Hotel Federico II4.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Really nice rooms. Great views looking out over the surrounding countryside. Food was VERY ordinary, especially breakfast and you couldn't find anyone to serve you a coffee without knocking on the door to the kitchen. The place would rate 4-stars but for the food and breakfast service as the rooms are very nice.
We booked for three nights. On the first night I asked the receptionist to check the air conditioning in our room because although it made some noise it didn't seem to be working properly. She told me it would take some time for the air to become cold. The night was horrible with +30ºC in the room. On the next day I told about the problem to another receptionist who told me that would send someone to check the problem. We arrived at 10pm that evening to know that no one had done anything and all was about the same. I came down again to ask for a room replacement. The receptionist told me that the problem was the same in the entire hotel and told me to open the windows to sleep. I asked to talk to the manager to get a fair price for my stay since I was paying for something I didn't have. She talked with the manager and told me he would speak with me the next morning. On the next morning, a new receptionist was on duty. She didn't know about anything. I asked to speak with the manager and negotiated a discount for the two nights I "slept" there. I didn't stay any longer and had to move to another proper hotel. Breakfast ended at 10 am but at 9h30 was barely non-existent. The drinks were all at room temperature and food was lacking. Strange that a 4 star hotel doesn't serve fresh fruit juice. Wifi was terrible in the room and I often had to move between the room to get signal.
I have been there with my business partner for visiting Sicily. Nice location with outstanding view to Etna and Aeolian islands. Rooms very comfortable and very friendly and staff. Food and restaurant very classy and good. further facilities available as spa and trekking opportunities.
We stayed here for two nights on a driving holiday package around Sicily. This was the worst hotel by far. Yes the view is wonderful and it's close to a very pretty village however that is all it has to offer and views can be had elsewhere. Service was very poor, room pretty average with very little toiletries. The spa looked good but would cost a couple another 50 euros for two hours! Rip off! But the worst by far is the food. Breakfast was almost non existent and I could go on. We had dinner both nights as we were too far away to drive elsewhere and it was just average and the same menu both nights. I don't normally complain but it could have been so much better given the location. Fortunately all our other stops were good with excellent food that you expect in Sicily.
My Mum and I wanted to have a holiday in Italy and were lucky enough to find a Groupon deal for this hotel. We both needed relaxation, good food/wine and a bit of cultural interest to keep us happy. Hotel Federico was the perfect base for us, we loved the neo-medieval feel of the architecture and decor (mirroring the charming nearby Medieval city of Montalbano), we found the staff friendly and helpful and had no complaints about the cleanliness or presentation of the hotel/room. We really enjoyed our two evening meals at the hotel and loved the wines available (even the house white wine was glorious), I did not think that it was at all expensive for the quality. It is not the hotel for you if you want a lively stay but is perfect for a quiet,pampering type break. The spa facilities and gym were the "cherry on top" and we both had an amazing massage (booked via the hotel). I intended to drive around the area but managed to forget my drivers license! We used the very friendly local taxi service "Scaffidi taxis" which we highly recommend so we had a lovely day at the coast on the beach for around 40-50 Euros return trip. The hotel was quite difficult to get to via public transport (although we considered it part of the adventure!) and next time I would either hire a car or book a taxi to get there from a coastal railway station. We particularly loved the breakfast in the sunshine on the terrace, gorgeous pastries, yoghurt/cereal or continental (cheese,ham, salami and lovely bread). The only issue was that you needed to order coffee rather than have it freely available but it was very good when it came. The balcony/terrace at the side of the hotel had beautiful views and was the perfect place to have an early evening drink (always accompanied by generous and delicious apertizers). I will try to upload some photos at a later date. In summary, I would be very pleased to go back and really loved the whole area and the hotel. Montalbano itself is not very touristy and hence the people living there vary in terms of friendliness but in general were pleasantly surprised that you had "made the effort" to come out of the way of the better known tourist areas.
