Travel Blogs from Cefalu
... hours. We had a great walk, following a good track, with several climbs but some fabulous views and clear instructions. The spring flowers were lovely and we also saw several Nebrodi firs which only survive in this valley, relics of the ice age with candle like cones and an intrepid ...
... Domus Lilio, our stop for the night, again with a balcony and mountain view. We had another delicious meal, this time at Petrae Lejum,with grilled vegetables followed by gnocchi and mushrooms and pasta with lamb ragu. Before leaving town, we stopped off to get our picnic made up by Giorggio himself in the local grocers shop.
... to show you. So we arrive at Cefalú and have a delicious lunch. Then we walk around the town and visit some shops. They sell a lot of ceramics and nick nacks. We also stop for our daily dose of gelato! Yummy! We take lots of photos and enjoy the beautiful day. We head back home around 6:30pm and Rino and Steven want to go for a swim in the indoor heated pool. While they do that, me and Rosa ...
... maybe three steps out our door in Cefalu and there is THE hat he has been looking for and fun to have it be made in Italy. Nice shop owner with a little tiny store in a space about 6 x 6. Probably pretty excited to make this sale as I noticed over the next three days of staying there that he never seemed to have any customers when we walked by.
Of course we went and did our usually shopping at the markets for our fresh ...
... back towards Altavilla for the night. On the way, we decided to take a stop over in Palermo, the capital of Sicily. We thought it would be better to visit it this evening since we were driving through. Arriving in Palermo was a bit manic due to traffic and such. Just as we got in the centre, Manu made us make an immediate stop as she saw a vendor selling some typical Palermo grub. We pulled over and took a gander... To put it this way, the texture ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Kalura Cefalu
Stayed here for one night in October. The hotel is located in a quite area slightly out of the centre and although you can walk into the city it would take approx 30 - 40 mins.
As with the review of June , 2004 , we had a similar experience last week.
Wonderful stay at the Hotel Kalura
We've just returned from our stay at Hotel Kalura, we have 2 young children and whilst the rooms are very basic the terrace has breath taking views, the food served in the hotel was fantastic and couldn't be faulted at all. There was also a wedding during our stay, but like the previous review, this didn't interfere with our day at all. The staff were very friendly and very efficient and would deal with any requests or queries immediately. Above all we throughly enjoyed our stay, Cefalu is a beautiful place and would definately return and stay at this hotel.
I have read the other reviews about Kalura, and the negative reviews concerning wedding receptions may be true - there was one while we were there, but they limited use of decks, and it did not interfere at all with our enjoyment...perhaps the hotel has taken head to past complaints? Or perhaps this reception did not rent use of as much space.
Nice Hotel But .....
The Hotel is nice with good facilities and friendly staff. The only problem was that out of 14 days stay, the hotel had booked 12 busy weddings. This lead to a sense that hotel guests were not a priority and we had difficulty using the terraces in the evenings and noise to the early hours. On one particularly busy evening, hotel guests had room only to sit indoors or a very small area roped off along side the wedding meal. If you want a relaxing and quiet stay in Sicily I would not recommend this hotel in wedding season.
In April of this year we visited Hotel Kalura. Upon our arrivial we discovered the room located did not match the picture on the internet. The alternate accommodation was lovely with its own catus garden on the veranda, but we wanted a room as described on the internet with a balcony. The manager was extremely curtious and apologetic and moved us the next day when an apartment became available. The staff were very polite and friendly. A lovely beach awaits a few minutes walk down some steps and a large swimming pool and a tennis court are available. It is a popular cycling venue and many german people were staying there at the time...the evenings were quiet but the hotel it self was alive with a cosy bar with a disco. The staff were always jolly joining in and socialising. The main town of Cefalu is a gentle 15 minute stroll away taking you through pretty houses and a shore line dotted with boats. The hotel was located perfectly for walking into and from town. We also hired a scooter from the hotel which was delivered and collected. We had a lovely time at this hotel. The restaurants are vast and plentiful in Cefalu. I would like to thank Hotel Kalura for making our stay so enjoyable.
Great location but
The Kalura hotel has an excellent location & a fair price setting but one must know it is frequented by mainly German tourist and they have adapted the wonderful sicilian cuisine to the taste of their main revenue ...If you have an option to book room + breakfast go for it and skip the dinner option.
The hotel staff speaks fluently German & Italian but English can be a bit of a problem.
The rooms are clean & comfortable, the breakfast on the terrace is wonderful (what a view !).
As the hotel as hall for weddings, parties etc it can be noisy from time tot time.
Not to be advised from families with small children (a lot of steps al over)
Booked 4 months in advance and reconfirmed a week prior to arrival, when we got there we were told they were overbooked and sent next door to 'La Calette' with no apology . Not impressed with La Calette so left and moved on , BEWARE . Cefalu does not appear to have a hotel above 3 star, shame.
A Honeymoon Paradise
Hello Ameci...I had my wedding reception, at the Hotel Kalura onSt.
Valentine's Day 1974...It was beautiful...the service was excellent...the hotel was spotless...The food and vino...was fantastico...Everyone went out of their way...to give you that extra special touch...the Sicilian warmth...Thankyou again...God Bless...and continued success.You will always remain in my heart...Ciao AmeciRosie...m u a h!!! ( Bacio )
A very pleasant surprise after a long trip.The room was large, bright, clean and airy with a small deck overlooking the sea. The breakfast, served on the lovely patio amid flowers in earthen jugs and white iron furniture, made a great way to start the day exchanging travel tips with the other very friendly guests. Strategic location with easy access to sites all over Sicily, even a free car park. The hotel staff could not have been more helpful. We loved our stay and would return to the Kalura Hotel. The hotel staff also was very upbeat which made us feel a holiday atmosphere. The dinners were also a good value.