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... innocently with 'yes'. Lisa then explained to him that in Australia, calling a girl 'big' is not a compliment and that it was rude. As soon as we had walked around a corner we laughed out heads off, we couldn't believe what the waiter had just said! We had a bit of scare when we returned to our hotel one night, as we walked up we noticed that our door was wide open. I knew that I had shut the door as we left that afternoon and our floor only had the two suites on it so no one ...
... didn’t have a paper map, we decided, how bad could it be if we ignored the sign and rode on? Evidently there were some pretty severe storms to go though the area a few days ago. The result of the storms: debris on the roadway (tree branches, tractor parts, etc.), mudslides and subsidence of roadways. About 10 kilometers past the ominous signs and up the side of a hill, we found out why the road had been closed. The roadway had slid about 10 feet down ...
... sky, perfecto! Took the funicular down to the beach, dipped our feet in the ocean, collected sea glass and colourful pebbles. 3 P.M. Sitting around the pool enjoying our last few hours in Italy. Our flight from here to Rome is early morning, yuk, we have to leave the hotel at 4 A.M. (Double yuk). Then Rome to Toronto then ...
... 2 pages, South Africa and Italy?) More to come, I hope. 3 P.M. on the bus. Went by Mt. Etna, too many clouds to see its summit. The landscape on our way to Taormina changed from desert-like to lush agricultural scenery, lemon and orange groves, Aloe Veras, olive trees, prickly pears, fig trees. Because of the dry weather, there's a complex system of irrigation, lots of aqueducts throughout the countryside. Today is very sunny, blue sky and ...
... inside In the south, lots and lots of solar panels in fields by the side of the highways. Butter on tables only for breakfast, no butter for rolls or bread at dinner time Using salt and pepper is an insult to the chef, rarely do you see them on the table Shops are closed from about 1 to 4. School is 7 AM to 1 ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blu Hotel Kaos Agrigento
Not A Particularly Good Experience
Stayed for three nights whilst visiting other locations.
Very disappointed with the food particularly. Tinned carrots potato croquets and frozen chops are not my idea of Sicilian food. Breakfast was almost an afterthought on behalf of the hotel and you had to get down there early otherwise everything disappeared from the buffet.
I agree with one persons comments that the hotel Kaos has seen better days. I think it prefers to cater for local weddings rather than foreign tourists who are a bit of a nuisance to them.
Pool is a really nice surprise - large and clean but no pool bar so no drinks unless you can find the bartender inside the hotel.
Unless you have transport you are restricted to paying the hotel prices for drinks etc as the only other place to buy anything conveniently is the next door hotel which looked very friendly.
Could be worth the four star rating with a good make-over and new chefs as the actual building is lovely and the pool is great.
Location however not very good and traffic noise in some rooms.
Lo único bueno de este hotel es el entorno, con unas magníficas vistas al mar, eso si, si tienes suere con la habitación, de ora forma igual te toca mirando a una pared.
Las habitaciones lamentables, probablemente no hayan sido renovadas en 20 años, sucias (nos encontramos un calcetin usado en la habitación), las puertas no cierran bien, no cambian las toallas, la ducha inunda el baño, si tenéis suerte no os saldrá agua negra en el suelo cuando habráis el grifo.
El personal del hotel ofrece un servicio pésimo, no se esfuerzan en absoluto en intentar hablar oro idioma que no sea el italiano (en mi grupo hablábamos, inglés francés, español, alemán y un poco de italiano) y no había forma de que nos hicieran caso.
Lo de las cuatro estrellas de risa, sería como mucho un dos estrellas español y encima ni siquiera el personal es amable.
Después de ver las fotos, una gran desilusión.
We booked for a week and that was a mistake. The Greek Temples are worth seeing but see them and move on. Much the same can be said for the Kaos. Somewhere there's a decent hotel here trying to get out, it's just that the staff can't be bothered. The pool's fantastic, but the experience is spolied by the annoying giggly 'DJ' from the animation team and his megabass loudspeaker spewing out Europop and music to accompany Aquagym lessons. That said the Italians, who make up 95% of the residents, seem to love it, and good luck to them, but not really our cup of tea. The hotel refused to take us half board but in the end this was a good thing as dinner was a bunfight buffet - we could have paid on the night but 30 euros a head was simply too much. Some money has been spent on the rooms, but in a haphazard way - what self respecting builder puts a bidet in the way of the door? The safe didn't work but there was no alternative, the shower was just that and breakfast was like feeding time at Mr & Mrs Locust (there were a lot of children). So, all in all, tolerable if you're passing through and have a sense of humour, but not really for longer.
