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On one of our advertised Sicily tours in 2009
an Australian couple requested a hotel reservation for a 1-day extension of their stay in Sicily. The tour operator reserved
a room for them at what seemed like a good "travel agent rate" available directly from the hotel. The couple
found that the rates available from this page were 30% less (in this case about 60 euros). The difference would have paid
for a dinner for two.
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Use these convenient links (above) for our specific hotel descriptions and reservations in "major" Sicilian destinations - or find available hotels in these and other localities in Sicily (Trapani, Erice, Marsala, Enna, Caltanissetta, Sciacca, Ragusa, Noto, etc.), throughout Italy or around the world using this search box:
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Rocco Forte Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, Contrada Verdura (near Sciacca). Fantastic full-service resort boasting two professional 18-hole (PGA-level) golf courses and much more.
Hotel della Valle, Via Ugo La Malfa 3. Modern hotel near historic Valley of the Temples.
Kaos, Villaggio Pirandello (outside town). Aristocratic villa near the coast.
Dioscuri Bay Palace, Lungomare Falcone e Borsellino (outside town). Convenient modern hotel in historical structure.
Kore, Via Leonardo Sciascia (in Villaggio Mosé, outside town). Convenient modern structure.
Paradiso dell'Etna, Via per Viagrande 37 (outside Catania). Traditional villa built in 1920s in updated Sicilian Baroque style.
Nettuno, Via R. Lauria 121. Modern hotel near the rocky coast.
Villa del Bosco, Via del Bosco 62. Formerly an aristocratic home, centrally located.
Mediterraneo, Via Dottor Consoli 27. Simple but comfortable accomodations in the city.
Excelsior, Piazza G. Verga 39. Large, modern, deluxe, centrally located.
Royal, Via A. di San Giuliano 337. A historical setting with splendid accomodations.
Katane Palace, Via F. Aprile 110. "New" hotel in a new section of the city.
Le Calette, Via Cavallaro 12 (on coast just outside Cefalù). A "summery" choice near the coast but with a pool.
La Playa Blanca, near Santo Stefano di Camastra on the coast east of Cefalù. Good holiday choice.
Astro, Via Nino Martoglio 10. Small family-run hotel in town.
Atelier sul Mare, Via C. Battisti 4. Seaside hotel on beach about 20 kilometers east of Cefalù (toward Messina). Rooms have artistic theme
Quinto Canto, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 310 at Quattro Canti. Charming hotel (open since 2009) in a historic palazzo in the city's historic center.
Porta Felice, Via Butera 35. Open since 2009, a delightful alternative near the coast and the historic Kalsa district.
Hotel des Palmes, Via Roma 398. Grand hotel built around the palace where Wagner stayed in 1882.
Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Via dei Cartari 18. New hotel in a historic building that was formerly the city's largest bank, complete with a grand courtyard, on the edge of the medieval district and convenient to many sights and sites.
Principe di Villafranca, Via G. Turrisi Colonna 4. Modern outside, very traditional inside, centrally located in quiet side-street.
NH Palermo, Via Foro Italico 22-B. Modern choice on the edge historic Kalsa district across from seaside park.
Villa Igiea, Salita Belmonte 43 (on coast outside central Palermo near Monte Pellegrino). Historic aristocratic structure.
Excelsior Palace, Via Marchese Ugo. Elegant lodging in Via Libertà district near public gardens.
Centrale Palace, Corso Vittorio Emanuele 327 (Quattro Canti). Baroque setting in city centre; terrace restaurant overlooks rooftops.
Plaza Opera, Via N. Gallo 2. New hotel in Politeama-Libertà district. Comfortable and convenient.
Ai Cavalieri, Via (Piazza) Sant' Oliva 8. New but very traditional.
Cristal Palace, Via Roma 477. Simple, modern. Convenient location near Politeama district. Moderate prices.
Joli, Via M. Amari 11 (near Piazza Florio). Charming little hotel in convenient location. Moderate prices.
Falkensteiner Palazzo Sitano, Via Vittorio Emanuele 114. Located off Piazza Marina near the Kalsa quarter, this hotel great atmosphere near principal sites of historic district.
Posta, Via A. Gagini 77 (a small street parallel to Via Roma off Via Cavour). Charming and economical choice convenient to sights and attractions.
Hotel Wagner, Via R. Wagner 2 (behind the Palms Hotel). Recently restored to its former glory, this is a comfortable choice in the city centre.
Residenza d'Aragona, Via Ottavio D Aragona 25 off Via Roma near Piazza Florio. Intimate historic hotel near main sights of interest.
Mercure, Via Mariano Stabile 112. Modern hotel in central location off Via Roma.
Idea Hotel, Via Regione Siciliana 2620 (at Via Da Vinci). Modern hotel on the edge of the city. Easy to reach if you're coming in by car.
La Torre, Via Piano Gallo 11, Mondello district (outside Palermo). Seaside hotel outside town (best to rent a car if you stay at Mondello).
Roma, Via Roma 66. Built in elegant palazzo.
Principe di Fitalia, Traversa Tonnara di Terrauzza 38. Located in an aristocratic residence just outside the city.
Cavalieri, Via Malta 42. Elegant lodging in historic palazzo.
Etrangers-Miramare, Passeggio Adorno 10. Seaside hotel in historic palazzo.
Royal Maniace, Lungomare di Ortigia 13. Inviting accomodations in historical district near the shore.
Alla Giudecca, Via Alagona 52, Ortigia. Comfortable apartment-suites in historic, rustic setting (above the mikveh hypogeum archeological site in the old Jewish Quarter). Breakfast but no room service or night-time staff.
