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Hotel Atelier Sul Mare

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

It is a little difficult to rate this hotel. As a hotel only it is average due to missing comfort, but as an art/museum hotel it is very good. The hotel is very particular and as a guest you have to be a little prepared to this experience. Do not forget to spent time walking around inside the hotel. It is decorated in a very special way and there are so many pieces of art, some are beautiful, some are funny. We stayed at the Stanza della Pittura overlooking the sea and the quite beach. The shower was very particular: a lot of copper pipes with holes here and there. Quite funny having a shower, but on the third day I was missing a normal shower. Breakfast was served on the very nice terrace on the beachfront, but the food was not good unless you like pastries and cakes. A cold counter to keep yoghurts, cheese, ham etc fresh instead of warm and "melted" would be a good idea. The staff is very kind and service-minded. Our mattress was very, very hard, but they arrange for a mattress topper and whenever we have questions about how or where to go, they always answered with a smile. I recommend this hotel if you want to experience something completely different.

As part of a tour of Sicily my partner and I stayed here for 2 nights and it was unbelievable. As an artist I was really excited to be able to 'live' in someone else's work. Although reviews are mixed note that this is a special place, it is a museum first and a hotel second but that does not mean that the hospitality suffers. We were shown around rooms before choosing 'the shadow line', a room based on the ocean with a window facing the sea. Listening to the waves as we slept within the art-room was beautiful, we will probably have another experience like it. Situated in a quiet stretch of the north coast it's a little escape from business of other coastal areas. If you stay be open to the idea of art, it is not a 'normal' hotel so it's not comparable to anything else. Breakfast was plentiful, a buffet style in the seafront restaurant with typical homemade Sicilian pastries and cakes (delicious!), fresh fruit, cereal, tea, coffee etc. There's classical music playing too and sofa seats to lounge on in the table area facing the sea, very romantic. Staff are extremely helpful and informative, I would highly recommend to art enthusiasts or those looking to seek something different. Only 25 mins in train for day trip to Cefalu too if would like to see more business, best of both worlds!

Like you could expect: this is an Art Hotel.they have some exhibition rooms and photos, paintings and insallations everywhere. We had a standard double room with nice furniture and a lot of framed pictures. Apart of that it was clean but a little dark. The Breakfast area outside is very relaxing to sit at. But the food was mediocre. Recommended!

The staff were all so kind and inviting. The hotel is just incredible, it's so hard to explain in words. If you travel to Sicily, the you have to go to this eye opening, heart warming magical place that offers more than a hotel. The art rooms inspire you to look within and connect with yourself. It's right by the beach, with so many creative rooms overlooking the sea. I recommend everyone who loves life and exploration and fun and light, to definitely stay here!

It's my second time to Sicily and i enjoy the time travelling this island immensely my stay at this unique Artistic Museum Hotel was so enjoyable. It is a very different and relaxing experience and i really found it inspiring, great beach with clear water it was stunning.We arrived very late and were greeted with warmth everyone was very friendly and helpful and dedicated to the history of the art that can be experienced. Situated on the middle of the north coast to experience visiting all this half of the island has to offer there is so much to do and see.

We wanted rooms with balconies, and I thought the art rooms would have MORE amenities, not fewer. Instead, the rooms were uncomfortable (worst bed on a six week vacation in Italy). Upon our arrival, we toured the art rooms--most of them, anyway--and ended up choosing the ones we had already requested. Both rooms (we were traveling with our daughter and her husband) had balconies, as requested, but the rooms themselves were hot, cramped, with no space in the bathroom for toiletries. This place has chosen to sacrifice their guests' comfort in order to claim artistic uniqueness. Unique, yes, but we would never stay here again. As far as the staff goes, some were friendly, some were quite chilly--especially the people attending to the breakfast buffet.

