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“Pleasant time at the Villa Esperia” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Villa Esperia
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Mazzaro
Essex
1 review
“Pleasant time at the Villa Esperia”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2008

We had heard so much about Taormina but could not afford the hotels we really wanted to stay in. That is where the Villa Esperia came in and, considering the price, we would recommend it, though it is not for people with expectations of the highest standards of service or accommodation. Instead, it is nicely situated, has a pleasant pool, clean though not luxurious rooms and perfectly acceptable food.

  • Liked — nice area and affordable on a budget
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank Heather062
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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Czech Republic
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2008

Most balconies of this unpretentious family-hotel are too small to sit on but the large pool terrace and location near the beach easily make up for that. You can always walk the two minutes or so to the cable car if you want to explore the old town higher up. I think the hotel is more of a good 3* than 4* hotel but we liked it and would happily go back.

  • Liked — Location, friendly staff
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank RenataH
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Chester County PA
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2008

My main issue with this hotel is the indifference of the staff. It's hit or miss, some are very helpful and courteous while others are quite indifferent and too annoyed to bother with you or your questions.
The rooms are much too small and so are the showers. The balcony is too small which should have two chairs if you are lucky enough to have a chair since they only place a few chairs to some rooms. We borrowed a chair from another balcony. Not that there was anything to see since there is only a view to a wall of another building. If I could remember the place next door to this hotel I would stay there instead since it has beautiful views of the ocean that seriously block the view from the rooms of Esperia. It is a serious challenge just to get into the hotel with any luggage since there are a flight of stairs on a steep incline to negotiate. There is a small, emphasis small elevator to take your luggage into the hotel. The staff is not there to assist, they can't even see or seem to care if someone is coming into the hotel.
Location is poor unless you only plan to use their pool. Watch where you walk as you step outside and into a narrow street, there are few restaurants or any other things to do near by, you need to take the lift at a cost of 2 euros roundtrip to the main part of town where the main shopping and other sights and attractions are located. It will cost 20 euro to take a taxi for a 10 minute ride.
I recommend you skip this part of town and stay at a hotel above from where the Esperia is located.

  • Disliked — Location is dreadful
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Peter98
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Los Angeles, California
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23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2008

I booked 1 room for 2 nights here... the photos a very deceiving on the intenet. Trust me the hotel is not that clean there. We were at the end of a great trip of Sicily and wanted to spend some time in Taormina before going home. When we went to our room the bedspread was filthy with stains I would not even use it as a rag. Then we noticed that the AC did not work or the TV too. When I went down to the front desk there were also some other guests with the same complaints....hmmmm. I was told they would send someone up to fix everything. So went out for dinner 3+ hours to return to a very hot and humid room with no AC or TV. I called down to the desk and was told that the maintenance person had left for the evening and they did not have anyone to help us out since it was the night shift.
We were very dissapointed in the lack of service and how the staff could quickly decide they spoke no English. Fortunata io que parlo italiano e mi sono imbarazzata per i miei concittadini italiani. ( I was embarrased of my fellow Italian countrymen)
We were offered a 10% discount for the room and the inconveniences...give me a break.
I would recomend this place for a cleaning crew and for customer service training.
There are too many wonderful hotels in Taormina, please pass on this place unless you want to be ripped off.

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank cuzzubu
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Peacehaven, United Kingdom
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143 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2008

The young owners have improved their smallish hotel considerably over the years. The architecture is far from spectacular but the location is good: just across a moderately busy road (but it stands back a bit) from the beach of Mazzaro and within 5 minutes walk of the cable car to Taormina itself.
I found the staff pleasant and the rooms, food and service perfectly adequate. There is a nice pool terrace, where a really nice buffet/BBQ is a feature on Saturday evenings.

  • Liked — The jacuzzi bath
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank ReinhardW
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los angeles
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2008

first of all, the room was small and very DIRTY!
i was staying with my sister who was staying 2 nights. i was staying only 1 night.
we were quoted the rate of 65 euros per person per night. imagine my surprise when checking out at 7am after staying only one night when i had to pay for 2 nights!!! "a penalty" said the desk clerk who suddenly didn't speak english. he wouldn't return my credit card until i signed for 132 euros. this incident left a very bad taste in my mouth and i would NEVER recommend this dingy hotel to anyone.

  • Liked — the pool
  • Disliked — getting ripped off
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank LosAngelesKitkat
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beetlebailey6
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2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2007

We thought the Villa Esperia to be very modern with clean well mantained rooms. The girls at the front desk were very helpful in all our requests, many times going beyond the call of duty. The buffet breakfast was typical European, cold meats and cheese with roles. The motel is in a good location. Overall a good experience

Stayed September 2007
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Property: Villa Esperia
Address: Via Nazionale 244, 98030 Mazzaro, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Location: Italy > Sicily > Province of Messina > Taormina > Mazzaro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Mazzaro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Esperia 4*
Number of rooms: 1
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Also Known As:
Villa Esperia Hotel Mazzaro
Esperia Hotel Mazzarò
Villa Esperia Taormina, Sicily - Mazzaro

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