There are some great things about this hotel: (1) its location overlooking Isola Bella, (2) its proximity to the "funivia" that connects the beachfront to Taormina itself, and (3) the excellent breakfast offerings. There are a few things that aren't so good: (1) the small size of the rooms and (2) the somewhat down-at-the-heels furnishings. You pay your money; you take your choice.
We also had an issue with management regarding the duration of our stay. When we wanted to cut it short by a day, with four days notice, rather than obligatory five, we were advised that we'd have to pay a penalty that exceeded the nightly rate for the room! A more client-friendly owner/manager would have been more accommodating; guests aren't likely to have a very good time when they perceive that management is more focused on revenue that hospitality. Under these circumstances, we bit the bullet and stayed the additional day.
Absent these negative factors, this could be a much better place. Just beware of them and plan accordingly. Also note that there's plenty of on-street parking--at least there was when we were there in October. You should be able to avoid the hotel's hefty additional charges for parking.
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