This is a small, elegant hotel where the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and committed to high quality service. It isn't located in a main or pre-eminently central thoroughfare; in some other reviews there have been dismissive comments about its setting - but you can safely ignore these. In fact it is set in a quiet street only 5 minutes (uphill) walk from one of Catania's historic central piazzas (Pazza Stesicorio); the area might be described as 'shabby' by some ; but in reality it is a genuine mix of residential/cafes/small businesses/churches. I stress the word 'genuine' - Catania is not a tourist town - quite the opposite. Genuine value for money is available wherever one turns. As to location - we had no fears about walking back there late after a meal in the centre of town.
The rooms are good-sized, well-furnished, and well decorated. There is nothing wrong with the thickness of the walls - we heard nothing from adjoining rooms. A comprehensive, decent breakfast (the main buffet table is constantly re-stocked) is served in a very well decorated, light & pleasant room. The public rooms (lounges and bar) are similarly elegant and pleasant. We were not there in high temperatures, but a delightfully shaded loggia (set with small tables) adjoining the main lounge must surely be a super facility in the hotter months.
The thing which really impresses is the quality of the staff. Without exception they are polite, pleasant, wanting to help, efficient . We found this to be true right across all the staff we encountered , whether they were front desk, breakfast room, cleaning or porterage. All were good. As it happened -because my wife injured a knee during the time we were there - we had morer than average contact with the guys manning the front desk. They were brilliant. Nothing was too much trouble. eg. the frequent provision of ice packs and specially nice provision of several in-house meals when we felt it was wiser not to go out to a restaurant. They were genuine and kind. Also very knowledgeable about various aspects of their city.
All in all this isan unusually good hotel where the quite modest prices mean you receive a tremendous bargain in a fascinating city. There is so much to see and do.
Will definitely try to go back.
Quick Tip - if arriving by air and having small cases only you might be considering getting the ALT bus (No. 457) from the airport (fare is 1 euro) if you decide not to go for a taxi (25 euros for the 4-5 mile journey). The one snag is - where do you wait for the bus if there is no sign of it when you first get outside. Answer - the bus stop is about 70-80 yards to the right after walking through the Exit doors. When we tried to find the 457 bus stop initially we failed. In fact we had walked right past it, thinking it was a blank noticeboard. In fact all the 457 bus information is on that 'blank noticeboard' but on the side facing the vehicles (hence you don't see it as you walk along pulling your case). So - from the airport Exit doors, just turn right, (you'll see direction signs for 'City Bus') and you'll find the stop 70-80 yards on if you look carefully. If you get to the Taormina bus stop you've gone too far. Turn back. Once in the City, get off at the Piazza Stesicrio half way along the Via Etnea - then walk up the hill to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Liberty Hotel provides for 7 suites, 9 doubles and 2 singles, all of the romms are characterized by a unique "name", that, evokes the feeling they inspire.Different decors, precious stylish art-deco pieces and prestiogious draperies, remind to the original Liberty drawings made by Hoffmann in 1911.The bathrooms, with precious marble mosaics, and a game of mirrors, are fully equipped. All of the rooms are fully furnished, with independent air-conditioning control, electronic safty box, two telephones, Digital TV (some foreign channels), minibar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Liberty Hotel Catania, Sicily