We arrived late in the evening (just after midnight) after a long drive from mainland Italy, but had called ahead to advise of this. The wonderfully friendly Sicilian family who run the hotel were able to prepare us dinner before the kitchen closed, and we were tucking in 5 mins after arriving (food was excellent). The son of the owners even parked our car in the winding, narrow streets for us - what a first impression!!
The hotel itself is great - set back from the main town square, smack bang in the centre of the town, down a side road. The room was exceptionally clean, high ceilings, and even had a balcony overlooking the windy street at the side. It all made for a very pleasant stay.
The staff couldn't be more accomodating or friendly - always on hand to offer advice on things to see, places to eat, trips etc. they really bent over backwards. The hotel restaurant is fantastic too - we had a very nice meal here, and very reasonably priced. Great local wine list too.
The hotel is located perfectly for the local sights - a short walk to anywhere in the town. Our balcony view was great too, a real slice of Sicilian mountain living down the winding back roads of the town.
I can't fault anything with the experience.
There's a fantastic pizza restaurant nearby too, offering a panaromic view over one side of the town and the valley below. Well worth a visit.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Federico Ii Hotel
- Hotel Federico II Sicily/Castiglione Di Sicilia, Italy