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“Good location, otherwise mediocre”
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Hotel Riviera
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Vienna
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71 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Good location, otherwise mediocre”
Reviewed August 27, 2010

The hotel is a little dated, and it seemed to by frequented mostly by Italian tourists. I think we were the only non Italian speaking guests. I generally like this, because it makes experiences more authentic, but nevertheless the hotel was nothing special at all. We got a room with a window to the back, facing a yellow wall, and nothing else. So, the room can actually be used for sleeping only, otherwise it is grim. If you can get a room facing the sea, the experience is probably much better.
Breakfast was quite inedible, but this is the case for many Italian hotels, so it's what you would expect… Service was friendly, but not exceptional.
The location is great, just steps from the sea with a nice beach, where you can rent umbrellas and sunbeds. Many restaurants are within walking distance, and the area is very lively at night.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cambridge, UK
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

This is a difficult hotel to review, as the varied comments from others have shown, because it is truly 'hit and miss'. This hotel is on a street of restaurants and other smallish hotels immediately beside the sea. This was acceptable in early season, but might be far too hot and noisy for finicky English in August.
There is no reason for coming to this area except to see the wonderful Selinunte site and others within one to two hours by car. The hotel is placed well enough for that purpose without actually being so close to the site entrance as its website implies. The view is beautiful though. We parked without trouble in the street, but I believe they have a carpark.
Our room was acceptable, though the corridor outside had an appalling smell, possibly coming from an unoccupied building next door. (They may - or may not - have fixed this since we went.) Breakfasts had the usual range of stuff. THe advertised rooftop terrace was not open at that time in the season, probably because of indifferent weather, or just indifference. There is free access to a rather cheerful beach, with boardwalks and a terrace cafe.
We booked half-board and after three days were more than half bored with 'tourist menus numbers 1 2 3 and 4', all variations on the same simple themes. The hotel would not release us to eat elsewhere, but did bring in menus 5 6 and - I think - 7, all being variations on the variations. Some of the dishes were tasty: none were outstanding,.
The hotel had some young Turkish staff who were being trained in Sicily. They were keen and efficient, which could not be said of everyone else. The Garzia badly needs an energetic proprietor or manager who is serious about the hotelier's art and wants to make the hotel special. Unfortunately, The Special One isn't there yet. Recommended? Yes, just about, because it is well located and not downright bad. Damned with faint praise? Not intentionally.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2010

This is a largely uninspiring corner apart from the great Greaco-Roman ruins. The hotel is welcoming - reception staff were very helpful in the week previous to our stay. Contrary to other reviews we thought the breakfast was great. Our room was average: basic but roomy with temperamental air/con. High quality cleaning etc.
Well situated for restaurants! Across the raod is Sul Mare (?) - big terrace looking over the sea. Don't miss Baffo's

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Liverpool
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Reviewed April 28, 2010

Could not have asked for a nicer hotel. Own Balcony over looking the sea. Staff were superb. even re-charged my MP3 player as the wall charger had packed in. Had probably the best meal of trip in the restaurant.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled solo
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
Reviewed November 7, 2009

Situated right on the beach and a short walk to the archaeological site. However, totally without charm. Barely adequate breakfast, drab rooms and, on my visit, a distinct lack of hot water. Despite its location gives out an aura of bleakness.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled solo
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Thank DougF45
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big bear lake ,california
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2007

was here on our honeymoon 10 yrs.ago.returned just as lovely and wonderful .Catena,manager was just the best.across from the beach and 10 mins.from selinute acheo.site just great.good restaurant and others within walkling distance.will return again.

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  • Stayed October 2006, traveled solo
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6 Thank petralia
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Property: Hotel Riviera
Address: Via Pigafetta 2, 91022 Marinella di Selinunte, Castelvetrano, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Trapani > Castelvetrano > Marinella di Selinunte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Hotels in Marinella di Selinunte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Riviera 3*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ABOUT US Structure operating in the tourism sector since 1980, offers a range of services by ensuring a good standard of quality in the name of two principles which have inspired its activities: ATTENTION AND CARE FOR THE CUSTOMERS THE EXPLOITATION OF THE LANDDESCRIPTION L 'Hotel Riviera ***, located in Castelvetrano-Selinunte (TP) enjoys a privileged position. In the heart of the village, 5 meters from the sea and 150 meters from the wonderful Selinunte Archaeological Park, one of the largest in Europe, the hotel is an oasis of peace and tranquility. ... more   less 
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