Villa Gaia Hotel
Travel Blogs from Cefalu
Today we went to Cefalu, a seaside town about an hour away from Palermo. Roads were once again very windy with lovely views. We walked into the main square, and saw the Norman cathedral which is still in use. Mass was on at 9.30 so we attended. There were a lot of children, and the priest then said that they were having first communion next Sunday. Quite a few of the tour group came, lots of Catholics we found out. ...
As we left Pettralia Sottana, we got a great view of the town. We drove through gently sloping hills and pastures on to Polizzi Generosa where the small houses huddle on the mountain. A short way on we reached our destination, the beginning of Walk 21: Vallone Madonna Degli Angeli from our Sunflower Sicily guide, which is 5 miles and should take ...
... we encountered goats grazing, and then a glimpse of Mount Etna in the distance.
By the time we reached Petralia Soprana clustered on a hill, in true Italian fashion, everything was closed for lunch, but we snapped a couple of the churches.
Further on, and we arrived at Petralia Sottana and ...
... and crackers that we bought at the local supermarket. After the boys dry off and get dressed, we go to dinner in a little restaurant just down the road. We eat outside, it's a bit chilly, but we don't mind because the delicious food is worth it. It was a long day. Now we need some rest to get ready for tomorrow's activities. Enjoy the pics! Buona notte a tutti! Good night everyone!! S&S and ...
... busy with people everywhere even though it was morning. We found out that being May 1st, it was Italy's Festa del Lavaro (Labor Day). These Italian's have way too many holidays!! So we decided to first go for a long walk east of the town to escape the holiday craziness for awhile. We ended up walking much further than planned but it was fun to see La Rocca from the other side. Then shockingly, we actually decided to go sit our butts in the sand and smell the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Gaia Hotel Cefalu
The views took my breath away"
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!
A pleasant hotel
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.
Wonderful Hotel in Great Location
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.
The hotel is newly renovated (or built, I'm not sure) and has very spacious rooms, balconies and bathrooms. We were able to use Lido Poseidon (not directly in front of the hotel but 3 min walk) - the best private beach in Cefalu for free as we were the guests of the hotel. We also got 15% discount in the beach restaurant.
The hotel has wonderful breakfasts and has a lady on reception, who speaks very good English and is very friendly.
We enjoyed Cefalu very much as the water in the sea was so much warmer than around Taormina (only 3 hours train journey away). Throughout our 1 week stay in Sicily, we used trains to move around - I simply don't know why people bother with cars if you only want to explore around the coasts. Very cheap and efficient travel!
Cefalu was our favourite place out of Palermo, Taormina and Cefalu. Lots of families with kids as the sea is very shallow for about 100m. They simply love it.
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.
It's situated right on the outskirts of town across the street from the beautiful sandy beach and the promenade into the old town. Since you're on the outskirts you can easily wander around the corner to a modern grocery store, great pizza places and local restaurants.
The drawbacks are that the pool is empty and they don't supply beach towels, chairs or umbrellas. Other than that, you'd do worse than to spend some time at this very nice and reasonably priced gem.
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