Booked a suite on the hotel's own website at a great price (only a little more than a double room) and very impressed. The one-way streets caught us out but, arriving on Saturday afternoon, we were able to park on the street almost outside the hotel. The welcome, from Francesco, was warm and informative. He gave us a map, itemised all of the things we might want to see plus the important ones - a bar for lunch and three restaurants for dinner!
Our suite - Armonia was just as a suite should be, with a separate sitting room, bedroom and bathroom (shower, not bath). The two main rooms were timelessly elegant, befitting the age of the hotel and were in excellent shape (definitely not 'shabby chic' as described in a previous review) with painted ceilings and heavy, floor to ceiling drapes at the windows. The bathroom was beautifully decorated with tiled mosaics - small and not as well-planned for ease of use as it could have been, but that's a very small niggle as it had what we needed. The bed was very comfortable, as was the sofa and all of the facilities that we could have asked for.
Breakfast was good, if not exceptional (we had been spoiled at two bed and breakfast establishments) but offered the bonus of a video of Mount Etna. Francesco's recommendation for a restaurant was truly exceptional, both for fresh seafood and value. With his map, we found 'Il Mare' during the afternoon when it was closed. Be aware! When closed, it is often very difficult to spot restaurants as they tend to have shutters and no menu or other advertising visible. Il Mare was our seafood choice because we had been able to peer through the window and see the refrigerated display of fish.
- 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