We picked the Villaggio Artimede from an Internet search with the intention of staying one night before driving up Mount Etna. Even with a GPS in the rental care this place was hard to find, and the Gabbiani Supermarket along the main street through town is the best local landmark and market.
The positive aspects of V-A include (1) secure, gated parking and grounds, which were well-kept; (2) clean room equipped with a small kitchenette; (3) plentiful hot water in the bathroom; (4) tap water was potable; (5) overall the V-A and surrounding area was very quiet; (6) helpful owners; and (7) the nearby Gabbiani market. Gabbiani serves prepared as well as fresh food, and is a short walk from the V-A. We used Gabbiani instead of local restaurants. As we only stayed for one night, we didn't use the pool or poolside bar, nor did we do any sightseeing by foot.
Negative aspects included (1) air conditioner didn't work the night we were there. To get cross ventilation in the room, I had to stand on a chair set in the shower stall to open the bathroom window, and then leave the front door open with the grill pulled down; (2) the kitchenette was not supplied with dish soap, sponge or towels for basic cleaning, nor did the bathroom have soap or shampoo; (3) the mattress and pillows weren't comfortable (felt like sand bags to my back and neck); and (4) Internet only worked in the motel office, not in the rooms.
We paid 70 euros for one night's stay, about $95 US. At this rate, and in comparable tourist locations in the USA, Motel 6 and Super 8 would provide better value, far more comfortable beds, and reliable in-room Wi-Fi, more often than not. Absent a better mattress and pillows, I would not stay here for more than one night.
If you plan to tour Mount Etna or the local coastal towns by car, buy a good map, and make sure your car has up-to-date GPS configured to western Europe.
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- Also Known As:
- Villaggio Artemide Giardini Naxos, Sicily