We found this hotel to be a lovely building in a lovely area with a nice size room but the hotel was lacking in soul. We enjoy the peace and the quiet but we would have liked a little atmosphere. The rooms were not particularly clean. The beds are nicely made and the towels are changed daily but the carpets were grubby on arrival along with the thick dust behind furniture that we cleaned ourselves. The balcony suite is spoiled by the fact that the amazing view across the mountains is totally blocked off when seated by the 4 ft solid wall. Not sure this warranted the extra cost and would suggest a standard room. No loungers on the balcony. Our room was north facing towards the sea. There was a dog barking nearby most of the day and most of the night. A room at the back would have been better. We asked to move but despite there only being 2 cars in the car park and 2 couples at dinner we were told they were full?!! We were not convinced. No pool and no loungers on the patio. No useful facilities other than the spa. The bottom line is it is simply a base and a bed for the night with broken sleep. The atmosphere is the killer though - totally sterile and evening meals felt like we were sat in the morgue. Better at breakfast sat outside which was very nice. No bar person and the bar was dead every night. No evening entertainment. None of this really mattered to us as we were there on a walking holiday but this is a review to help others. Evening meals are hit and miss - great some nights, terrible on others - one main course was inedible. Breakfast is pretty basic and the same every day. Cereal, ham and cheese, pears and pineapple, bread and tarts. Ok for a few days. The town nearby is in a beautiful position and well worth exploring but if you are only English speaking the best advice we could give is to research the area beforehand and decide where you want to go. Do not rely on the hotel staff to help out with this. There are some good english speaking girls but the general theme appears to be not to tell you anything unless you ask and when you ask to give misinformation or just smile sweetly at you and say `yes yes`. Very amusing but not much help. Buy a good map in advance there is nothing of much value at the hotel - take a satnav and allow plenty of time for the roads as 2nd gear is the norm. ETNA is about 40 miles away and will take a good 2 hours to reach the south side chairlifts. Enjoyed the spa but there are no changing rooms. Distance from the north coast is about 10 miles but due to the slow roads this takes about 30 - 40 minutes - if reception tell you its 10 - 20 minutes dont believe it ! Reception informed us there was nowhere else to eat other than on the coast. We found this not to be be true and found a great little restaurant on a working farm just around the corner. Out of the hotel road turn right away from town and there is a right turn about half a mile, 300 yards up the track and the house directly infront is the place to try. The grand-daughter speaks good english and we paid 60 euro for two for more food than we could eat including steak. Recommend the area, recommend Sicily. Would like to recommend the hotel but cant, its just missing the point in so many ways and has no soul. Go with an open mind and be prepared to clean the room yourself on arrival.
We were in this hotel during our Sicily trip 'Cultural & natural Highlights of Sicily' (Genius Loci Travel). This hotel really is a hidden pearl: located near the unknown small city of Montalbano Elicona, halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the impressive Mount Etna, a beautiful village, yet undiscovered by mass tourism. Already the visit to its amazing castle and a walk through its beautiful forests are worth the visit ! The strange rock formations of the Malabotta Forest are (almost) worth their fame of 'Sicilian Stonehenge'. Great views over the Aeolian Islands, wellness centre and a great restaurant.
The hotel, 3 - 4 Stars, but the reception of the people of the city of Montalbano Elicona Is wonderful
andati con un coupon ci siamo rilassati con la spa all intrno della struttura ed cenato con unabuona cena bellissimo albergo immerso nel verde e personale gentile e professionale spero di tornare presto !!!!davvero tutto bello !!
Sono stata in questo hotel con un'amica a giugno 2016 tramite un pacchetto smartbox. Immerso nella Natura e in un silenzio paradisiaco,questo hotel offre davvero degli ottimi servizi. Camera molto spaziosa e dotata di terrazza con vista mozzafiato. Personale attento e gentile,wifi,colazione ottima e abbondante servita in camera. Pacchetto benessere davvero completo,con zona relax finale dove abbiamo usufruito anche di the,tisane e frutta fresca. Da visitare almeno una volta!
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84% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 417 reviews