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Marina Palace Hotel & Congress Hall

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Nice hotel, very close to the beach. Staff is OK, but not everyone is nice. Rooms have balconies, TV and refrigerator. I was in a triple room. Third bed was small and less comfortable. They have some interconnecting rooms. Not all rooms have WiFi. The AC can only be controlled through the reception. Hotel is in need of some restoration. There is construction work in the area at the moment, which might disturb a longer sleep. The restaurant belonging to the hotel is nice, but the food at lunch is very slow. Probably understaffed. Breakfast is sufficient, and until 10am. A bus stop to Catania, is very close to the hotel (once every hour). There are shops and mini markets close by. There is a Gym and Spa at the hotel.

We stayed one night at the Marina Palace and had a good stay. Rooms were clean and tidy, reception staff spoke great English and were very helpful to our group and the food and drink were very good. Can definitely recommend for a business trip.

We invited some friends and each enjoyed a wonderful promotional package for 2. My husband & I were thrilled to have a vigorous workout in the well equipped gym. The Wet Zone, included walking through hydro jets with various temperatures of water, this helps with circulation. The sauna and Turkish bath surely helped detox. Power jet showers were rather stimulating. Jacuzzi tub for two and finally a Relaxation area to enjoy various herbal teas and offerings of seasonal fruits. What a delightful afternoon. Thanks to the Manager Lucia and the expert massage from Alesia. A feather in your cap ladies. Very professional staff. Will return soon. Marah and Norbert Toronto, Canada

Touring around Sicily sounded an interesting idea and both my husband and I were looking forward to seeing the ancient sites and experiencing some great Italian food. Sites are a plenty, unfortunately on this tour the food was lacking big time. "Four star" hotel. Sorry it is not in this bracket at all. We spent three nights here, rooms big and had a large balcony but not set up with any seats. Cleaning could have been better in our bathroom as toilet pan was not that clean. Dead flies not removed from behind curtains (net ones) in the restaurant. Pasta on all three evenings very poor, one night fish which was nice but why serve tepid boiled potatoes ruined what could have been one of the better meals. Breakfast was a bit of a shambles, needed to be down stairs early to have a chance of getting boiled eggs, meat (poor quality), and cheese We were on a tour and two or three tours were also staying the same time. The hotel has 57 rooms. Could not recommend this hotel to anyone.

Pass this one by. Nice sleepy fishing village, but hotel is ghastly looking. Unfortunately it does not improve on the inside. Rooms are very basic, MFI/IKEA type furniture, very dark. The food is terrible. Average pasta starter, but the main course consisted of a chicken schnitzel, with two slices of aubergine and a single piece of fruit for dessert. The second night was no better. Breakfast was typical Italian continental style, which was adequate. I think someone was having a joke when they categorised this a 4*. I think it would struggle to make a 2*. Have to say the safe was free as was the wifi, which you could access throughout the hotel.

Hotel is nicely located, easy to reach but needs a renovation. Garage is double expensive as written on an outside placed advert (at the entrance of the garage). Beginning September were only a few guests using that hotel that breakfast room was not opened and you had to order your breakfast evening before to get it delivered to your room. Staff at reception were extremely friendly and helpful.

I want to thank specially one administrator girl who's name I forgot sadly, very helpful staff, nothing much bad to say about this hotel only suggesting to those who will choose here to stay - rent a car, cause to reach ~Catania not a big drama but problem to go to Taormina side, no bus.

