A True Gem! A Guest from Waterloo
A true gem!
Our recent 2 week trip to southern Italy and Sicily was highlighted by our 2 night stay in this wonderful small hotel in Taromina. Although a little pricey compared to our other accommodations, it was truly worth it!! From the moment you arrive and are greeted with a welcome drink and nibblys, the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful. The rooms were immaculate and upgrading to a seaview room was worth every penny. The views are stunning!! The hotel is quietly located up the hill (which provide the magnificent views of Mount Etna and the beautiful bay below) but they have a convenient shuttle service to and from the city centre if you don’t want to take the long trek down the steps!
This Is How You Do It
This is the best small hotel accom we have ever stayed in. It all came down to the staff and the vibe they have created. We found a stark difference in service everywhere we went in Italy for our 2 weeks trip (Rome, Florence, Sienna, Sicily). It was a welcome relief to have staff who were relaxed, friendly and both cared about their hotel and for their guests.
Taormina is a cheesy tourist town, so it was great to be set in the hills above, away from the crowds. The view from the terrace, where great food for breakfast and dinner was served, is amazing. The view stretches down the coast, over to Etna and is just amazing, rain, hail or shine. The staff recommended a bunch of restaurants all of which were fantastic (but have to say the dinner we had on the terrace was top-notch) and we took the free shuttle, which makes being away from the town without a car hassle free.
The rooms were lovely and comfortable. The property itself is beautiful and you can see that thought has gone into every aspect. Whoever styled the hotel did so without overdoing it and staying true to the building and the areas heritage.
This is not a big hotel experience, so if you are looking for anonymous service, day spas and the banality that comes with resort style hotels, this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for a intimate, comfortable, stylish hotel, where the staff care and there is a relaxed atmosphere, this is the one for you.
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Fabulous! One comment from Illinois
This Taormina hotel was gorgeous and the service was absolutely terrific. The outside terrace overlooking Mt. Etna and the bay of Giardini-Naxos was fabulous. Having dinner and drinks out there was just so romantic even for a couple married 30 years. They had a bus to pick up and bring you downtown and then set a time to bring you back. It is an ideal place for a honeymoon hotel in Taormina. We would go back there anytime we could.