The hotel itself is rather pleasant place to stay in. It seems to be well renovated and clean, the lobby and rooms have modern design. The hotel doesn't provide any breakfast but all the rooms are equipped with built-in kitchenettes (you'll get a little fridge, an induction hob, tableware, solt, sugar, oil etc.). To be honest, we didn't cook anything there except for morning coffee. The air conditioning in the room is also a great help taking into account boiling summer weather in Sicily.
Our receptionist Carlotta was fluent in English and always ready to help - not only resolved she accommodation issues but also provided some historical and cultural notes as well as tips on getting around. But this hotel doesn't have 24-h reception service and the staff appears to be in the premises only on request.
If you got used to the fact that in European hotels the rooms are cleaned every day it might come as a surprise for you that in Casepicarmo cleaning is provided once per 6 days. In means that neither your linen and towels are changed nor the floor vacuumed till the appointed time. You will also have to empty the bin yourself and to throw the rubbish into the garbage cans nearby.
The hotel is a stone's throw from the sea but the only sandy beach is rather small and usually packed with people. Other beaches are rocky and not very convenient to lie on.
You may hope to relax in spa zone of the hotel but during our stay it was almost always closed.
Life in this little sleepy town has its very specific schedule and you should learn it properly. On Sundays shops and most of restaurants in Augusta are closed, supermarkets work till 12 only, public transport doesn't work too. Dishes in local bars are often cooked on schedule: croissants can be ordered before 11 am and pizza is ready after 5pm.
To sum up, this place will suit travellers who are tired of hustle and bustle of big cities and just want to get away from it all. Good value for money though
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- Casepicarmo Guest House Augusta, Sicily, Italy