For our last night in Sicily, facing an early-morning flight to Rome, I chose Il Principe Hotel because I wanted to squeeze in an early evening "passeggiata" in downtown Catania as a last bit of tourism in our very tight five-day swing through southeastern Sicily. The choice turned out to be perfect. First of all, location: The hotel is situated just a couple of blocks - a few minutes - from the magnificent baroque Duomo and its piazza; the area is partially pedestrianized at night; and there is a wide selection of restaurants nearby. As for the airport, in early morning light traffic, it was only half an hour away. Second: the hotel itself is excellent, professionally run as well as very comfortable. Although it is centrally located, Il Principe is set back slightly from a busy small street, at the foot of a broad stair-street, so it is quiet (although we didn't need quiet since we spent just a few hours there given our early-morning departure). Our room was at the rear in an area that has been carved out of a neighboring building, so access was a little complicated, involving a ramp and stairs - not good for someone with mobility issues - but the room itself was very pleasant and elegantly furnished, with a comfortable, well-designed bathroom. Our travelling companions had an even better room in the main building, facing the street, with a large bathroom and tub (Room No. 201). Our rental car was valet-parked and positioned so we could leave at 5 am without any problem the next morning. Overall I would recommend this hotel without hesitation to anyone wanting to spend time in downtown Catania: judging by what we saw in our short time there, we definitely plan to give the city more than just a few hours the next time we're in Sicily, and would definitely try to stay at Il Principe Hotel. As for the booking process: I contacted the hotel directly online after researching choices through TripAdvisor, and received an immediate, courteous response in English with a good price. To our delight, the final price we paid on checkout was slightly lower than that we had been quote: it came in under 100 euros per night per room. My ONLY complaint has nothing to do with the hotel: we were driving, and it is very hard to make your way from the autostrada to central Catania and the hotel. I was the designated driver because I speak Italian and have great eyesight for the miniscule signs that point - more or less - to the center if they are not pasted over with advertising. Thankfully, at a certain point we picked up signs for the hotel itself; otherwise it would have been very difficult to find, given the maze of one-way streets, lack of clear signage, and swarming traffic in the old city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Il Principe Hotel is surrounded by baroque architecture in Catania's historic centre. Located on the Alessi Steps between Via Etnea and Via Crociferi, it offers free Wi-Fi. The rooms at Il Principe Hotel Catania all have parquet floors and elegant furnishings. Each room includes satellite TV and a private bathroom. A continental buffet breakfast is served daily in the dining room. Guests can also relax in the hotel's American piano bar. Il Principe Hotel lies 1.5 Km from Catania Centrale Train Station. The airport is a 12-minute drive away. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Principe Catania
- Hotel Il Principe
- Il Principe Hotel Catania, Sicily