Hotel Alberi Del Paradiso
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Alberi Del Paradiso Cefalu
My partner and I stayed at the Paridiso earlier this month and loved it. The hotel is located at the top of a steep hill but the location only added to the charm and was quieter than some of the city centre options.
The hotel was well presented - newly furbished, modern and spotlessly clean. The hotel staff couldn't have been more helpful - the reception staff, waiters and cleaners were all very friendly and the owner of the hotel often dropped in to chat to guests in the restaurant and at the bar.
The room was decorated in a simple Italian style, with a (small) ensuite and balcony (with part sea view). The only real downside was the air con - this didn't seem to work during our stay and consequently we had some hot, uncomfortable nights' sleep.
As we visited during the hottest part of the year, meals were taken in the terrace restaurant overlooking the Sicillian hills. We took the half board option and the food was very good, even if the portions were a little small. The hotel even gave us a complimentary a la carte meal one night to celebrate my birthday.
The hotel beach was a short trip away by car or, alternatively, you could take the free shuttle bus run by the hotel. The beach was clean, the waters a beautiful emerald colour and there was a plentiful supply of sunloungers. The beach bar served delicious, fresh baguettes and salads and the staff were again friendly and helpful.
All in all, we had a holiday to remember at the Paradiso; the only downside was the faulty air con, which was a minor sticking point on an otherwise wonderful trip.
Book a 'club' room and you will be very dissapointed. It's like a cell. And then when you ask for something better, even when the hotel is almost empty they start to add the Euros.
Even then it has no baths except in the suites and the shower in ou so calledr deluxe room was tiny.
Very noisy both day and night from the roads below and sirens from the hospital opposite.
Not great for the money.
Great hotel in Cefalu, Sicily
Very impressed with the hotel and staff at Hotel Gli Alberi Del Paradiso - would recommend it highly. Only down side is the walk to and from the beach/town centre is all uphill but I think the hotel provides a shuttle so that combats that - we decided to walk to and from to try to work off some of the beautiful meals we ate!
As my husband is studying Italian, it was with some intrepidation that I booked this hotel. We prefer to stay in the "heart" of italy self catering without the many problems hotels tend to bring. As this was a last minute holiday and not being able to find what we wanted further in town found Hotel Paridiso on web with reasonable rates for bed and breakfast. Looked pretty too.
We hired a car, airport about 1 hour from Cefalu, yes the hotel is up a hill but so what, a bit of exercise never did anyone any harm. The reception area is beautiful, clean and delicately furnished. Room very tasteful and a good size. We were lucky enough to have a balcony too which gave us a great view of the sea and local area. We enjoyed breakfasts outside and drinks in the evening. The food in the evening and lunch ( while pricy for Italy) was run by a two michelin star chef so extra £ was to be expected. All staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We had noise from the room above and they didn't hesitate to ask the guest to think of everyone else who was trying to relax. We did agree with a previous reviewer though about the pipe and water noise but that's what you get in hotels. The town of Cefalu is beautiful and meals very reasonable with wine (£25 for two). Food, especially seafood, very fresh and simply presented. We would recommend going to Cefalu in Spring before the Island is totally immersed by tourists. The weather was also beautiful so days on the beach are possible. Recommend hiring a car to see the many sites of Sicily though, including Mount Etna and scenic coast.
Would definitely recommend this hotel and area.
A quiet retreat in Cefalu
The location of this hotel while hard to find a good walk from town is what makes it such a wonderful find. Sitting slightly above the town (a ten minute downward easy stroll but a harder climb on return) the hotel has wonderful views and is very quiet and peaceful which is a bonus when relaxing by the splendid pool.
The old town of Cefalu is easily reachable by a pleasant walk along the beachfront. But if you have mobility issues there are taxis readily available.
the only minus i would have about the hotel is the small size of the rooms ensuite bathroom, but to me that is a very minor thing as i don't spend my holiday in the bathroom! it was clean and well stocked so that's enough!
Smart, but out of the way
For a seaside resort this hotel is smart. The hotel has been recently refubished and the rooms are very clean and tidy. It is decorated in the "international hotel" style so don't expect character, except for the series of very nice terraces. It has a medium sized pool with 20 or so sunbeds.
The hotel is situated on the hillside at the back of the town and it is a bit of a treck to the beach and back. In particular the hotel's beach is quite a long way from town and the hotel and is not that good.
We enjoyed our stay at the Paradiso but were not bowled over.
How lovely !
Stayed 3 nights on a 4 night trip and it was lovely. It was still early season so too chilly to have the pool open or dine outside, but the gardens and terraces were lovely to look at and the main terrace a great place to see the sunset.
Room and bathroom were immaculate, bed super king size. Shower cubicle very modern and good flow. Breakfast was a vast buffet(for Italy) and staff very helpful. Early season rate good value, later on the private beach and pool would be open but of course, you pay in the room rate. The design incorporates air con/ heating under floor/ walls,a very quiet system! Only issue is that the sound of plumbing from room up above carries thro, but as Italian hotels go, insulation was pretty good.
From the main road into town its a very steep 5 minute walk up a narrow residential road, and in all about 2 kms from the old centre of town. Either be prepared to walk (suitable shoes)or face it, you need to take the car into town. However, its cooler and quieter up there, there are lovely views and space you wont find in town. The menus in the restuarant looked great - modern Italian food different from anything in town, but didnt eat there - would do in future and we would go back!
As most hotels in Cefalu close during the winter we were pleased to find the Hotel Paradiso. We were travelling by car and appreciated the ease of parking at its location on the outskirts of the town. It was a 15 minute walk to the centre of town and about 5 minutes to the beach. The hotel is new and its east facing rooms have a picture postcard view of Cefalu. The surrounding area is characterless, however. The buffet breakfast was a rather unappetising jumble of pastries. Overall we found the Paradiso fairly pricy but good for an out of season pit stop.
This hotel was great
We stayed at the Paradiso and found it to be a very comfortable and hospitable hotel. Although not in the old part of town, we had no trouble driving and parking by the beach (although we were there in off-season, and understand it is more crowded in the summer). The hotel staff were extremely gracious and helpful, and tolerant of our attempts to practice Italian. The rooms were clean and comfortable and large by European standards. I would not hesitate to stay at the Paradiso again or recommend it to friends.
Avoid this one
Checked out after the first night - this hotel looks good on the surface, but it is not worth the price. It is not convenient to town (up a steep road), but is still noisy at night, as the main road passes by just above the property. The rooms were clean and looked nice, but were extremely sterile, as was the rest of the hotel. Staff was either rude or barely competent. The restaurant is a disaster - food, service, ambiance are all pretty bad. Give this one a miss.
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