Quite nice small guest house / hotel just outside of Marsala. Rooms quite basic, but comfortable. A bit small and dark. Bathroom basic but ok. Not much to do close by. All other restaurants a drive to. Marsala about a 15/20min drive away. A lot of garbage all around the place nearby, quite dirty. Can hire electric bikes at the property - worth doing, but do organize it well in advance as it takes quite some time to get it organized with the staff (over an hour of messing about). Restaurant has good food - but is really spoilt by the service, which can be very poor, depending who is working (Flavio was excellent, the young girl waitress was terrible - very rude, very slow and very unhelpful- she either needs a lot more training, or needs to get a different job). Watch out for the final bill, which is not fully broken down, no visibility into the charges such as bar / restaurant - so its not easy to see if all charges are correct or not. Also charged a fee for the use of pool towels, which is pretty poor, especially as they did not mention this at the time. Vineyard tour is poor - would not recommend. Expensive, formulaic and only a small number of wines to try. Better places to do a vineyard tour for sure. probably better places to stay too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Wine Resort was built after the restoration and conversion of a large "baglio" located in the centre of an agricultural establishment that, at one time, belonged to the Florio family. The historic Sicilian dynasty of the Florio family introduced Marsala wine to the entire world, invented the tuna fish industry in Favignana and controlled the largest commercial naval fleet at that time in Italy. The name Donna Franca is a homage to Franca Florio, who was an important and well-known figure of the Florio family. ... more less
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