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Sicily Hotels

Excelsior Grand Hotel

  • Piazza Verga 39 Map It
  • Practical Base


  • Efficient staff
  • Modern facilities
  • Clean rooms


  • Chain hotel lacking personality
  • Can get overrun with groups
  • A longish walk from the main sights

Updated 04/11/2014

Fodor's Review

Large and modern, with a restrained atmosphere and impeccably designed rooms, this hotel is situated in one of Catania's most elegant zones, right next to the designer shops of Corso Italia. The marbled lobby is spacious and guest rooms have a careful balance of neoclassical and new furnishings, with double-pane windows adding to the peace—ask for a room facing Piazza Verga, a neat tree-lined square. The service can be erratic, though, as the hotel tends to fill up with

groups. You can dine at the Ristorante Le Zagare, while the American Bar should provide solace if you're craving a Manhattan.

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Hotel Information


Piazza Verga 39, Catania, 95129, Italy

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Hotel Details:

  • 176 rooms
  • Breakfast

Updated 04/11/2014

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By Carol

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Oct 19, 2003

Icy luxury

This was a beautiful hotel, finished in a beautiful cream color. It was included in a tour package. I would not have chosen such an expensive place myself. The staff were strangely cold and unexpressive, as if they were trying to follow some strange Swiss standard of hospitality. (From their manner, I could hardly believe it was Sicily.) Breakfast buffet was exceptional. There were some plumbing problems (tub wouldn't drain properly.)

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