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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.
Our room was clean and tidy but did need a little loving care (the bathroom mirror had a crack across it). We did have a small balcony which offered good views of the sea.
Breakfast was good with plenty to choose from and could be eaten inside or out (great views). Sadly, the same could not be said for dinner !!! For guests on half board the hotel offer a menu with 2 choices of everything and a salad buffet (There is an Al a Carte menu at an additional cost). We arrived at approx 8.30 to find that most of the salad had disappeared, not to be replaced, and this was the same for potatoes & veggies to accompany the main course. I would strongly recommend that you travel into the centre and find a restaurant.
Why bother booking !!!!
As with the review of June , 2004 , we had a similar experience last week.
I had booked by E Mail well in advance , one double and one single room for a week from 15th September. On arrival ,we where told that the hotel was full ! I showed our confirmed reservation to the desk manager , all to no avail. He apologised ( with absolutely no sincerity) and said they had booked us in to the Al Pescatore , a 2 star hotel , 800 meters down the road. ( The Al Pescatore was Ok but was only a 2 star i.e. not what we had booked : no swimming pool etc). We where told we could still use the Kalura's facilities.
We did use the Kalura' s swimming pool and use of towels but nothing else. We even had hassle in using the towels ! i.e. did you return yesterdays , have you a deposit etc, etc ... All very rude , very reminiscent of Basil Fawlty on Fawlty Towers !
In summary if you wish a stress free holiday do not (attempt) to book this hotel.
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.
Beautiful Location - Great Value
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.
Our stay was wonderful. The room was ample and well appointed, a great oceanview deck with sectacular views over the rocky point and bays below. The beach and sun-bathing platform were great - we lounged liked contented lizards, dipping into the refreshing clear water when needed. There is also a huge swimming pool on the other side of the hotel. I rented a mountain bike for a day, and it was a really nice full suspension bike, well worth the 20euro/day. The countryside where I rode was beautiful.
Catering to Germans, the resort has great BitBurger beer on tap, and exellent fresh bread for breakfast. Catering to sports-minded folks, they don't skimp on the breakfast offering...fresh squeezed OJ, sliced meats and cheeses, etc.
We looked at other hotels in the area, and could not find one we would prefer to stay at.
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.
SUPER STAFF - SUPER SPORTING FACILITIES
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.
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