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Reviewed 21 January 2020

Costa Verde is a nice hotel. Beautiful few, nice location, kind staff but there is nothing to do outside of the hotel unless you rent a car of take the bus. The food is oke not great. The pool is lovely but very busy and no seats available at times. The evening entertainment starts with music for the 60+ and later on for the middle age people. The Entertainment shows are a big part italian and French speaking so it is hard to keep you focus if you dont understand those languages.

The aquapark (3 min walk) was nice.

The bus only scheduled 2 max 3 times a day from the hotel to the centre of Cefalu and to the beach. Problem is that the bus goes in the morning around 8.30 am and the bus back at 12 am, this is to short to really do something but to long to just go to the market. The next bus leaves between 3 or 4(dont know exactly) but this is to long if you have small kids like me. The bus is always strickt on time.

I had a nice stay at Costa Verde

Date of stay: July 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
2  Thank JudithbY
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Reviewed 28 October 2019 via mobile

We came to this hotel yesterday for our last day and night before flying home. lastminute.com made a cock up and we ended up having to stay here.... we were told 4 star all inclusive.
I'm not a moaner per se and this is the first review I have ever made but felt compelled to do so.
It is the end of season here in Sicily.
We opted for an all inclusive holiday.
This morning after breakfast I fancied another coffee and so walked around to coffee bar. I wanted to sit outside as the views are quite stunning.
The young girl serving at the coffee bar refused to give me a Cappuccino stating the coffee bar was not open until 10am.
She advised us to go back to the restaurant to grab another drink. You are not allowed to take cups out of the restaurant and I did not wish to sit in the humid restaurant again.
I sat outside for approx 10mins and decided to return to my room only to find the coffee bar serving coffee to Italian guests.
I enquired about getting a Cappuccino again and was refused again. Apparently the coffee bar is only open for cash sales not all inclusive. I asked the young lady for her name and promptly went to reception to complain. Reception advised me it should be ok to have a Cappuccino anytime as I am all inclusive, telephoned the coffee bar.
I overheard the receptionist say good day to a different named person that who I had just dealt with. The receptinionist advised me to return to coffee area, which I did, only to encounter the same rude young lady. I asked her if she had recieved the call from reception ( half believing that someone else, a manager had taken the call) she said yes she had taken the call.... this girl had given me the wrong name..... so she knew what she was doing was wrong.... perhaps she is just racist.... no lo so... I dont know.
I speak a little Italian and overheard her speaking maliciously about me to the Italians at the bar.
Even though our flight is not till 9.... checking out early.
Never seen brussel sprouts for breakfast before either.
This is a business hotel, not suitable for anyone looking for a cultural family holiday.
It looks posh from the outside.... the views are stunning, but feels like a prison... attached photos of our corridor....
Avoid at all costs!
You will be disappointed.
Thank you to reception staff though.... they are the only ones with any manners here.
Food... average
Air con switched off
Pillow flat as a pancake... weird flush on toilet.... difficult to use... would be impossible for anyone with arthritis.
I just cant wait to get out of here.

Date of stay: October 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
3  Thank 961natashai
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Reviewed 25 October 2019

We booked a great last minute deal through TUI ... then checked the reviews! We were immediately worried because some were really bad. However, this is a lovely hotel with great food, helpful staff who speak excellent English, nice room with spectacular sea views.
The main downside of the location of the hotel is that you can't walk out of the grounds without getting a bus or coach. On the other hand, there's a bus to the local town a few times a day and a regular shuttle minibus to the private hotel beach. Excursions also call straight to the hotel entrance.
So don't listen to the moaners - we recommend this hotel, especially if you can find a late deal!

Date of stay: October 2019
3  Thank Hilaryonholiday
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Reviewed 20 October 2019

We stayed at Costa Verde after losing our holiday to Zante with Thomas Cook. It wasn't our first choice and we were a little concerned by the reviews but determined to remain positive.

This is a really nice hotel which is a little out the way and it is a shame you cannot walk anywhere from it but you can get a direct bus to Cefalu which is really lovely and we went three times.

