My wife and I were here on honeymoon last July 21-28. We loved staying here the staff were fantastic and not at all rude. Yes it is very high if walking but all you have to do is catch the orange bus you go up and down for less than €2 the locals on the bus actually enjoy seeing you and will prob ask you where or what you want to go see it's brilliant.
The views from sole castello and it is a joy to wake in the morning look at etna and then to the sea too see which massive cruise ship has pulled into port.
The only thing I would say is if you are looking lots to do toarmina is limited.
I would recommend asking the owners what restaurants they reccomend that locals love not tourists, on these suggestions and off the beatan track we ate some of the most fantastic food.
In conclusion do not come to this hotel will dillusions of granduer this isn't a 5* palace it is a fantastic typically Sicilian hotel.
Would I go back here? Without a shadow of a doubt it was amazing!More