Al Borgo Medievale is a series of apartments in a recently renovated building which claims to be be of medieval origin. We stayed in the Ginevre (Guinevere) Room on the top level for one night. There is a King Arthur theme running through the naming and decoration; in the hallway above the stairs is an impressive suit of armour. The rooms have individual airconditioning, and are comfortable if a little Spartan.
Our apartment boasted of a kitchen, which is concealed by folding doors when not in use. We didn't use the cooking facilities, but they looked reasonable. There is a fine view over some rooftops towards Taormina, the sea, and Mt Etna, although for much of our stay this was obscured by mist. There are also some fairly unattractive power cables immediately outside the balcony.
There was a lack of any sort of information or literature on either the apartment or the local area; some pamphlets, free maps or something similar might be nice. The entire building had a distinctly musty smell; this may perhaps be from the recently completed building works (opened July 2008) & may disappear, but was quite strong when we stayed. Many of the doors, windows etc. seemed to be cheaply constructed and could wear quickly; at the moment they are virtually brand new of course. Arriving at Al Borgo Medievale involved a series of phone calls in order to be escorted by car through Castelmola; although this is considerate some kind of map to be emailed or on the website would help also. There is no off street parking, but we found parking nearby easily.
Castelmola is usually visited by daytrip from Taormina, and at night is very quiet. We stumbled across the Bocciola restaurant in the nearby Piazza Duomo (1 min walk) which provided one of the best meals of our lives - see separate review. The town is quite attractive, & could have warranted another day's stay. This place, with some fine tuning, could fill a gap in accommodation options in Castelmola.
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- Also Known As:
- Al Borgo Medievale Castelmola, Sicily, Italy