The choice of hotel was made by the tour operator who warned us that the 4 star rating was a bit inflated. After reading other reviews, I was prepared for the worst. The actual experience was a pleasant surprise. The room was spacious if a little bare bones in furnishing. The balcony was large with a view of the sea if we stood on our toes. We did have to ask for front desk override on air conditioning settings to bring the actual cooling to our North American standards. The staff was generally pleasant and attempted to be helpful, but lack of English did pose some problems, particularly in the spa. Restaurant staff was pleasant and attentive. The breakfast buffet was tasty, with a reasonable amount of choice. The staff did go out of their way at dinner to ensure that the vegetarians in our group did not go hungry but options were limited. Downsides: Internet access, which was supposed to be available in the common areas, was slow when we could connect at all. This proved to be a major source of frustration with many in our group. Soundproofing - or complete lack of it - was a major headache. I knew who was walking by the room at any hour of the day. I could hear conversations in the next room from the bathroom. On several nights, there was a band playing in the lounge downstairs. I did not need to actually go downstairs to hear every note. On one night, a particularly bad Elvis impersonator sang. I found myself wishing for the ceiling to cave in to end the torture. The beds were a bit on the firm side, but I've experienced much worse in pricier hotels. The pillows were hard as a rock. There is no pool on sight, but you can get passes to the beach & pool area across the street. To get into town for a cafe or grocery store meant a 5-10 minute walk. Narrow sidewalks are a concern when traffic is heavy as you end up walking in the street to get around parked cars but this seemed to be the case wherever we went in Sicily. The hotel would not be my first choice if returning to the area, but, for the price, was an ok place to use as home base for a week of exploring the east side of Sicily.

Was recommended this hotel by a local friend of mine. The room was extremely spacious, with a big king sized bed, a huge bathroom. The furnishings are bordering on the basic but comfortable. We just decided to go to Sicily for a long weekend break and managed to find this charming hotel at a giveaway price. The breakfast buffet was ample and well stocked, the staff extremely polite & always helpful!. The hotel has an underground parking which we made use of at an extra cost of only 5 euros/night... We found the hotel perfect for our daytrips, we went off to Toarmina, Siracusa, Etna, Catania etc and used to drive back in the evening then park the car, and later on in the evening just stroll into Acitrezza for a fantastic dinner or drive to nearby fishing villages for some great local specialities..

Where do I start? The courtyard fountains that are rusted and twisted? The Sky television that they don't have, even though they advertise it? The hard as a rock bed, matched only by the harder pillows? The blown lightbulbs in the ceiling that were never fixed? The safe that didn't work? The shower head on the adjustable rail that was broken, so that the water was aimed squarely at my stomach, forcing me to sit in the tub to 'shower'? Or how about the breakfast? Italians make fantastic coffee, but this was some of the worst sludge I have ever tasted. And I won't bother talking about the food. There were building works of some sort going on while I was there, though the hotel does not appear to have had any maintenance in years. They started at 7 am, and continued well into the night, even on Sunday. Avoid at all costs. Oh, and Acitrezza does not have a beach. At all. You can use the lido over the raod, for EUR 6.00 per day, plus EUR 2.00 for a sunbed.

Via Provinciale 1 Aci Castello CT

Hotel highlights

  • Close to Norman Castle
  • Free buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Onsite dining

Located in Aci Trezza, Marina Palace Hotel & Congress Hall is within a 10-minute stroll of sights such as Lachea Island and Casa del Nespolo Museum. This 53-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, free in-room WiFi, and a health club. It's in central Aci Castello and also close to Norman Castle and Sant'Anna Lighthouse.


Free buffet breakfast is included with your stay. This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, get a quick pick-me-up at the coffee shop/café, and mingle with other guests at the free manager's reception.


All of Marina Palace Hotel & Congress Hall's 53 air-conditioned rooms provide balconies or patios, minibars, and free bottled water. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. Bathrooms have hair dryers, free toiletries, and bidets. Safes, phones, and desks are also standard.

Property features

Guests staying at Marina Palace Hotel & Congress Hall enjoy access to a full-service spa, a health club, and an outdoor tennis court. If you drive, self parking is EUR 5 per day, or you can take advantage of the airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for EUR 50 per vehicle one way. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, tours or tickets, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a rooftop terrace, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space.

Room options

Classic Triple Room, 1 Bedroom

Twin 3 | Full 1 | Sleeps 3

Double Room Single Use

Full 1 | Sleeps 1

Quadruple Room

Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Double or Twin Room, Sea View

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

31% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 220 reviews