' Fawlty Towers is alive and well '
A recent stay at the well named KAOS Hotel, proved the points that have been made by previous travellers. The star rating is totally unacceptable, it seemed more like a struggling 2* ( U.K. Standard ). The meals were adequate with a good percentage of Pastas, but then it is Italy, so that was to be expected. The service was, to say the least, appalling. The staff in most cases tried hard, which with their lack of English was an added incentieve to at least try to learn a few words of their language, and by so-doing encourage the beginnings of a raport." When in Rome"? sprang to mind.
The valley of the Temples, whilst interesting , was clothed in scaffolding, and the services of a good guide essential to paint a picture of its fomer glory, and rightful place in historical terms.
The fact that two local weddings were taking place, during my stay, probably helped the sparse service, none, and the later fireworks did nothing for the humour of my fellow guests and myself.
Then again, the unadjustable air condiitioning, inadequate showering facilities, unreliable plumbing apart, what does one use a hotel-room for only to sleep?
Lack of capital outlay by the proprietor only frustrates the efforts of the Managment & Staff. This delightful building needs HELP!!
Rant- hated the bathroom
Showerstall measures 25x30 inches, with dirt and mold in doors and tile; rusty draincover; waterleaks under doors; there is no plug provided for the washbasin; hole in the wall under the basin; bottom right of bathroom door frame broken away from wall and floor, with paint missing here and on door trim; showerhead corroded with mineral deposits; dirty soap dish and bidet with long black hair hanging on it.
Worst meal of my life
Based on the suggestion of our Lonely Planet guide book, we searched for and found the remote Hotel Koas, an appropriate name as it turns out. Considering that Agrigento is a dump of a town save for the beach community of San Leone and the nearby ruins, staying out of the central area seemed like a good idea. Hotel Kaos looked big and had a faded beauty look to it, kind of like that hotel from the Shining. Anyway, after looking at the depressing room and hearing the 130 euro price tag, we opted instead for the boutique hotel for 90 euro a night next door, the Villa Eros. The nice lady owner at Villa Eos didn't speak a word of English, but she offered a good off season price, a friendly face, and great coffee and chocolate croissants for breakfast in a clean, charming hotel with her husband's artwork decorating the lobby. She didn't have a fully functioning restaurant for off season, however, so we made the mistake of going next door to Hotel Kaos's restaurant. I am pretty certain that my meal was the worst of my life, being that it was nearly inedible...unless you like briny little shrimp with their heads still on, burnt cold zucchini and ketchup coated eggplant bits. To top it off, it was one of the priciest meals of our trip, at 40 euros. We complained to the indifferent waiter and he lowered our bill by five euros, but it didn't remove the disgusting taste of that shrimp from my mouth.
As it turned out, we should have asked our Villa Eos hostess for a restaurant recommendation. She pointed our way to Kokolos restaurant a short distance away, and it was one of the best meals I've ever had. When she heard about our Hotel Kaos experience, she couldn't speak much English, but I understood her perfectly when she said, "That hotel, no buono."
The foyer and lounge areas are not representative of the rooms or grounds. Let's start with the rooms. Ugh. Peeling paint, banged up thread-bare furniture (laquered red, you remember 1980 don't you?), and horrible baths.
The grounds may have been nice 10 years ago. Now the pool is a science project surrounded by litter. The playground is strewn with broken glass and broken play things. The areas around the pool are so littered you would assume a party was just held but upon closer inspection it's clear that this garbage has been here for quite some time.
The only positive thing I can say about this place is the bartendered directed us to a wonderful restaurant. But on the other hand the same bartender suggested another hotel (we planned to stay 2 nights but bailed after 1) that was supposedly 3 time better. That was the nearby Hotel Athena which turned out to be worse.
In this area consider the Colleverde Park Hotel. Much lower priced, much nicer.
On the right track
Stayed for two nights. Had some good food and nice rooms.
Great city disappointing hotel
Agrigento is a must-see place but Kaos does not earn its stars. Indifferent staff and breakfast. Still we slept well and it was safe. Can't walk from the hotel to the main sights/sites.
Nice outside - worn out inside
This place looks great from the outside and the view would be OK as well, wouldnt there be the power plant to the right hand side. The inside tops the disappointment of the industrial beach (a few miles away and you wouldnt like to walk there) and the lousy meals and indifferent staff. Rooms and bathrooms have not been renovated for at least 20 years. The accommodations are small and the TV and radio could find there places in a museum. The only thing new was the carpet at least something. This hotel deserves a maximum of 2 stars and rates 1/3 of what they charge now.