Welcome to the insane asylum. That is the only way to describe Casale Poggio del tiglio - Catania 4584, an agritourism accommodation at the base of Mt. Etna. Before I get into the horror story...
After a nice stay at the Palazzo Caracciolo Napoli, I decided to sample a Mercure hotel, another brand in the Accor portfolio. The Mercure Palermo Excelsior City is a lovely hotel on the outskirts of Palermo's city center.
Even though they won many awards at the Freddies, Accor hotels do not receive a lot of publicity in the American blog world. I rarely stay there because I do not have any Le Club points.
You can't beat the Hyatt Place when it's a cash and points deal. $55 + 4k points is one of the best values in the points world.
The question of this trip is not whether the Radisson Barbados is a nice hotel. The question is whether it is worth staying at a nice hotel or whether is better to save those points and pay for day passes at a beach club. Before I get into that, let's talk hotel.