Vanity Spa Right? --- NO Vanity Spa ----------- Apartment not associated with the Spa except for reception! For a Mere 25 Euro for 90 minutes you MIGHT be able to book time at the Spa depending on Member Usage. Parking on the street IF you can find it. For me it was 2 Blocks away! WE were so angry we Left! Oh yea NO REFUND Policy!
We stayed in Balestrate for a week and needed to be close by to my boyfriend's family in Balestrate. There were a few options to choose from but Vanity Spa looked so beautiful so we booked it. Don't fall for my mistake and be mislead with the pictures. Here are some facts to help you with your decision making process. The most important thing you should know is that this hotel has rooms that are inhabited by locals (not tourists). Lucky me, I happen to get the room right next to a family with a baby and toddlers. The toddlers played in the hallway and I could hear the baby crying constantly. The noise (people yelling, door constantly slamming, etc) started early in the morning, and continued through the night. I honestly felt like the noise was deliberate. I later learned that people living in situations like this, aren't crazy about their apartment complex being rented out by tourists. Another important thing you should know is that our shower leaked onto the floor. We had to wait for the water to drain before the next person could shower to avoid a flood. Staff did nothing about it. To that point, realize that the hotel staff will not always be there. I don't really know what there hours are, I dont think they have any set hours. The hotel is right by the city square, where a lot of festivities take place, but realize that it will be noisy in the evenings. Also, they only allow one key per room. That just would not work for us with two people for a week stay. My Boyfriend's cousin who speaks Sicilian basically told them that we really needed two keys and so he was going to make a copy.... they ended up handing us an additional key, right then and there. Also, even though this hotel was near the city square, there were not a lot of eateries to choose from. All the eateries were towards the direction of a hotel that was down the street with an ocean view, Residence Eloisa. The next time I stay in Balestrate, I will be staying at this hotel. As far as any good points about this hotel, the room was a spacious 1 bedroom, with a dining table, kitchen and an Elvis clock on the wall. Also, it does have an elevator, which was great because we were on the 2nd floor. Note: They will charge you a separate charge for air condition and cleaning !!! We were charged 90 euros extra.…
Nice hotel, quiet, unassuming, nice rooms and you get left alone. The transfer from the airport which we booked in Italian and English didn't turn up. Beware all you non linguists, nobody speaks English here, try asking for a new bog roll with limited Italian and not resorting to Marcel Marceau impressions.
Our holiday to Balestrate in September 2014 was totally amazing, great service from Annamarie starting with the pick up from the Airport then a friendly welcome at the apartment where she helped up with all our requirements for our stay. She also recommended some lovely restaurants which we visited more than once. During our stay we also had a lovely complimentary evening in the spa. This apartment is really good value for money and would say it is more suited to couples/friends who are looking for a real Sicilian holiday.
The apartment was clean, modern and had everything need for a comfortable stay. The staff were extremely helpful in orientating us in the town and recommended some great restaurants. The apartment was such good value for money and a free spa experience in amazing facilities was very generous. I would recommend this apartment very highly, not only for the facilities, but for the help and advice the staff provided, made for what was an outstanding holiday.