This is a lovely, spacious hotel with big rooms and beautiful gardens. The views of Mount Etna from the terrace are breath-taking! The staff are very friendly and the food is of a high quality, even though it is buffet-style. It is a very clean hotel and everything is very well maintained. There is a great selection of drinks, even on the all-inclusive package but a charge for any cocktails purchased. If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing stay then this is the hotel for you. The only down-side is its location in relation to the rest of Giardini. If you do want to go to the beach or have a stroll along the promenade in an evening you have to get the shuttle bus. You can walk but it is along a busy main road so can be noisy. The local bus service to Taormini (3 Euroes return) is excellent and would definitely recommend a visit there. In all this hotel is excellent value for money and we would definitely go back.More
Overall very good
Only let down by being out of town, although shuttle bus to beach, evenings unvaried; lots of veg but often overcooked, and few vegetarian dishes. Pasta dish each day, salads so got by but not 4 star food in my view. Needed to replenish breakfast tea, coffee and milk more generously in room
However, room very nice, balcony more like a small garden so would recommend booking as extra, lovely view of Etna, bar and restaurant staff excellent, lovely grounds and pool. If you want a complete rest and quiet off season, this might be the place for you.
We went on 4 excursions organised by First Choice - 2 of which I would recommend as good value. The first to Lipari and Vulcano a varied day by coach and boat; Lipari is a lovely little sea port and we chose to just walk around the streets and not transfer to a tour of the island which would have meant more travelling rather than just being and enjoying the place. Vulcano - smelly from the sulphur but glad I went. Mudbaths, and geysers within the sea like Jacuzzis.
The other was the Godfather tour which was a coach trip to the interior and to two villages used for the films but still quite unspoilt in my view as so small. Make sure you look at Nino Ucchino sculptures - they are really wonderful, and visit his studio and shake his hand for making such beautiful things.
We would have liked to do the Montalbano tour as well, mainly again for travelling to some villages and around the other side of Sicily, but First Choice didn't inform us of this and we missed it by a day.
The 2 tours that weren't good value (for me anyway) were the all day trip to Etna - we were only going halfway up and therefore had to wait around for hours in the cold for the people that were to come back. This could be split into two separate tours, half a day maximum for people like me who couldn't go to the top.
The second one was to Syracuse, spoilt for me because it hadn't been clear that it included a long visit to an archaeological site which on the whole didn't interest me, before going to the main old city which did. We were marched around like sheep by a not very nice and very authoritative First Choice tour guide (although the local guide was ok) firstly around the site and then up through the old town in full mid-day heat (around 34 deg) to the main piazza - thereby missing the open hours of the shops, getting burnt, and thoroughly frustrated. I ditched her at the Cathedral and then made my own way around the Chapel to see the Caravaggio and down to the sea for lunch at around 2.30 - we hadn't had a refreshment stop from early morning until mid afternoon. Syracuse looked lovely but I feel I need to go back again to really experience it - something which I probably won't be able to afford to do. I recommend that you find another way to get to Syracuse unless you have desires to experience what it is like to be a sheep and back in your infancy!More
Our first visit to Sicily and we enjoyed the stay in Hotel Caesar Palace very much, food very good, room very good and staff excellent. We would recommend the Caesar Palace to anyone. We stayed all inclusive which was ideal as drinks very good.More
Clean & friendly
Myself, 3 siblings and father stayed here for a week all inclusive. Hotel was very clean, reception staff were very friendly, wifi was extra money once there, but I only needed it for business. Our room had a gorgeous balcony, great nights sleep.
I felt the food was a bit poor, there was a lot of it, but not a great deal of choice and the food didn't change much each night.
It would have been nice to have more of a selection of "snacks" in the day, not just dry sweet croissants. During the day only certain alcoholic drinks were included in our package, I know there has to be rules in place, but think they could have allowed a couple more options.
If you are thinking of going early September; expect it to be quiet and able to get a sun lounger, lovely, quiet evenings with no entertainment team, again lovely, however if you are in your 20s, like us, don't expect fun drunken nights. So evenings for us were dull.
Mount Etna and Touamina were great places to visit and worth the visit. Amazing views!! We weren't impressed with the beach near us, whilst we were there a gentlemans bag was stolen. So we didn't go there again, we did however hire a little speed boat, which was great fun!More
Accommodation 4*. Food 3* plentiful.
