Just to let you know where I am coming from...
I write travel reviews for a local newspaper and from time to time we get sent to locations, mainly to write a bit of a bias view in favour of the hotel but on this occasion its purely the truth as my trip was for pleasure with my partner.
I personally am a photographer and I normally get a writer to do the words [which I struggle doing well in exchange for photos]
Right as for the hotel…
For the price you are paying compared with the other choice in the area you cant complain. Its next door neighbour you need a small mortgage if you stayed at for more than a week all be it that it is a 5 star.
The location next to the beach is great apart from one minor and one very big problem, the minor being its out of the main town by either a near impossible 5k walk, or a 15-20Euro taxi ride or a 3.5euro cable car ride [fun but only available during 8am-1am. This did cause a problem when getting early busses to places which all leave from the bus station on the top of the town.
The major problem being the truly awful road out the front of the hotel, im able bodied and 29 years of age and even I wasn’t at all comfortable walking on it, its narrow with very fast cars bombing up and down it and to make matters worse no path and in pitch darkness from 8pm onwards.
If you have a pushchair or a small child do not stay at this hotel, and if you have walking problems think very carefully about booking Taromina as it is very hilly.
If you plan on coming home drunk if this is your style please dont stay here you are asking for trouble.
I thought the quote of faulty towers was a bit harsh bit I understand where your coming from.
Lets be honest its not the best hotel you will ever stay in but lets be positive, it’s a lot cheaper that all around it, it hosts a truly fantastic view overlooking the beach, its near everything [800meter walk to cable car which leads to top town] if your not too fussy the continual breakfast is fine yes fine not great not awful just fine.
Last thing I will say is don’t lose context of what other hotels will cost you, this hotel is very expensive for what your getting but if you upgrade in quality you will have to increase your holiday price by at least double.
other useful tips are ... pool very good but fully in shade from 4pm , drinks at good price at hotel, helpful staff, clean but basic, air con the best ive ever used EVER, no good for kids or disabled, dont expect staff to help you with trips around the area as they dont deal with them very often and have no idea about any of them! , internet costs a fortune, view is to die for from the hotel.
Ok hope this helps
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