An immersive art experience beside the sea. We spent one night in The Prophet's room and one night in the Water Bearers room. It is well worth reading up on the design background to whichever room you choose as this explains the quirky, and often outlandish features and decoration. This is a brilliant one-off hotel that gets you thinking about the relationship of art in all aspects of our lives. We were lucky enough to meet Antonio Presti, the man behind this wonderful and original concept. Our thanks also go to Paolo for the terrific tours of the rooms available and also to the manager for kindly running us to the train station on the day of our departure. Highly recommend. James, Berenice and Helga

This is a really quirky hotel. Not at all near Cefalu which was OK for us as we had a car. Really lovely rooms and some really awful rooms that i'm sure some people would consider art but you have to have a certain taste and imagination for some. Only one member of staff spoke any english but he was very helpful. They wouldn't give us our room until we had moved the car from the parking outside the hotel into a bay jam packed with cars at all angles! We moved the car back where it was after we got our room! Beach straight out front which was stunning

It is a nice hotel with a good attempt to be original. It is positioned as a very artistic place, and in many senses, it is indeed. This hotel has both standard rooms and a number of what they call ‘art rooms’, i.e. fully designed by some invited artists. On arrival, they do give you a choice between a standard room and any art rooms available at the time (at some extra cost). We decided to stay in a standard room as all the art rooms available on our arrival were a bit… ehh… ‘special’: very dark, gloomy, somewhat claustrophobic although I never deemed myself as claustrophobic… Anyway, the standard rooms are very nicely decorated too, with a lot of bright colours and original pieces of art by local artists, even with a lovely sea view and a balcony. There are also plenty of art objects all around the hotel: sitting area/gallery downstairs, reception, bar/arts shop right next to the hotel which also belongs to it. A very nice touch was design magazines and art books everywhere which could be just picked up for browsing through/reading – something like an improvised free communal library. Excellent location with a lovely quite beach right across the street and a few small restaurants (not too good though) within a walking distance. We had a car, so just ended up driving a few minutes to the nearby villages (San Stefano being the closest and the busiest one) for food and local ceramics and souvenirs shopping. On the not so bright side: breakfast was VERY basic. I mean, we didn’t quite expect a full size English breakfast, but even for a continental it was quite miserable. There were no changes for the whole 10 days we stayed there: one type of cereal, two types of yogurt, boiled eggs, some questionable cheese and ham. I don’t think that either of those products was even local, more like the cheapest option you could find in the cheapest chain supermarket. What was especially ridiculous – no fruits available, just a bit of watermelon. Really? No fruits in a Mediterranean destination? Another disappointment was absolutely lousy Wi-Fi connection and no TV. They do claim that to be a special feature of the hotel, i.e. it supposedly allows ‘to fully embrace your inner artist’ or something, but we do live in the 21st century for crying out loud and in a free world – everyone should have a choice of the level of information isolation they want or do not want to go through.

For all the people that do not really get contemporary art, this is the hotel for you! An incredible senzitive experience, that can change any preconception by surprisingly making you 'live' within the art - each room is art made into a live-able space and for the first time you can feel and breath it all around you. Amazing experience!!! We will definitely be back (we only "lived" 2 rooms, about 20+ left to go) ;)

Via Cesare Battisti, 4 Tusa ME

Located in Castel Di Tusa, Hotel Atelier Sul Mare is 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from Window on the Sea and 7.2 mi (11.6 km) from Civic Museum of Ceramics. This 40-room, 3-star hotel has free breakfast and a bar/lounge, along with free in-room WiFi. Palazzo Atenasio Martino and Temple of Diana are also within a 30-minute drive.


Free breakfast is included with your stay. Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room, or make new friends over drinks at the bar/lounge.


Hotel Atelier Sul Mare's 40 air-conditioned rooms provide ceiling fans and desks. Guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Bathrooms offer hair dryers, bathrobes, and bidets.

Property features

Guests of Hotel Atelier Sul Mare enjoy a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and a meeting room. There's free offsite parking and a free train station shuttle. The front desk has multilingual staff standing by 24 hours a day to assist with concierge services and securing valuables. Other amenities at this beach hotel include a library, laundry facilities, and a gift shop.

Room options

Double or Twin Room (Art)

Full 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Single Room

Twin 1 | Sleeps 1

Suite (Art)

Full 2 | Full 1 | Sleeps 4

Triple Room

Queen 1 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

74% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 480 reviews