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Manganelli Palace Hotel
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Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

Once you've rung the bell and navigated the old lift (standard lift in Sicily, we discovered in other places), the people are helpful and efficient. We booked the suite, and it's lovely, it feels like you've stepped back in time. The ornate ceiling is particularly lovely, and the bed was extremely comfortable. The breakfast has everything you need, but honestly, I prefer going to local bars for breakfast in Italy. The staff in the breakfast room were particularly lovely. The location is excellent - yes, it's in a side street, but it's a five minute maximum stroll to the Duomo and the main streets. Also, if you're looking for a really Sicilian restaurant, just round the corner in via Carcaci there's a place called La Pigna Verde. It's a real hole-in-the-wall place, with the wife barking orders up front, and the husband cooking in back.

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1  Thank MadameGateaux
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Manganelli Palace Hotel is a microcosm of the city of Catania itself ( bear with me). Sitting underneath the ever-present menace of Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano - which was erupting spectacularly by the time we flew home - Catania was written off in our guide book as not being worthy of note, and being the Sicilian capital of petty crime and pickpocketting. In fact our experience was quite the opposite. We arrived on a rainy night in April and took the 457 airport bus into town. The bus runs every 20 minutes from right outside the airport terminal and follows a circular route looping via the Stazione Centrale into the main drag of Via Etnea before returning to the airport. We weren't sure exactly where we needed to get off on Via Etnea, and the dark rainy night wasn't helping. Pretty soon we had the entire busload of locals trying to help us, communicating via our pidgeon Italian. This being Sicily, there were many different opinions as to the optimal stop, and much loud discussion and arm-waving ensued. In the end we went with the majority decision by volume, and one kind gentlemen followed us to point us in the right direction, even offering to accompany us. But, since it was clearly out of his way we politely declined. The hotel was a little difficult to locate, but we found it tucked down a side street off a small Piazza. From the outside it looked none too promising, being situated on the second floor of a run down historic palazzo. But, once inside and having figured out the small manual-doored lift, we arrived into a warm, brightly lit reception area, where we were met by a friendly receptionist. We were quickly shown to our room, which had been constructed within a larger high-ceilinged room of the old palace. The ceiling had been preserved intact and had the most amazing frescoes of flowers painted all around. The room was warm and comfortable with all the usual amenities of a luxury hotel.

Later that evening we set out for a bite to eat and this time easily found the Via Etnea just two minutes walk from the hotel. From there it was a short stroll to the main Piazza del Duomo which had some fine baroque buildings and some good restaurants. There were plenty of people around and we felt very safe. The following morning, after the hotel breakfast, which was fine - good coffee, this being Italy- we went for a stroll in the sunshine back down to the Piazza del Duomo and to the most fantastic fish market just beyond it. There was a wide variety of fish for sale, including the most irridescent blue-tinged sardines, and live,squirting cockles. Further up the Via Etnea was a vegetable market overflowing with bright red peppers and mountains of ripe strawberries. They take their food very seriously in Sicily.

We loved Catania for it's friendliness, it's vibrancy and its faded grandeur. Much like Mount Etna, Catania's warm heart lies within. The Hotel Manganelli Palace embodies all of this. At 66 euros for the night it was the bargain of our holiday, and I would go back again in a heartbeat. Recommended. And, if you want to quickly get under the skin of a place - take the bus!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Robertsclubman
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We found Manganelli Palace located on a narrow street amid uncollected piles of garbage (probably a refuse collection strike). After the chaotic and stressful drive into the city during the evening rush hour, walking up the four flights of stairs to the reception on the top floor because someone had not closed the door of the lift provided light relief that things could not get worse. The check in was quick and painless though.

Parking is not provided by the hotel and I was directed to a public car park which cost €10.00 to €13.00 for overnight parking.

The room we were allocated was spacious with high ceilings and gave the room an airy feel. Sleep quality was good on the firm but comfortable bed.

The hotel is not far from the city centre and is convenient for the Doumo and the restaurants around the area. It is a pleasant place to stay in with good access to Mount Etna.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Dunedain
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Not the whole palace, indeed, but one floor of it. Ring the bell, get into an old old elevator, with space barely enough for two, and here you are, in the hotel, a very small one, occupying just a floor of the beautiful palazzo. It actually seems very modern, until you enter the room, and there you go, fantastic ceilings with frescoes, I assume quite a few centuries old. The ceiling in the bathroom is of usual height, btw, so, basically, when looking from your bed, you see the "fake" ceiling of the bathroom, and well above it extends the continuation of the original one. Well, remodeling, fare enough I should say, humidity won't do much good to those frescoes. Rooms are very nice, and the bed is comfy. You also have safe, and all the usual amenities. Staff of the hotel is very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast is very good to my tastes, with nice espresso, fresh pastry, and some limited, but decent choice of ham and cheese. The water pressure is a bit of a nuisance, at least in my room, a friend of mine, staying in the other room had no complaints. Basically, a very decent stay, pity for the modern feel and the utter feeling of remodeling present everywhere in the common areas. And yes, location is very good, try the local bar Razmataz just few minites walking from there, not a touristy place, and with a very good wine selection, which is what we look for, don't we?

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank pataphysicus
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We stayed for one night in this Hotel and overall it was a good experience. It is in a great location if one wants to visit the city centre. City centre can be reached on foot. Staff was very helpful and very nice. The staff held our luggages after check out in order for us to be able to visit the city centre. Also, when we went back for the luggages we needed a taxi and they called one for us.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Lorraine M
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