Travel Blogs from Mazzaro
So we finally capitulated and made the 2-hour trip to Etnaland, which is in the middle of nowhere, to the left of Catania.
We arrived at the advertised opening time of 9.30, but were pipped at the post by a hundred or so eager teens and Tweens and their parents...... It's gonna be a loooonnnnnnggggg day, I thought.
Italians have a sophisticated attitude to swimming and water-related activities: access to change rooms, at no cost, which ...
... lunch and Lia found me a pumice stone, which I intend bringing home....
Later that evening, after the requisite siesta, we set off to Linguaglossa to a few places that Seņora recommended: Bar Le Palme for granite and l'Alhambra pasticceria for a local pastry delicacy made of pistachio, almonds or hazelnut. While we were walking around, I was struck again by the groups of ...
... the end of siesta, or so we thought.....
Again, we parked at the foot of the town and set off on foot to look for pistachio delicacies and a toilet for Lia. Fifteen minutes later, it became apparent that this town didn't wake up until 4.30, and Lia's increasingly high-pitched enquiries as to the closest toilet made me start looking down narrow alleyways for a covered spot. Eventually, we found the only open bar, frequented only by old men, and dashed ...
... the ampi theatre and some gorgeous buildings. We sat and had a coffee and then started walking again and around another corner was the biggest markets we have ever seen. It just kept going and going and going. From new and used clothes, jewellery, shoes, leather goods, bathers, electronics, toys, hats and fruit and vegetables. It was amazing. As we kept walking we came across old churches and beautiful buildings and just enjoyed it so much. ...
When I was making my summer plans over the spring months, I of course wanted to include some relaxing beach time. I made plans to go with a friend to Mykonos in early July and figured that would suffice (in addition to weekly trips to Santa Severa beach outside Rome). Something that I was also planned for the summer was to visit in old teaching buddy who now lives in Zurich. Was going to do that a few days after Madrid.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Esperia Mazzaro
We just came back from a ten days holiday at the Villa Esperia Hotel and can honestly say that we had a marvellous time. We were worried after reading some negative reviews of other visitors but decided to see for ourselves and were pleasently surprised with what we encountered. The staff were extremely helpful. We were quite late because our rented car broke down however they kept our dinner for us even at 11:30 pm!!. The rooms are nicely decorated and good beds!!. The air conditioning was working properly even during the day!! Extremely clean. The food is more than Ok for what we paid and there is a choice of five dishes each night and the excellent sicilian buffet on friday. Angelo, Giusseppe, Salvattore. Roberto, Antonio and the rest of the staff made our stay even more pleasant. We will definetely come back to the same hotel in the future if travelling again to beautiful Taormina. Hope this will help anyone thinking of going to this hotel. Highly recommend it.
We have just come back from 10 days at the Villa Esperia; at the time of booking only 3 reviews on this hotel were available (from 2003) and these were pretty positive, it was only when I checked just before we left that I saw all the recent negative reviews and so was very worried about what we would find.
Having just returned from a week staying at the Esperia, I can only echo most of the reviews I wish I had read before booking. The hotel is on a dangerous bend on a very busy road and has a long flight of steps leading up to the reception, although there is also a lift which is not offered. The rooms are generally clean, but very basic and in need of an overhaul, with strange aircon which the occupants cannot control.
My boyfriend and I have just returned from a week in fabulous Taormina. We were there to check out hotels, restaurants and churches for our wedding in Taormina next June. We stayed at the esperia and found the hotel alright. It definetely wouldn't be classed as a four star hotel in our books but it served its purpose for this visit. We found the rooms could do with a huge makeover if it is to be classed as a four star hotel but they were spotless clean and housekeeping arrived early every morning (approx 9-10am) to start cleaning. The pool area and pool were really nice with enough sunbeds for everyone. Most of the staff were nice, one or two weren't really interested in making you feel welcome. The hotel is about 100m from the cable car up to the main street in Taormina which wasn't a problem. BUT I have to say the food in the hotel was AWFUL. We opted for half board when booking this hotel and we ate in the restaurant just 1 night, we couldn't bare the thoughts of going in there again. Breakfast was ok... the usual continental style... All in all I wouldn't reccommend this hotel at the price we got it for.. it should be classed as a budget hotel with a budget price. Looking forward to Taromina again next year.
4 Star hotel - It most definitely is not
The hotel was in a lovely position but we were terribly disappointed when we entered. There was no one to greet us or assist with our cases so we had to carry them up quite a long flight of stairs (we found out later there was a lift). We had a problem with our room and found the Manager and Reception staff very unhelpful and actually quite rude.
The rooms were very basic and the standard of housekeeping in our room, public areas and pool area was below standard. Apart from the Friday buffet the food was pretty poor although the restaurant staff were helpful and friendly.
Above all our observation was that this was most definitely not a 4 Star hotel. It was of budget quality in all respects.
Just returned from a week at the Villa Esperia and would endorse the previous review. This hotel does not meet the levels of accomodation, service or facilities which we have enjoyed in other 4 star hotels in Italy.
We have just returned from a week at the Hotel Villa Esperia, and we leave with mixed feelings. As other reviews have commented, the bar and waiting staff are fantastic - Angelo, Roberto and Guiseppe in particular. They went out of their way to be fun, friendly and helpful - even after working a 14 hour day!
Had a brilliant time at the villa esperia, wanted to go back as soon as
Definately going back!
Hotel Villa Esperia has a stunning location overlooking the sea and is
just 200m from the beach. Staff at the hotel were extremely warm,
friendly, helpful and efficient and made the holiday a fantastic trip
and one which I am hoping to repeat. The rooms are modern and furnished
to a high standard, the reception and bar area is clean and spacious
and the swimming pool is a welcome retreat when the sun has got too
much to bear and you need to cool down! The food was amazing and there
is so much choice every evening and during my two week stay, none of
the meals appeared twice on the menu. All in all the hotel was a lovely
place to stay and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who is
thinking of going to Sicily.
No way a four star
Lovely view from the hotel overlooking the bay.
Would question the fact that it is rated as a 4 star! I would say it is more of a budget hotel.
Reception staff were rude and refused to answer any questions or deals with any complaints.
Overall it is okay. But not a 4 star.