This B&B does exactly what it says on the tin - and I cant disagree with some of the previous reviews, however a couple of things put me off...
We arrived after check in time, and we were ushered up the stairs to what looked like a private family kitchen, where an older lady (who turned out to be the owners mum) tried to 'check us in' - she could not speak a word of English so it made for a confusing half hour sat on a sofa waiting for something to make sense! Eventually got the key to the room and it did look exactly as it appears in the other photos - its clean, pleasant, and had everything you would expect for a B&B at this price. (handy tip for when you're killing half an hour and want to watch TV - you can change the language on american/british shows to English rather than Italian!)
The owner of the hotel could speak okay English - but he also owns Maniel Beach hotel and its accompanying restaurant, which is where he spends all of his time. Maniel Beach is clearly a much more modern and better kept hotel so I could understand why his efforts would be concentrated there. The photos and description on here indicate that breakfast is served on tables in a room in the B&B, however this must have since changed as he told us it would be served at his restaurant. The restaurant is probably a 2 minute walk along the beach from Casa Famiani so hardly a huge trek, but the convenience of chucking on something respectable to wander downstairs for something to eat in the morning was lost - we didn't bother except on our last morning when we knew we had to leave to check out either way. (FYI, it was a nice spread, hams cheese bread etc)
Some work was going on to the building next door - which is not the fault of the owner but a warning would have been nice - as it meant a couple of awkward morning coffees with builders staring at me from the neighbouring balcony, and also being woken up at 7.30am by drills and shouts.
The room was cleaned daily but we had to walk down to the other hotel at one point to ask for more toilet roll which was a tad annoying, overall Casa Famiani is quirky and has all you need - if you like being left completely to your own devices it is perfect but if you appreciate having someone around to be able to asks questions/get help, it is a bit of a hindrance. To check out and pay, we had to pre-empt the fact that no one was ever at the B&B and try to find the owner at his other hotel (which it turned out was where our passports had been kept the whole time)
To give a quick run down on the other bits and bobs, the shower was ok (water pressure not great but anyone who travels Europe a lot would be used to this!) - room was clean, balcony was nice (apart from the view being a bit ruined by the building works) - coffee and kettle provided and air con worked like a charm.
All in all, it was great for the amount we paid, it can be nice to be left to come and go as you please although a little more attention to detail would have been appreciated - the location is fab as only metres away from the beach and therefore short walks up and down Letojanni's main 'strip' - my best guess is that we came at a bad time and our expectations were slightly higher due to what we'd read on here. If I ever had reason to stay in Letojanni again, I would happily stay here for the price and basic amenities, but if you demand a bit more from your stay I would probably seek accommodation elsewhere!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Famiani is a charming 3-star bed & breakfast, situated on the most beatiful stretch of the sicilian coastline, it is in a quiet spot on the Letojanni seefront, only a few steps from the sea and only 5 Km. from Taormina, offering its guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the peacefulness of surroundings. All the confortable rooms have private facilities: shower, wc, hairdryer, satellite tv, air conditioning and safe. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Famiani Letojanni, Sicily