Ashbee, Viale San Pancrazio 46. Small hotel with charming accommodations near Greek amphitheatre.
Imperiale, Via Circonvallazione 11. Near Saint Catherine's Church and city gates, very comfortable accommodations.
Sirius, Via Guardiola Vecchia 34. Comfortable modern hotel near Greek amphitheatre.
Villa Paradiso, Via Roma 2. Charming, historic property near the city gardens.
Villa Sonia, Via Porta Mola 9. Small, comfortable, delightful hotel on mountain in Castelmola district overlooking Taormina. Most rooms have balconies.
Monte Tauro, Via Madonna delle Grazie 3 (above main town). Modern setting overlooking the city and coast.
Capotaormina, Via Nazionale 105 (on coast). Modern setting and comfortable; seaside restaurant.
Villa Diodoro, Via Bagnoli Croci 75. modern hotel, convenient location in town.
Villa Ducale, Via Leonardo Da Vinci 60. Small hotel built in historic villa.
Miramare, Via Guardiola Vecchia 27. Comfortable modern hotel with lush gardens.
Villa Riis, Via Pietro Rizzo 13. Small hotel in a high point in the centre of town.
Villa Sant'Andrea, Via Nazionale 137. Scenic location on the water in Mazzarò below Taormina.
San Domenico Palace, Piazza San Domenico 5. Luxury hotel built in medieval monastery, complete with cloister courtyard.
Villa Sirina, Contrada Sirina (outside central Taormina). Small, family-operated hotel in historic villa along slopes leading upward toward town.
Isabella, Corso Umberto 58. Comfortable choice in town centre, some rooms offer good views.
San Pietro, Via Pirandello 50. Modern choice below main town.
Timeo, Via Teatro Greco 59. Elegant hotel in spacious historic villa formerly belonging to English family.
Continental, Via Dionisio I, 2/A . Comfortable accommodations near Greek amphitheatre.
Villa Carlotta, Via Pirandello 81. Small, enjoyable choice in the centre of town.
Palmerston Golf Club, SS 120 120, Km 200 in Castiglione di Sicilia township. Comfortable lodging and 18-hole golf course on lower slopes of Mount Etna.
Royal Palace Hotel, Via T. Cannizzaro. Modern, conveniently located near port and train station.
Why to Reserve with Best of Sicily: If you've never booked reservations online, this is the perfect time to begin. Your credit card information is secure, the service is great and there's usually exceptional room availability because Travel Now reserves blocks of rooms at good rates. A number of travel sites offer similar services, but we've found Travel Now to be the most complete and efficient, and the easiest to use. Navigation and searches are simple, while things like clear hotel location maps are included. Best of all, these special internet rates save you money. Because of the large number of lodging reservations Travel Now - part of Hotels.Com/Expedia - processes (through Sabre® and other networks), they are able to negotiate special rates with the properties directly. These priority rates are lower in most cases than the normal "rack" rates you would receive by contacting the hotel yourself simply because of Travel Now's exceptional buying power, and in most cases there are no cancellation fees. To secure your reservation, an immediate pre-payment with your credit card is required. (The same policy applies to automobile rentals.) This ensures you have a room when you arrive so you are not "bumped" due to "overbooking." Booking your room (or car rental) with Travel Now gives you both savings and security. We considered several online reservation services before integrating this one into Best of Sicily. (Incredibly, most of the Sicily-based sites don't even have English speaking staff to assist with your reservation!) In our opinion, Travel Now is simply the best site of its kind on the web. It's the real deal. Here's the kind of experience that convinced us:
On one of our advertised Sicily tours in 2006 an Australian couple requested a hotel reservation for a 1-day extension of their stay in Sicily. The tour operator reserved a room for them at what seemed like a good "travel agent rate" available directly from the hotel. The couple found that the rates available from this page were 30% less (in this case about 60 euros). The difference would have paid for a dinner for two.
Star Ratings: The star ratings indicated here are those designated for each establishment by the Italian tourism board, with five stars representing the highest general level of quality and services. While we don't spend much time counting stars, they're a good way to compare service and accomodation very generally before clicking over to a more detailed description of a hotel that interests you. The difference between 3-star and 5-star rated hotels may seem fairly obvious, but a difference of one star (for example, between 4-star and 5-star hotels) may be more subtle. How are the hotels ranked? The system can be a little subjective at times (we sincerely believe that the Palmes Hotel in Palermo merits five stars rather than four), but benchmarks include: ratio of full-time staff to guests, number of restaurants and fully-staffed bars in the hotel and meals served, whether there's a dedicated concierge desk, size of larger rooms and suites (and whether there are suites), presence of porterage (bellman service), internet access, number of staff on duty all night, whether there's "room service" of meals, presence of in-house laundry service, availability of parking facilities, extra features (pool, beach, spa), and so forth. Is there a price correlation between stars and euros? Yes, but only in a very general sense, and within a category (4-star hotels, for example) rates may vary considerably. A "superior" 3-star hotel may be generally comparable to a 4-star. And different rating systems (including private ones such as those of the Michelin® publications) may give the same hotel different rankings.
About Our Selections: In late
2011, the fifth year that we offered hotel reservations, we undertook a
careful quality review, having visited of the hotels listed on this page.
Customer feedback also played an important part. New establishments were
added and others (which we felt did not offer exceptionally high service
or quality) were deleted from the list. It's fair to say that this list
of about 30 hotels represents a very good selection based on superior
service and (particularly for the historic hotels) gracious atmosphere.
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