Submitted: October 11, 2011
Stayed: September 2011
First the positives: The apartment was clean, spacious, had great sliding doors to the balcony, and an excellent view of the beach, which is directly across the street from the apartment. The cable TV had programming in many languages, though English broadcasting was limited to news programs (needs a channel guide). The neighborhood is excellent with a pedestrian walkway overlooking the beach, many restaurants in easy walking distance. There is also a small market, meat shop, farmacia and bancomat ATM within about 200 meters of the residence. It does not have a lot of tourist souvineer shops, but who needs them. By my standards the beach was okay. It is a gravel beach so unless you have tough feet, bring water shoes. Cleanliness was okay but not great. It does not have much wave action, almost more like a big lake,, so swimming is nice, especially in the morning, but no surf. September is clearly the end of their season and a few restaurants were already closed for the year before we left. The location is good with a bus within 50 yards to go to Taormina (don't drive there!), easy to find by car, and easy access to the coastal highway and Autostrada for trips around the region. Negatives: The apartment was on the third floor, no elevator. Beds, linens, and furniture were uncomfortable by American standards. This problem appears to be a constant throughout Italy, so I would rate this apartment as average for comfort. We were very disappointed that the owner did not provide any condiments or cleaning supplies other than a bucket, dirty broom and dust pan, and questionable looking sponge. This did not meet our standards for week long apartment rentals, though the owner insisted it was normal. Good support to guests should include clean sponges, hand and dish soap, salt, pepper and sugar, preferable a bit of cooking oil, so that we did not have to buy everything from the market in quantities that we would never use. Maybe we are spoiled, but that is what we have been given at other international rentals in Italy and Mexico. The cooking pots were also very poor quality. The apartment also had an electrical outage when we arrived (resolved an hour later) and a brief water outage (short but inconvenient with the washing machine going.)
Overall I would rate location as excellent and the apartment good so long as you are aware of the negatives and prepared to bring or buy all your supplies.
Helpful votes: 6/8
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