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Santa Caterina Hotel
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Acireale
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 15, 2007

Having just returned from the Hotel Santa Caterina in Acireale I would like to make the following observations. The hotel is only a year old, very nicely decorated and extremely clean. The bedrooms are a reasonable size, plenty of wardrobe and drawer space with french doors onto a patio with wonderful views of the sea, the air conditioning was extremely effective and virtually silent The bathroom is excellent apart from the 'gimmicky' shower which was fine once you left the computer alone! The majority of the staff were very friendly and helpful. There was very little information about any of the hotel facilities in the room ie menu's, shower operation etc

Now the bad points: firstly location, sandwiched between a railway line at the back, next to the pool, and a busy motorway/A class road at the front unless you were in your room with the french doors (with excellent double glazing) shut the noise was intrusive, as was the fumes from the vehicles in busy times. Very hilly, not good for unfit people. You definitely need a car to get around but there is limited parking at this hotel. Achireale is noisy, lots of fumes from cars etc , and quite hilly in places. Breakfast at the hotel was abysmal, the worst I have ever been offered. Have had better from 2 & 3* hotels.

  • Stayed: July 2007
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Reviewed June 26, 2007

Wish we had stayed longer!

So many great things to say about this hotel:
- Only about 1 year old (as of Summer 2007)
- Service was great. Staff very friendly.
- Rooms comfortable - good A/C - good bathrooms, good showers
- Great pool
- Super views from almost every room in the place
- Great food, great service. Dining room is beautifully decorated and has a great terrace

We got lost trying to find the hotel - just a heads up. But I called the hotel and they sent a staff member out to find us which was great. The location is on the main coastal road that connect Taormina and Catania - only a few minutes from the freeway. A great spot to launch daytrips to Taormina, Etna, Roman Villa, Siracusa, etc. Not on the beach of course (since that side of the island has a pretty steep coastline) but the pool is great. Train runs right behind the hotel but is not a distraction. Also can walk into the old town of Acireale quite easily to grab necessary grocery items, etc. Rooms quite comfortable - beds very firm but we all slept very well. We stayed 3 nights before heading to the opposite side of Sicily and we cherished our nights at the Santa Caterina! A great value for the price - definitely 5-star quality at 4 (or even 3) star price.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank Pennden
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Reviewed May 21, 2007

Just returned from a weekend trip to Sicily with my eight year old son.
I know the area and searched for a accomodation good to reach by car and not in the city centre of Catania or in expensive Taormina.
Acireale is located about 20 minutes from Catania airport, take
exit "Acireale" continue to SS114, a right turn towards Catania
and after five minutes there is a assigned small exit directly to the hotel.
One side the SS114, on the other the railroad. What about to sleep here?.
No problem, sound-proofed windows, had a good sleep there.
Another 20 minutes to Taormina, the Ätna Vulcano is directly to reach from Acireale via Zafferana, so a real good location.
Staff was friendly and helpful, I asked for another room than advised with a better view to the sea, no problem.
Bathroom was spacious, shower only, but large italian style
with tiles. Wodden floor in the room and a balcony.
Buffet style breakfast was ok. I like the small italian bread rolls.
No problem to store our bags till we´re back down from the Ätna at check-out.
Another recommendable place to go in my list.

  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with family
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2  Thank FLIEGER67
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Reviewed January 3, 2007

Great hotel in the seaside Baroque town of Acireale, Sicily. The staff is top-notch, the decor of the hotel lobby and restaurant are wonderful, and the rooms are clean and large (nice large showers, too). Most rooms (mine included) had a nice balcony which overlooked the Ionian Sea (an arm of the Mediterranean).

This hotel is in an ideal location to explore eastern Sicily's highlights: Mt. Etna, Taormina/Castelmola, Catania, and the town of Acireale itself (a small, decidely un-touristy town that offers a real glimpse into Italian life). Also, the famous Valley of the Temples in Agrigento is only about a 2.5 hour drive. Good day trip.

The only one drawback to the hotel is that its location can be tricky to find from the main highway (autostrada). You essentially take the 'Acireale' exit, but then sort of loop around the town and get down to a state highway to find this perched hotel. (FYI, renting a car to explore Sicily is a good idea. Places are spread out and a car rental is the way to go).

Still, despite the tricky location, this hotel is affordable and well worth the trek. And if you come here immediately after exploring a large metropolis such as Rome, you'll unwind in no time and enjoy the area.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled solo
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2  Thank Ryno69
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Reviewed July 27, 2006

We stayed in this hotel in July 2006 during a week and we can absolutely recommend it, it is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in because of the personal service we received.

Hotel Santa Caterina is located in Acireale, a small town near the Etna and an ideal location to visit the East side of Sicily. The hotel opened in June 2006.
The first impression of the hotel might frighten you, as it is located next to the railway (it shocked us, when we arrived ...). You'll notice that the railway isn't any disturbance at all though; the rooms are on the other side of the railway and so well isolated that you don't hear trains passing.

We liked to hotel because of the beautiful rooms (great bathrooms, we still miss the shower / sauna cabin at home!), the nice and quiet lobby overlooking the sea and the excellent enoteca / restaurant (really nice food and excellent sicilian wines!). Which makes the hotel extra special is the personal service you receive: very friendly, open and warm staff, we felt very welcome and at home.

We recommend you staying at the Santa Caterina hotel, you'll be pampered!

  • Stayed: June 2006, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank tatine
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  • Stayed: November 2017, traveled on business
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Address: Via Santa Caterina 42/b, 95024, Acireale, Sicily, Italy
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Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Acireale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Acireale
Price Range: $66 - $108 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Santa Caterina Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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Hotel Santa Caterina
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