It was some years since we last took a package holiday so this was a bit of an adventure. We had a two-week during the first two weeks of September 2014. All-inclusive deal so tended to eat in. Our First Choice rep welcomed us on the first evening going to great lengths to say how the company had ânegotiatedâ for us to use certain restaurants, she looked forward to keeping up with us during our stay, then went on to try and to sell us some of the excursions on offer. After that we didnât meet her again. From the notice board it appeared that our rep changed in week 2; we had cause to consult twice in week 2 and she proved both approachable and helpful. A lot of other things changed at the end of week 1; the season came to an end, mosquitoes arrived in force, and less and less people were using the pool although the hotel remained quite busy with coach parties. In football parlance, it was a fortnight of two halves.
Absolutely no complaints with our room, which was a corner room on the top floor (4th) and nicely positioned away from both pools and the entertainment area. We had views of both the sea and Mount Etna from the balcony. It was relatively quiet from hotel activities, and well shielded from the main road and railway line at the front of the hotel.
The main swimming pool is quite large and welcoming. No problem in getting sun loungers, but it wasnât very peaceful during week 1. Very few Brits at the hotel, mostly Italians and a large number of Italian children as schools hadnât restarted yet. There were also very young children, some still in nappies, who would had been better served in the childrenâs pool. We could also have done without music being played (albeit not blasted) for much of the day as staff encouraged guests to participate in exercise sessions both in and out of the pool. The hotel has a section of private beach less than 10 minutes away by minibus. There was a substantially reduced timetable for these buses in week 2. The sand on the beach looks dirty, but this is not the case, it is volcanic, with rows and rows of weather beaten sun loungers and parasols, plus people trying to sell things all the time. So overall, the pool was the best option for us.
All the restaurants were self-service, so quantity was not an issue. The food was good, although for us, it was bland and lacked variety, but it was mass catering on a large scale. The buffet of hors dâÅuvres / anti-pasta at both lunch and dinner lacked variety with the biggest disappointment being the lack of cured meats for which Italy is famous - served just twice.
Initially we were assigned to the Sala Naxos for breakfast and dinner, and for lunch, the open fronted Ristorante Germano that overlooked the pool. Both were quite laid back and, although self-service, we received excellent attention from the staff present. From week 2, only the Sala Tindari restaurant was open. This felt like a refectory in comparison, everyone in a mad rush to get fed, the staff were still helpful but became lost in the melee. Obviously this was the reason behind our repâs remarks. At least the dishes were better and were sometimes labelled so we now knew what we were eating.
There was a good breakfast selection but the same every day. To be pernickety, it would have been nice to have eggs fried or poached rather than just scrambled or boiled.
I would class the buffet lunch as three courses, but the large eaters seemed to create more. For week 1, the main course always had pasta and pizza dishes, but the pizza toppings were simple and unimaginative, although to be fair, they would cook to order. For week 2, no pizzas but chips appeared for the first time and a better choice of main courses.
In the evening, there were three or four choices for the main course plus pasta dishes. After 3 days we were getting concerned about the sameness of the main courses, but after that, things did improve and there was some variety. There did appear to be a good choice of desserts but I did not partake other than the ice cream. There was supposed to be a dress code for men for the evening meal but this was not enforced.
Soft drinks and snacks were available throughout the day as advertised. Ice cream was always available with and between meals and really was excellent.
An internet wifi network exists around the lobby, bar and swimming pool area. I paid â¬15 for 7 days. The subscription could be used for one device only. I connected with my laptop. Even allowing for programs running in the background that use up bandwidth such as an AVG, Google+ and Dropbox, when they had finished downloading and synchronising, the connection was VERY SLOW. I struggled to access my mailbox (gmail) even using the basic HTML option. I later tried connecting with a tablet and there were absolutely no issues. Some local bars and cafes offer free wifi but none close to the hotel.
All the staff of the hotel were very helpful and efficient even if they had to call on help for translation.
There is a supermarket about 5 minutes from the hotel.
There were plenty of excursions on offer from both First Choice, private operators and even public transport. Needless to say, First Choice were the most expensive but started from the hotel; the others usually started from the euphemistically called âbus terminalâ which is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel. There is also a local bus service from outside the hotel.
Finally, I have to say that I have never seen such chaos as that at Catania airport as existed on the day of our departure. Check-in was quite quick but the queue to get through security was a static conga chain, perhaps 150 yards long, bending in all directions and with people (mostly Italians) trying to push in everywhere. Despite all this, our plane did take off on time.More