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Hotel Federico II
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Berlin, Berlin, Germany
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7 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Very good!”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

Situated in the center of Castiglione. Nice, very clean big rooms. All you need, even some elegance. Very friendly and helpful staff. Good breakfast. Perfect for etna visits and wine tours. Good restaurant in the house and very nice enoteca round the corner.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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Pulborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Booked in to stay at the Federico ll after searching online for somewhere away from the crowds. Our first time in Sicily, a part of Italy we didn't know at all. We relied on reviews from Tripadvisor, and the impression we got from the Hotel website and reply to our initial exploratory email which made the place seem so inviting. We were not disappointed, although somewhat astounded by the drive through the hilltop mediaeval village on roads paved in basalt blocks just wide enough to negotiate. It was a good thing we had a small car and even our Sat-Nav struggled, trying to get us to drive the wrong way up a one-way street. Car parking was in the small Piazza Lauria, 25m from the hotel entrance and never any problem for space.

We were given a true Sicilian welcome from the moment we stepped through the door, into a beautifully restored building dating from the 13th Century, with our room (number 11) just off the reception area and above the restaurant. Lovely room, clean and with a double aspect, a balcony looking up towards the Piazza and a second one on the side looking over the narrow road beside the restaurant.

Despite being next to reception and above the restaurant we had very little disturbance, the place was so quiet. We ate in the restaurant every night (to be honest, there was not much alternative from what we could see) and the typical Sicilian food was outstanding - huge portions, home-prepared and cooked fresh with local ingredients. Plenty of choice to be had and despite this when we fancied a change from the menu it was no problem for the chef to rustle up a couple of Frittatas for us.

We had originally booked to stay for just one week, with our second week in the South near Ragusa. However after the drive down to the South, both my wife and I without even comparing notes, felt Castiglione di Sicilia had no equal and after a noisy disturbed night in a small room decided we could not spend our second week anywhere else - so promptly 'phoned the Federico ll and, I imagine much to their surprise, asked if we could return. Getting back on the Monday afternoon was like coming home, and even better when we were offered the same room we had used the previous week.

We cannot praise the Federico ll enough - run by a small family of Vincenzo and his wife Maria (Chef and reception) and his younger Brother Giuseppe who seemed to run the restaurant with great humour. All overseen by the father of the boys who seemed to call in from time-to-time and make sure all was well. A great family-run hotel and amazing value for money.

A few words about Castiglione itself. A working village with a few small shops scattered around (very small shop between Piazza Lauria and Piazza Saint Antonio) so you could cater for yourself and buy filled rolls for lunch if need be. Just about on the Tourist itinerary but certainly not well known, and we only ever saw a few cars with people wandering around. Within about 10km of Etna's northern slopes, she was erupting for the first few days we were there so heard the sound of what can only be described as distant thunder, looking up to the peak you could see plumes of white steam and ash (Catania airport closed the day after we arrived!) A wonderful village to wander around, every little turn took us into a different alley or piazza surrounded by mostly dilapidated centuries-old buildings clinging to the rock upon which the village stands. Fantastic views all around, and a well-positioned base to explore all around - even Taormina, well worth a visit but nice to get back to the peace and quiet of Castiglione. One tip - do your research first about where to visit, as some places are a bit off the beaten track and sometimes not well signed. Pretty well all villages we visited tended to close between 13:00 and 17:00 (except the Tourist spots) but if you like driving on exceptionally quiet roads at a leisurely pace, this is the spot for you. We certainly wouldn't go anywhere else!

Room Tip: Didn't see any other rooms but we understand that when restoring the building the owners chose t...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Lovely modern hotel quality room in a historic building. Had fabulous meal in restaurant. Service was great. Asked for a few items off menu and they had no problem accommodating my requests. Breakfast is very good with freshly made cappuccinos etc. Would definitely go back.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

Just spent a fabulous 3 nights at Hotel Federico. We're so glad we weren't tempted to stay in Taormina, we visited for the day which was plenty to see everything. Castiglione is a beautiful hill top town, full of character and beautiful buildings a much more relaxing & cheaper option than Taormina. Finding the hotel first of all was a bit hairy, but good intro to driving in Sicily! Once here though the kind staff in the hotel provided us with a map of the town, so we had no trouble getting in & out after that. There's plenty of parking in either Piazza Lauria (adjacent to the hotel) or the other Piazza Sant Antonio, just nearby. We came in May and the countryside is just beautiful with loads of yellow, pink and red wildflowers everywhere.
We had room 28 on the first floor which had a balcony with fantastic views. We ate in the hotel every night as the food was just outstanding. If you want to sample genuine Sicilan food, well made, you can't do better & really good value. The pasta with wild fennel, anchovies, pine nuts & sultanas I had the first night was superb & the tomato salads are to die for. Also recommended the home made ravioli with pistachio pesto. We couldn't fault the food at all. The room, service & friendliness of the staff was also exemplary. Free wifi is also an added bonus for the sadly self-employed while away! Shower was good & lovely shower gel / shampoo with ginseng! All in all a really lovely stay. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to come to the area.

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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132 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2014

Stayed 2 nights in this 16 th century hotel. Great atmosphere but modern facilities. Very large rooms, comfortable beds, bathroom with bidet and good hot wat supply. The restaurant within is by reasonable, and breakfast more than sufficient. Quiet on top of a mountain within close proximity to mt Etna or just somewhere to get away . Parking is no issue, be warned some of the streets are very narrow and cobble stoned

Room Tip: No lift and some stairs not handicapped friendly but then most mountain top villages are tricky
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Hellerup, Kobenhavn, Denmark
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Reviewed September 22, 2013 via mobile

A very very nice little family runned hotel with modern warm colored clean rooms, friendly and helpfull staff. Located in the center of a very small village on north side of Etna. It is situated high up on a small mountain and it is easy to park at the top square. The village is rather quite and not many people living in the town making the place a fantastic place to rest and clear the mind. Many historical buildings and tiny streets. The hotel also have an fantastic restaurant called Sine Temporare. We ate there all 5 nights we stayed at the hotel. Excellent food and great house wine. The town is placed in the Etna wine region which have the great wine called Etna DOC. In deed a must stay and or eat at place.

Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We stayed at Hotel Federico II for 3 nights and used it as a base to explore east Sicily. It's 20 minute drive to the main roads which quickly get you to Taormina or Syracuse. The town itself is clearly in decline with a lot of abandoned buildings but the hotel is immaculate with very well presented rooms. We had a good sized room on the first floor with a balcony with great views. Our room and the rest of the hotel was spotlessly clean.

The staff were helpful and courteous at all times providing information about local places to visit and the best routes to take. There is a restaurant in the hotel and another just a couple of minutes walk away both of which we tried and enjoyed.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this charming little town, in large part because of this very comfortable and reasonably priced hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Federico II
Address: Via Maggiore Baracca 2, 95012, Castiglione di Sicilia, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Castiglione di Sicilia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Castiglione di Sicilia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Federico II 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Between the extraordinary territory of the Etna Park and uncontaminated Alcantara Valley, on a sandstone hill , is located the medieval town of Castiglione di Sicilia. Here in the heart of its historic centre, in an ancient palace of 14th century, completely renovated was born Hotel Frederick II. The hotel offers 9 rooms, all elegantly furnished and equipped with every comfort and is the ideal place to spend a holiday in relax for discover the natural beauties ... more   less 
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