Stayed for a week recently and found the hotel exactly as described in most other reviews. Its a lovely house - a small hotel with friendly staff always smiling and courteous and helpful with all our questions and arranging trips. The rooms were cleaned to a high standard, spacious - and everything worked well. We found this hotel considerably cheaper than most of the ones more centrally situated and used the difference to fund taxis and most of our spending money! The walk to Porta Catania at the start of the main street (up a 1 in 4 hill )takes 20 mins and 15 back down but in 30 deg heat is not especially fun. In cooler weather would be straightforward. The location might put some people off but the economy factor more than made up for this. a local bus tootles up to Taormina for 1 euro a few times a day. taxis charge an extortionate 15e each way but we still saved a lot on a more central hotel. Highly recommended.