Travel Blogs from Catania
... the girls had dashed off to slide and ride, the lounger police came and demanded to see proof of my tickets to lounge in loungers 1, 2 and 3...... We saw a lot of him over the course of the day as he unceremoniously bounced various unsuspecting grandparents, teenagers, young parents who sat down briefly to tie a shoelace, catch their breath, comfort a terrified child....... rulios are rulios, I suppose!
Still, it was a fantastic way to spend ...
So, we had planned to go to Etnaland today, home of water slides and rides, which the girls had been counting down the sleeps for, bit some bad behaviour put paid to that, I'm afraid!
Instead, we opted for a more low key day and headed to the beach at Fiumefreddo, about 8km down the road. The beach itself was quite rocky, and the water really cold, but we had a nice time ...
... paste, which is white Nutella, mixed with ground pistachios..... Say no more......
On the way home, we stopped and bought the most magnificent strawberries, so, if a place is famous for something, for goodness sake, don't expect to buy it there..... Go somewhere else!
A side note: Sicilians are fascinated with french fries, they order them as a side with their pizza, on their pizza and inside pastry with a sausage.....patatine everywhere
... about 22 people altogether and 13 of them were Australians. We then went to the hotel restaurant and had a beautiful 3 course dinner with everyone. The first course was pasta meatballs extremely delicious. The second course was a veal roll with a spinach roll coated in almonds and this to was delicious followed by fruit salad. We had an enjoyable evening getting to know some of the people. Off to bed now as we have to be up at 6.15am tomorrow. ...
... I was talking to a good friend of mine here who told me that she and a buddy were renting a car and driving through Sicily. She asked me if I wanted to come along. Even though I only had a couple days to spare, OF COURSE I SAID YES!! I flew to Catania where they picked me up and then we stayed in Taormina on an amazing beach named Nexos Beach. It was one of the first places that they Ancient Greeks occupied when they landed in Sicily. And I can see why! It is ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Liberty Hotel Catania
Dieses Hotel ist das beste überhaupt. Das Dekor ist herrlich. Das Zimmer war sehr komfortabel, das Badezimmer war unglaublich! Zwar ist es ein kleines Hotel, aber vom Service her würde man das nicht vermuten. An der Rezeption sprachen alle gutes Englisch und waren extrem hilfsbereit, besonders was Tipps für Sehenswürdigkeiten betraf.
Loved this hotel
This hotel is simply the best. The decor is superb. The room was very comfortable with an amazing bathroom! It is quite a small hotel but you wouldn't think so by the service that is offered. The receptionists all speak good English and were extremely helpful, particularly with sightseeing trips.
Breakfast was exceptional. A buffet service of fruit, rolls, cake, ham and cheese but also the waitress would freshly grind coffee, squeeze fruit juice and cook eggs!!
The hotel is close enough to walk to the main tourist areas. We didn't use any buses as we found the city quite small. Even the walk to the station wasn't overtaxing.
Try the Trattoria San Domenica on the corner of the road. It specialises in fish but also served a good steak !!
We spent four nights in this little charming art deco "butique" hotel. The location is a little bit out of downtown (quiet residential area) and uphill, so do not intend to carry suitcases from the via Etnea. Taxi is a prefferable solution - 27 EUR from airport. An evening stroll downhill to center is refreshing. Parking around hotel might be a problem, but we found a place for rented Punto nearby every night. Only rule is - do not block the garage entrance - everything else is allowed. The hotel is pretty OK signed from the main streets - only problem then is to find the rules of driving all those one-way narrow streets. The staff of hotel is extremely helpful, assistive and all speak fluent english. They solely should actually deserve 5*. Rooms are spaciuous, ceilings are high. Bathroom is a story for itself. Be surprised. Breakfast is continental, very good, lots of choises, fresh fruit and great selection of jams. We liked the breakfast ladyservant - she was so enthusiastic. Hotel has two floors and has an elevator and so is reccomended for seniors as well. Room in ground floor might not be reccomended, becouse window faces the pavement in front of hotel. Famillies with kids or babies would be probably treated great in hotel - but Catania itself is not a place to discover with babytrolley or god forbid wheelchair - i havent seen a single one actually.
A real gem
Let me add my voice to the chorus of praise for this place. An elegant, charming and sympathetic restoration of an early 1900s town house on a quiet street only a few minutes from Via Etnea, Piazza Sesterico and Villa Bellini. The staff were wonderful, the service great. Comfortable, easy on the eye and relaxing. Booked through hotels.com it was also a bargain (by European standards anyway) at little more than 100 Eur a night for two people. If you are looking for quality accommodation in Catania at a good price consider the Liberty.
Ein wirklich ausgezeichnetes Hotel, schöne Zimmer, Personal exzellent freundlich, Garage zu einem vernünftigen Preis in der Nähe. Die via San Vito ist - für Catania - relativ ruhig, die Zimmer sind gegen Lärm hervorragend - Balkontüre + verriegelbare Doppeltüre - abgeschirmt. Zum Zentrum geht man lediglich ein paar Minuten.
Scheint - hoffentlich auch im Sommer - kein Ziel von Massentouristen zu sein.
Wir werden bei unserem nächsten Aufenthalt in Sizilien mit Sicherheit wieder dort wohnen.
Mag. Werner Cejnek, Österreich
P.S.: für ungeübte Autofahrer ist Catania nicht zu empfehlen - nehmt lieber ein Taxi - doch dafür kann das Hotel nichts.