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This is our last entry and our last day in Cefalu.
Yesterday, the boys and I explored Cefalu after a day at the pool.
Happy 4th of July and Happy Birthday Alex! Today, we will celebrate Alex's 14th birthday at the pool and then will pack for our 2 day trip home.
The boy's trip favorites:
Tyler: Rome, crepes by the Eiffel tower, Rachel's birthday cake, hanging with Jared, shopping at ...
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 ...
... most amazing gelato of our trip - I think I got vanilla and a chocolate fudge flavor this time - and we sat outside and watched the goings on of Cefalu as we enjoyed our gelato.
We made the long hike back to Hotel Tourist and got ready for the dinner they were preparing for us of typical Sicilian food. I'm going to keep this brief, but this was by far the worst meal of the trip, and potentially the worst meal of my life, ...
We have a free day to explore the town. Last night, I think many of us were surprised at the distance we needed to travel to reach our new hotel. Our scheduled hotel had their heating system break down and the parts to fix it needed to be manufactured and sent. The previous tour groups stayed in a convent; thankfully we were spared that fate, and, thankfully, the bus was able to drop off our luggage at the hotel. We walked, and ...
... a new place. I feel homesick for countries I have never seen and want nothing more than to pack up everything and go somewhere, it doesn't even matter where. I love the idea of living city to city, day by day, even if it scares me half to death at the same time.
Anyway, we are headed to Rome on a sleeper train tonight and I'm not sure if we'll have internet in our apartment again. Wish us luck on our travels, I think we'll need it!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Gaia Hotel Cefalu
We stayed in the Villa Gaia for one week. We had booked into another hotel in Cefalu, but when we arrived it was a dump! So finally came accross the Villa Gaia. The front desk staff couldn'thave been more helpful and gave us a sea view room for the first night until a better room with sea, old town & Duomo views became free. The hotel haven't many rooms, but it's definitely quality not quantity. The beds are incredibly comfy and the crisp white linen is gorgous. The buffet breakfast was included in our room rate and it was fab. A huge selection of fruit/cereals/musilis/breads/ pastries/cakes/meat/freshly squeezed fruit juices - anything you wanted. Outside of that food & drink were terribly expensive, and we didn't eat there a whole lot - although with all of the gorgeous little sicilian restaurants in Cefalu you'd be mad to eat there more than once (Kentia, that Villa Gaia reserved us). At the last I reccommend it, if you are staying in Cefalu, stay in the Villa Gaia sure the best in town.
We stayed here for Easter 2006 and booked a suite thinking this would give us guarenteed sea frontage. Not the case. There are three suites and Rm 12 + balcony faces the back of the hotel and the view of the ocean was out a side window so if ocean front balconys is your expectation I would double check this when you book. Other than that disappointment Hotel Gaia was everything other posts say it was. Cefalu was a great place to stop and relax for a few days
Just returned from a stay in Cefalu and greatly enjoyed the Hotel Gaia in Cefalu.
Excellent rooms, good breakfast and use of the Lido Poseidon complimenti!
We stayed at the Villa Gaia in September for 3 nights. This small modern/refurbished hotel is nicely situated just a 5 minute stroll from town which makes it nice and quiet at night. We had room number 1 which had a large balcony with views of the sea. The room was very nicely appointed, spacious and clean. The room had all mod cons and even had radio in the bathroom! Hotel guests have use of one of the beaches (Lido Poseidon), not directly opposite but only a 4 min walk towards town. You also get 15% discount at Lido Poseidon which does very decent food and means you don't have to stray far from your sun lounge for refreshment! The breakfast was basic but fine and the staff were pleasant. Like another reviewer, after reading some of the other posts we were expecting perfection. The Villa Gaia is not perfection, but it is a very nice hotel in a good location and we would stay there again if we return to Cefalu.
Lovely hotel, just a few niggles
Stopped here for a week in the middle of September. Our room was lovely at first, but we had a few problems. The state of the art shower, began to produce only scalding hot water and when it was 'fixed' which it wasn't, only the hand set and not the shower head worked and then it produced cold water.
Then we had a problem because our room was next to the water pump for the building which began to make a noise from 6am that was like Chinese torture.
We did get moved and spent the last two nights in a suite.
On a more positive note we loved our bit of the beach and the staff were
all very pleasant.
I think I was expecting perfection based on the comments on here but I would give it overall 7/10.
We stayed in this hotel for 2 nights only last week. The hotel is completely renovated and is in a wonderful location, only a 5 min scroll to the centre on Cefalu. We had room number 1 on the ground floor, with a huge balcony. I booked directly with the hotel as was unable to find it in any of the usual hotel search engines.
This was definitely the nicest place I saw in Cefalu. The rooms are big and clean with beautiful bathrooms. The staff is friendly and helpful. The hotel has small grounds but they serve a nice breakfast right on the terrace overlooking the beautiful sea. I ended my trip to Sicily here and it was wonderfully relaxing.
A Gem of a Hotel
Villa Gaia is a small hotel, just on the outskirts of the main town, but right opposite the beach. Its far enough out of town to be quiet at night, but within easy walking distance. Its perfect - the rooms are beautifully furnished, the staff are friendly and helpful. They dont accept credit cards, which can be a pain, but take the trouble to send bankers drafts, its worth it when you get there!
Well kept secret!
This small hotel was a real gem of a find and quite by accident! Had been staying in Le Calette previously but this tops it and is cheaper! Good size rooms, a suite is recommended. Clean, airy and spacious. Fantastic state of the art showers with loads of settings inc. music and lights! Small outside bar but swimmg pool empty. Stones throw from the beach, literally across the road. Pleasant, helpful staff. Just off the main drag so not too noisy but still close enough to town. Can't fault it.
This is a fairly new 4 star hotel in an excellent location on the seafront a few hundred yards from the main strip. Its small (dozen rooms?), & thus nice and quite. Most rooms have balcony & sea view. Rooms very large modern elegant & stylish with super power showers. No pool, but beach is just across the road. Free parking. Highly reccomended. www.villagaiahotel.it