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Le Calette Garden & Bay
Ranked #2 of 37 Hotels in Cefalu
Certificate of Excellence
Montreal, Canada
1 review
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“A true gem”
Reviewed October 18, 2010

WOW ! Top notch all around. The manager Antonio Mancuso was very professional and helpful. His outstanding staff beginning with the Maitre D`Hotel Gaetano Gatta, his son Giuseppe and the bartender also named Giuseppe, are the salt of the earth! It is simply a beautiful hotel/resort and highly recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

We spent 1 week in hotel Le Calette. It was a very quiet hotel ! food was very good.. not like in the big ressorts. One exception : when they put a buffet outside or inside, they should set the fish on ice to keep it fresh...
The staff was very friendly with a good service. always smiling faces !
Rooms were very comfortable. one exception : they should install mosquito net at the windows.. a lot of mosquitos in september.
the only black point is the very bad taste of the coffee at breakfast. we were in a hurry to order a good coffee at the bar !
For the rest it was perfect !!! We will come back !

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

We would not recommend Le Calette or come again. Our stay was disappointing, especially as we had been led to believe the hotel's location was better.

Le Calette is 20 or 25 minute walk away from Cefalu, but it is not scenic. We had to walk along the side of a main road, then past a rather smelly sewage plant to get to the town centre. As the hotel's lunch and dinner were expensive, we chose to eat in town every evening.

Our rooms were not fantastic for the price we paid; Le Calette was not great value for money at all. We were supposedly upgraded to a jacuzzi room, but then we did not have a proper shower. Our sky TV did not have many free channels and the receptionists did not know what they were doing when we wanted to watch a pay channel - we ended up missing the first half of the match! In fact the receptionists were quite inept.

Le Calette does, however, have its own private sea access, which was lovely, and the pool is great.

I suppose the hotel makes for an average beach holiday (or a single night as a break from a boat trip, as it is close to a harbour), but there are lots of better places to stay in Cefalu.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed July 17, 2010

If you go to this hotel expecting a 4 star you would be terribly disappointed, if you go expecting a maximum of a 3 star hotel then you will like it. The rooms were okay (none of them more than a 3 star) and varied enormously, the staff were delightful, the breakfast was excellent, they need to spend a lot of time in the garden as they were untidy and lawns hadn’t been mown for a while, this made the place feel shabby. The current owners old mother just sat around all the time glaring at the guests, she was a bit creepy.The hotel has a nice outlook but needs a lot of money spent on it to bring it up to its supposed rating of 4 stars. It is a shame because it has so much potential.

  • Stayed May 2010
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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 15, 2010

The service at Le Calette was friendly and efficient. The General Manager Antonio frequently 'walked the job' and was easily accessible if needed. Our seaview first floor room was comfortable and cool with air-conditioning if needed. The maid kept it spotlessly clean, with clean towels available as needed and clean bedlinen twice weekly. Beach towels were available too. It had a good-sized balcony with table, chairs and parasol. The room had a minibar, satellite TV, dressing table with chair and five drawers, a double wardrobe with ample hangers, four drawers and several shelves. Shower room with good shower, hair dryer, bidet, WC with insect mesh-screened window which could be closed if required.
The train, which passes very close-by is the quietest we have ever heard and did not disturb us. The location is wonderful, high above the sea with a restricted view of the bay and harbour. We liked the availability of both the good sized swimming pool with jacuzzi with easy access to bar and room, and peaceful 'beach bar' which gave easy access to sea swimming with the luxury of ample sunbeds and plentiful parasols. The lovely little bay is fully visible from here.
The hotel grounds cover a large footprint which meant that when the pool area seemed a little noisy or crowded we could escape to the beach bar, swim in the sea and relax with all necessary facilities to hand. There is a small black sand and rock beach and a newly constructed sun deck with step access to the sea. Canoes are availble to hire.
The walk into the old town of Cefalu took a leisurely 30 minutes with some excellent bars and restaurants.
The food at Le Calette was delicious and well prepared and presented with a wide choice at breakfast. The light lunch was really good value and interesting variety.
We did not attend the Barbecue Evening with folkloric music because we thought it very expensive, other guests who did attend commented that it was not good value for money. The weekly disco at the Beach Bar did not disturb us at all, being a short walk from our room. We highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 29, 2010

we spent 10 days at the hotel in june 2010. the situation is lovely with stunning views of the sea and port, the hotel is currently building another lower terrace below the swimming pool area and when this is complete it will add to the already excellent facilties for dining outside and relaxing.
we had half board and were very pleased we did as the choice of menu and the standard of food was first class.
the staff in reception,bar,and dining room were efficient,friendly, and helpfull, all with a good sense of humour.
cleanliness throughout the rooms and grounds was first class and very thorough.
there was only one slight criticism the groud floor rooms are small and without a view,

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 3, 2010

We enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It is attractive and has lovely views of the shore. Our room was attractive and comfortable with a pleasant balcony. The meals were appealing. The staff was friendly and helpful. We were a large party (20 people) who presented some challenges (several vegetarians who failed to make their dietary needs suficently clear; we were not inclined to sit at our ~"assigned" tables) but it all worked out fine. I would return.

  • Stayed April 2010
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Property: Le Calette Garden & Bay
Address: Via Vincenzo Cavallaro 12, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy (Formerly Hotel Le Calette)
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Cefalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Cefalu
#2 Spa Hotel in Cefalu
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Cefalu
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cefalu
#3 Romantic Hotel in Cefalu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Le Calette Garden & Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on a beautiful Bay, Le Calette is the ideal hotel for a holiday of relaxa and culture in Sicily. Just two kilometers from the historical centre of Cefalù, the hotel enjoys an exceptional view on the promontory of the fortress and the sea. The architecture of the hotel Le Calette follows the original forms of the Mediterranean style in harmony with natural environment. It's located in a Park of over twelve thousand square meters where you can spend a few hours between the pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, or get to the small private beach. there is a space dedicated to children and ample parking. The familiar and discrete atmosphere and the Sicilian cuisine will make special your Cefalù holiday. The evenings by the pool will be enlivened by music from the piano bar or folk melodies of accordion and violin. Guests of Le Calette can reserve the beach entrance, the spa and tennis court at hotel Alberi del Paradiso. ... more   less 
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