Advantages Stunning views, well located.
Disadvantages Poorly run, shabby and poorly maintained
My wife and I returned on 09/09/2007, from a wonderful week in Taormina on the beautiful Island of Sicily.
A wonderful week marred by one thing - The Hotel Bristol Park!
We paid around £800 each for a weeks B & B at this establishment, provided through Thompsons. This Hotel passes itself off as a Four Star Hotel.
*** PUBLIC ROOMS ***
The reception area is the first room you come across in most Hotels and this is no exception. First impressions count a lot and this one lost points immediately. We arrived at the Hotel around 1330 hrs along with eight or ten other guests. We entered last out of our group and immediately walked into an uncomfortable silence with an old man (turned out to be the owner) behind the reception desk not communicating anything to anyone. After a few minutes of silence someone at the front asked what the delay was. The man behind the reception desk simply said 'Rooms not ready'.
We then sat about for over an hour until the rooms were ready. In there slight defence they did give us all a drink, but there was no choice and if you didn't want an alcoholic drink, tough luck!
Whilst waiting around the reception area, we had chance to scrutinise the decor. We knew it was in old Italian style which we like in an Italian Hotel. We didn't realise how old the decor was though, it had all seen better days. The reception desk was badly scuffed and generally grotty. There was a fancy lamp behind the reception desk which had the bulbs taped in with electrical tape. The wall paper may have looked good 10 years ago but badly needs replacing.
One of the brass bannister rails leading upstairs had come apart so had been stuck together with selotape - obviously a long time ago by the state of the tape.
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