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Giardini Naxos: Hotel La Riva

via Tyssandros, 52, Phone: 094251329
www.hotellariva.com

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Reviewed by: Anastasia from Canada, review #1961

When: June 2007

Centrally located hotel facing the sea. {3 stars}

The view from our balcony, photo by My husband

The main advantage of the hotel is its central position on the Giardini Naxos Lungomare. The hotel is very close to the bus stop and is surrounded by stores, food stores, restaurants. It is right across the public sections of the beach, and next door to the local tourist office. There is also an Internet point at the hotel entrance.

The rooms are decorated with traditional Sicilian furniture, which reminded me of old Spanish hardwood furniture. The room was a regular size and the bathroom was a bit small, but no problems taking shower or using the bathroom.

A big plus is a sea facing terrace/balcony - big enough for the 3 of us to have our meals and a glass of wine for the adults, and also good to dry the beach towels. The room had a TV and individually controlled air conditioning. The room and the bathroom were very clean.

The hotel is equipped with an elevator and the continental buffet breakfast is served on the top floor room with a terrace overlooking the sea. The breakfast was included and consisted of a choice of saussage, ham, mortadella, olives, cheese, yogurt, fruits, juices, boiled eggs, 3-5 choices of cakes, brioches, crossants, muffins, coffee (the coffee was in a thermos as there is no coffee machine), breads, marmalade, cereals, milk, natural and sparkling water.

Everybody at the hotel was very nice to us including the breakfast room staff. The welcome was very warm and all our stay we felt as part of the family. The free parking spots right in front of the hotel are reserved for guests, and we could have a spot when we rented a car. We could see our car from our balcony. There is also an internal parking for 10E per day.

We payed 95E per night for 2 adults and the child was free.

We really enjoyed our stay at the hotel and recommend it. The minor thing there was a lot of decoration in the corridors. There are certainly many nice paintings and other, but really hard to appreciate because they are too many. This didn't really bother us, but I noticed because I read some other reviews on the hotel and this was mentionned as well by other travelers.

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