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“Comfortable hotel in picturesque hilltop village”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Hotel Federico II

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Hotel Federico II
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“Comfortable hotel in picturesque hilltop village”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2011

The surprise highlight of our trip to four parts of Sicily, Castiglione is an ancient village that hangs on the sides of steep hills. We planned to use the hotel as a base for exploring Etna, Taormina, and Naxos, but were sucked into the charm of this half-abandoned town filled with picturesque vistas, pretty window boxes, old churches, and fascinating ruins. I spent hours walking its narrow streets and taking photos from its amazing views.

In comparison, the coastal towns -- especially Taormina -- were disappointing.

Although the hotel is in an old building, the interior is modern, uncluttered, and shiny. The family who runs it are friendly and helpful.

Surprisingly, we found two outstanding restaurants in Castiglione -- the hotel's Ristorante Sine Tempore, and La Dispensa Dell'Etna, a wine shop / trattoria about two minutes away. Both had similar menus focused on meat and local farm ingredients. La Dispensa was my slight favorite because of its remarkable selection of wines from the Etna region.

Although the hotel is in the middle of the old town, which is higher up the hill, it is a little hard to find, even with our GPS, which instructed us to drive down alleys that were too narrow even for a smart car. My suggestion is to first park in the lower part of town and find your way on foot. Then it is easy to map the best car route up to the square in front of the hotel, which has free parking.

This is a charming place to spend two or three days -- slowly -- and let yourself fall back through centuries of time.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2011

Delightful, fully renovated hotel in a characterful Sicilian medieval hill town. Spacious well decorated bedrooms kept spotlessly clean by the friendly staff. The hotel is family run and the service is excellent, they could not be more helpful. The town itself has seen better days but is a warren of fascinating, if sometimes crumbling, historic buildings. The hotel restaurant is good quality and reasonable priced as are a number of local eateries. Sicily in general is a real discovery, dramatic scenery, amazingly cheap compared to other western European destinations and really friendly people who never hassle you and are genuinely surprised and grateful if you tip them.

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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2010

I have my wife in three days between the Federico II Hotel in October. Management and staff are very professional and friendly.
They help us bring more luggage room and bring free glass of juice for us after a long tiring journey mines.
Clean room, a bathroom and shower, large bathtub and very comfortable.
Staff available to assist you tour and difficulties as well as locations on the map help, for your convenience to travel.
You get free breakfast, with drinks, depending on the type of test that you will pay.
Difficult to find any hotel at home, however if at Hotel Federico II you almost get there

  • Stayed October 2010
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2010

Beautiful setting in small hillside town (make sure you find the right street to go up :D). Very friendly family run hotel. Spotlessly clean, large rooms - some with wireless internet access in the rooms. At least one bathroom had a shower for wheelchairs users.
Excellent food incl. sicilian specialities and wine in hotel restaurant - a la carte as well as all-in menus, all freshly prepared. House wine was a really good deal at 4 euros a litre. Plentiful and varied breakfast.
Really can't find a thing wrong with the place...

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2010

We had an excellent week here. The hotel is situated just off a square (with free parking) in the beautiful hilltop town of Castiglione di Sicilia that provides real rustic charm, narrow streets, good views of Etna and some excellent restaurants including the hotel's own. We really couldn't fault the staff who were very attentive and helpful at all times and all areas of the hotel are kept spotlessly clean. The hotel also provides a really good selection at breakfast, including cereals, fresh bread, cheese, meats, fresh fruit and cakes - we really did feel set up for the day. A pot of tea isn't imediately available at breakfast but we only had to ask for it on the first morning and it was provided every morning from then on. Rooms (and bathrooms) are quite large and very comfortable and ours had a nice sized balcony with table and chairs (although I don't believe this applies to all rooms). Overall this is a cracking little family run hotel where pride is taken in providing an excellent level of service. Top marks.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel Federico II

Property: Hotel Federico II
Address: Via M.Baracca, 2, 95012, Castiglione di Sicilia, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Catania > Castiglione di Sicilia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Castiglione di Sicilia
Price range (per night): ₹ 3,573 - ₹ 6,025
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Federico II 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Between the extraordinary territory of the Etna Park and uncontaminated Alcantara Valley, on a sandstone hill , is located the medieval town of Castiglione di Sicilia. Here in the heart of its historic centre, in an ancient palace of 14th century, completely renovated was born Hotel Frederick II. The hotel offers 9 rooms, all elegantly furnished and equipped with every comfort and is the ideal place to spend a holiday in relax for discover the natural beauties ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Federico Ii Hotel
Hotel Federico II Sicily/Castiglione Di Sicilia

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