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“How dare you call this a 4-star hotel!?”
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Villa Esperia
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Mazzaro
Reviewed 2 June 2011

Very disappointed in this hotel. Price/quality ratio is terribly low. It’s a shame that this hotel is qualified as a 4 star hotel. The swimming pool was very dirty and looked over a building excavation on the other end of the street. Not the nice view you see on the photos on the website. Except for the suites in the front of the hotel, almost all the standard rooms (which we had as well) looked out on a blindsided wall. In general the state of the hotel is miserable. The paint in the hall ways is flaking off the walls and the complex overall gives a very degenerated impression. In the period we where there (3 nights in May 2011) both the telephone at the reception and the internet throughout the hotel (wifi) were not working – very impractical and unprofessional. Breakfast was also very sober. In conclusion – we were truly misled by the nice pictures and promises on the website. I would never recommend this hotel for this price to a friend. Don’t go there!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2010

Avoid this hotel.
Food is terrible with poor service.
They may attempt to over charge your bar bill.
The rooms are filthy and very badly maintained.
Mould on the walls, plaster so damp it's dropping off. Black mould around bath.
No ventilation of the bathroom/WC except to the bedroom.

If this is Italian 4* then they need to send their chefs to England to learn how to cook. I've had better meals in a truck stop.

Location seems at first good but is on a very narrow busy road with no footpath - quite dangerous to get anywhere.

One plus point (and only one) - there is a good pizzeria/trattoria and restaurant opposite.

See the photographs to view the room standard.

  • Stayed: September 2010
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5  Thank JoeSLF
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

Travelled here with Voyages Jules Verne. The dinners at this hotel were a disgrace. The "chef" was incapable of even making an omelette. The “omelette” they served us bore more relationship to a Michelin tyre than something fit to eat. After the first dinner experience, the number of people in our tour eating evening meals at the hotel started to wane until, on the last night of our stay, no-one ate at the hotel at all deciding to eat at a local trattoria, even though our tour was half board. Breakfasts were awful too. For a country that grows oranges in abundance you would expect orange juice for breakfast but no, all that was served was a watery pineapple cordial and iced tea. Access to the hotel is very poor and difficult parking for the coach even for off loading. You have to struggle up two flights of stairs with your bags just to reach reception. The only thing 4 star about this hotel is the price of drinks - exorbitant!!

  • Stayed: September 2010
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6  Thank Abrumar
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Reviewed 14 November 2009

We stayed with 44 people in the hotel. Breakfast is verry good and people at the reception are friendly. The food in the restaurant is verry, verry bad (I've never had this food, not even in a 1 star hotel), the waiters (except Rosie) are rude and unpolite (only beautifull woman can get supplements). Complains to the management are being laughed away ... think twice before you book this hotel !!!

  • Stayed: November 2009
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5  Thank groupBelgium
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Reviewed 23 May 2009

with the exception of 1 young female , the waiting staff were rude , indifferent , sneering and totally incompetent. As part of a group tour our evening menu had a choice of 2 dishes ; pork or ........dolphin stew!!!!!!!!!! the vegetables were even better!!!!!!! green beans [they were ok] and 1 small potato.
Our room was nice , although most other guests complained of tiny rooms , and damp walls.
This is NOT a 4* hotel !!!!!!!!!!!! a 2* at most.

  • Stayed: May 2009
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3  Thank maryjaneDublin
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Reviewed 22 October 2008

The bedroom was OK although the bathroom was small and smelt a bit funny. Bed was pretty uncomfortable - felt more like an IBIS than a 'four star' hotel. Balcony overlooked nothing of interest - although I would think some of the rooms at the front must have quite good views.

It's in a reasonable location and the staff were pleasant enough, pool was nice, public areas OK didn't actually eat here so couldn't comment on the food.

Overall for a place just to sleep it does the job - certainly not a place to spend lazy days.....

To summarise - it's OK but only just!

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled on business
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Thank JimmyN
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Reviewed 19 August 2008

The Villa Esperia may not be the grandest 4-star hotel below Taormina but then it is cheaper than most. If you want a good base (near the beach and cable car) then you could do far worse. It was worth paying for the garage as parking is a nightmare. We found the staff full of smiles, the rooms and food quite OK and enjoyed our stay, even though we think it is not quite worth a 4-star rating.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Villa Esperia

Address: Via Nazionale 244, 98030 Mazzaro, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
Region: 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: £62 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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