UNA Hotel Palace
Travel Blogs from Catania
... by Strabo and other ancient writers. The new settlement seems to have risen rapidly to prosperity, and was apparently already a considerable town at the time of Timoleon's expedition in 345 BC. It was the first place in Sicily where that leader landed, having eluded the vigilance of the Carthaginians, who were guarding the Straits of Messina, and crossed direct from Reggio di Calabria to Tauromenium. The city was at that time still under the government of Andromachus, ...
... going to venture up to Taormina, after the rain stopped.... but evidently we are going to be deluged for the next 24 hours +. Looks like Marina and I are going to have to shop with umbrellas, and galoshes..... How funny. Right now I am nestled in the saloon, below deck.... because even with the tarp covering the mid-section of Milena -- it is too wet to be outside, even under cover.... the tarp is leaking rain ...
... original pieces remain, but most have been destroyed by earthquakes and wars. However the layout is the same, so there are many narrow streets. Most of the buildings date from the 1700's. We were once again footsore and rung out. We decided to we did not need more pasta and a large main course, so we skipped dinner and went for a walk along the main street and stopped for a toasted sandwich and a drink. Early to bed ...
... and shopped a bit and returned to our favorite restaurant where we had the same anti pasto with some extra octopus as well. We enjoyed some prawn and pistachio with home made pasta (me) and sword fish(Sam), all washed down with a 7 year old Merlot...YUMM! We then shopped a wee bit more ( I did at least) then hit the funicular for the ride back down the hill, to arrive back to a bit of karaoke.....not as yumm! Hope you enjoy the ...
... menu, then just ask. They will go out and buy it from a fish monger in the market. One advantage of the afternoon shutdown in Italy is that it made it convenient for us to end our visit to Cantania by 14:00 (when everything closed anyway), then drive to our next town - San Alessio. We had reservations in a lovely little pension (eight rooms) courtesy of Hotles.com. Our host Vincenzo was cheery and gracious. Although his English was nearly as bad as our ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews UNA Hotel Palace Catania
I'm writing this review a year later than when we stayed there but it is warranted because it is truly a hotel that deserves this rating. First off, a bit of background.
This is truly one of the best hotels that I have ever stayed in, I fully recommend it.
I stayed in this hotel for 3 days during a trip around Sicily. The hotel is located at the very heart of Catania, at walking distance from all the main tourist attractions. The hotel strikes for its modern, stylish design, which is very original and very elegant at the same time. It's really something never seen before, a real surprise! The lobby is decorated with a beautiful floor made with black and white stone, a clear reference to the baroque style which characterize the entire town of Catania. On the seventh floor there is a marvellous roof garden from where you can enjoy a spectacular view of mount Etna!! Rooms are very large and comfortable: despite what stated in previous reviews I have to say that I found the mattresses really comfortable! I'd definitely recommend this hotel to everyone planning a stay in Catania: it's really worth the trip!
The Una Palace is a wonderful hotel
After reading the very good reviews on tripadvisor, we chose the Una Palace for two recent stays. The hotel was wonderful!! The rooms were large, newly and stylishly decorated, the people at the desk were friendly and helpful, the bathrooms very good, the breakfast very good as well. The hotel is centrally located - very important to us. It was an easy walk to the Duomo and to other sights in the city. We also stayed at the 5* Excelsior Grand as part of an escorted Sicily tour and we found the Una Palace to be much nicer and more conveniently located.
Lovely modern hotel
My husband and I stayed in the Una Palace Hotel for our first two nights in Sicily. It is a lovely new contemporary hotel which was a very comfortable place to stay. The mattress was on the firm side but comfortable and better than many hotel beds that I've slept on. The breakfast was good also. The only problem with this hotel is that the bar is cold and uncomfortable. We really enjoyed Catania. It was a friendly place with lots of atmosphere.
Sparkling and new, young fabulous hotel!
I loved the Una Hotel Palace. It was the last of 5 hotels I stayed at on a trip in which I drove around Sicily. It was the only hotel that was great at posting excellent signs every logical place so that I could find the hotel on those windy one-way roads. This made a huge difference for us driving in. Everyone spoke english, which was rare in sicily and the crisp cream and black ornate decorations were fantastic. Everything was new and clean and refreshing compared with other places we stayed and check in and check out were perfectly uneventful. We had to check out at 4:00am for our flight, but they packed us these great breakfast bags to go which was an extra plus! Great location as well! Right on Etnea Street!
Great Hotel, great area
Just back from Catania and stayed in this Hotel for 3 nights. Great rooms, helpful staff and although the Hotel is on the main shopping street, once you stepped inside the doors the place is an oasis of calm.
Would definitely recommend it and one small tip is to book on the Hotel's own website - we got a great deal.
Smart ,stylish Hotel in wonderful location
Stylish Hotel right in the heart of Catania - ideally situated for the sights and shopping. Rooms very well designed with bright very clean interior and superb bathroom. Only complaint was similar to other reviewer - the bed was like a rock. Staff were very helpful and friendly - so I would stay there again - but not to sleep!
We stayed in Catania for only one night but would have stayed longer had we known this hotel was so nice. The rooms were very clean with nice linens and the bathroom was spacious- 2 showers (one in a tub and another freestanding shower). The room was obviously recently renovated. The breakfast was extensive. The location is excellent as far as walking around Catania and is a 5-10 min walk to the Duomo (with elephant statue). Our only complaints were 1)parking and 2)bed. They say they have parking, but we never found it. Admittedly, we didn't drive around too much. We were tired and when we found a nearby parking garage, we decided to stay put. It cost 18 euro/night. The other complaint was the mattress. It was the hardest mattress we've ever attempted to sleep on. In all, this was an excellent hotel with modern, spacious rooms and a welcoming staff.
UNA Hotel Palace, the place to stay in Catania!
UNA Hotel Palace is the main reason why our vacation in Sicily was so wonderful. It is fantastic, nothing less but much much more. The interior design, the location, the breakfast buffet and even the front office staff - even though some of them spoke poor English. I have to mention Antonio who was simply excellent and he always went a step further to assist us in planning our next step. I am employed in the hotel industry, but it is not often that I am impressed - at this hotel I was hugely impressed and we kept prolonging our stay.