Sicily accommodation

Palazzo Failla, Modica
We stayed at the Palazzo Failla hotel located in the Alta [upper] Modica up a winding road to near the summit of the old town — the hotel brochure sketch map is more understandable than Google maps.  

Staff at Palazzo Failla could not have been more friendly and helpful throughout our stay: parking our car, delivering our luggage, supplying a map of the baroque monuments of Modica and offering advice on routes to the other baroque towns in the Val do Noto. Our room was located in the ‘Dependence’ a building close to the Palazzo, above their more traditional style restaurant: La Locanda del Colonnello. In a classic style, but with a very contemporary bathroom and off an upper terrace with patio chairs and tables for guests. We were treated to a ‘turn-down’ service every evening, with a Modica chocolate presented in a little clear bag, tied with raffia.

Breakfasts in the restaurant at the Palazzo are a wonderfully indulgent affair: comprising a selection of fresh juices, fruit, cereals and yoghurt, hams and salami, a wonderful selection of artisan cheeses and woefully indulgent cakes, tarts and pastries: many featuring the chocolate for which Modica is famous. 

Charming House and Resort, Falconara

Our initial impression of the entrance of the main building was of a corporate headquarters, rather than a 'Charming House' but this impression is soon dispelled by the view through the reception area to the landscaped gardens and view of the Castello — not open to guests or the public but a dramatic presence day and night — and the friendly welcome of the reception staff. Our luggage quickly arrived at the door to our room, a lofty first floor sea view room with balcony in the Club House, four poster bed, flat screen TV, mini-bar and generous bathroom. The more expensive rooms are in the 'Fattoria' overlooking the beach have exposed patios, great in good weather, less so in the thunderstorm we experienced for the last night of our stay in mid-May. The Club House main building and pool are located quite near the main road, consequently suffering from some background traffic noise. The beach area comprises two levels of fine sand with numerous loungers and parasols, plenty for everyone when we were there, plus a lifeguard in attendance all day.