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“Always demand to be served properly” 2 of 5 bubbles
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La Riva
Ranked #28 of 38 Hotels in Giardini Naxos
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“Always demand to be served properly”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2005

Because I was studying Italian language for a few years and because of my wonderful Italian friends I have always wanted to visit Italy and Sicily. It was supposed to be the holidays of my dreams.
La Riva hotel in Giardini - Naxos seemed to be the place to go without hesitation.
On their website you can find- “…the tastiest local dishes are served together with refined national recipes…” I’m sorry but during 2 weeks of our holidays we had 6 days with spaghetti all pomodoro (not bad but - the cheapest Italian dish I suppose) and for desert during 7 days we had choice between fruits and tiramisu. I love the taste of that cake but not every day!!!
But food is not the most important for me I’m not demanding and not used to complain (to be honest it’s the first time I’ve been doing it).
We had a problem with one person from the staff. While staying at the hotel (2 weeks at the end of August 2004 – we bought holidays at the air AIRTOURS operator (UK)) we were served by 2 waiters. One of them was really nice and it was a pleasure to be served by him. In contrast, the other waiter - Mr. Gaidaro (Tino) treated us very badly. It seemed he knew better what we wanted to drink or eat and his attitude towards us was really nasty. In the end before every meal I felt really nervous and started to feel guilty that I have to eat at all. We had given our remarks to the hotel management on the 12th day of our stay. The management’s reaction was professional and I regretted that we had done it so late. All in all without that one person it would have been really nice place.

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Property: La Riva
Address: Via Tysandros, 52, 98035 Giardini Naxos, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Giardini Naxos
Bar / Lounge Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
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Ranked #28 of 38 Hotels in Giardini Naxos
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — La Riva 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel "La Riva" is a charming family-run establishment situated in the small seaside resort of Giardini Naxos, site of the first Greek colony on Sicily. The Hotel La Riva is an ideal setting for anyone who enjoys combining a relaxing sun and sand holiday with a bit of history and culture. Just a short walk from the beach, the Hotel La Riva has 40 comfortable, traditionally Sicilian styled rooms, each with its own private bathroom and shower, telephone, satellite TV, air conditioning,Wi-Fi and private balcony (most with stunning sea views). Breakfast is served in the hotel's stylish rooftop Restaurant. The Hotel La Riva also has a bar area, ideal for relaxing after a day on the beach, a reading room and parking facilities. ... more   less 
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