Travel Blogs from Cefalu
Cefalu--13 and 14 Jan Walking up in town after shopping for clothesline -- don't ask -- we passed a garden with blooming iris. Actually no big deal where palm trees grow and there were poinsettias grow in with other greens along the street. Yesterday MOC keep a catshitwatch after K scored some serious points during our walk from the Kalura Hotel …
... and watching soccer with the Italians in Piazza Navona. His favorite foods were crepes, fries, and bread with olive oil, parmesan & pepper.
Alex: Paris, Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Stromboli volcano excursion, Champs Elysee, Cefalu Duomo. His favorites foods were: gelato, bread, lattes and french fries everywhere.
Lisa loved traveling with the Ferko Family and ...
Set along the Tyrrhenian coast, Cefalu is a former fishing village and is now a beach town.
Duomo-this Norman Cathedral opens up to the center of town. Inside the cathedral you find stunning Mosaics completed in 1148.
La Rocca- in Cefalu's heyday, this was the site of the acropolis of Cephaloedium, with a temple dedicated to Hercules on top.
Today, we enjoyed the pool and beach. At dinner time we went into Cefalu to have dinner by the ...
Today we were sad to say good by to beautiful Taormina and the Hotel Belvedere. Per usual, us Chicago Three missed some details along the way and were nervous when we saw all these chauffer cars packing up our bags and group ... we thought we would be making the two hour drive to Cefalu cramped in these cars! We got especially nervous when the driver asked us where we were going! But much to our relief, these cars just took us a little ...
... is grilled prawns, recommended by our waitress. The prawns are perfectly cooked -- sweet and almost lobster like in taste. The four of us are the first in the restaurant and soon it is packed with Sicilians.
The next stop for me is the quaint Museo Mandralisca. The museum contains a mish mash of objects - ancient pottery, ornate furniture, and paintings, including "Portrait of an Unknown Man" by Sicilian renaissance painter, Antonello ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.