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Castellammare del Golfo: Al Madarig Hotel

Piazza Petrolo 7, Phone: 0924.33533

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Reviewed by: dragonpat from MN, review #2821

When: February 2010

Al Madarig Hotel's proximity to the A29 makes it a great base for exploring western Sicily. {3 stars}

Al Madarig viewed fron the sea with the mountains behind; February 2010, photo by P. M. Savu

Al Madarig is only 15 minutes from Palermo international airport. It is located in Largo Petrolo directly facing the sea; at night you can hear the waves on the shore. The shoreline and the scenery are beautiful. Castellammare itself is a small town but it offers enough good restaurants, bars, and cafes to keep one more than adequately fed.

The people in the town were friendly and helpful. There are not a lot of historical sights in the town and there is a bus to Palermo, but I'm not sure what else. We had a rental car and I suspect you might get bored spending a week in Castellammare without a car. The hotel (at least in the winter) had free parking. We could see our rental car from our room.

Across the piazza from the hotel was a great little restaurant Il Ristorantino del Monsł. There was a supermarket on another side of the Piazza where you could buy drinks and snacks.

The hotel itself was nice but not luxury level. There was free Wi-Fi in the rooms and the bathrooms was adequately sized with an OK shower (not one of those with just a drain in the bathroom floor). Everything was very clean.

The winter rate was 79 euros/night which included breakfast. The selection at breakfast was nice and you could even cook yourself an egg if you wanted to. Great cakes. The staff were very friendly and helpful on all our concerns and questions.

Where Al Madarig is located in Castellammare makes it easily accessible to Autostrada A29 and the Zingaro Nature preserve. Using A29 we drove to Trapani, Erice, Marsala, Mozia, Agrigento, Segesta and Selinunte.

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