This hotel accommodates retired French and Italian guests. My husband and I are British and around 30 years old. Certainly we were not their target clientele and we did not engage with the evenings entertainment but this is usual for us as we enjoy our own company.

On arrival the check in process was quick, they do ask for you passports and keep hold of them for the night which was strange. Our room was really good, incredible sea view. The mattresses are really quite firm though!

The staff are super helpful and as soon as we tried a couple of Italian phrases (ciao, grazia etc they were really friendly, I have no idea where the idea of rude staff comes from.)

The food isn't the best we have experienced all inclusive but that isn't to say it wasn't very good. There is such a great range of salads. Not many dishes are labelled which might be difficult for some. You get a bottle of wine with lunch and dinner.

There are lots of complaints here about breakfast - you cannot get a "full English" the cuisine at this hotel isn't aimed at Brits, they are trying to run a business after all. There was plenty of nice things, lots of croissants, fruit, yoghurt, bacon eggs...

The pool was lovely, it was chilly but that isn't the hotel's fault.

Our only real gripes with this hotel was the limited drinks, no spirits and only one decent cocktail. It hardly ruined our holiday, the beer and wine were nice and cold.

The other thing was that if you go at the end of season the pool bar, beach bar and outside restaurant do not really open so it's not as convenient to get a drink.

All in all this is a good hotel that wouldn't be our first choice but we enjoyed our time there. A big thank you to the bartenders who were really friendly and helped us with our Italian!

Date of stay: October 2019
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2  Thank Sunshinedesserts
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Reviewed 17 October 2019

My wife and I stayed at the Costa Verde from 22/9/19 to 29/9/19.
We have travelled extensively over the years from the Caribbean/America across to Egypt/Jordan and most destinations in between, many of our holidays have been on an all inclusive basis and we have probably experienced well over 30 of these, I have to say (sadly) that this is almost certainly the worst of the bunch.
I tend to read the reviews on here prior to booking a trip and quite often take them with a pinch of salt, however, many of the negative reviews are accurate.
The hotel itself is in a fantastic location perched on a hillside overlooking the sea and mountains, the weather was superb, no rain for a week, the town of Cefalu is a short distance from the hotel and you can get a bus (at a small cost) to this and also to the nearby beach.
Food at the hotel was acceptable apart from breakfast which was quite frankly bloody awful, it consisted of the same choice every morning, scrambled or boiled eggs, tiny frankfurter sausages, boiled bacon (who boils bacon) vegetables??, and the usual collection of cereals and pastries, the worst breakfast I have ever encountered anywhere on my travels.
Lunch and evening meals were better although the choice was somewhat limited compared to other hotels we have stayed in and the food was never hot even when the restaurant first opened, it was mainly lukewarm at best, I believe that there was a microwave available, however, I do not expect to have to heat my food in a restaurant prior to eating it.
The all inclusive drinks were a joke, no spirits at all,I have never done an all inclusive holiday where spirits were not included, the beer was served in small glasses, we were never once approached by any of the waiters whilst sat in the bar or entertainment areas to see if we wanted a drink, we had to keep going to the bar and contend with the staff many of whom were not particularly friendly and quite often slammed the glasses down on the bar, the vast majority of the guests were French, there were some Italians, a few German and British, the only ones that were all inclusive were the Germans and British, the rest were half/full board, they seemed to get better treatment as they were paying for their drinks and no doubt were tipping the waiters and bar staff, I would have tipped if the service had been better and a little friendlier.
All the entertainment was in French/Italian, I really don’t have an issue with this but having booked through TUI they perhaps need to review whether this is a suitable hotel for British guests.
We took a trip to Palermo which was booked through TUI, this was very good, took in Palermo cathedral, the opera house and catacombs, well worth the money.
To sum up, we loved Sicily and would return, however, definitely not to the Costa Verde, it was a strange experience, we just didn’t feel particularly welcome, it was almost as though we (as British) were an inconvenience, I can’t remember in all our years of travelling having complained to the holiday rep, on this occasion we did but (inevitably) heard nothing back.
Finally...if you are thinking of a trip to Sicily then seriously, don’t bother with the Costa Verde.

Date of stay: September 2019
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