Viale Principe di Scalea, Mondello, Sicily, Italy
"From the pictures on the website, I was expecting this to be a little nicer. I wish I could give this 3.5 stars, not 3, as I was satisfied and in general didn't expect it to be like a fancy spa hotel, but was expecting it to be a little nicer. Pros and Cons: Pros: - We got a great price and the staff was very nice (though only one front desk person spoke very good English, but he was there most of the time and checked is in/out and helped call us a cab). -Access to the private beach area was included and we got two chairs, a table, and umbrellas. The public beach area is small, so it was nice to have space. Note, this is a beach where locals go, it's not super fancy, it has a very local feel (which we liked! but if you are expecting the fanciness of the Amalfi Coast, this is not that). -Breakfast was included (but it was just OK), which was good because limited options around. -They were able to store our bags on our last day, since we had to check out at 11 and weren't leaving until 2, and let us go to the pool (we did that for a few hours, then went down the street to a restaurant for lunch, then came back to get our bags and get in our cab that they had called earlier and was already there). -The pool was very nice and clean. Never crowded (though we were there at the end of the summer season, so in general it was not crowded). -There was a safe and we used it and had no issues with it. -Room had a little terrace and a nice view of the beach. Cons: -Bed was VERY uncomfortable - very hard, not enough pillows, and it was one of the double beds that is two twins pushed together, so one of us kept falling into the crack. -I found a couple of ants in the room :( -In general the hotel could use a little freshening up - new paint (walls had scuffs and were fading), updated sheets etc. -No ATM on site (and most places only take cash in Palermo and the only ATM was a 10-15 minute walk to a bank near a gas station). -We had dinner there the first night, because we got in pretty late and were tired, and it was not very good. -The hallways were very echo-y, so you could hear people walking/talking and opening and closing doors. -The AC in our room made a ticking noise which made it hard to fall asleep without ear plugs. Overall, our stay was fine. I think you have to take this into the context of the area, too. This is generally where locals are coming to hang out at the beach, and there are a few hotels and B&Bs around. We stayed here for three nights in the middle of a two week Euro trip (I am 80% Sicilian, my grandparents emigrated from Sicily, so wanted to visit for that reason, too!) so this was a nice break. I did really enjoy the beach and pool. A few things to note about the area: a lot of places take cash only, and the ATM is far; also, limited restaurants by the beach area (there are more in the city, but we only went in for half a day, we stayed here for the beach)."
"Breakfast is relatively rich, the standard of domestic 3 star or economic hotel. 10 kilometers from the city center, the surrounding is relatively quiet, not as chaotic as the city, parking is free, you can see the sea, in the city to the airport halfway, very convenient. I will continue to choose here next time. Need to drive."
"I enjoyed my stay of 11 nights. I found my room to be perfect for my needs. My housekeeper was sweet and trustworthy. The pool is big and clean. The private beach is money!! OMG, the breakfast, cannoli, espresso, breads, cheeses, pastries, on and on."