• Ambasciatori (Palermo; tel. 091-6166881; https://ambasciatorihotelpalermo.com): Offering five-star views at three-star prices, Ambasciatori is right in the middle of everything. A nondescript entrance on Via Roma takes you into clean, comfortable accommodations and away from the death-defying Palermo traffic.
  • B&B Del Centro (Enna; tel. 327-7460800 (mobile); www.bedandbreakfastenna.com): This hidden B&B is a true gem -- an old palazzo refurbished back to its original splendor. Cozy rooms have wrought-iron beds and bathrooms come with massage showers.
  • Hotel Condor (Taormina; tel. 0942-23124; www.condorhotel.com): This hidden gem is an absolute rarity in Taormina -- a family-run two-star hotel that offers comfortable rooms and wonderful views, and doesn't charge you an arm and a leg for staying at one of most expensive vacation towns in Italy.
  • Hotel La Ville (Catania; tel. 095-322709; www.hotellavillecatania.com): A friendly hotel with a splendid mix of old-world charm and modern furnishings in spacious rooms. For its location and quality of service, the accolades are well-deserved.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.