My husband and I recently stayed, you cannot beat the location, view is just stunning, and B @B decor and style/design is beautiful, a little more rustic balanced with charm and flare. You can easily walk down into town, Modica such a lovely town to explore, including walking back at night. Breakfast was adequate, fresh juice was a delight, changed daily, for example fresh squeezed apple juice or grape juice, nice fresh muffin, and healthy yogurt with cereal/granola. A lovely intimate spot to relax. However, here are some suggestions for improvements which would make it an even better spot.
1). I realize B&B is not a hotel, so you sacrifice some of the amenities or services, however, it would be helpful if someone was available for advise or questions at times. After breakfast, you no longer see the owner, unless a new guest arrives, and even then it might be for a split moment. While you have his cell phone, most travelers especially those traveling from another country might not have cell phone readily available, and also it at least for me, made me feel as if I am intruding. A guest should not have to feel this way.
2). The shower in our room could not maintain constant hot water; it was a constant stream of five minutes of hot water followed by five minutes of cold water. I am not looking for perfection but at 200 Euro a night it is not right. It is non negotiable for me.
3). Wifi was so so, unless you walked over to the terrace of the rooms on the other side, towards the front gate, you really cannot rely on it. This is not a big issue for me as much as the other points mentioned but something for guests to be aware, unless wifi is upgraded or moved to an additional spot, don't count on it. I know we are on vacation, but when we reviewed and made a choice we assumed wifi would be available. It made it difficult for My husband who was unable to check on work and for me as I wanted to explore what places to checkout including restaurants it was impossible. being that you are in B@B this was more crucial as it was not like I had anyone around to ask for guidance.
4). As mentioned by others, it is impossible to find the place, including with GPS. While Marco was trying to help navigate on the phone at this point I would expect Marco to understand and make some improvements including something as simple as on their website including direction, tips on what to avoid, helpful landmarks on where to turn or what to use to gage if you passed the turn. This is so easy to do. It is not a great way to begin your stay getting lost only few kilometers away.
5). We informed the day before our departure to Marco that we will need to leave by 8 am or 8:15 in the morning the next day, he said no problem, will be able to check out in the morning. We packed our luggage and carried suitcases back to the car, it would of been nice gesture and customer service if someone would of offered to assist, whether to walk halfway and wait with luggage, as one has to park the car 200 meters or so away. No one around, when we finally got to the breakfast room, the kitchen staff ran our credit card and just walked away. Now, I am fluent in 2 languages, I don't expect people to be fluent in English, however, if you are relying on your staff to deal with the guests at checkout, then they should be able to to hold basic conversation to assist the guests. I understand running a B&B is not easy, 24/7 job and everyone deserves a break, but these are some of the rough edges that can make a difference. Also, it would of been a nice touch to be offered to take for the road the yogurt or muffin, nothing was offered, the kitchen lady just walked away, left a very strange and rather cold feeling.
6). It might be nice to have a meeting area, sort of a small lounge, consider keeping the breakfast room open all day, with light music and library. This would improve on some of the points made above around Wifi, easier access to staff if needed, but overall provide a more welcoming but yet intimate environment.
Overall Modica is a town not to be missed. Casa Talia, while beautifully designed, has some rough edges but some that I feel can be easily improved to make it an even more memorable place. All in all, we enjoyed our stay! Thank you Marco.
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