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“A very polished hotel... but there are a few cracks appearing...”

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Hellenia Yachting Hotel
Ranked #25 of 38 Hotels in Giardini Naxos
Reviewed August 3, 2012

I stayed at Hellenia on 7th July 2012 for 6 nights. The hotel is lovely, the staff were also get helpful. But it's clear that the hotel is a shadow of its former glory. The interiors are lavish and very clean and tidy, but there are clear signs that the building is getting old.

Our room was perfectly comfortable (remember that European beds are always very firm - which is fine by me but might not be to everyone's cup of tea!!). But looking beyond the walls, the air conditioning was very old and noisy (and not really that cold to be honest). The bathroom was always clean and perfectly usable... but, again, looking old and dated. It really could do with being refurbished if I'm honest... especially if they are going to keep their 4star rating.

As already mentioned, the staff were brilliant! Always helpful and all spoke English a LOT better than I could speak Italian which I'm very grateful for.

Giardini Naxos is an interesting place. It's a little rough and ready in places but the restaurants outside the hotel were all nice (we made a point of trying a different one every night). There isn't a great else to do though in the area to be honest and we found ourselves heading out to other places like Taormina which is a truly fantastic place! So pretty and interesting...

In terms of things to see and do in the local area, Etna is a MUST! It was amazing... Alcantara Gorge is also fantastic... Taormina as already mentioned... It's also worth traveling up to Castlemola for the views!

Also just spending time on the beach outside the hotel is lovely. The sea was warm and crystal clear.

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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed at the Hellenia Yachting Hotel the last week of June. The hotel is beautifully maintained and the service is excellent. The beach and sea were quiet and calm UNTIL the 28th of June when a local vendor screeched up to the beach with jet skis for hire. Hired to anyone without previous experience making swimming in the sea treacherous and the noise unbearable. Staff at the hotel said the service was unconnected to them and there was nothing that they could do but the unsavory characters running the service seemed to strut about the hotel grounds unchecked.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Esmmee
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

For my first visit to Sicily, we stayed here 8 nights. I was so pleased with the facilities: beautiful terrace and nighttime piano bar, lovely pool and a few steps down to their own private beach> the interior is elegant, there are lounges and the dining room is well appointed both for the breakfast buffet (a wonderful selection of traditional Italian breakfast food...and bagels and cereals...,and also for dinner. Food was very good. Bedroom was large and bathroom was all marble. I'd come again both for the hotel and the great location.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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3  Thank nelliebly47
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Just back from a week at the Hellenia Yachting Hotel in Sicily. This is my second visit and I had a fantastic week again there. The hotel is truly lovely with such a nice atmosphere. Staff were fantastic especially in the restaurant and the bar staff. The Sicilian night each Friday was the highlight of the week. I love Sicily and will return again.

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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

The hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating. The pool is lovely and the hotel has its own little private beach

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2  Thank Rushetto
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

We stayed from 22nd to 29th May and cannot rate this hotel highly enough.

The room was very comfortable (take a travel kettle & couple of mugs as with most European hotels!) and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. Everyone from the maid to the manager was happy to help and always with a 'buongiorno and a smile'.

We were upgraded at no cost to a balcony room and to be fair I would have been disappointed given what we paid if we'd been in simply a "window" room. At the end of our stay we were worried about having to hang around for 6 hours to wait for our taxi to the airport. We didn't need to worry - the manager had already arranged for us to have use of a room for those hours as he knew when our connection was.

The pool was lovely (& cold!); the breakfasts were diverse and filling; the communal areas and room were very clean and the restaurants across the road were fantastic (especially Sikelia where we ate frequently and always received a warm Sicilian welcome from the family).

Perfect.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Lisa M
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

I am writing this review while still in the hotel room (two days and I am leaving with very positive comments about the hotel)!
Advantages:
- Location - in front of the beach, most hotels are far from the beach because most of them in Sicily are high in the mountains. For instance hotels in Taormina are extremely high in the mountain so it would take the shuttle bus (if its available) about 15mins to take you down which is not convenient, if the shuttle bus option is not available then...you have a problem getting down to the beach! Hellenia Yachting Hotel has its own private beach, a nice swimming pool with jacuzzi and it its exterior is very nice!
- Service - great service, lovely staff at the reception, always willing to help, internet is available (5 euro for 3 hours) which is also an advantage as the internet is always a problem in Italy.
- The hotel itself has a lovely interior and exterior, Hilton is located just beside it and it does not look as good as Hellenia Yachting hotel.
- Parking is available free of charge (if you, like me decided to rent a car) but it is quite small and spaces are limited (who gets to the parking first on the day gets the place), however I can assure you that parking is problem in every hotel. You will always have to park beside the hotel on the street.
Disadvantages:
- Breakfast is very basic.
- Rooms are also basic.

I can also suggest visiting O'Neil bar just in front of Hellenia Yachting, the owner Antonio prepares amazing food! If Russian people are reading this review they will know Ivan Urgant and Pozner who visited the restaurant for their TV programme on Sicily :)

Good luck!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank KaroM333
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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: $94 - $177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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