We spent three weeks in Italy in December 2012, and this was the most wonderful hotel of the entire trip. Not only is it beautifully decorated, the breakfasts were delicious. The location is perfect, as well. But best of all, the man at the front desk (I wish I knew his name) made a suggestion that changed our trip. We had been taking buses throughout Sicily, and he suggested we use a taxi for our trip to Taormina. The cost was within our budget, so we did it! Rather than spend several hours on the bus -- including changing buses (harrowing for us because we never knew what we were doing and we always ended up scurrying) -- we were there in an hour. We did the same thing from Taormina to Messina. It's amazing how a gentle suggestion can make such a difference. This is, indeed, a wonderful hotel.