The daily tariff is not cheap, and at par with that of a 3 star hotel. However a few strange and awkward hotel rules have removed some of the pleasure whilst residing there.
The room is cleaned on alternate days, and limited to the bathroom and bedroom only. The kitchen is never cleaned. Only two rolls of toilet paper are allocated per room cleaning session, and a roll won't be replaced until completely used up. The two tiny soap bars and two soap liquid packets which were used up by the second day were never replaced.
But most surprising was the system used for breakfast. Every guest was allowed just one cornetto or focaccia (to be ordered the day before), one cappuccino or latte and one espresso, a glass of juice (or a glass of the delicious almond milk) one yoghurt, cereal (choice of 2) and bread with butter and jams. There was no fruit or cakes, both of which are typical in Sicilian breakfasts, let alone hams and cheeses. We would have preferred not being served breakfast (with appropriate reduction from the bill) as we could have easily prepared it in the room's kitchenette which is even supplied with a pot for cooking coffee.
Another surprise was the charge for using the room's air conditioner. A card with chip is given to guests at check-in and this has to be inserted in a unit counter in the room so as to activate the air conditioner. Not knowing the rates that would apply we decided not to make use of it altogether, unwillingly preferring to bear the heat in the mid-August nights.
The kitchen is well equipped with plates, cutlery, a chopping knife, pans, pasta sieve and even a cheese grater. The fridge/freezer and hob worked well. However no liquid soap or sponge is supplied and these have to be purchased from the grocer in town. We ended up leaving most of the soap behind us as we hardly used any in the week we stayed there.
I stayed at Miramare residence with my partner for 7 nights in mid-August 2014. The atmosphere is unique and quaint with well spaced semi-detached houses with a front verandah among pine trees and well tended cactus gardens, BBQ areas, a laundry house, a breakfast/bar, spacious parking under the trees situated across the road from a public beach and within walking distance to the town centre.
The two ladies serving breakfast were very cordial and pleasant. We were offered a typical Sicilian tart (over and above our daily ration) on the 15th August as this day is an important feast.