Giardino di Costanza Resort
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This hotel is an oasis of beauty, incredible food, and spectacular service! We are repeat offenders and have always been thrilled with our stays there. The accommodations are spacious, impeccably clean and extremely well appointed. It's a complete joy to stay here!
The Costanza is a very good hotel, but it's not a 5 stars, at least by International Standards, here are the most important things to know about the hotel:
-Really BIG rooms (superiors are facing the swimming pool, deluxe are facing the gardens), nice Sicilian vintage furniture, bed VERY comfy, we slept like babies. Bathroom is also big by Italian standards: nice shower plus bathtub and separate toilets. Two separate sinks are also in the bathroom.
-Amazing grounds: the gardens are well kept and absolutely gorgeous. Plus you are in the middle of Olive Trees Fields and typical Sicilian Vineyards, really awesome.
-Fantastic location: we LOVED the location and we do not understand the people complaining about it... the hotel is 10 minutes from Mazara's city center, and it takes 15 minutes to go to the beach... For us it was perfect as we loved the typical quiet Sicilian country setting. Of course you need a car, but who is going to visit Sicily without renting a car ?!
-Nice big swimming pool, which is a rare find in Sicily, plenty of space to swim and plenty of loungers available.
-parking always available onsite, free of charge
-The BIGGEST PLUS for us was the hotel beach, but let me be clear, this is NOT the usual mediterranean beach. The beach is made of soft golden sand, but the whole bay is made of rocks (also under the water). You have the most fantastic snorkelling just in front of the beach!!! Most people did not venture out of the small "safe" area, but what a pity! We saw literally HUNDREDS of fishes around, just 20 meters from shore. It is absolutely swimmable as there are channels between the rocks that get you out. Mazara's sea is really one of a kind, it is very famous in Italy and now we understand why!
-the breakfast was very disappointing as not a single Sicilian pastry was available for the entire stay... We stayed in Siracusa, Palermo, you name it, in different kinds of hotels, and the Sicilian pastries were always available at breakfast. We do not understand why the Costanza hotel offers various kinds of American pastries like muffins at breakfast, and no cassata, no canolo, no ericina... If the hotel is a real 5 stars, then it must provide this kind of services to the guests
-check in at the reception was strange as absolutely no information about the area was given to us. No information whatsoever about the activities available or what to do/see around. We felt rushed to our room, which, again, is not usual in a 5 stars hotel. Everywhere else in Sicily the check ins were fantastic with very useful informations given by the reception staff.
-there is no hair dryer in the bathroom (why?!), so we had to ask for one, but it was never delivered to our room despite our requests...
-restaurant's staff was kind of a hit and miss, one of the waiters was very kind, but the others seemed bored and one of them seemed quite aggressive with guests, which is unacceptable.
-some areas of the hotel are showing their age, as the Pergola which is situated on the hotel last floor. It's really a pity because the Pergola's setting is awesome.
All in all I don't think we will go back, but it has been a good vacation nonetheless.
We really enjoyed our stay in this comfortable hotel set in beautiful grounds. Pool and facilities are excellent and the staff are friendly and very helpful. The rooms are beautiful, quiet and spacious. The only thing missing was no tea or coffee facilities in the bedroom but this was minor. Breakfast was outstanding, great selection. We were half board, the evening meal was very good, some nights felt a bit like leftovers used for some of the dishes. Felt the €8 charge for the water placed on the table each night when we didn't ask for it was a bit cheeky. We stayed a week - we were billed €56 for water over the week. Half board you expect that some water is included. Wine starts at €24 per bottle with no by the glass options. All in all loved the place and would highly recommend but some thought needs to go into catering for longer staying guests.