What We Love
- Warmth and character in spades at a small hotel on the Tyrrhenian coastThe hotel's friendly, family-run atmosphere
- The great location near a lovely beach and the dramatic Aeolian Islands
- Car hire included means freedom to explore this fascinating region at your leisure
The sweet, small-scale Hotel Redebora is located in the Sicilian village of Scala Torregrotta, on the Tyrrhenian coast, opposite the wildly beautiful Aeolian Islands. The hotel’s original late Sixties building has expanded over the years to create a welcoming property centred around a secluded swimming pool. Pretty palm and flower-filled gardens house several separate annexes, with an outdoor lounge and roof terrace ideal for catching some evening rays.
Relax by the pool or in the hot tub, sipping a cocktail, or pop down to the beach, which even in the autumn makes for a pleasant place to stroll or soak up some sunshine. Explore this fascinating region at your leisure, as car hire is included in your holiday. Drive up the slopes of Mount Etna, tour the Taormina hills, take a boat over to the UNESCO-protected Aeolian Islands, or discover historic sights such as the Greek Theatre at Tindari – the choice is yours.
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Very friendly and helpful staff, gorgeous pool, quiet and peaceful. Great place to relax. Location isn't touristy and has a beach close by (look out to sea for Stromboli the island/volcano). Basic breakfast and no restaurant in hotel for other meals, but a few nice local restaurants. Rugantino by the beach has lots of good seafood, pizza, cocktails and delicious cheap local wine, or La Rambla is a 20 min walk away; they don't speak much English but are very nice and the food is amazing - try the wine from Etna! ???????? Not many sights in the immediate area but go to Milazzo for the gorgeous castle or take a boat trip around the islands.
Isolated from most things and beach not for sunbathing. Pool looked lovely and cleanliness of hotel was good. However, there is no restaurant and as the hotel is not near facilities you need a car to drive somewhere for food. When asked where we could eat the receptionist didn't elaborate on restaurants in other towns. There is no lift so be warned if you are elderly with heavy bags. No tea or coffee facilities in room so breakfast is the only thing you can get which is very poor - ham, cheese (very dry), rolls, croissants that at times were burnt. cereal choice was cornflakes and a few pieces of fruit, choice of orange and water. Thats it except for tea/coffee. The eating area was always with staff/family chatting at small bar or watching football (on continuously). The first room we had the electrics failed so we had to move and the second room we had ants in the bed so had to have our sheets changed and bed area fumigated. Towels in bathroom were more like tea towels and hairdryer was impossible to use for long hair. A party was on whilst there in the pool area which we were not warned of so the music, rowdy party goers and eventually them going to hotel rooms (banging doors and shouting) kept us awake after a day of sights seeing. We found another hotel hence to say.
Before I tell you about the hotel let me give you directions so unlike us you’ll find it without too much hassle. After ensuring my tom-tom was fully charged before leaving the UK to my horror I found out the day before the battery was a goner. So after leaving Catania airport head to the Autostrada direction Messina at the first fork on the slip road take the right-hand one. It is then plain sailing to Messina outskirts, the road then changes to the A20 heading Palermo. After the toll take the exit Rometta then the ss113 (via nationale) for about 7.8 km direction Palermo. In Torregrotta you will see on the LHS a blue hotel sign for Redebora, indicating a right turn. Half way down the street becomes one way. Take a right, left, left then left to come the right way up the one way street. Hotel situated down a small street on the right.
The hotel is a family owned hotel and have English speaking staff. The rooms are not huge but have all the necessary facilities for your stay. Our room had a small balcony and was on the first floor. Our room was cleaned and made tidy while we ate breakfast. Breakfast the only meal the hotel provides in its restaurant on the ground floor adjacent to reception. You can eat there or in the small courtyard outside which is very pretty with a fantastic array of flowering shrubs. The breakfast is typically continental with cornflakes, cold meat, cheese, yogurt and croissants. As my wife is a vegetarian she bought some tomatoes in the local supermarket to supplement. If I were to make a suggestion to the hotel it would be that they could supply additional protein for vegetarians in the shape of a boiled egg. There is a swimming pool outside but at the time of our visit it required great fortitude to swim as it was a tad on the cool side.
Trips to local cities or attractions can be booked with the hotel. We went by car to Taormina, train to Messina and a boat trip to Stromboli. If you want to train it to Messina or Palermo then tickets must be bought beforehand at the tabacchi at the lights at the top of the road. No station personnel at Torregrotta. The station itself is about a km from the hotel and has a free car park outside. Car parking in Palermo and Messina is difficult, expensive and driving in and especially out not for the fainthearted. Our trip to Stromboli was organised through the hotel, a young couple will drive you to Milazzo purchase your tickets and return you to the hotel (50 €), don’t pay the extra for the meals as they are ****. It’s a late pickup as you spend the evening at sea hoping to see the Stromboli firework display, ours was a damp squid.
Overall we had a good time and would recommend the hotel.
On the way home take the exit Asse dei servizi off the A18 to the airport it’s only a couple of miles to the airport.