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Reviewed 20 April 2015

Gratteri is a small mountain village, untouched by tourism. If you want peace, hilly mountain walks, superb food then this is for you. If you are after laid on entertainment, late nights and bars then perhaps not.

We booked (and had exclusive use of) the spa which includes an enormous jacuzzi and a steam room, but stayed in the main hotel. The owners Debora and Marcus are very friendly and approachable, both speak good english. We had Serafino cook for us and his food is amazing.

I would certainly recommend this hotel to anyone seeking a place to unwind and be fed wonderful local food and wines.

Date of stay: April 2015
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2014 via mobile

The village Gratteri is off the regular path. It is a sleepy town, relativly untouched by mass tourism. We (fam of 3, incl 3yr old daughter) stayed at Dimora dei Fratti in the separete house. It's a small house with on the first floor the kitchen and toilet, second floor a couch and bed and on the third floor the 2person bed and shower. All is very basic and pitoresk. The B&B is 1 min. walk away. Cathy gave us the full tour. All rooms and the separate spa are very, very nice.

They serve a great breakfast and a GREAT diner. We haven't met the owners, but we did meet Cathy, the great 'stand in' innkeeper and the hero of Dimora dei Frati: Sarafino. He can be described as the Gentile Giant. He is the caretaker and an AWESOME cook! We dined 2 times and both times were great. Overall we had a great stay!

Grazi mille Cathy and Sarafino!!

One constructive point of criticism: please look at the shower. The water drains not as quick as it can run. This led to an overflow which trickled down to the stairs. And please change the shower curtain to a door or something. This would fit better to the otherwise great place to stay.

Date of stay: September 2014
Trip type: Travelled with friends
1  Thank Michel P
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

The hotel looks like another town house made of stone, yet the inside of the rooms shows great thought and design (the rooms are designed by Deborah, one of the owners). The staff is very attentive and courteous, they (Renato, who looks after the property and also of course Markus and Deborah who are the owners) always want to make sure the customers are comfortably and happy.

Breakfast was great and well worth the price - home made jams, fresh pastry and a surprise every day - once it was a great strudel with sour cream, the other day it was a stack of perfectly made pancakes - and if you ask they'll make you an omelet or a made-to-perfection sunny-side-up.

Driving there has its magic - Gratteri is located almost on top of a mountain which you climb to find an unbelievably great looking and remote town with probably one of the best scenic views in that area. I truly hope that we'll have a chance to come again, maybe this time to make use of the spa house which is for couples only ;-)

Room tip: Make sure that the room you get doesn't face the street when the hotel's entrance is - sometimes people sit there in the morning for their morning coffee and cigarette, meaning you'll get up to a bit smokey scent in your room...
Date of stay: August 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank syuval
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Reviewed 21 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed for two nights in this lovely place. The village Gratteri lies in a stunning position with fantastic views down to the coast 650 metres below. It is less than 30 minutes drve from the bustling resort of Cefalu, yet Gratteri is totally quiet. That also means that there is practically no tourist infrastructure apart from Dimora dei frati.
Our room was very quirky, with rough walls, ancient furniture and a font for a basin in an otherwise very modern and functional bathroom. Unfortunately the antique bed was not very comfortable and you could hear the industrial-strength extractor fans from neighbouring bathrooms long into the night. Good hot water, decent wifi and satellite channels on TV.
Breakfast with fresh ricotta and yoghurt was the best we had in Sicily and dinner the first night was equally brilliant. The staff try very hard and are very friendly, but unfortunately they do not always get it right. Dinner the second night was not nearly as good, our room received no maid service at all and on the last morning we had to wait 45 minutes before we could check out, as there was nobody there.
If you can live with this you'll have a wonderful unique experience here.

Date of stay: July 2014
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Thank Swetaketu
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

A little hard to get to. I am very proud to have driven back and forth down Gratteri alleys without scratching my Audi. Once at this wonderful B&B, Laurel and Hardy look-a-likes Renato and Sarafino (the gentle giant) will take care of you. The rooms are fantastic in my opinion. They have a querkiness that I love, and very rarely find. The breakfast was without a doubt the best I had in Sicily for the month I was there. I wish I had brought home some of that marmelade that Sarafino had made. This is an absolute gem. Gratteri is on its own very nice and worth a visit. The road to Gratteri offers great views and less trafic.

Date of stay: April 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank JonasLevin76
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