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Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Ranked #26 of 38 Hotels in Giardini Naxos
Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 17, 2011

We stayed here in early May so the hotel was fairly quiet. The rooms were of a really good size. The first room we had (311) had a bad smell in the bathroom which they couldn't clear so they quickly offered us a choice of alternative rooms. All very good. We were on half board . The breakfast was very good although no full cooked breakfast (thank goodness). Scrambled eggs and a wide choice of cold items with some lovely juices. Dinner was 4 starters, 4 mains and 4 desserts. All lovely and varied with a good sample of local food. If you have the pasta starter you will struggle to finish the main course! The hotel public areas had a greco-roman theme and way over the top but still had a wow factor. Pool was good with a jacuzzi at one end. If the hotel was very busy I think there wouldn't be enough sun beds but the beach is a few steps away. We were very happy with the hotel and the staff who were all very friendly and helpful, although some struggled a bit with English. Out of the hotel to the left there are a small selection of restaurants to the right it is a 10 minute stroll to the centre of the resort. Opposite up a few steps there is a cafe with brilliant staff, good snacks and cheaper drink. Also look up and there is Mt. Etena right in front of you. First two weeks in May seems to be the start of season with some places only preparing to open. This meant it was more peaceful and the weather was warm without the searing heat. We had a hire car for the whole time we were there, it was a nightmare and never again will I drive there. I have driven in many countries without a problem.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Seffner, FL
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Reviewed May 21, 2011

Hellenia Yachting Hotel is on the beach in Giardini-Naxos, Sicily. The hotel is beautiful, well appointed and the food was good. One draw back was the construction that was going on near the pool area so you could not get the full effect of how pretty this hotel really was.
Breakfast was pretty typical of a buffet breakfast..food was good and plentiful.

  • Stayed March 2011
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Lanark, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 17, 2011

Overall our stay in the Helenia Yachting Hotel was very good. The architecture of the hotel was so refreshing set amongst 60’s/70’s faceless hotel and apartment blocks. The reception area, spacious lounges and dining rooms were outstanding – beautiful furniture, fantastic floor tiles, fabulous chandelier/wall lighting, with paintings and other wall hangings. The bedroom corridors were also characterized by attractive floor tiles, paintings and stylish furniture. Our bedroom was huge with quality furniture pieces, a large and comfortable double bed, a coffee table with two armchairs, a writing desk and chair, and room for a fold-down bed if required. There was also a safe in a medium sized wardrobe. Large flat screen TV with good range of SKY channels. The en suite bathroom was large but a bit worn and tired. The white plastic bath was badly marked by cigarette burns – a bit off-putting and unsightly; a chocolate brown finish on the floor combined with brown wall tiles not to our taste; a new in-bath shower fitting worked well; taps were worn through to the brass under the plating; the WC was cracked in three places and constantly leaked on to the floor – not good and should have been replaced – with the result that there was a constant unpleasant smell in the bathroom. The swimming pool and surroundings were very clean and well equipped with fresh towels every day for the pool area. Hotel sited on the beach front and views were fantastic. The hotel felt very clean and cared-for on the whole.

The hotel dinners were very good, with waiter service, a good choice on the menu, a varied menu from night to night, reasonably priced and extensive wine list – 28€ for the dinner represented we thought good value.

Breakfasts were disappointing, not because of the range of choice, but because of the quality of food - every thing seemed to be done “on the cheap”. “Watery” fruit juice on an island awash with oranges on trees; bowls of tinned pears, peaches and prunes every morning; the most uninteresting cereals (cornflakes, cocoa pops, bran flakes, muesli that seemed to be mostly corn flakes with an occasional raisin if you searched for one) – never saw anyone eating any of the cereals during our two week stay; “plastic” cheese and ham slices; nice croissants if you like them filled with confectioners’ custard or jam; piles of cold, hard-boiled eggs; a bowl of chopped fresh fruit – mainly melon, apple, kiwi fruit with some of the tinned peaches and pears; good tea and coffee. Biggest disappointment at breakfast was the complete absence of fresh whole fruit to choose on an island where fruit grows in abundance.

The hotel is situated in a pleasant suburb of Giardini Naxos – Recanati – and convenient for bus terminal to Taormina. There are also several reasonably quiet bars/cafes/restaurants close to the hotel. Guide books describe Giardini Naxos as the seaside resort for Taormina with pleasant promenade walks round the seafront. Nothing could be further from the truth. The armpit of Taormina would be more appropriate. Perhaps at one time it could have been described as shabby chic, but now simply shabby would best describe it. Flats, hotels and other buildings drastically in need of cleaning up and repainting. Lots of litter and dirty pavements and roads.

Our two week stay was very enjoyable, but there are things that were annoying and travellers and prospective guests should be aware that –

• The Reception staff were polite. Helpful to the degree that they answered questions asked but gave no added information. No warmth. They sat behind computers at a distance from the reception counter and did not seem to like moving from their seats. For example, when handing keys on leaving for the day, there would be no communication and no movement from their computer station.

• A number of guests that we met complained about the smell of bad drains throughout the hotel. We had to buy an electric air freshener for our bedroom and it did help, but not when you got out into the corridors.

• The sound-proofing in the bedrooms is very poor. Conversations, toilet flushing and showering from rooms above and adjacent all heard.

• The hotel caters for bus tours. This means that almost every night a fresh group descends on the hotel and can make the dining area very noisy. They also rise about 6.00 am to have breakfast before moving on to their next destination – and we were frequently disturbed at this time by “wake-up” knocks on bedroom doors, luggage being hauled along corridors, doors slamming and various toilet noises.

