Upon arriving at Capotaormina my husband and I were not at all impressed. The service was average, no genuine feeling of welcome, more of an administrative task. Our room had a nice view of the ocean but that's where it started and ended. The interior itself is dated and tired. The blue carpet had cigarette burns and bleach splash marks, yes bleach. The bathroom was dated and although a good size, not practical. We had a look around on the grounds of the hotel and the issue of the room being dated extended to the entire resort. I honestly don't think it's been renovated since the filming of the Big Blue in 1988. However, the reason why I have given this place 4/5 is because whilst the facilities are dated, they are actually very good. The outdoor pool area is great with the most amazing views. Then there is the private beach where a huge cliff hangs behind you, it really is a treat. The onsite dinner restaurant was fantastic, food truly was brilliant, and breakfast was also very good. I know there are other many beautiful hotels in Taormina but I do think that the facilites and location, albeit slightly out of town, are worth the stay.