After staying a few nights in Hotel Villa Carlotta in Taormina, which we loved, we were looking forward to staying by the beach. We chose this hotel as its location was perfect. This was the only good thing about it! The rooms were dirty, very tatty and tired! They called our room superior but as one of our friends said "It was more like Pontins"!. Very very disappointed as this is classed as a 4 star hotel and is almost a 2 star. The staff were not helpful, always tried to avoid eye contact. One of our rooms had stains over all the cushions on the chairs, skirting board hanging off the wall and the whole room including bathroom was dirty, They did move to another room which was only slightly better. We were recommended by reception to eat in the restaurant by the pool on our first night. It did have beautiful views and the food was average but 6 people £600! My only recommendation to anyone looking at this hotel is to stay somewhere else! Don't waste your money or your experience in Sicily which is beautiful.