Near the historic center and the cable-car station, this converted private house has excellent north-coast views from nearly every room. Guest rooms vary in size and furnishings, but most are bright, breezy, and colorful, with large windows and balconies (do ask). Prices are reasonable considering amenities like the compact swimming pool and the garden.
Jul 21, 2002
Wow! Talk about disagreeing with everyone. My wife and I checked into this small hotel in May of this year. The room was dark and smelled of bug spray. There were a large number of small annoying flies buzzing throughout the rather large room. The bathroom was old and not well maintained as evidenced by the dirty grout in the old shower stall. The room we had must have been an apartment at one time because there was an old unused stove in the
room. As the rest of the hotel, more of the dark dingy look. The "grounds" were rather small and I am not sure where these flowering terraces are that I have read about. However, the pool area was rather nice. Two of the three people we encountered at the desk were very nice, the other was rather surly. We travel Europe every year so we understand European hotel standards. Overall this is a hotel in desperate need of renovation. We checked out and lost one night's rent rather than dealing with the smell, bugs, and bad bathroom.
Aug 18, 2001
This is the most amazing hotel in Taormina -- and one of my favorite in the world. I have stayed there several times and never thought that I would let anyone in on this gem for fear that it would get overbooked. Unfortunately, I just called them to book another trip and they are FULL! So here I am looking for another hotel and getting disappointed that guest reviews for other hotels that might help me are very sparse. So, for the sake of that
wonderful hotel and for you who may be looking, here's what you should know: The atmosphere is spectacualar, it is not like an ordinary hotel (lots of steps, twists and turns, surprise doors going out to lovely unexpected courtyards, steps that lead to little grottos). The rooms are large, comfortable, air-conditioned, very Sicilian decor and almost all have the most private and romantic balconies that you have ever seen with spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The location is the best -- steps from the cable car to the beach and 1 block from the town center entrance -- making everything convenient. They have a small parking garage but there is also a parking lot a few hundred yards down the street. Now brace yourself..they are very reasonably priced. If you have a lot of money to spend on a hotel stay -- don't waste your money because this is the best hotel in Taormina.
May 7, 2001
Even though there are 65 steps to get to the elevator they are wide (8 feet) and airy with a bar, outside terraces and lounges and even a toilette along the way! Rooms are a good size, ask for a terrace, they are 12'x 12' and don't cost anymore! Large bathroom. Quiet area overlooking the sea, though you'll need to walk about 1/4 mile to get to the "main drag". Great trattoria next door. Overall a great value at $105 per night!