We pre booked this apartment before we left Australia. At the time, it was the only one of our many bookings where we were charged at the time of booking, with no cancellation option. As it was, we didn't choose to cancel, but this is a drawback if you need some flexibility.
Our apartment was a ground floor apartment of bedroom, combined small kitchen lounge, and very large bathroom. For the price, which was higher than many of our other bookings in Sicily, I would have expected the kitchen to have been better supplied with some basic groceries, such as oil, salt, maybe some coffee/tea, and even a washing machine (just comparing this to our other bookings). Also, we had to park on the street a few blocks away, and although it was free, it was not guaranteed that the park would be there is we chose to take our car out for the day (there is also private paid parking available). The wifi connection is good.
And there was no real outside space for us to sit, except for the small communal courtyard entrance area, which was not really private. However, the apartment was fitted out with quality furnishings and was very appealing because of the age of the building, and very quiet with no traffic noise. Also, we were left with a gift of chocolates for each of us which was a nice touch.
We did find that locating the office was not easy, as our GPS could only take us to the general area only, because of the complicated one way system in Modica and the number of roads that become stairs. We had to ask at the shops in the area before we could find someone to book in, so you would need to make sure that you get very detailed instructions when you book. We were offered a lovely coffee or hot chocolate on arrival which was nice, and there was a discount on items from the lifestyle shop owned by the hosts (which was quite expensive).
Breakfast was a coupon for use at a caffe about 200m from our apartment and consisted of coffee and a croissant. Compared to other places where we had stayed, this was a very basic breakfast and not very good value, or very convenient.
There were a number of restaurants in the area, a supermarket and fruit and bread shops about 100m away, and it was possible to walk to one of the lookouts over the town, and also to one of the main churches. We also walked down into Modica, where most of the shops, restaurants and other tourist sites were, but this is very steep and the elderly or those with children would find this difficult.
Although Modica is well based to explore other towns in the region, including Ragusa, Noto, etc., it might be better to try to find accommodation in Noto, which is smaller, and has a really charming old centre, or in Ragusa where the old town is also beautiful, with a nice piazza and lovely public gardens. Also be aware that driving in Modica is a bit of a nightmare with blind corners, steep streets, one way roads, stairs and parking (this applies to Ragusa also!)
We booked this apartment based on the wonderful reviews given in TripAdvisor, and especially the personalised attention of the hosts, but this did not happen for us. We were only given a map with some tourist sites marked on it, and then taken to our apartment. We were disappointed not to have the chance to see Modica with the help and advice of a local.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our charming houses dating back to the 18th century are serviced with all comforts(air conditioner, Lcd Tv in the bedroom and living room,free internet service, safe, showers with rain shower heads)and are comprised of 1 bedroom,1 bathroom, a living room with a sofa bed for 2 people, a well- equipped kitchen, a library with Sicilian classics in 4 languages.We also have a car park at a daily cost of €5,00. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Case Dello Zodiaco Modica, Sicily