• Loud music from a nearby club/bar could be heard most nights until about 4.00am – even with the bedroom windows closed. So windows could not really be opened during the night.

• Only hire a car if you have nerves of steel, have a fiat panda or similar small car, have an up-to-date sat nav, and have full insurance cover

Overall, we enjoyed our two week stay in this hotel, but would not return to Sicily because, although there are gems of historical sites and other attractions, the maniac driving and the fact that it is the litter capital of Western Europe.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Warren, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 8, 2011

In everybody's life there is a Hellenia Yachting Hotel, a place that feels like home, a place with magic that makes you want to return. It was so for me from first sight. Situated on a tree-lined avenue with tropical palms, orange trees, and other exotic foliage, you enter from a curving stone path. The hotel appears to be old, perhaps from the 1910-1920 period and the main lobby is extensive with Neoclassic furnishings, crystal chandeliers, and gilt mirrors that remind one of another time and place. The back of the hotel opens onto an expansive terrace with a pool that overlooks the sea.

Our rooms were ready upon arrival and bellmen escorted each of us upstairs. I remember wondering that the hallways were somewhat narrow and plain as I was led to the end of a long corridor. The key turned; the door opened; and I was embraced by the loveliest room I'd been given in some time...#234. As group leader, I was given a major upgrade complete with sitting room, dressing area, full bath, and beautifully draped double doors leading to the bedroom. French doors in the bedroom opened onto a wrap-around terrace with a view of Taormina to the left, the Ionian Sea straight ahead, and the pool and terrace to the right.

The color scheme was soft yellow with accents of rose red. A gilt settee and pair of chairs were arranged around a marble cocktail table; a crystal chandelier sparkled overhead; and polished limestone floors were underfoot. The king sized bed was comfortable and the room was equipped with a very nice desk, mini bar, and safe. Draperies were damask and the effect was Old World and luxurious.

Bed linens were of fine cotton and were changed daily. Lighting was excellent for reading. There were two televisions, one for each room and the number of TV stations was good with several stations for each of many languages. The key was attached to an enormous bronze key tag...so heavy that you wouldn't forget to leave it at the desk when you went out. Elevators were small and somewhat slow, but I didn't let it bother me.

The bath was comfortable with full bath, shower, bidet, and polished limestone vanity. Towels were large and fluffy for the bath and hand towels were of cotton damask...another old fashioned touch. Hot water was plentiful. No face cloths, so bring your own if you like them. Nice amenities.

The main dining room was elegant. I had the opportunity to dine here for breakfast every morning, for lunch once and for dinner twice. Breakfast was excellent and consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon, assorted breads, croissants, fresh fruits, cheese, cold meats, cereal, yogurt, and a marvelous coconut cake. The hotel is well situated for touring. There are two little restaurants across the street; the Hilton next door has a bar with a bartender who understands how Americans like their martinis; and just about a quarter mile up the street is a small grocery store. Further up the main avenue is an archeological excavation of the original city of Naxos dating to around 500 BC and beyond that are more restaurants and the small port city of Giardini Naxos.

All this being said, I loved this small and intimate hotel with its friendly staff and trappings of the gilded age. I was thrilled to stay here.

  • Stayed February 2011
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Giarre, Italy
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Reviewed April 12, 2011

I had a friends coming to stay in Giardini, they asked me to book a room for a week in a nice hotel. I walked in to this hotel and after being ignored by the staff as they chatted with eachother for more than 10 minutes I left! If this is how they treat a potential customer imagine how they act after they have your money!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
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Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 11, 2010

Our stay here could not really be faulted: excellent service & cleanliness, and a balcony view of Mount Etna & Taormina Bay in the distance. We had only booked bed & breakfast, & found the typical Italian breakfast more than satisfactory. I know other British guests bemoaned the lack of choice in the hot food department.
My only criticism would be the poor sound-proofing of the room. On a number of occasions we were "entertained" to the family arguments of the couple next-door & their 20-year-old daughter.
In the area around the hotel we found a number of inexpensive restaurants. I think the Sire-Oasi was our favourite - good food, & a genial host. On a couple of nights we pushed the boat out & ate at the more expensive, but very enjoyable, La Spelonca.
Don't miss a day out in Taormina ( only e2.80 return on the bus ). It's a beautiful town, with many interesting buildings & a multitude of shops to enjoy. But, be warned! Avoid two bars - "Shatulle" in the Vico Luigi Lombardo & the Restaurant Corso Umberto, in the street of that name. The former, in spite of its smart decor, serves the worst tuna, mayo & lettuce sandwich I have ever had in my life. The latter charged the most I have ever paid for a cup of tea & a cake - e10 (£8.90). This place even outdid Florence, where I paid e5 for a Coke, when the food only cost e3.50.
Still it was the Romans who invented the phrase "caveat emptor" (buyer beware) & I will never order in an Italian cafe again without looking at the menu.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Downpatrick
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Reviewed October 8, 2010

We had a wonderful time at this beautiful hotel.
Food perfection and the staff gave us great care.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Address: Via Jannuzzo 41, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Giardini Naxos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Luxury Hotel in Giardini Naxos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hellenia Yachting Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 112
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Giardini Naxos, first Greek colony in Sicily, holds a wide archaelogical site with its relating Museum. Few landscapes embrace the most typical beauties of Sicily as Giardini Naxos, cradle of ancient mediterranean civilizations and avant-garde turistic resort in Southern Italy. In the middle between Messina and Catania, only 5 km from Taormina, Giardini Naxos is at less than one hour drive from Fontanarossa Airport in Catania. ... more   less 
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