small play area for children. Whilst not having children with us, the place looks well-equipped for families with children.

The room was very spacious with a very good bathroom and free toiletries, which are not always a given in a two-star property. Furthermore, the television was flat-screen with a good variety of channels which, again, is always a plus even if you do not plan on spending your days in your room. One big plus was fully-functioning air-conditioning which, with the day temperature hitting 40C, was a very welcome addition to the stay.

Parking is possible on-site and it helps to know that your car is parked in a lock-up place and nobody not having access to the property can have access to your car.

Breakfast is very much continental which consisted in very good baked-at-the-moment croissants, fruit juice, very good coffee and fette biscottate with jam. The best part of breakfast though is actually having it on the terrace overlooking literally a "sea" of greenery. It was so relaxing - I regretted having to leave.

Needless to say, such a property has proud owners who take pride in their work and in their service. We were greeted by the owner himself (who came to meet us on the main road and then took us to the property because, admittedly very stupidly, we couldn't find the property) whom we then followed to the property. Then he also showed us around the property and declared himself to be at our fullest disposal. Such a warm welcome surely set the right tone for our short albeit extremely pleasant stay at this hotel.

To access it just follow the directions on the website, which are perfect.

The only drawback was that the property didn't accept credit cards. So take cash with you - the nearest ATM is about 10 km away (if not more).

If you have a car and want to avoid the hassle of Catania, this place is a very good place to stay in for an enjoyable holiday in the Catania area (Catania is about 20 minutes away by car, perhaps slightly more if there's traffic).

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Sicily Country House & Beach

Property: Sicily Country House & Beach
Address: Via Gattopardo, 11 | Contrada Vaccarizzo, 95121 Catania, Sicily, Italy (Formerly La Cascina del Simeto)
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Catania
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 82 Specialty Lodging in Catania
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
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