BEST WESTERN Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel

Lungomare Falcone e Borsellino, 1, San Leone, Sicily, 92100, Italy | 4 star hotel
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Ragusa to Agrigento

A travel blog entry by cwbluey

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... celebration is to fill the steps with either hundreds of candles or flowers and the photo we saw of this was stunning. We looked around this little town for a while. We then went on to see the villa Romana Del Casale. An Emperor owned this villa about 300AD. It was partly destroyed in a mudslide. One day a peasant was digging a well when he discovered part of the villa's mosaic floors. To cut a long story short eventually someone restored it to the ...

Pizza and Piazza (8150km)

A travel blog entry by cflove

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... did a brilliant job and we had three delicious giant pizza's and were all too full to eat the BBQ meat I'd bought 'just in case' it all proved to be too difficult.

We got up early (some of the party with sore heads, male and under 31) and all went to the airport for Adam and Suzanne and Tom and his Uni friend Richard to catch the plane. Having waved goodbye to them, boo hoo, Charlie and I set off for Piazza Armenia where there is a wonderful ...

Drive again

A travel blog entry by marcusfs

Agrigento valley of the temple To the port and have a espresso Then Ragusa parked at a bridge and see someone marrying in the church Bought wine in Modica welcome to the paradise Arrive at Noto and bought postcard See tree gap and nice archi with a concert ongoing Have a dinner in Syracuse and nice pasta and seafood Jeng room and watch Italy vs England ...

Scala dei Turchi

A travel blog entry by pwhalen

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... was chockers. As the area isn't very built up, dont know where everyone comes from!

The cash register was a wicker basket with a plate on top, notes just tossed in as paid.
Into the kitchen to say goodbye to Tina, and araviderchi from the godfather as we left. He probably also had his eye on the basket throughout the evening feom his seat by the front entrance.

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Specifically Eraclea Minoa

A travel blog entry by pwhalen

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Had our usual walk along the beach followed by a swim (please note that I am swimming with Paul every day now!) and some time in the sun before returning for breakfast. The hill back.........

Today's jaunt was to Eraclea Minoa. A Greek settlement in 6th C BC, captured by the Romans in the 3rd C BC before the cumulative impact of subsequent wars left ...

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This 4 star hotel, located on Lungomare Falcone e Borsellino, 1, San Leone, is near Valley of the Temples (Valle dei Templi), Temple of Concord, Eraclea Minoa, and Temple of Hercules.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel San Leone

    Very relieved!

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    If you've booked this hotel, don't panic. We booked to stay two nights at this Hotel as part of a self-drive tour of Sicily and I was really worried after reading the reviews, expecting some run down hole. This hotel is absolutely fine. The rooms were comfortable,clean and larger than average, the food was ok and the staff very courteous. The only down side was that the pool was unusable due to the very strong winds.

    San Leone is the Sicilian equivalent of a small British seaside town but without a good beach and I agree that you probably wouldn't want to spend a week there but it is a good location for visiting the temples a few miles up the road (take the car).

    Poor reviews unfounded

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    We don't all wish to stay in a tourist trap. Whilst agreeing that Agrigento itself is none too attractive,most of us go there to learn something about our culture and not to sit around on the beach sunbathing. The hotel and staff are well above par and food at the Ristorante Pescatore just along the promenade has to be sampled to be believed. OK no staff in posh uniforms for which one pays extra. Just good,honest Sicilian food well presented and at a sensible price.

    Stay away!!

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    We stayed here right after Christmas 2004, admittedly in the off-season. However, that doesn't excuse the terrible service. We arrived in mid-afternoon, having missed lunch during our trip. When we asked about room service or any food whatsoever, we were told that nothing was available and that we would have to wait until dinner was served. That occurred in a cavernous room in which the heat had been turned off, so it was uncomfortably cold. The information from the front desk staff was unreliable; on one occasion (when I asked them to call us a cab) they told us that the temples were an easy 5-minute walk from the hotel, when, in fact, they are 45 minutes away and the trip involves walking along a divided highway with no sidewalk. The hotel is situated on the watefront, but it is behind a gas station and an empty lot full of litter. It is a fairly new building, but it is not well-constructed; doors stick, the place is cold, etc. Finally, everything around the place is closed in the winter, so there is nothing nearby to do (except the temples, which are fabulous). The waterfront consists of a serious of cheap carnival attractions, so it's hard to imagine it's much better in the summer season. Stay clear.

