One of the only boutique hotels in Taormina, the trendy Metropole boasts one of the most prime locations in town, with the main shopping street of Corso Umberto on one side and views of the sea on the other. Modern touches abound in the 17th-century building, especially the bright, airy rooms, done up in light colors with contemporary furnishings; most are suites, including a terrace spa suite with a Jacuzzi ideally sited on the panoramic terrace. The hotel’s Michelin-starred
Bellevue restaurant puts its own spin on traditional dishes using local ingredients, and you can hear live jazz in the attractive bar most evenings. In season, take advantage of the infinity pool or the private beach, a 10-minute free shuttle ride away.