Our agent booked us into the Monaci for 5 nightS at the start of our holiday. The drive from Catania irpaort was fine with SatNav. Its a beautiful drive once off the E45 as the Monaci is nestled in the foothills of Etna
The room we booked was not to our liking, so they kindly showed us the Royal suit, which we took. The Roya suit is really large and beautifully suituated. Its a touch warm as the aircon units are floor mounted, but the privacy is great, and the bathroom a real treat.
Breakfast was modest, but freshly squeezed vege juice and great coffee goes a long way. The freshly made tarts are just wonderful!
The restaurant food overall was good, if a liitle pricy, which seems to be a recurring theme of many reviews.
As the property provides a lot of its own produce, I'm not sure why this is the case and some of the flavour combinations such as Pigeon breast and seaweed did not work so well for me. I realise taste is very subjective.
We dont drink, so much of the focus around the regional wines was not applicable.
It would be nice if the complimentary water was in to your room every day, not just the first day, as most other properties of in this price range offer these sort of extra touches to service.
You pay a cover charge for eating at the pool area of 3 euros each. I dont remember this happeing at other properties, and was supried this was on a hotel guest bill.
The rooms are very interesting, each one seems to have its own character, as some in in old stone farm builings and others new builds. All are very well thought out and kept in a beautiful condition.
The pool area is lovely, and you can see the cone of Etna smoking whilst in the pool.
All around the hotel are the smells and sounds of organic produce and bees, with lavender everywhere, really beautilful.
The staff are great, and very happy to accommodate your needs.
Its in a great location to be able to reach Mt Etna with ease, but we didnt travel out much after that. Zafferana is a lovely liitle town, with a couple of nice Trattoria's and a very lively Piazzo in the evenings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In 2007, by chance, I stumbled upon this place, fell in love with it and decided to devote my life to its resurrection.To bring this place, previously chosen by the monks of Saint Anna’s order for his special energy and extraordinary charm, back to life. It has become the second great project of my life. The estate Monaci delle Terre Nere is situated along the slopes of Mount Etna, the biggest volcano in Europe on the border of the Etna National Park at 500mt above sea level. My wish has been to preserve the historic identity and local traditions, more than a Boutique Hotel it is a home which I hope retains its intimacy. The house which dates from 1800 is listed as one of historical importance. It is now a place where traditional Sicilian Architecture is combined with contemporary art and living. ... more less
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