    Great Hotel

    from

    We stayed at the hotel for 3 days, we originally were only staying over night, it is off the tourist side of town on the water, great views, walk to great restaurants, about 3/4 min. to the temples and the food and service was excellent. we would go back there again

    Surprised at the negative reviews

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    I must say, I am a bit shocked by the other reviews. I do agree that Agrigento itself has no redeeming features other than the temples themselves. The hotel I found quite comfortable and a good value. Our room overlooked the pool and sea, at night we could see the temples lit up in the distance, all quite beautiful. We visited in June and never encountered any loud noises or kareokee, the other people refered to. We traveled from Taormina (which I agree is quite wonderful, but a long distance to drive round trip). We spent the night and visited the temples the next day before the tour buses arrived (quite wonderful and only a short direct drive up the hill from the hotel). We then went into the city (waste of time) and returned to the hotel to relax and spend one more night. We found the staff helpful and quite nice, the food was well priced and quite acceptable, as were the rooms. We have certainly stayed in nicer places, but this place by no means was a dump!

    THIS IS NOT A 4* HOTEL!

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    We were having a wonderful holiday.....until we arrived at the much anticipated Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel in Agrigento! After a lovely week in Taormina we were looking forward to a few days of luxury whilst exploring the Valley of the Temples. Firstly Agrigento is an ugly, unwelcoming poor part of Sicily which should be avoided on an overnight basis at all costs! The hotel was a disappointment from our first impressions, right up until we left! It was a tired looking, cheaply built square block with an unimpressive foyer and reception area, dirty worn chairs, thread-bare rugs and uninspiring decor. The atrium was a cold unwelcoming space with a partitioned area they claim as a restaurant at one end, a small bar with 3 stools at the other along with a few chairs in the middle for seating for the awful Kareokee which blares throughout the place on a nightly basis - it was awful! The rooms were of a decent standard, but as we were stuck above the entrance, all we could hear was a screech as the automatic doors opened and closed every 5 minutes. The balcony was a waste of time as it looked over the car park and again was in desperate need of attention - the tiles were broken there was paint flaking off the walls and the plants all along the balconies were dead and withered. There was also no attempt to make the space private as all that stood between your balcony and the next was an open iron low partition. The pool, when open was freezing and even in Mid July was too cold to swim in. The hotel claims to have a glorious location with it's infinity pool and stunning backdrop of the sea - I agree it looks lovely in the photo, however on closer inspection, there is no access to the beach via the hotel and just as well, as the shore just below the pool's wall is full of sewage and rubbish!! My advice to anyone thinking about a hotel in Agrigento is DON'T! Base yourself somewhere like Taormina or even Syracusa and do a daytrip to the Valley of the Temples. It may seem like a long day, but there is literally nothing else to do there and this place left a bad taste in our mouths for the remainder of the holiday! The Framon Group should be ashamed to have this hotel associated with it's name! BE WARNED.

    What a dump- avoid at all costs

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    Avoid this hotel and indeed the city of Agrigento at all costs. The hotel is located in a run down part of an ugly city and borders a very windy stretch of the Med. The beach on the other side of the fence is strewn with refuse. The pool shuts between 12.30 and 3.30pm each day but frankly the wind makes it impossible to enjoy. The hotel is awful and impersonal. Don't even attempt to get a full nights sleep. The interior is reminisent of an aircraft hangar, with a large atrium. The bar has a karaoke singer in every night who keeps every guest awake until 11.30pm. When I complained to the manager he refused to have it stopped and regarded this as 'normal'. We booked for 3 nights but left after 2. Stay in Taormina- much nicer.

    Comfortable large hotel on the water

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    Perfectly nice, modern large-scale hotel, comparable to a major chain hotel in the US. Balconies overlooking the sea are a nice touch. Located almost on the beach (although we didn't go so don't know if access is convenient) in San Leone, down the hill from Agrigento.

    TripAdvisor Reviews BEST WESTERN Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel San Leone

    3.50 of 5 stars Very Good