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La Petrara Resort
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Avola
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 13 November 2014

The good :

- Clean rooms
- Family oriented.
- Peaceful and quiet area
- convenient parking.
- potentially beautiful resort
- good value for money
- Room cleaned every morning (except for last 2 days see below)
- Fresh towels every morning (except for last 2 days see below)

The bad :

- Slightly neglected and shabby looking
- Reception was non existing - there were times when we tried to contact the hosts and they were not available...
- No internet throughout the whole week we stayed there and no attempt or interest to remedy this
- Being low season all amenities such as pool, restaurant bbq area were not operational
- According to our hosts, we were not entitled to a breakfast because we paid low season fares (but the lady host offered us coffees, croissants and cakes daily)
- Credit Card was not accepted when we wanted to settle the bill
- During the last two days it felt as if we were on the resort completely on our own. No one tried to clean our room or get us fresh towels.
- For the last night we had to ask for clean towels which the host gave us, however we were reminded that usually fresh towels are only distributed once every three days.
- The room has no tv, telephone, glasses, fridge, or any other amenity. It is best that you get your own phone and internet connection otherwise you will feel stranded

  • Stayed: November 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Nice little oasis to end touring days of the Baroque towns of SE Sicily.
Adequate facilities with a nice pool.
Welcoming, friendly and pleasant hosts.
Central wifi but not in the rooms. Then again, if you stay here no constant wifi is a bonus.

Room Tip: If you need Wi-Fi on holiday, they have in central areas but not in the room.
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Bressane
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Reviewed 12 February 2014

Chose this place for a short 2 night break during a cycling holiday. Found the place easily as it is very well sign posted even though it is in a quiet rural area of Avola. It was a good base to explore the surroundings including Cava Grande. Since we were there in low season no breakfast or meals were offered, however, the owners kindly offered to ferry us (on both nights) to their restaurant and back since we had no means of transport other than our bikes, and we were not keen to cycle after sunset. We fell in love with Serafina, their pet donkey, who is the mascott of the place and is very friendly with the guests. Very good value for money. Hope to to back soon.

Room Tip: Due to location I would recommend this place to people with own transport.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank michag
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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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Additional Information about La Petrara Resort

Address: Contrada Petrara Sn, 96012 Avola, Sicily, Italy
Region: Italy > Sicily > Province of Syracuse > Avola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Avola
Price Range: S$49 - S$229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — La Petrara Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
La Petrara is an enchanting resort tucked away among the gently country side of Avola, a small seaside city near to Siracusa, famous for its characteristic "Nero d'Avola" wine and almonds "Mandorla pizzuta". The resort born by its owner passion. Giancarlo Riscica in 2005 decides to restore his family summer home and transform it in to a vacation place for families and small groups.La Petrara is completely renovated in 2015 in interior and outside. Surrounded by a luxuriant Mediterranean scrub with palms, olives threes and flowering plants, La Petrara Resort is the ideal place to relax, let yourself be pampered by an attentive staff. Thanks to its geographical position La Petrara is an ideal starting point for cultural visits to the most beautiful baroque cities of south-eastern Sicily like Siracusa, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa, Scicli and and extraordinary nature trips in the pristine beaches as Vendicari (park nature reserve) or Cavagrande (a canyon, where, in a breathtaking scenery, you can swim among waterfalls and lakes).Do not miss the charming village of Marzamemi, an ancient fishing village that in summer becomes a lively centre where, in July, held the "International border Cinema Festival". For sea lovers, in few kilometres, coast offers an endless choice of beaches, considered among the most beautiful in Sicily.The property consists of 8 rooms with all comforts (air conditioning, WI-FI) for a total of 28 beds, a large swimming pool reserved for guests, a bar (pool) and an inn. Internal parking and transfer service to and from the airport or station. ... more   less 
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