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Arathena Rocks Hotel
Ranked #18 of 38 Hotels in Giardini Naxos
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Honeymoon spot”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Stayed at Arathena Rocks hotel last week for a week for our honeymoon, asked for a top floor room with seaview and what a view!!! Had a lovely balcony where you can see the sunrise and hear the waves from your bed! The hotel is very quirky, with lots of sicilian art all over, it doesnt feel like one of those sterile hotels, but more like a private home, even in our room it felt a bit like being in your own home. The staff was lovely and the saltwater pool was fantastic, no need to go in the sea if worried about rocks or too lazy to walk to the beach. I tought that we would end up going out for dinner as usually on half board the food is not that great, but we ended up eating there nearly every night, it was very good, the gardens and pool area were beautiful except for the usual germans putting the towels at dawn to keep the best sunbeds, luckly is wasnt peak season just yet so there was space for everyone. the beach at naxos is not that great but if you walk on the rocks on the right side of the hotel you'll find an amazing beach just around the corner. The only complain i have is that wi fi is only in the lobby area and our laptop wouldnt work, there is a computer for guests in the reading room but didnt work and although i asked reapeatedly and being told repeatedly that they would call an engeneer to fix it, it never happened and there is no internet cafes around either, not that this is so important when on holiday but i just needed to check train times and useful stuff and i couldnt, luckly the receptionist was nice enough to let me use their computer to check in our flight

Room Tip: front rooms for sea view or back rooms for etna view, you cant go wrong. top floor if you dont want...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Luisa S
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59 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

Great find! This hotel has character, a spacious and comfortable patio and an amazing pool with access to the sea below. Breakfast is included and the quality was good. Very friendly staff at both front desk and the bar. Rooms were interestingly decorated, very clean, and much bigger than I had expected. The bathroom is lovely! Free parking, great location that is close to town but not directly in it which is great because you're avoiding all the traffic and the hassle of parking.

Lovely hotel with great qualities, definitely recommended.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank beachbum082
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Budapest, Hungary
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

Charizmatic, perfect localion, perfect pool, perfect rooms, ideal place for relaxing, making day trips. The staff is very helpful and kind except the younger ones.
The kitchen is not there strength, I miss the fresh vegetable and fruit from the breakfast menu, beside this we were happy with it. So we did not try the dinner, we went always out, there are many lovely restaurants waiting for you in Giardini.

Room Tip: Rooms to the see are marvellous
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Zwardon
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stayed in this hotel after a few days in Cefalu. It is well located not far from the centre of Giardini and about 8 km from Taomina. It's a quirky hotel with lots of interesting furniture and pictures.

The room was large with lots of space and a small balcony overlooking the swimming pool and sea. For value for money in this area it was very good, staff were friendly and spoke English and it had big fluffy towels.

The breakfast wasn't particularly good with self service and watered down orange juice but it was adequate.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Sian W
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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

We spent a fantastic week diving from the cliffs, snorkeling and swimming in the seawater pool. In walking distance from downtown we had all the flexibility we wanted. Stay calm in the hotel for a traditional 3 course dinner or choose one of the many nice restaurants nearby.

Room Tip: Nice rooms with great view of the ocean and connection between the balconies
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TinaEJorgensen
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Gianluca M, Direttore at Arathena Rocks Hotel, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

many thanks for your kind review.
All staff is happy when the Guests are happy.

Gianluca Mincica
Direttore
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Limerick, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

All was well with our brief but wonderful stay at Arathena....very quriky, full of persolnality, something to catch ones attention at every turn, views of mt etna, tauromina and boats bobbing in the warm mediterrian but also the interiors abundant displays of furniture, mirrors, eastern influences... it was like sinbads cave, just full of delights but the most remarkable aspect of our stay was the staff from the handyman to the manageress they were simply divine ... should be the gold standard for the service industry.... thanks everyone

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank anne d
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Gianluca M, Direttore at Arathena Rocks Hotel, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Dear Guest,

Hotel Arathena Rocks is a small hotel but with a great crew.

Many thanks

Gianluca Mincica
Direttore
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St. Gallen, Switzerland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

We spent three Nights at the Arathena Rocks. Our room was gorgeous: very large, nicely furnished, with a nice balcony (with view on the sea shore), a bath with a bath tub. Located directly by the sea (where you can swim). There is also a swimming pool and you can get towels for free. Disappointing: the kitchen for dinner ( half cold.vegetables, rarely seasoned risotto, no refinement in the whole menu). Wi. Fi only in the Hall. A nice place to stay when you eat elsewhere.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gaby B
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Gianluca M, Direttore at Arathena Rocks Hotel, responded to this review, April 6, 2013
Dear Mrs Gaby,

thanks for your review.
We have changed kitchen staff.

Gianluca Mincica
Direttore
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Property: Arathena Rocks Hotel
Address: Via Calcide Eubea 55, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Giardini Naxos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Giardini Naxos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Arathena Rocks Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 49
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