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La Petrara Resort
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Reviewed 24 October 2013

We arrived at La Petrara "Resort" which we were able to find very easily, as directions on the roadway are clearly marked, however, at reception, sort of a "room" cluttered with a child's swing, ironing board, toys as well as a Great Dane who slobbers all over my husband's clothes, we met the hosts. Their reception desk is a plastic table littered with papers. We were immediately told that there was no food, and this was one of the reasons we had booked here for their "incredible" Sicilian cuisine which other reviewers raved about.

They did finally agree to make us a croissant and coffee, but no offer of dinner. Pool was closed, grounds were all closed up and we were told to keep our doors closed because of mosquitoes. Olives littering all of the walkways.

Room was clean, but bare bones, no tv, no phone, no glasses for water, and unlike every other B and B, Agriturismo! or manor house we have stayed in no offer of a beverage. Host also said we had to speak quietly because his daughter was sleeping.

I stated that we could not stay here and the host immediately turned defensive and said that we had to pay and cancel through booking. We did... However, we should not have stayed even one night.

also, I was not happy with their cavalier attitude to our Canadian passports, left out on their desk for all to see. I value my passport as my legal identification, it should not be left out in the open for anyone to take.

I read the reviews on both Trip advisor and booking.com and this resort did not live up to expectations at all. I don't understand who could be happy to stay here, definitely not me!!!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sonya206
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ghenia, Proprietario at La Petrara Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2013
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Ma veramente si arriva a questo punto???? Mia moglie fa l^accoglienza quando arrivano questi signori ed io sono in veranda con la mia bimba sul dondolo......ma è veramente vietato fare anche il dovere di padre per questa infelice signora????E^ specificato in tutte le lingue che la ristorazione è fino al 30 settembre----che la colazione ,con il prezzo a 25€ a camera non è ragionevolmente compreso nel prezzo ,pur tuttavia gli OFFRIAMO CORNETTO E CAFFE^ ,,,ma evidentemente è tutto troppo poco ...è tutto dovuto ...e i figli piccoli li dobbiamo mettere in soffitta o nasconderli quando arrivano questi personaggi??????La signora voleva anche la piscina (segnalata ovunque che la piscina chiude il 30 settembre) ma la signora non aveva neanche il costume . Però sembra che io sia un blasfemo quando dico che LA TELEVISIONE non esiste a casa mia .Ultima considerazione ....quando si parla con le persone non si emula un tenore ,ma si parla con un tono umano anche perchè noi sentiamo perfettamente Grazie veramente di cuore cara signora.....giancarlo riscica

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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We stayed for 10 nights at the end of July.
We loved it! Pure relaxation in the lemon groves.
Room had plenty of space, good air conditioning and a great shower - what more could you want?
We went out most days, plenty to see and do in the area, we found a beautiful beach about 30 minutes away.
The pool was very clean and the breakfast was great, everything one could ask for.
The hosts were a fantastic couple! Very helpful in all aspects with recommendations and any help we required (we managed to lock ourselves in our room but we were quickly set free!)
It is about 5 minutes into Avola centre by car where you have a choice of lovely places to eat. We had dinner, made by the hosts, one night which was very relaxing and beautifully prepared.
We loved seeing the donkey every morning as we left, she was so lovely so do make sure you stop to talk to her!
Generally it was a great holiday destination and I would definitely go back again soon.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Tom W
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

The Petrara Resort is a charming agriturismo resort in Avola. During our stay there, there were no wandering farm animals except for a couple of cats. The pool is really big and kept clean and kids have plenty of room to wander about and play. We had a quadruple room which was quite spacious and very clean with quite comfortable beds. It was cleaned every day during our stay and the beds made accordingly. The parking spaces are numbered matching the room number so each guest has his own parking space, so no matter at what time the return, it is always available. We ate at the resort on our first day and the tourist menu on offer is a good value for money. You must notify the host in advance of your intention to have dinner there in the evening. The hosts are courteous and even if they have a small child, they alternate to accomplish their tasks in the kitchen. They make heavenly peanut and chocolate cookies which are served at breakfast together with watermelon, omelette, cornflakes, yoghurt, jam and nutella, fresh bread and bread rusks and a homemade cake and jam tart. Cappuccino and hot chocolate are available on request. Overall breakfast is a little sparse compared to other places. Orange juice, whilst very good, comes from packets rather than freshly squeezed. No ham or cheese are served, something which Sicily is renowned for. The shower cubicle was quite small compared to the size of the bathroom, but nonetheless the bathroom had all the amenities. Another disadvantage was that the shaver socket was a bit too far from the mirror.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Mars2013
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

We traveled the end of may through Sicily and because of the low season we just passed by without a reservation and became a fair offer for three nights in a 3 persons bungalow and a remote control for the gates. Furnishing, decoration, colors of our room were both tasteful and rural. The quality of the matrasses could be beter, for my wife a little bit to hard and you could feel the spiral a little bit. We solved it with an extra blacket under it. The resort is beautiful situated between fields of lemon trees. Noto and Syracuse nearby. We loved the tranquillity and the simple, tasteful design of the complex, swimming pool. The female owner speaks English well. We dined once in the diningroom, that is very basis with plastic chairs, and sound of the radio from the kitchen in the background. The quality was good, very tasteful, only the wine was not what we expected. We didn’t drink it. I guess it wass self made and tasted a little bit like Vermouth. We should have asked the owner about it. Breakfast with many fresh, sweet stuff, was ok.The staff is very nice and helpfull. The nearby city of Avola is not very special, also the beach. They were renovating the boulevard along the beach. We visited twice a fine excellent restaurant in the neighbourhood ‘Porto Matto’, recommended by the owner of the resort.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank juanfalcone
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ghenia, Proprietario at La Petrara Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2013
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Grazie di cuore per la recensione positiva e mi dispiace veramente tanto che Lei non abbia apprezzato il nostro nero d'avola ,......questione di tradizione e... palato .Peccato spero che possa ricredersi sul nero d'avola ....grazie

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Reviewed 26 May 2013

We stayed 4 nights at the Petrara Resort and I can just say it is an Oasis. You have everything you need as the rooms are great, a pool and an area which is surrounded by Orange trees...just wonderful. The breakfast was a local italian breakfast and was always enough for us as this is what we have been looking for. Three times we stayed at the Resort for dinner and this was as well just fantastic. Very good food made by the owner. This is definitively a place to relax but as well to visit the cities near by (Noto - 10 minutes; Siracusa - 30 minutes). Next time we are in Sicily we will stay longer! Thanks for everything!!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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