Arathena Rocks Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

Via Calcide Eubea 55, Giardini Naxos, 98035, Italy

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Arathena Rocks Hotel
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 47% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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  • Families52
  • Couples80
  • Solo50
  • Business100
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    Black Rocks are Beautiful !


    A nice 3-stars hotel immediately by the sea. The Hotel offers a nice seawater-pool and direct access to the sea (although one has to climb a steep stair amid the very black, swimming is beautiful!) Not too sportive guests will prefer the nice seawater-pool.
    Rooms with seaview offer a wonderful scenery (yet one has to make sure, that the selected room has a terrace or balcony, as not all of the rooms are equally eqipped!- Beware of the rooms facing the parking-lot !!) They are nicely furnished and have all terrestric (Italian-) TV .
    Food at the hotel is ok as far as breakfast is concerned; lunch at the pool-bar is excellent and modestly priced, dinner should be avoided, as there are some good restaurants nearby and the hotel-restaurant is rather hectic and does not always live up to the usual local standard.

    Unique Quality: Value for money in a not too touristic part of Sicily, close to the well known town of Taormina.Good pool and recreational facilities.

    Directions: Highway A 18, exit Giardini Naxos

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Sicilian seaside

by TheWanderingCamel about Arathena Rocks Hotel

What a contrast the Arathena Rocks Hotel was with our other Sicilian accommodation. Up until this point we'd stayed in small scale, private places, this was a very popular mid-range seaside hotel. Not a very big one (50 rooms) and family-run with traditionlal Sicilian style furnishings so certainly not an anonymous could-be-anywhere sort of place. Not luxurious, but very spacious, clean and friendly - the sort of place you could see people coming back to year after year

The location was great, right on the seafront with a view of Taormina across the other side of the Bay of Naxos at the front and Mt Etna from the rear. The hotel's public spaces, glass fronted lounges and the bar are bright and light. Upstairs, the white-painted corridors and landings are furnished with traditional painted furniture and flower-painted doors opened into simply furnished large white bedrooms. The bathroom was adequate but a proper shower (and a shower curtain) would have suited us better. Wide verandas led down to attractive gardens and a pool carved out of the volcanic rock shoreline. The days were warm enough to swim, but not yet high season so, being after-breakfast swimmers and not sun-bathers meant we had the pool area almost to ourselves before taking off for a day's sightseeing.

Breakfast was the most ordinary of all the breakfasts we had in Sicily but I think we were somewhat spoilt at our other places. I would guess this was pretty standard fare for this class of hotel all over Italy. We took the advice of earlier guest reviewers and avoided the restaurant for our evening meals - the town offered plenty of other choices and the walk in and out was very pleasant.

I'm not sure that I'd stay here again, but that's more because I probably wouldn't come back to Giardini-Naxos, or Taormina - there are so many wonderful places I missed out on this time - than any other reason. I think it delivers all that it sets out to, and there's a certain cheesy charm about it that's quite endearing. It's been a long time since I've stayed in a hotel like this, and there was certainly a sense of slightly by-gone times about it - I'd say the 60s. Candlewick bedspreads and the dinner menu on a stand outside the dining room were a bit of a give away, but there was something kind of nice about it all. You couldn't fault the welcome, the maids were very sweet in their black uniforms, white caps and aprons, Nonno appeared every afternoon to sit in a chair near reception and keep an eye on the comings and goings, 3 generational families were staying there together, one guest had brought her dachshund with her - all in all, it was a nice place to spend our last few days on the island.

Lunch with a breeze

by WStat about Arathena Rocks Pool Bar

The open-air restaurant of Arathena Rocks Hotel is situated near the pool, and located by the beach.
It serves not only drinks, but offers an excellent choice of luch-snacks, like Spaghetti any style, salads and - my favorite - fresh Italian tomatoes with virgin olive oil, Balsamico and Mozarella, accompanied by a crisp Panini.
It should go with a glass of dry, local Sicilian wine - happiness pure ! see above

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Can't decide where to base ourselves in Sicily......

by lengleng

Hi all,
Please help decide as to where we should base ourselves when in Sicily.Our priorities are on the beach with the clearest water preferably a private beach and great restaurants with great seafood preferably within walking distance.Do you think my preferances are too ambitious? :)Please inform me of the name of the accomodation that fits this requirements?Thnak you in advance :)

Re: Can't decide where to base ourselves in Sicily......

by travelgourmet

The Giardini-Naxos area with a sandy beach is below and only about 2 miles from the must see Taormina. Giardini-Naxos is a beach town and seafood is the speciality at the "Hotel Palladio" restaurant. This hotel is located across the street from the beach and is more a B&B as meals can be included. Great sea views from the rooms facing the ocean. It also is on the main road to all the sights for the south and east Sicily. See for yourself by checking out their website:

Re: Can't decide where to base ourselves in Sicily......

by WStat

I would also recommend the village/city of Giardini-Naxos; you can't beat the location, very central (only about 1 hour from Catania's airport) and of serene beauty, and not as expensive like other places in Sicily.
I stayed at the "Arathena Rocks Hotel", a very nice place (have a look at my Tips at
where you will also find the hotels homepage!
Enjoy your trip!

Re: Can't decide where to base ourselves in Sicily......

by dorset

try agrigento is a nice city and quite

Re: Can't decide where to base ourselves in Sicily......

by lengleng

Thanki you all,will certainly look into it :)lenleng


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Address: Via Calcide Eubea 55, Giardini Naxos, 98035, Italy