My wife and I stayed here for a week in July. I don't remember exactly why our travel planner picked this place but I was intrigued from the start. Being an artist myself, staying in such a creative hotel had me wondering if this place could possibly live up to what I was reading about and viewing on their web site.
From the moment we got there after a 1.5 drive from the airport we were transported into another world where every day live as we knew it would leave and be replaced with absolutely one of the most beautiful little sea side fishing towns that you can imagine. Castel de Tusa is what you can only experience because reading about it and photos just don't do it justice.
When we arrived (a little earlier than check-in) our room wasn't ready. Rather than tell us to come back later, we were greeted by a man named Claudio who proceeded to give us a tour of the hotel and the surrounding area. From that point on I knew we were starting somewhere special. Since three of the art rooms were available we were told we could pick any one or stay in a different one each night if we preferred. Who does this sort of thing? Only a place that cares about you staying there and having the best of everything they have to offer. Claudio who became our friend through this trip made sure we had fresh fruit waiting for us in the room, while we settled at a table near the beach and proceeded to have our first bottle of the local Pinot Grigio.
The outdoor restaurant I could write a whole review about. Every day the menu changes and there were 3 dinner flights to choose from. These were written on a chalk board outside. We really wanted to try different places to eat in the area but after our first meal here we ended up eating at the hotel almost every night. The generous breakfast buffet comes free as part of your stay.
There is an art studio on the bottom floor where there are classes, tours of the surrounding area and free chairs and towels for the beach. Also tours of the hotel where you can view the many varied and creative rooms so you can plan ahead for your next stay.
All I can say is I felt like we stayed a week with people who truly treated us like family. We have a vacation to France planned for 2013 but I promised we will be back in 2014. Only this time we will stay there for 2 weeks and explorer this incredible town and the rest of the island.
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- Also Known As:
- Atelier Sul Mare Messina
- Hotel Atelier Sul Mare
- Hotel-Museum Atelier Sul Mare Sicily/Castel Di Tusa, Italy