Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel
Travel Blogs from San Leone
May 18 We were up, fed and on our way by 9:00 this morning. It was rush hour in Trapani and a bit chaotic, and our first order of business was to find a bank so we could get some more cash. Once that mission was accomplished, we skedaddled out of town and headed south, following the coast road to Marsala - wine country - where we replenished our …
At last a little bit of a sleep in as we did not have to leave until 8.30. However by the time we got to breakfast there was literally nothing left. Obviously they don't cope very well under pressure. The buffet area was far too small so they had one plate of this and one bowl of that, which of course were quickly emptied and took ages to replace. Of course the 30 or so German teenagers probably had something to do with the quantity being taken. ...
... was built about 20 years before the Acropolis in Athens. It has never been destroyed. Of course the marble has gone and so has the roof, but the remains are impressive as is the whole area. This time we were driven to the top of the valley and had to walk down which was so much easier. Also it was warm, but there was no humidity and there was a lovely cool breeze blowing all day. Back at the hotel we gathered round the pool. You could not go swimming unless ...
... a Sicilian favorite. It was delicioso. Still hazy, hot and humid, we decided to postpone the walk on the beach until the evening, and went back to the B&B to catch up on emails and take a nap. We ended the day at a nearby beach in Canoletta. The water was warm, the beach was sandy, and it was fairly quiet. We watched the sun set while we finished the last of the Nero D'Avola wine and said good-bye to the Mediterranean. Tomorrow Siracusa and the Ionian ...
We woke to the smell of pastries warming in the breakfast lounge below at the hotel/seminary. With a courtyard outside, wide hallways and numerous gathering places, this is a wonderful facility, especially for groups to stay. Despite the somewhat institutional feel of the 1960s architecture, we enjoyed our stay and would readily return to this lovely place. Today our only plan was to travel the 110 km to Agrigento. We decided to skip ...
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- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel San Leone
If you've booked this hotel, don't panic. We booked to stay two nights at this Hotel as part of a self-drive tour of Sicily and I was really worried after reading the reviews, expecting some run down hole. This hotel is absolutely fine. The rooms were comfortable,clean and larger than average, the food was ok and the staff very courteous. The only down side was that the pool was unusable due to the very strong winds.
San Leone is the Sicilian equivalent of a small British seaside town but without a good beach and I agree that you probably wouldn't want to spend a week there but it is a good location for visiting the temples a few miles up the road (take the car).
Poor reviews unfounded
We don't all wish to stay in a tourist trap. Whilst agreeing that Agrigento itself is none too attractive,most of us go there to learn something about our culture and not to sit around on the beach sunbathing. The hotel and staff are well above par and food at the Ristorante Pescatore just along the promenade has to be sampled to be believed. OK no staff in posh uniforms for which one pays extra. Just good,honest Sicilian food well presented and at a sensible price.
We stayed here right after Christmas 2004, admittedly in the off-season. However, that doesn't excuse the terrible service. We arrived in mid-afternoon, having missed lunch during our trip. When we asked about room service or any food whatsoever, we were told that nothing was available and that we would have to wait until dinner was served. That occurred in a cavernous room in which the heat had been turned off, so it was uncomfortably cold. The information from the front desk staff was unreliable; on one occasion (when I asked them to call us a cab) they told us that the temples were an easy 5-minute walk from the hotel, when, in fact, they are 45 minutes away and the trip involves walking along a divided highway with no sidewalk. The hotel is situated on the watefront, but it is behind a gas station and an empty lot full of litter. It is a fairly new building, but it is not well-constructed; doors stick, the place is cold, etc. Finally, everything around the place is closed in the winter, so there is nothing nearby to do (except the temples, which are fabulous). The waterfront consists of a serious of cheap carnival attractions, so it's hard to imagine it's much better in the summer season. Stay clear.
We stayed at the hotel for 3 days, we originally were only staying over night, it is off the tourist side of town on the water, great views, walk to great restaurants, about 3/4 min. to the temples and the food and service was excellent. we would go back there again
I must say, I am a bit shocked by the other reviews. I do agree that Agrigento itself has no redeeming features other than the temples themselves. The hotel I found quite comfortable and a good value. Our room overlooked the pool and sea, at night we could see the temples lit up in the distance, all quite beautiful. We visited in June and never encountered any loud noises or kareokee, the other people refered to. We traveled from Taormina (which I agree is quite wonderful, but a long distance to drive round trip). We spent the night and visited the temples the next day before the tour buses arrived (quite wonderful and only a short direct drive up the hill from the hotel). We then went into the city (waste of time) and returned to the hotel to relax and spend one more night. We found the staff helpful and quite nice, the food was well priced and quite acceptable, as were the rooms. We have certainly stayed in nicer places, but this place by no means was a dump!
We were having a wonderful holiday.....until we arrived at the much anticipated Dioscuri Bay Palace Hotel in Agrigento! After a lovely week in Taormina we were looking forward to a few days of luxury whilst exploring the Valley of the Temples. Firstly Agrigento is an ugly, unwelcoming poor part of Sicily which should be avoided on an overnight basis at all costs! The hotel was a disappointment from our first impressions, right up until we left! It was a tired looking, cheaply built square block with an unimpressive foyer and reception area, dirty worn chairs, thread-bare rugs and uninspiring decor. The atrium was a cold unwelcoming space with a partitioned area they claim as a restaurant at one end, a small bar with 3 stools at the other along with a few chairs in the middle for seating for the awful Kareokee which blares throughout the place on a nightly basis - it was awful! The rooms were of a decent standard, but as we were stuck above the entrance, all we could hear was a screech as the automatic doors opened and closed every 5 minutes. The balcony was a waste of time as it looked over the car park and again was in desperate need of attention - the tiles were broken there was paint flaking off the walls and the plants all along the balconies were dead and withered. There was also no attempt to make the space private as all that stood between your balcony and the next was an open iron low partition. The pool, when open was freezing and even in Mid July was too cold to swim in. The hotel claims to have a glorious location with it's infinity pool and stunning backdrop of the sea - I agree it looks lovely in the photo, however on closer inspection, there is no access to the beach via the hotel and just as well, as the shore just below the pool's wall is full of sewage and rubbish!! My advice to anyone thinking about a hotel in Agrigento is DON'T! Base yourself somewhere like Taormina or even Syracusa and do a daytrip to the Valley of the Temples. It may seem like a long day, but there is literally nothing else to do there and this place left a bad taste in our mouths for the remainder of the holiday! The Framon Group should be ashamed to have this hotel associated with it's name! BE WARNED.
What a dump- avoid at all costs
Avoid this hotel and indeed the city of Agrigento at all costs. The hotel is located in a run down part of an ugly city and borders a very windy stretch of the Med. The beach on the other side of the fence is strewn with refuse. The pool shuts between 12.30 and 3.30pm each day but frankly the wind makes it impossible to enjoy. The hotel is awful and impersonal. Don't even attempt to get a full nights sleep. The interior is reminisent of an aircraft hangar, with a large atrium. The bar has a karaoke singer in every night who keeps every guest awake until 11.30pm. When I complained to the manager he refused to have it stopped and regarded this as 'normal'. We booked for 3 nights but left after 2. Stay in Taormina- much nicer.
Comfortable large hotel on the water
Perfectly nice, modern large-scale hotel, comparable to a major chain hotel in the US. Balconies overlooking the sea are a nice touch. Located almost on the beach (although we didn't go so don't know if access is convenient) in San Leone, down the hill from Agrigento.