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All reviews via etnea first floor the main street old building mount etna bellini gardens major sights small hotel welcoming hotel tour company airport bus italian style huge room wi fi no elevator arancini perfect location
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Reviewed 10 October 2018

Hotel Etnea 316 is located roughly in the middle of one of the very long and very straight main streets in Catania. Most if not all of the points of interest in this town are to the left of the hotel as you walk out the very large and heavy front gates and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to get there. There is virtually nothing of any interest to the right. That puts the hotel in a good position but only just. Like many hotels in this price bracket, this hotel was once a grand large old building re-purposed into a functioning hotel. That makes it interesting but it has to live with the shortcomings of the building itself. Thus there is no lift to the first floor where the hotel is. No problem for us as staff were very helpful and assisted us with bags. Rooms go off here and there from the main area and the dining area is somewhat awkward. The breakfast was basic and quite limited and it may be better for the hotel to forget it (like lots of other hotels) or offer 2 different prices, for those who want breakfast and those who don't. Our room was very large and very comfortable. The bed was super good, particularly having had some terrible ones prior to this place. Aircon was excellent as was the wifi. The bathroom/toilet is a small room within the main room. It worked but the shower was small, tiny really.Like most places in the main cities in Sicily, Catania is one noisy city and this can be heard from your room in varying degrees until late in the evening when it quietens down. This would be common to most hotels like this one as the rooms usually face one street or another. Unless the hotel has been purposed built with rooms buried in the middle, noise will always be a backdrop. Go with it and don't forget you are staying in an ancient city with plenty to see and do. The hotel is run by a human dynamo, Marco. Do yourself a favour and go on one of his trips to Mount Etna. It was a highlight and he is very clued up and entertaining at the same time.

  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Richard3150
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Reviewed 8 October 2018

We spent two weeks in Sicily and flew in and out of Catania airport and also rented and dropped off our rental car at the airport. In our meanderings, we stayed at Hotel Etnea 316 three different times (a total of 4 nights) in three different rooms. The location was great. Convenient to the bus stop for the Alibus to and from the airport, as well as the local bus system. Centrally located for shopping, eating, and seeing the town. But the best part was the warm and friendly attention from the staff, primarily Marco and Domenico. They carried our luggage up and down the stairs each time, even though we could do that ourselves.They helped us figure out transportation to Taormina, writing out the relevant bus schedules (the local bus to the central bus station as well as the longer distance bus to Taormina). We took Marco's tour of Mt. Etnea and it was well worth the (very reasonable) cost, informative, entertaining and fun. Breakfast was fine, with an assortment of whole fruit, yogurt, pastries and juices, plus espresso drinks to order.
This is a basic hotel in an older building, but a good value. Of the three rooms we stayed in, two were quite large, one was smaller, all were a little dark. All the beds were comfortable and the rooms were clean. The rooms facing the street could be noisy, but we enjoyed standing on our small balcony over the main street and watching the hustle and bustle of Catanian life.
By the way, Marco and Domenico recommended a restaurant (Da Peppino?) for dinner, and they mentioned it a couple of times. On our third stay, we decided to try it for a late lunch and it was one of the two best meals we had in Sicily. The service was warm and professional and the food was delicious.
We would definitely stay at Hotel Etnea 316 if we return to Catania.

Room Tip: Request one of the larger rooms.
  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank sandyoregon2018
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Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our vacation in Catania and stayed at hotel etnea 316. Hotel is centre of the city and good for shopping. Staffs ar friendly and helpful 24 hours service. Large room and clean. In the morning they provide a delicious breakfast.

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2018

I am a pensioner & having stayed ,the previous week,at another hotel in Catania which was excellent(cheaper too) , I am surprised that the reviews do not mention the many stairs , all the repair work being done to the exterior, the noise (inside & outside ), the uncomfortable bed & pillows, old electrics & shower room & definitely not good value.

The members of staff on duty at night & for breakfast were friendly

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled with friends
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7  Thank Roving705785
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marco p, Direttore generale at Hotel Etnea 316, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Dear Visitor, your review is published on the wrong page. Please check your review and write for the correct hotel. Just to clarify: We are on the first floor in an aristocratic building, 2 flights of stairs very easy, we have no renovations, electrical systems and showers 2016. All our staff is friendly and at your disposal. 99.9% of the reviews speak clearly, 9.5 staff !!! Please check and cancel your review in our page, thank’s Marco.

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Reviewed 10 August 2018

Airless and dark interior. Breakfast awful. Our staff person was not friendly or helpful in any way (not Marco that is mentioned by other reviewers). The only thing in favour of this hotel is its location - a pleasant walk into centre. There must be better choices. On our return to Catania we paid a few Euro more to stay somewhere else.

  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank chipchip
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