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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Nice hotel, friendly staff, spectacular views but not much nightlife.
The hotel has live music/disco at the weekends but nothing at all in the week. Gioiosa Marea has a few bars & restaurants but very quiet.
The hotel is on a hill so you need a car really or get very fit.
Breakfast is the same every day but there is loads of choice so limit your selections each day to get variety if that is what you want.

A few minor niggles with the hotel:
The food is OK but always runs out every night before more is put out. Seafood are those tiny shrimps you used to catch in rock pools as a child served shell on. Way to much effort to de-shell them for a matchstick sized tail.
There are plenty of sunbeds around by the pool but the parasols have a design fault where they take off in anything over a 5mph breeze. It is a shame because they fit into heavy concrete bases which would keep them in place but it beyond the wit of Sicillians to make a fixing which would keep both parts together.
The only other complaint is the large number of stupid pointless rules that the staff are determined to enforce.

It sounds like we had a horrible time. We didn't. It was lovely. The sun setting into the Tyrrhenian sea most evenings was spectacular.

Room tip: Rooms in the main building get free WiFi. Higher blocks require multiple lifts to get to.
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
    • Sleep Quality
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Pharlapdog
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The hotel is located in an amazing place with a beautiful view sunsets are stunning and breathtaking All rooms have a view for the sea. Room was big and clean with a balcony and clean bathroom. The hotel is located on the hill and walking down to Gioiosa Marea takes about 10 minutes but walking up takes about 25 minutes. For us it was not a problem but for older people could be. But in the hotel reception you can order a bus to the town which hour you want. People who have not been in Italy should remember about siesta between 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. which makes the town almost empty during those hours. From the hotel it is impossible to walk to the hotel beach on foot because there is not a footpath on the main road. But there is a free bus to the beach and from the beach 6 times a day. Infinity pool is really nice and not crowded and each hour we could find a free deckchairs. Each place is created by people and this is a strong side of this hotel because the staff was very nice and friendly. (special thanks for a nice time during meals to Sebastiano and Francesco from Anna and Kaan ) Meals were various and delicious and each day we could find something different.

Date of stay: July 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Anna M
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

On top of my headline I would add great, friendly staff.

PROS
-- Million Dollar View

CONS
-- Supermarket quality breakfast, with powder scrambled eggs as the queen. Hello! We are in Italy, aren't we?
-- Jamming elevators: German couple spent there locked ca. 40 minutes which was probably their top vacation experience.
-- Paris Dakar sort of experience if you are to climb the hill with your Cinquecento on the gravel hotel road

TIP
-- As Gioiosa Marea is in the middle of nowhere:) it's reasonable to rent a car at the Catania airport with much more attractive prices vs. local ones.

GENERALLY SPEAKING: SICILY IS THE PARADISE!

Room tip: the higher the better (VIEW!)
Date of stay: September 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
    • Sleep Quality
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    • Service
2  Thank marekpl2017
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Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had a vacation in Sicily. We booked an all-inclusive stay at the Avalon Sikani, the personnel was friendly, safe for the receptionist at the front, there was a language barrier with the rest. Had to pay extra for a little children bed, which isn’t a problem in itself but mostly included for free with other hotels nowadays. Rooms were clean, though upon closer inspection you could see tears in curtains, and a general ‘sweating the assets’ type of vibe. This place is not kid friendly, meaning that there is nothing to do for the children. The personnel is very friendly. Dinners started good, and degraded into mediocracy towards the end of our stay. It might have been because not many people were there. Breakfasts were bad, no variety and nothing that was particularly tasty. Lunches were a la carte and mostly decent but nothing to write home about. Again, the hotel is by mo means bad, it’s not good either. It’s just ok. Pool wasn’t heated, so lots of potential for improvement. Hope they read these reviews!

Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank namataekim
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HotelAvalon S, Responsabile reception at Hotel Avalon Sikani, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Dear Guest, we would thank you for choosing Hotel Avalon Sikanì. We are sorry for the little inconvenience but we will try to use your complaints to improve. However we hope we will welcome you again in the next future. Best regards

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Reviewed 19 September 2017 via mobile

Positives:- very nice room overlooking the bay, room and complex clean, staff helpful, polite and understanding of both English and our attempts to speak English. Wifi hotspot available in most areas including our room.

Pool area good, large infinity pool, nice bar area with selection of drinks and nibbles as well as a small choice of bar food. Complimentary shuttle bus to a nice beach with good restaurant ( lovely big pizzas ). Shuttle bus limited to 8 passengers...watch out for queue-jumpers!

I am scoring the food as adequate on the basis of the group concensus. The breakfasts were o.k. but as with most Med. Countries they can put on a good continental breakfast but the bacon and egg was never hot (unless you got first choice on a fresh supply). My own opinion was that the little burners could not keep the water hot enough for long enough to keep the food pipng hot. Same goes for evening meals. If you like fish and sea food you will be fine, other alternatives were not to my taste. Did not like the label of "grilled meat" I want to know whether it is pork or beef or veal.

The town and surrounding area was not touristy so you will find a Sicilian town in its natural state. Good coffee bars and restaurants in town, but you need a car to explore surrounding areas.

Negatives:- the indoor bar by reception was never open. If you want an evening drink it is back to the pool bar even during a thunderstorm which we experienced. Do not understand why a more convivial atmosphere was not generated by using indoor facilities. Ignore signs to The Wine Shop; it doesnt exist.

A pleasant stay, but I like piping hot food!

Date of stay: September 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank timp996
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HotelAvalon S, Responsabile reception at Hotel Avalon Sikani, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2017

Dear Guest, we would thank you for choosing Hotel Avalon Sikanì and it's a pleasure for us you spent pleasant moments at our hotel. We are sorry for the little inconvenience but we will try to improve. We hope we will welcome you again in the next future. Best regards

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