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Hotel Riva del Sole
Ranked #18 of 36 Hotels in Cefalu
Reviewed May 7, 2011

Good hotel in a great location where we stayed two nights late in april. The hotel is situated right in front of a very fine beach and only a five minutes' walk from Piazza Duomo in the centro storico. We had a very nice, functional and clean room facing the backside of the hotel, so it was all very quiet. The staff was very friendly and helpful all the time, and the check in was probably the most effective we have ever experienced. Within three minutes after we walked in and asked for a room, we had got the key to the room, our car was parked in the private carpark and our two (heavy) suitcases were carried to our room by a very friendly and smiling member of the staff. Excellent! Free parking and free WIFI. Breakfast was fine, and there is also a very good and elegant restaurant in the hotel. We had dinner there and enjoyed a delicious seafood meal served by very friendly, attentive and professional waiters. During summer the rooftop terrace must be a wonderful place to relax in the sun. We definitely want to come back here some time.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 31, 2011

This was the most expensive hotel of our trip but well worth it. The room and hotel were superb as was the view of the sea from our balcony. The hotel was well placed for visiting the old town.

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Reviewed March 22, 2011

Off-season we had a beautiful room overlooking the beach & sea for 95 euros. Included buffet breakfast, parking & hi-speed wi-fi. A great bargain. The management could not have been nicer. The hotel is beautifully maintained. A ten minute walk to the Duomo in the heart of Cefalu, a charming city to visit. Restaurant was closed on Monday so we can't rate that. The most convenient hotel to the City core. No doubt the cost will be more in season, but Riva dei Sole is worth it.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2011

Only stayed in Cefalu once but certtainly completely satisfied made the right choice of hotel accomodation.
We had a lovely comfortable room in the hotel which was centrally located to everything on the "promenade" & town, with a really spacious verandah overlooking the sea. Close- by to a restaurant precinct. The breakfast area was also very pleasant & the staff were friendly & attentive, etc,
The hotel, itself, has real "style" but is not "plush",in a contempory sense, but it is well appointed & a very comfortable place to stay for a casual seaside holiday.
The bottom line really is it's "on thebeach" & as clean & comfortable as you could possibly want plus it's not expensive given it's extremely desireable location.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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Thank rodthesod
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Reviewed August 15, 2010

Beautiful hotel on beach fabulous views from top Sun deck great service they even speak some english

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Thank Soullawa
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Reviewed July 29, 2010

We booked Riva del Sole because we stayed there many years ago and knew the location was great. But the manager who was an aggressive bully turned our stay into a very disappointing and upsetting time.
It was advertised as having internet throughout the entire hotel. The real story is that the internet only works in the basement breakfast room. We decided we could not stay for the 4 nights we reserved, within an hour of arriving. We spoke to the manager and his assistant, let them know of our plans, and confirmed we were within the time frame for cancelling without penalty. It was agreed we would stay and pay for one night and check out the next day. In the morning when we were checking out, he tried to make us pay for all four nights. We went back and forth a bit with it ending (we thought) as one night was sufficient.
Days later when we were in another Sicilian city, we noticed he charged another night to our credit card without our authorization. When we called to inquire about the unauthorized charge, all of a sudden the assistant could not speak english as he did days ago, and we were told to come in person to dispute the matter.
As we happened to be going to Cefalu on another day, we stopped in. The manager was rude, dishonest, aggressive, and mean. As I checked around on some other reviews of the place, I did notice that other people had experienced his non-friendly, unhelpful, gruff manner as well. With us it was taken to the extreme.
The 1st floor where our room was located had an extremely strong odor of cigarette smoke,(possibly staff smoked in the offices located there) even though our room was supposed to be non-smoking.
It's too bad that the place is managed by such an unwelcoming, nasty man, because the location is really good. Breakfast was typical Italian breakfast fare.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2010

As rated. The place is clean with a friendly staff, and is on the beach with an ocean view. It is all I need in a hotel. Breakfast was OK, not wonderful. Cefalu is a neat old town. Well worth a visit and not far from Palermo.

  • Stayed: April 2010, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Hotel Riva del Sole

Address: Lungomare Giardina 25, 90015 Cefalu, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Palermo > Cefalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Cefalu
Price Range: $121 - $246 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Riva del Sole 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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